‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Me Again and a Giveaway!

Yes, it’s the last day of the blog hop… So sad! I’ve loved seeing what everyone has made with the ‘Gator quilt. It was such fun and is inspiring me to make another one!

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Well, I did make another one, but this is actually my very first one! 

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This was actually my original one. My first test. I just happened to make it while our Modern Quilt Guild was preparing for our Binary quilt show, meaning quilts with only 2 colors.  I made the large ‘gator block. Then I realized, hey! It’s only two colors, I could make this into a quilt for the Binary show. I was only using shades yellow and green. Perfect!

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Then I realized I was out of yellow! So my quilt guild pal that took over my spot at the fabric shop was kind enough to bring me what I thought was the right yellow. But…… It wasn’t. At first, I was wondering how I was going to make it work. Then I started piecing some other blue greens and yellows in and it’s perfect! I love it!

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I wish I had used some of the animal fabric from my other ‘gator quilt on the back of this one, but I was nervous about running out, so I didn’t! I love a fun pieced back!

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I did make a few changes to the pattern after this. Mostly in the piecing, but also in the teeth! My very first tester suggested more teeth, so I made more! They are hard to see here, but there are only 3 white teeth. I do like them better with more, but you can alter the pattern for as many teeth as you’d like!

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And for the giveaway! I’ll give away 2 patterns to 2 readers!  I know, usually you do that at the beginning of the blog hop… I had intended to do it with the testers pictures post I did on Friday. But if you follow me on Instagram, you know our pup was viciously attacked by a pit bull on our morning walk last week. And since then I’ve been a mess! So it took me a week to get the giveaway together! Ready?

Ready to WIN? You have Three ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1. Tell me what you’d make with the pattern! The whole quilt, a pillow, a bag? Leave one comment. (one entry)

2. My blog followers get an extra entry. Click on the links to the right to follow. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3. Follow I’m Feelin’ Crafty on Instagram. Leave one comment. (one entry)

That’s 3 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to both US and International readers. The giveaway will close on June 25th at 5 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

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‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Crafty Shenanigans Sneak Peak

I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of the ‘Gator quilt Blog Hop!! Today is our last guest…. Sad but true! Yall will just have to start making them so I can show off reader’s talents!

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Today’s guest is Amy from Crafty Shenanigans! Amy says that she’s a chocoholic living in London England.  When she tried paper piecing for the first time( think it was 2011) she cried (real crocodile tears) out of frustration but persevered and now LOVE LOVE LOVE paper piecing.  The more complex the better for her now! And it shows!

Amy and I first met in a swap! Those flickr swaps that I love doing!  I was her swap partner…  The funny thing was, in this swap she wasn’t my first partner. I had someone else for a like a day, but there was a pet allergy involved and they switched me to be Amy’s partner instead. BUT.. I had been a flickr follower of her’s before that. At first, I was trying to figure a way to not be her partner. Totally intimidated!  I was like, but what am I going to make for her??? she’s awesome!! I was totally nervous!!!

Be sure to check out Amy’s blog for more on her ‘Gator! You’ve got to get a better look at how perfect her fabric and quilting is!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Shaffer Sisters Sneak Peek

OK! I am still just amazed at the creativity I get to surround myself with with my bloggy friends! What did people do before the internet??? I feel so lucky to know all these amazing talents! And here’s some more amazingness with the ‘Gator quilt!!

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Today’s guest is Al from The Shaffer Sister’s blog! If I had sisters, I hope we’d be crafty together like these sisters! A little bit about Al…

For as long as I can remember, those that truly love me have called me Al or other variations of Al; Al the Pal, Alfred, and Albert (Einstein- I love physics) have all been nicknames. Not super girly I know, but my ideal escape would be to go play basketball until I am sweaty and the muscles in my legs are so tired they are twitching. My best description of myself would be to say that I am a cross between super particular and easy going. The particular side of me demands perfection and control (mostly manifest in my projects- that’s why I enjoy quilts). The easy going side of me thrives to be around people (especially when you can get to know someone one-on-one). Luckily, being a mom of 2 kids (and expecting an addition of one next month) and the wife of a student that struggles with school has helped me learn to channel my need for control in ways that everyone can enjoy.

 

I love yesterday’s quilt and Al’s today! My Dad and I used to always say this to each other when I was a little kid!  I can’t wait to see this  ‘Gator in more detail! Be sure to check out Al’s blog for more on her ‘Gator!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Wips and Tuts Sneak Peek

Ready for more ‘Gator quilting! ?!

