Adventures in Quilting

The projects and views of a new quilter.

Simply Southern Quilts August 30, 2009

Filed under: Quilt Shops — Tonya @ 9:16 am
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I had the opportunity to visit Simply Southern Quilts earlier this month. This charming shop is nestled behind the trees in downtown Sparta, Tennessee. I admit it was a little difficult to find for someone new to the area, because of the way Sparta has their downtown area setup, and with all the trees on the sidewalks, but once you find the location, it’s well worth the visit.

Inside you’ll find bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric and many completed quilts to spark ideas and inspiration. There is also a wide variety of fat quarters available for smaller projects. The store has 3 levels for your adventure through the shop, and the owner and other staff are very friendly and helpful.

I’ve promised myself that I will not buy any more projects or kits until I finish everything that I have bought already (I still have projects from my Las Vegas Shop Hop that I haven’t even started on yet!), I didn’t purchase anything in the store on this visit, but my mom bought the Scrappy Flag Pillow, and next to it on the table was a kit that I have as an idea in my head for some baby quilts that I will make when I am out of the Funky Frog fabric. The kit is called I Spy, and it’s made from a mix of kid’s fabrics for kids to hunt and point out things that they find on the fabrics in the quilt.



Simply Southern Quilts

12 Liberty Square

Sparta, TN 38583



Retro Dish Towels August 29, 2009

Filed under: My Non-Quilting Projects — Tonya @ 3:27 pm
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This is the first post that doesn’t quite involve quilting, but because of my interest in learning to quilt, I have branched out a bit and made this adventure of mine more about sewing and not just quilting. I have a few other non-quilting posts in progress, as well.

I picked up these kits at The Christmas Goose Quilt Shop in Las Vegas when I was there in April. They were at the checkout counter and so hard to resist for just $5 with their bright and inviting colors. I found out after my purchase that they’re Mary Engelbreit prints, so that explains my attraction to them since I love the colors and designs that Mary creates.

I bought one to make for my mom and one to make for myself, but now that I have the pattern, I plan to make several more. They were fairly easy to make, but I learned from a few of my mistakes in the two that I made. I have never sewn with rickrack, and I needed to do a better job tucking in the ends so they don’t ravel.

But I suppose that’s what learning to sew is all about…learning from your mistakes and making the next one even better. By the way, this is the first sewing project that I have completed that I have kept for myself. I have a few other projects of my own that I am working on, but so far I’ve given away all of my completed projects.  I hope to find the time to make more of these as gifts.

My mom’s is the one on the right and mine is on the left:

The sample towel in The Christmas Goose Quilt Shop. I wish I had taken a picture of the kits before I put them together.


Funky Frogs Quilt As You Go Quilt

Filed under: My Quilting Projects — Tonya @ 9:52 am
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This project was a Quilt-As-You-Go that I got as an idea at Fabric Boutique. The idea is to use strips from a jelly roll, along with spray adhesive (the kind that washes out and is safe on fabrics…can be found in most fabric or quilt shops), your batting and binding, then sew it all together one strip at a time.

I couldn’t buy the kit while I was in Las Vegas in April because I couldn’t bring the spray adhesive on the plane with me, and that’s just too much to carry on a plane, anyway (as it is, I came back with 53 pounds of luggage from Vegas, thanks to all the quilt shop hops I did!). So I kept the idea in my head and did it my own way. It’s not technically made from a Jelly Roll set, but I did cut the strips as in jelly roll fashion.

The concept of Quilt-As-You-Go is an awesome method for me in making these baby quilts for friends because they can be made in much less time, because I’m sewing about half as much. It’s also easier because the quilts are smaller than most. I’m still not fast enough to make a quilt in a day, but this method sure lessened the work, which made it go by much faster. While I’m trying to make each of the baby quilts slightly different, I will probably use a similar method on the next baby quilt that I make.

I made this for a friend’s baby shower for her baby due in September, Abbi Grace.

The sample picture from Fabric Boutique:

If you are interested in the kit above, Fabric Boutique sells the complete kit on their website. Just look under kits, and it’s the third one down (as of 8/29/09).



Dutch Treat August 28, 2009

Filed under: My Quilting Projects — Tonya @ 11:49 pm
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I completed this charming Dutch Treat back in July to give to my boyfriend’s mother, Judy. The project was made from a kit that I purchased at Fiddlesticks in Boulder City, Nevada back in April. It was a small project but the first one that I have completed where I did the binding the “correct way,” (meaning that I didn’t fold over the backing then bind on the front), and I did it without any help, so who knows if it was really done correctly!


I should have recorded the dimensions, but it was a relatively small project that Judy is using as kitchen table centerpiee and just happens to match PERFECTLY with a salad bowl that my boyfriend, David, gave her awhile back.


The front and back pictures of the Dutch Treat. I wish I had taken pictures of the salad bowl with it!


The sample that the professionals had at the Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop:



I think I did a decent job for a beginner. The kit was slightly different in that the binding was done with the green fabric instead of the yellow floral. The instructions were a bit different than the sample in a couple of places, so I did a combination of picture and instructions. I’d like to make more with this pattern…someday 🙂



Judy sent me pictures of the centerpiece and salad bowl set that David had given her. I still can’t believe how perfectly they match!