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Quilt Group Project – Row Quilt

I love being a part of a quilt group.  Getting together with friends that share my interest in quilting is so much fun!  My quilt group has done several different projects together, but this one will probably always be my favorite.  All my friends helped make a row quilt.  There are 12 people in our quilt group.  This process took ONE YEAR to complete.  Let me explain.

First, I chose the fabric/color scheme for my quilt and made a row of the desired width I wanted.  I put all my fabric and instructions in a box or bag and labeled it with my name and phone number (in case anyone had a question).

In our box we added instructions about what we wanted.  Examples:  Only use my fabric provided.  Add your own fabric to my quilt.  No applique.  Please use only pastels.  No rows bigger than 12 inches tall.  etc.

These are my blocks that I put together in one long row to start my quilt.

At quilt group each month we would rotate the boxes and make a row for someone else’s quilt.  At the end of the year, we had 12 rows made by 12 different people.

I brought all my rows home and added the navy sashing and I have a beautiful quilt with a lot of memories built in.

 

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Project Life – Quilting Version

A month or two ago I finally finished a quilt that I made with the purpose of donating it.  When it came time to hand it over, I was hesitant.  I worked hard on it!  I loved it and wanted to remember it.  This sparked an idea for me.  I need to make a book of quilts and things I make so that I can always remember them, especially the ones that I give away.  Enter –>  PROJECT LIFE!  (Why did it take so long for me to think of this?)

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I have used project life in the paper form, then the digital form, and now my favorite is the Project Life App.  Everything I need is in my hand.  Super easy.  My new goal is to have an album dedicated to my quilts and other projects that I make.  This way, I will always remember them and love them, but still be able to give some away.  I’ve got a good start.  Here are my first four pages, which were all given to others!  Don’t worry, I have tons of quilts I have kept, those scrapbook pages are coming next.

Natalie's Baby QuiltGrandpa Anderson's SheepBig Block Quilt Mini Dwell Pillow

My prints, album, and plastics have all been ordered and I can’t wait to have them in a book.  I know I will enjoy seeing all my projects in one place, but I also hope this will remind my kids of my love for making things and giving to others.

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Quilt Backing Ideas

My favorite challenge lately when making quilts is to add some fun character to the backing.  No more plain boring backs on your quilts!  Here are a few new quilt backing ideas for you to consider.

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This is the quilt backing for my Flowering Snowball Quilt.

Buying 4-5 yards of fabric for the backing of a quilt can add up fast.  Here are some ideas of how you can piece your quilt backing to use up scraps and not have to buy more fabric.  Let start with the traditional way to piece the backing fabric of your quilt.  Using fabric that is purchased 42-44 inches wide, these are your options:

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Using the same fabric for the whole back, you would need anywhere from 3.5 to 5 yards (or even more!) depending on the size of your quilt.   To  create a fun pieced back to your quilt, I just buy one length of fabric (the length of your quilt, approx. 2 yards) and then use scraps to fill in the rest of the needed width.  Here are a few ideas of how to do this:

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Now that I’ve got you thinking, I thought you could come up with some of your own ideas.  Here is a blank sheet of pretend little quilts for you to doodle on and come up with your own backing patterns.

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Download Quilt Backing Planner Printable

I have a few more quilts in the works with fun backings on them, I can’t wait to show your more!

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