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Today’s guest is Christine from Wips and Tuts! Christina just started quilting less than a year ago making quilts as gifts. This is what she had to say about paper piecing, ‘When I initially had trouble quilting, I turned to paper piecing, and it was a saving grace for me. I love how the blocks turn out (almost) perfect every time, and the possibilities are endless…more than you could accomplish with rotary cutting.’ Exactly, my friend!!!

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I love how so many have so many different ideas for the eyes! I love the look of these! Christina also love incorporating words into her quilting, so I love how she added the Later to the ‘Gator. Does this mean I’ll have to do a Crocodile next??? hmmmm…. Be sure to check out Christina’s blog for more info on her experience with the ‘Gator!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Wombat Quilts Sneak Peek

And we’re back for more ‘Gator quilting! In case you were following along, you might have noticed we missed a day. Unfortunately, yesterday’s guest has been pretty ill, so everyone please send your best thoughts her way!!

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Today’s guest is new my quilty friend Cath from Wombat Quilts. She’s from Australia, but now lives closer to me in Portland! I can’t wait to get to Portland and meet her one day soon. Cath is a mater at paper piecing, so I had to ask her to join in on the testing of the ‘Gator. I love all the patterns she pieces! I was totally inspired by her neon pink quilt, that I have ordered neon blue…

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I’m so in love with Cath’s ‘Gator quilt! Did you notice the yellow teeth! I don’t know why I love them so. I love seeing the ‘Gator pieced with different fabrics by the testers! I’m not sure why I never envisioned this before, but I love it. Be sure to Cath’s blog to learn more!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Marci Girl Designs Sneak Peek

Marci Girl and I have a few things in common and the first one I found was our friend Debbie (from Wednesday) from A Quilters Table! She hooked us up for the blog testing and it was great! I’ve enjoyed getting to know Marci, who blogs over at Marci Girl Designs,  and she was a fantastic tester. Such fantastic feedback! And take a look at her quilt here!

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Marci blogs at Marci Girl Designs 
She has a dusty bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design
She is currently a stay at home mom to 2 rambunctious little boys
And she loves all forms of sewing, quilting, crafting and basically anything to do with a sewing machine.

And I’m so glad she took on my project and produced such a fantastic quilt!! Check out her blog to learn more!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

A Quilting Tutorial- Paper Piecing

The ‘Gator Quilt is a paper piecing pattern. Do you have to have experience? Nope! I’m sure it will make it easier if you do have experience, but it’s a pretty easy technique to pick up! And I’ll show ya how!

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Are you wondering what paper piecing even is?? I wondered the same thing once before! I remember seeing a really old quilt top one time and this lady talking to me about it and was marveling at the fact that it still had the paper piecing on it. It was a newspaper from near the 1930’s. But I was like, why in the world would anyone sew paper to thier quilt! I will say I just nodded and smiled during my conversation with this woman. I did not admit I had no idea of the signifigance other than it dating the quilt top!

And even when I first started paper piecing, I would cut out every single piece  and then cut a million little pieces of fabric. I didn’t get it, but I knew there had to be an easier way! And there is! The real way to paper piece! Wanna learn?

Paper piecing is basically a way to piece almost perfect quilt blocks! Without having to measure everything out!

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So here we go! First you need a pattern (I recommend my ‘Gator Quilt, of course! HA!), fabric, a rotary cutter works best for me and a cutting surface. For the purpose of this quilt tutorial I am going to use a quick little pattern I love! This is the Mini Trajectory pattern from Simply Cotton and it’s only 3 pieces.

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I’m using scraps for this one. So I trim my scrap close to the right size. Some people cut it more precise, but to me the beauty of paper piecing is that I don’t have to be precise on cutting my pieces and still end up with a beautiful block!

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Fold your pattern along the line you are going to sew. The pieces are mubered, so you go numerically. Sew piece 1 to piece 2 and so on. Here I’m folding the line between 1 and 2. Then use your ruler to line up a 1/4 over the paper. and trim your fabric, creating your seam allowance.

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Place you fabric for pieces 1 and 2 right sides together. Again, leave the 1/4 inch seam allowance past the fold.

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Go to your machine and sew along the line between pieces 1 and 2. You’ll notice that the beginning of my stitch line has normal stitch lengths, but the end of the line has a tiny stitch length. Go TINY! I use about a 1 or 1.5 stitch length on my machine. It’s much easier to tear the paper off without pulling on your stitching once you are done with the block.

