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I've made it through another one week quilt challenge. And I'm not even posting about it at the very last minute! There are eleven whole hours until the deadline. This week's challenge was "Carolina Lily." Let me back up a little first. I follow Leasa on Instagram and love her Sew My Stash inspiration. (Side note: I've purchased no fabric in 2017.) She posted recently about using the good stuff and issued her first 2017 Sew My Stash challenge to use our coveted fabric. So, last week, before the Project QUILTING prompt was announced, I declared that whatever it was, I would use my Tula Pink fabric. It's the collection of fabric that goes most untouched in my stash. Okay, back to the challenge. The Carolina Lily is a beautiful orange flower. It's also the inspiration for a very traditional quilt block of the mid-19th century. First thing was first, I chose some fabrics from the Tula pile. The most obviously chose was this print from The Birds & the Bees. I love that it reminds me of the speckled pattern on the Carolina Lily.

I used appliqué in my last challenge and was determined to not go that route this time. I debated an improv pieced Carolina Lily, but in the end I decided to traditionally piece the block. Except that I redesigned it to only have one tricky inset seam. (Photo below.) Here's my initial fabric pull. I added some Alison Glass fabrics to the project, because I love her fabric and Quilting Jetgirl is hosting an Alison Glass challenge this month, too! So there we have it, three challenges in one little mini quilt!

I would have loved to make a larger, scrappier quilt that encompassed more of these fabrics, but it's a one week challenge and I'm also working on three other quilts at the moment. I had to simplify. My final piece featured two Tula prints (the above print and the green print), two Alison Glass prints (orange print and the grey background) and a Kona solid. My center block is 5" finished. Here's the inset seam and the finished block.

With borders the quilt finished at about 7" x 7". It's quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. #1133 (Burnt Orange), #1114 (Grass Green), and #2605 (Grey).

And the back.

P.S. Three years ago today, I posted my first blog post. I've had such a wonderful time and I've met so many lovely people throughout this journey. I'm celebrating by kicking off my pattern writing business, starting a newsletter, and a couple other upcoming blog changes. Thank you all for visiting!

I'm linking up to Project Quilting 8.2, Quilting Jetgirl Alison Glass Challenge, and Sew My Stash 2017 First Challenge (via IG).

Project QUILTING online voting will begin Sunday 1/22 around 11am PST.  There are over 70 projects linked up so far. Check out these beautiful quilts and vote for your favorites. (Mine is #72.)


I just love Alison Glass fabric and when I saw the signups for the Alison Glass Mini Swap on Instagram (#alisonglassminiquiltswap) it was a total no-brainer to sign up. It was also a good excuse to add more of her fabric to my stash. I already had a few pieces of yardage from her 2015 Sun Print line, but I bought a fat eighth set of the Sun Print 2015 Mercury. I first used them in this zipper pouch.

I decided I wanted to do something geometric and colorful and chose the Alternative pattern by Alison Glass. I sized it down to 50% which made 5 1/4” square finished blocks. This was perfect for a 3 x 3 grid of blocks (the finished quilt measures a bit larger than 16" square). The plus blocks are pieced and the X blocks are paper pieced. It went together really quickly once I made all my final color placement decisions. ;-)

trying out blocks

As I've mentioned before, I like swaps for pushing me to try something new. This was the first time I've done dense straight light quilting. I used my walking foot, and my lines are slightly farther than 1/4" apart. I started from the middle and worked my way out. There was one section I didn't do this way (trying to keep the lines equally spaced) and I ended up with a little pucker in my fabric. :-/ Lesson learned. Have you done quilting like this (or even more dense straight lines)? Any tips?

And here's the slightly askew label. ;-)

Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap
June 2015
TO: Claudia
FROM: Sarah Goer

I also made a little zipper pouch to send along with the mini. I realized after the fact that I ended up with a bit of a + and x theme in this bundle. The pouch uses this tutorial from Make It Perfect. I fussy cut the text fabric to feature “love” and “happy” on the edges of the zipper top.


Here's the full pile of goodies that I sent to Claudia in North Carolina.


The funny thing is, before I finished and mailed the package to Claudia, I received my swap package in the mail... and it was from Claudia. What a surprise that we were making for each other. Here is the beautiful Preppy the Whale mini in Alison Glass Handcrafted that Claudia made for me! She also made the beautiful bowl that I drooled over when I saw her making it on IG. How delightful that it was for me! She spoiled me with a variety of other goodies as well!

Thanks for visiting!

I'm linking up at the Stash Bee June Linkup Party, Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, and Finish It Up Friday.

This finish is one of my Q2 Finish Along goals. I'm linking up with the Q2 Finishes party.