Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Making Progress #2

I feel like I’ve joined all the sew-alongs at the moment. I’m doing three, which is more than enough of a juggle for me! First one, and the one that has really got away from me is the Firefly Quilt. The pattern is by Pen and Paper Patterns and was the Patterndrop offering for July. I was immediately and irresistibly drawn to this pattern because of the glowing effect the firefly bodies have and the way they seem to swarm on the quilt. I’ve never seen a firefly, apparently they live in some forests on the east coast of Australia but not here in the west. I’ve made one test block and the rest are sitting in a pile at cutting stage while I try and keep up with..

The Happy Go Lucky Sew-along. This sampler quilt is designed by Sharon at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs. I’ve been running one or two weeks behind all the way along with this one. I’m going with a spring green background which I bought thinking it was mint (the quilt store was a little dark and it was a rainy day). I stalked the Instagram feed of Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts for inspiration on colour schemes before I started since she seems to be a big fan of this shade of green. Other fabrics are from my stash including some charms from the Blush Metallic collection and Grandale by Australian designer, Keira Job and mini charms from the very lovely FrontPorch.

And last but not least is the far more relaxed pace of Tish’s Fireburst Mystery Quilt-along. I changed my mind about fabric selection several times before finally settling on a scrappy version. This gives me the added bonus of being able to make the larger size and I don’t need to go shopping for it.

Not that I haven’t been shopping! A local chain of fabric/craft supplies/window treatments stores decided to close its bricks and mortar stores and go on-line. This is most upsetting since they sell (a limited selection of) good quality quilting fabric at much reduced prices for Australia and they often discount beyond that. Anyway they announced they would be closing their stores back in March with the last store due to close at the end of July, and gradually their stores have been closing one at a time. Here we are in August and my local branch is still open with no closing date although the ‘for lease’ sign and the fact they’ve sold off a lot of fittings says they will. Anyway, with the idea in mind that I’ll no longer be able to just pop down there I’ve been attending every sale. They rotate stock through the remaining stores and bring in the stock from closed stores so there’s always new stuff coming in. What’s a girl to do? I’ve been buying and I need to use it! Scrappy is probably going to become my style for some time to come!

Anyway, I’m liking the way this is coming together. It’s a bit of a first for me, using a scrappy low volume background on anything bigger than a bee block. There’s still plenty of time to join this one, since the final parade is not till New Years Eve.

What’s your limit on sew-alongs?


  1. The Firefly Quilt Along was super tempting to me. I'm doing the Aurifil BOM this year and I just started with Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) and Paige (Quilted Blooms)'s Modern Plus Sampler. I really look forward to seeing your scrappy Fireburst come together. :)

  2. That is a lot of QALs! I really like the firefly and this is the second time in recent days some one mentioned patterndrop. Heading over there now as I know little about them. I would be doing what you are - going to those sales. I love to see the fabric - There are fewer and fewer brick and mortar stores. 😔

  3. I am loving your scrappy version! I almost went scrappy background and chickened I wish I had. I hadn't heard of the Firefly QAL. Loving that sweet little block. We have those little critters everywhere here in the summer. It's magical to watch them light up the night sky...also a little confusing when you wake up to one in the house :)

  4. I love your firefly! I'm doing 2 quilt alongs right now, and I just finished a third. Actually, I guess Rainbow Scrap Challenge counts, too, so make that four. I find that more than two at a time is hard for me to keep up with, but when they are spread across the year, I do okay. For me, it's more about how frequent the steps are. My favorites have clues once a month. The ones that run faster are hard for me. I love your scrappy fireburst!

  5. I hear you! So many pretty quilt patterns, so little time. As for buying fabric, I say do it before the stores close around you and it becomes more costly to get. I love scrappy so for me, that's just a bonus. Thanks for linking to Wednesday Wait Loss.

  6. Two to three is probably about it for me. I'm in the Happy Go Lucky sew along, and the Splendid Sampler. The Splendid only releases one block a week, so it's slower, but the blocks are much more challenging. The HGL has been a lot faster, and I hope to have a finished quilt from it by the end of September. I hadn't seen the Firefly QAL. I grew up in the US, and we caught fireflies when I was a child. They'll sit on your hand, glowing for a moment, before they take off again. So much fun!

  7. That firefly!!! It's so cute! I've always loved seeing the firefly action every year! I'm amazed that you have handled your sew alongs so well. It appears your are very organized!