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!
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.
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.
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.
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…..you 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!
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
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!
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.
Soaring Views – Quilt Stats
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