Soaring Views – Villa Rosa Blog Hop

Every once in a while you receive an email that makes you jump for joy. Bernie Kringel connected me to her friend Tricia of Villa Rosa Quilts and can I tell you how excited I was. I love those little patterns and have used and sold many while I worked at a local quilt store. There are a 5 patterns that we are all featuring – and believe me – I wanted to make more than one. I have another planned, but it will show up in a few months….maybe after my next retreat. And, there’s an app for that! Check it out in Google Play or the App Store to keep track of your patterns!

Pattern and Fabric Choice

I chose Hillside Charm as the pattern I would use for this hop. I love panels and this pattern is so easy….a panel, a few fat eights or a charm pack, a border, backing and binding and you are off to the quilting race.

These are the fabrics I purchased for the hop. I filled in with some other fabrics in my stash that worked well, including some fossil fern green blue that I believe was among the first fabrics I bought in the early 90s. In fact, I made sure I had enough to make a second quilt, as I really love this grouping and may not be able to let go of this quilt!

My Electric Quilt Rendition

I like to know if what I am thinking is working, and Electric Quilt** is often my go to for making up mind. The fabrics in the patches are not exact, but they give me a guide to see if what I am doing will work. This looks to me like a go, so off to the sewing machine I went!

Experienced quilters always do something to make the pattern their own. My twist was to use a running length of yardage rather than the panel. The only caveat, and this is true of panels, too, is whether yours fits the size. The pattern is written for a 21″ x 43″ panel. Mine did not measure this, it was 41.5″ – 1-1/2″ short. I have some hints for how you can fix it to insure success and almost no one will be able to tell. This is from a fabric line from Northcott, called Soar.

Constructing the Quilt

I spent some time deciding the borders, auditioning them on my design wall. I liked the way the stripe mimicked the background colors and that became my choice.

Auditioning the outer patches on half the quilt (space limitations).

When I went to layout the blocks for the borders I didn’t have enough room on my design board. What’s a quilter gonna do? Improvise! I folded the quilt in half and worked on one side at a time, laying out the pieces then sewing. I also “marked” the double seam pieces with two pins when I was loosely pinning.

Double seam

That way, I knew when I need to do a second 1/4″ seam. And, I didn’t trim it, in case I needed to make changes or it didn’t fit. In this case, it worked very well.

Love when seams look like this!

Why was I doing a double seam?? Remember, I was 1-1/2″ short and need to accommodate that. So I decided to sew an extra 1/4″ seam three times. Once at the top after the first border, another roughly in the middle, and one above the first border. I did this on both sides and both times I added the 5″ squares. Easy peasy and it is pretty hard to tell in the finished quilt. Another option, would have been to insert a coping strip on the bottom if you have a fabric that works…I didn’t.


The last big decision was quilting – thread and design decisions needed to be made. I decided on a gray thread for the top (Superior So Fine #408 ) and bottom (Decobob Grey #103), thinking you might see a bit of it on the back, but alas, it wasn’t very showy. The 80 wt Decobob Grey really blended on the back a little more than I thought it would.

The pantograph I choose was Safari Clouds by Anne Bright Designs. I love it….no overstitching and just the right density for this quilt.

Now, what you have been waiting for….the finished quilt!

The days are always a bit grey and it is hard to get a good picture of the colors.

I think this one is among the best of the pictures, you can see some blue in the sky, a bit of sun, but not too much. I really love the way the borders work to expand the panel. My husband (feet shown) wants to hang it but I think it should be his – we both like an extra quilt every once in awhile and this feels like it should be his.


I have a little charm pack for you. Take a look at the Villa Rosa patterns and and in the comments tell me which one you would make (the link sorts the charm square friendly patterns)! This beautiful multicolor charm pack, Fusions Collection, will work well with many panels.

I will pick one winner for this. I also will be submitting a 6 names for each of the following: 1) a set of the patterns, 2) 2 large gift boxes, and 3) 3 for the various smaller prizes. The names will be drawn by Tricia at Villa Rosa Designs… have until Sunday, the 29th to make your comments and be eligible for an entry (each blogger is drawing 6 names)! Each blogger gets to submit names to the giveaways, so be sure to follow the hop!

