Monday, April 4, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along: Checking in with Ellie

Hello quilting friends!  Back on January 16, I wrote a post kicking off my journey on the Crossroads Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  I also introduced you to Ellie, a young quilter and family friend who is participating in the quilt along. As a seventh grade student at our local school, Ellie is juggling school, family activities and extracurricular activities, not to mention a whole lot of sewing!  Her enthusiasm is infectious, as are her beautiful smile and personality. 

Ellie and I are both using “Strawberry Fields Revisited” fabric by Fig Tree & Company for our quilts.  I’m happy to report that last week Ellie stopped by to show me her progress.  She is up-to-date, having completed the house blocks and the diamond blocks for the months of February and March.  Don’t her blocks look terrific?  


Ellie has been busy with several other sewing projects, generously making bags and quilts for friends and family members.  Recently Ellie took time to sew something for herself . . . a darling, cuddly quilt using the pattern/kit “Grow Up Tall Giraffe" (Bean Counter Quilts) which she purchased at the Noble Quilter.  I'm amazed at how many projects she tackles, and how great they all look!  She is off to an amazing start as a quilter!


Not only is the giraffe comprised of a lovely mix of scrappy patchwork, the background is a patchwork of low volume prints.  I think you'll agree, Ellie is doing a fabulous job with her piecing!  To finish her quilt, she chose a soft meander for the quilting, which was done by Quilts on Broadway.




Ellie chose a plush animal print fabric for the backing, and the binding fabric is the perfect finishing touch.  Excellent fabric selections, Ellie!



There's just something special about the community of quilters, and how we all inspire and encourage each other.  Watching a talented young quilter grow in her hobby is so exciting. Ellie and I even chatted about sewing room layouts and fabric storage ideas. She totally speaks my language, and I love it!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  And here's a friendly nudge . . . it's not too late to join Ellie and me in the quilt along!  You can get all the details here:  Crossroads Quilt Along.

I'll be sharing my April "Friendship" blocks for the quilt along on April 15.  I hope you'll check back then and in the future when Ellie stops by to show us her progress!

~Taunja








10 comments:

  1. Way to go, Ellie! She's so talented. This is such a fun and heartwarming post, Taunja.

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    1. She sure is Erin! I think I'm going to be able to say . . . "I knew her when . . ." someday! :)

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  2. Beautiful QA blocks AND a darling pieced giraffe! Looks great!

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    1. Thanks Sheri! She truly is doing a great job!

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  3. What a wonderful quilt Ellie made! She has the makings of a very talented quilter, just like her mentor :) Nice job on her Crossroads blocks too! Thanks for sharing her progress with us. Wish I had started at that young age.

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    1. She is doing such a great job! I wish I had started that young too!

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  4. I'm speechless!! Her blocks look fantastic for someone her age. Her giraffe is darling!! She has a very bright future as a quilter! Please tell here I said she's doing a phenomenal job! She's beyond blessed to have you as her teacher/mentor!!

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    1. She really amazes me I have to say! And it's all on her . . . no mentoring or teaching from me. She started sewing at about the age of 8 with her grandmother! Terrific!!

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  5. Thank you for sharing Taunja! It is so wonderful so see all of Ellie's projects! She is one talented girl. Good Work! Love, love her Giraffe Quilt!

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    1. She sure is talented. I'll have to make sure she brings along some other projects when she checks in again with her Crossroads blocks!! Thanks for reading Sigi!

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