Here’s another thing I do. If my stitch line runs to the edge of the block, I take it all the way. This this pattern it’s easy. There are some other pattern that you’ll need to think through and see if this is right. Typically you only want to sew on the stitch line shown in the pattern. But I’ve found that if I take the lines that extend all the to the edge of the block, it helps with pieces multiple blocks together. Your seam allowances won’t be floppy! 🙂 Does that make sense? Let me know if it doesn’t!

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I’m one of those that irons every piece. Some don’t… I do. I feel like it sews together better if you do. Therefore, this step is to iron over the fabric.

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And start again. Fold the pattern over at the line between piece 2 and 3.

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Trim the pieces with your 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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And fabric piece 3. Right sides together. Line up along the seam allowance edge. Again, I’m using pretty big piece here for a tiny little block to help illustrate the process. You can use smaller piece. But you want to make sure that it’s big enough to be covered fully by the pattern once the piece are sewn together and ironed out flat!

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Sew along the line between piece 2 and 3.

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Iron it all open!

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Trim all the excess off along the outside of the block. The outside lines typically are including the 1/4 seam allowance.

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Remove the paper.

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And you’ve got a cute little quilt block!  Really, if you can sew a straight line over a line on the paper, you can do paper piecing. You just take the steps and repeat and repeat until it’s all done, depending on how many pieces there are to a block!

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This is the pattern I used for one of my do. Good Stitches quilt blocks. See how close to perfect each little block is? I couldn’t have done that without the paper piecing, I don’t think!

OK, you ready to wrestle the ‘Gator? Sure you are!

Buy the pattern here!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- A Quilter’s Table Sneak Peek

I’m so lucky to have have met my quilty friend Debbie from A Quilter’s Table at our local Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It was her first meeting and probably something like my third.  Anyway, she sat down and we exchanged cards and started emailing right away! She’s AMAZING!

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Debbie is a modern quilter who loves to sew a variety of other projects as well. She writes a monthly Quilting Trends column for Sew, Mama, Sew and is active in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Find her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr. And her blog, of course, A Quilter’s Table, is where she shares all her quilts, tutorials, and the occasional recipe. Please join her as she shares her journey of quilting and sharing around the table!

Paper piecing like the ‘Gator quilt is typically not something I’ve seen Debbie do, but I asked anyway because I know how fantastic everything she does is… Go check it out on her blog, A Quilter’s Table!

 

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

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The ‘Gator Quilt Release Party!

WoooHoooo!  Finally! I’ve got my very first pattern to release today! Yea!! Party!!!

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As many of you know I have been working on this ‘gator quilt pattern for quite some time. I have a little bit of an obsession with origami animals, but not so much with paper. I’m no good at making them in paper, so I’ve been making them in fabric. As in in quilt patterns! And the ‘gator is the first one I’ve taken the whole way.

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The pattern is available on Craftsy! Just click here.

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I was watching Jimmy Kimmel the other night and they had an animal guy on. He brought a crocodile and was asked the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. The guy said that crocs are a bit grumpier than alligators! So of course, this is the more friendly of the two! I mean don’t those eyes look like the friendliest ‘gator you’ve ever seen?

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I got this fabric collection last year to make my new nephew a quilt. The animal fabric is Down Under by Mint Blossom for Northcott. I’m not sure that’s it’s still available or not. But the colors were right, so I knew I needed to make one of the animals in this fabric for my paper pieced pattern!

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So hence came the ‘gator!

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The pattern is divided into 3 parts, the large ‘gator, the medium ‘gator and the small ‘gator. This lets you make anything from the whole quilt to a small ‘gator pillow! The options are endless! I think it makes a great baby quilt. But then there’s a football team, the Florida ‘Gators… (coming from an SEC football family, I know that team well) I bet there’s some fans out there that would love a ‘gator quilt in blue, orange and green! Or even a bag to tote to the games…

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The pattern is suitable for an experienced beginner to intermediate sewer with paper piecing experience. Some of the testers are pros at paper piecing and others were brand new to it. They all created awesome projects! The pattern includes 28 pages of instructions and paper piecing patterns, including the patterns for the eye embroidery to create a 54×70 quilt. The pattern assumes knowledge of paper piecing and does not include instructions on the art of paper piecing. I should do a tutorial on that soon!

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I had a wonderful group of quilters and sew-ers and just great people test the pattern for me. I got great feedback on making the pattern much better than I could have done on my own! I owe these ladies a HUGE thank you! And be sure to check out #thegatorquilt on Instagram for some behind the scenes testing pics! I can’t wait to share with you what everyone made! So stayed tuned for all sorts of  ‘Gator quilt goodness coming your way!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Buy the pattern here!

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