Blog Hop Schedule

Thursday, January 19, 2023
Villa Rosa Designs

Friday, January 20, 2023
Michelle Cain at From Bolt to Beauty
Kathleen McCormick at Kathleen McMusing

Saturday, January 21, 2023
Wendy Tuma at Pieceful Thoughts
Diann Bottrell at Little Penguin Quilts

Sunday, January 22, 2023
Tricia Maloney at Quilt with a View
Sandra Walker at mmm quilts!

Monday, January 23, 2023
Cheryl Parker at Cheryl’s Teapots2quilting
Leanne Parsons at Devoted Quilter
Quilts Of Valor

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Bernie Kringel at Needle and Foot
Joy Lamphere at Shout 4 Joy
Electric Quilt

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter
Jo Kramer at Jo’s Country Junction
Cindy Pieters at Stitchin at Home
Keepsake Quilting

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Villa Rosa Designs

5 Pattern Pack

Here is a link to the bonus deal on the 5 pattern pack for this blog hop….hurry and get these fabulous patterns at a bargain price – $8.95 for 5 patterns.

And really, check out the kits for the patterns and sale kits while you are there, too. My bee buddy uses these all the time, in fact she made 5 pieces while on a 4 day retreat!

Giveaway sponsors

These are the fabulous sponsors, and we are so excited that many of our commentors will win prizes. Visit them to see what’s new.

Moda Fabrics
Hoffman California Fabrics
Timeless Treasures Fabrics
Creative Grids
Gypsy Quilter
Electric Quilt**
Quilts of Valor

On my porch, with the singer sewing table my father made.

Soaring Views – Quilt Stats

Soaring Views
50″ x 66″
Pattern: Hillside Charm by Sugar Pine Quilt Designs for Villa Rosa Designs
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Dove
Quilting Thread: Top: Superior So Fine #408 Silver
Bobbin: Wonderfil Decobob #103 Grey
Battings: Hobbs 80/20
Pantograph: Safari Clouds by Anne Bright Designs

Coming Up on the Blog

I have a couple of other things coming up in the next few days. I am very excited about the other hop and Tips and Tutorials!

Tips and Tutorials 1/22/23
Shades of Blue Blog Hop 1/24/23

Linky Parties

Sew and Tell
Finished (or not) Friday
Brag About Your Beauties
Monday Musings
Wednesday Wait Loss

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  1. Cathy B.
    January 23, 2023 / 9:34 am

    Twinkle is calling my name. Love those HSTs!

  2. Lori
    January 23, 2023 / 11:45 am

    Twinkle with a sparkle white! Thanks for sharing your process. I can almost smell the wet earth and pine trees.

  3. Mary Freerks
    January 23, 2023 / 1:52 pm

    Love to do Hillside Charm have Valentine’s fabrics.

  4. Rosa Dixon
    January 23, 2023 / 3:27 pm

    i have a similar panel with the deer (retired). i think i may do the Hillside Charms since it turned out so pretty! thanks for the tip to make up the difference in length!!!!

  5. MaryJo Mrvichin
    January 23, 2023 / 5:29 pm

    I have made my favorite Split Charms! Thanks.

    • Donna
      January 24, 2023 / 4:28 am

      I have never made a quilt from a panel. Your beautiful quilt has change my mind to give it a try. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

  6. Kathy Burns
    January 23, 2023 / 5:39 pm

    I would make Twinkle with the charm pack. I love bright colorful quilts!

  7. cathy k
    January 23, 2023 / 6:17 pm

    I would make snow geese, it looks like fun.

  8. Neva Kreutziger
    January 23, 2023 / 9:09 pm

    I really like Hillside Charms but I think Nantucket would be my choice. Thank you for the tip about dealing with the size difference.

  9. Kaye Mattson
    January 23, 2023 / 9:15 pm

    Baby zip tease is the pattern that I would like to make. I enjoyed reading about your process for adjusting the quilt size.

  10. Karen Demaree
    January 23, 2023 / 10:41 pm

    About Face in Patriotics

  11. Judy Chastain
    January 24, 2023 / 7:29 am

    I love the Twinkle pattern. I see that many others do too. Your panel quilt is stunning

  12. Sandy Allen
    January 24, 2023 / 7:40 am

    Shades of blue

  13. bgstoots
    January 24, 2023 / 8:54 am

    Oooohhh! I love Hillside Charm!

