The best part of quilting is hands down the community. I love how much I learn from others, and it is a constant flow of inspiration. Through Instagram, blogs, pinterest, and my Modern Quilt Guild, I have met so many amazing quilters who continue to not only inspire me, but also encourage me to try new things and keep going. The North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge for our guild – The Name Tag swap. I was a little hesitant to sign up because I’m one of the newest quilters, and I don’t know how to bind or finish a project, but I threw caution to the wind and joined in. Even though it’s not due for a few weeks, I knew I needed to get started pronto because this is a project I can’t turn in late. Only because I’d feel bad for my partner!
For this project, I decided to break into my Notting Hill charm pack:
I love these colors and I thought they’d look perfect for the project I had found.
After searching through endless pinterest and blog posts, I decided to tweak a free tutorial I found on Sew Can She’s tutorial page for a quilted Herringbone Hot Pad. We all know how much I love anything Herringbone.
I cut off a few 1.5 inch strips and seperated them by color.
The block came together very quickly. I kept going with the strips until I knew I was past the size I wanted for my name tag so that I could cut it down to size:
For this project, I only made one half of the Herringbone block because I didn’t need width, but I want to make something larger, maybe a pillow, to showcase the whole block.
Here’s it is quilted (YES, QUILTED!)
Now I need to remember everything my mom taught me about embroidery so that I can embroider my partner’s name! Of course, I’m also looking up 50 million tutorials on that, too!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend.
Happy Quilting, friends!