Friday, April 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along: the Friendship Block

Happy Friday, quilting friends!  Today I am at my annual quilt retreat (yippee!), but I completed my Friendship Blocks before I left home.  These blocks were simple to construct and easy to match points, but for all their simplicity they have a very pretty visual impact! Wouldn't the Friendship Blocks be lovely with scrappy flying geese?  I need to try that some day!






We are now three months into the quilt along, and I found myself with 10 lovely Crossroads blocks.  I've been storing them in a raggedy plastic bag so they don't get dusty. (Raggedy plastic bag, dusty sewing room . . . I am not painting a very pretty picture here.) I decided to do something about that, and since dusting didn't sound like fun, I instead chose to make a Pouch with a View to protect my lovelies!  This pattern is available from Three Owls Handmade on Etsy. I admit I was a little nervous, as I had never sewn on vinyl before. But it was a really fun change of pace and I know I will make more in the future!  The pattern instructions are terrific and include four size options. I made the large pouch which is 11" square.





And here they are . . . all tucked away and safe from the dust! 



If you haven't joined the quilt along yet, it's not too late.  I encourage you to jump right in and join this great fellowship of quilters. Visit the Fat Quarter Shop for the details! All proceeds go to a wonderful cause, the March of Dimes.  

If you are quilting along, be sure to share your progress and creations on the Crossroads Facebook Group and also on Instagram using the hashtag #crossroadsquiltalong! It's so inspiring to see everyone's creations using different fabric lines!


Who else is quilting along?
Below is a list of the talented quilters who will be sharing their progress each month on their own blogs.  Some will be using Strawberry Fields Revisited, while others will be using different fabric.  I hope you'll stop by their blogs to see their creations as well!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  I hope you get carried away quilting often!

~Taunja







17 comments:

  1. Those pouches are beautiful - as are your blocks. I usually sew the point off of my 'geese', but I'm getting better :)! Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Love your pouch! What a great idea and pretty too.

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  3. Love this! And I love your block display board - how clever and cute!

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  4. OMG Taunja, that pouch is adorable!! Great job as always. Have fun on your quilt retreat! Chris

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    1. Thank you friend! The pouch was super fun but of course I can't take credit for the pattern! Three Owls Handmade--bravo!

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  5. These are beautiful! I am saving the patterns so I can start them once I finish at least one of my standing projects :-D

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    1. A very good idea! I have too many standing projects too! Yikes!!

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  6. Leave it to you to make a pretty pouch for storing your pretty blocks! I'm enjoying following your blog for the Crossroads QAL. You throw in the best extras !thank you Taunja!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Pam!! That pouch patterns is fun!!

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  7. Perfection... always perfection with your blocks!! I finally tried my Best Press on mine and boy did it work wonders. Can't believe I had that stuff all along. I have the patterns to those pouches and have yet to make one. *sigh* I need more hours in a day. I'm curious where you purchase your vinyl. I'll be at Joann's on Friday. Maybe I can get some there. I love the idea of storing your blocks in there. All of mine are currently underneath my catting mat to keep them flat! ;)

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    1. Well you KNOW I am just loving on your blocks in Pam Kitty. They are so pretty and fresh. I need more hours too . . . particularly with a daughter graduating high school soon. Eeek! I did get my vinyl at JoAnn fabrics. :)

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  8. My girls are only 12 and 10. I still have a few years before they graduate. Congratulations to your daughter!!! I'm sure she's excited about graduating soon!!

    Got a question: did you use any particular size needle when sewing with vinyl? Oh, and I noticed I misspelled cutting and wrote "catting". Not sure where that came from. I call that "typonese" language. Ha!

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    1. You always give me a giggle! I actually was going to move up a needle size from my usual 80/12, but I got so excited about what I was doing that I forgot! I didn't have any issues with the 80/12, no tension or weird stitches. I did change my needle after I was done with the pouch as I'm sure it got pretty dull!

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