  14. JoAnn Hoffarth
    January 24, 2023 / 9:00 am

    I love the Hillside Charm pattern. What a great way to feature a panel. This would be my “go to” pattern to turn all those panels and charms packs that I have into quilts. Thanks, Kathleen, for your tips too..

  15. Anja @ Anja Quilts
    January 24, 2023 / 9:12 am

    Well done! I have never heard of Villa Rose, but these patterns are awesome. Simple but striking.

  16. January 24, 2023 / 10:00 am

    I’d like to make this Hillside Charm. A children’s panel I have would look great using this and will make a good charity quilt.

  17. Quilting Tangent
    January 24, 2023 / 10:13 am

    Pinwheel Picnic is my favorite pattern.

  18. quiltingtangent
    January 24, 2023 / 10:31 am

    Pinwheel picnic

  19. Jan Andrews
    January 24, 2023 / 12:48 pm

    What a fun quilt. Villa Rosa patterns are a favorite of mine.

  20. Rochelle Summers
    January 24, 2023 / 1:43 pm

    Shades of blue!!

  21. Thunder Quilts (BarefootThunder)
    January 24, 2023 / 4:43 pm

    I’d have to decide between giggles and lollipop
    Your quilt is gorgeous, I do have some panels that are in need of frames/borders.

  22. Annmarie Tegen
    January 24, 2023 / 5:33 pm

    Shades of Blue. Love your Blue quilt

  23. January 24, 2023 / 10:53 pm

    I would like to sew up the Hillside Charm pattern. Thank You!

  24. susan430
    January 25, 2023 / 4:45 am

    Shades of Blue

  25. January 25, 2023 / 5:04 am

    Shades of Blue, love that blue quilt.

  26. Sonya Leach
    January 25, 2023 / 6:50 am

    I love the soar fabric and made a table runner out of it at Christmas. It’s a toss up between Honey Buns with a dark background fabric or Goody Goody Gumdrops

  27. Linda
    January 25, 2023 / 7:41 am

    Jo sent me…Pretty quilt..

  28. Joanna Perry
    January 25, 2023 / 10:30 am

    Thanks for taking us through your design process. Your quilt is beautiful.

  29. Kathleen McCormick
    January 25, 2023 / 1:08 pm

    I like your website. Hillside Charm is my fav pattern with Christmas fabrics. I absolutely love the blue outdoors quilt you made using the Hillside Charm pattern. I love the outdoors and may have to try the blue one!

  30. January 25, 2023 / 1:57 pm

    I like Hillside Charm pattern. I am liking the panel you used in your quilt.

  31. Chris K.
    January 25, 2023 / 3:31 pm

    Nantucket would be pretty with your charm pack.

  32. Emily
    January 26, 2023 / 9:42 am

    Shades of blue 🙂

  33. Suzanne Beringer
    January 26, 2023 / 4:03 pm

    I really like the Night Light version shown for the kit, with the black and white 4-patches! I love, love, love your version of Hillside Charm with the blues and the gorgeous scene! My husband would LOVE it too! So it might just end up a gift for him! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Gaynel
    January 26, 2023 / 10:10 pm

    I thought I had commented on the first day but I can’t find it. I love your version on Hillside Charms. I would say I like the VRD Hillside Charm the best. I like all the patterns.

  35. Linda
    January 26, 2023 / 10:55 pm

    I would love to make the Snow Goose pattern.

  36. Karla
    January 26, 2023 / 11:46 pm

    I like Split Charms! I enjoyed reading your blog!

  37. Karla
    January 26, 2023 / 11:52 pm

    Shades of Blue !!

  38. Karla
    January 26, 2023 / 11:54 pm

    Shades of Blue !

  39. Margaret Eschete
    January 27, 2023 / 12:40 pm

    I like what you did with Hillside Charms. I have the panel w the deer. Great suggestion regarding fitting the size.

  40. SandyMay
    January 27, 2023 / 7:31 pm

    I think I would like to do Hillside with some lovely Asian fabric that I am reluctant to cut up and spoil the flow of the design. I appreciate knowing different ways to adjust for sizes outside the pattern’s parameters.

  41. Lezlie
    January 27, 2023 / 8:54 pm

    Love what you did with the panel. I appreciate you hints on making it fit.

  42. kathyz
    January 28, 2023 / 10:07 am

    I think I would try Baby Zip Tease.
    Your quilt is very nice!

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