Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Theme Accuquilt Blog Hop


Today is my day for the Spring Theme Accuquilt Blog Hop organized by Darlene of SewCalGal.  Darlene and the other bloggers have done a terrific job of presenting amazing spring projects and tips for working with Accuquilt Go! Cutters and dies. I have a spring block to share with you, and I'll provide links to all the other projects so you can visit and see them all.  There are quite a few giveaways as well...so be sure to enter those! First, though...I just received a new cone of my favorite Aurifil thread...just in time for market sewing.  I go through these pretty fast, and so have decided to mark the cone with the date I opened it so I'll know exactly how long it lasts (thanks for the idea, Amy)!



I filled up a few bobbins today, too...wonder how long these will last?!


Okay...on with my little block tutorial.  First, though, a tip I'd like to share for working with your Accuquilt cutting mats.  Accuquilt recommends you flip the mat each time you cut to increase the life of your mat.  You can see from the photo above that I cut a lot of hexagons with this particular mat.  Notice the letter "A" in the top left corner?  I marked that so I can remember which side I've cut last.  When cutting a lot of shapes I am able to always remember which side I used last; before I labeled it I could never tell, since both sides look exactly the same!



Okay...here's my little spring block.  Everything was cut with my Accuquilt Go! cutter except for the 6 1/2" background square. Cut one background square along with four 2 1/2" squares of coordinating fabrics.  I ironed my small squares in half, right sides out, to press a stitching "line" then sewed each square along the line to the four corners of the background square.


Press out towards the corners and trim the seam allowance to 1/4".


Next, choose something to applique in the center of your block.  There are so many great Accuquilt shapes you could cut out and use...or make a hexagon flower for your block center.  I make a lot of hexagon flowers using the middle-sized hexagons from my hexagon die and 1" paper pieces, so that is what I chose for my block center.



Next, you'll applique' the hexagon flower to the center of your block.  There are so many things you could do with this block--add some borders to make a small pillow.  Or...make a few more blocks for a wall hanging. I'm thinking about making a 9-block wall-hanging with mine....and a pillow...I love little pillows!




And...I have a "spring themed" giveaway to go along with this stop on the tour--6 fat eigths of Sunkissed...perfect for a spring project!  If you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post!  And for some amazing spring projects, please stop by these other blogs to see what they've already shared (on some of them you might have to go back to earlier posts to find the spring project tutorial and giveaway).

SewCalGal - http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/


Ardea's Nest (Melissa) - http://ardeasnest.blogspot.com/

Bejeweled Quilts (Barb) - http://bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com/

SewCindy (Cindy) - http://www.sewcindy.blogspot.com/

Sunshower Quilts (Katrina) - http://www.sunshowerquilts.blogspot.com/

Just Plain Laine (Laine) - http://justplainlaine.com/

Bits & Pieces (Terri) - http://terriesandelin.blogspot.com/

Rosebud Quilting (Michelle) - http://rosebudquilting.blogspot.com/

Hollyhock Quilts (Glenna) - http://www.hollyhockquilts.com/

Oh, and one last thing...congrats to Mary who won my 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts magazine giveaway!  I've sent you an e-mail, Mary, requesting your mailing address!  Have a great day!

Edit:  Congrats to Dianne who won this giveaway!



152 comments:

SkippityDoDahQuilts said...

I love Sunkissed :). It's so fresh and funky, and I'm not a big fan of serious fabrics, I'm just not a very serious person :).

Stray Stitches said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. And also for the chance to enter your giveaway.

Rachel said...

You block is so pretty! I don't have a Go! but your instructions would work fine without one, I think.

Karenkay said...

Your spring block is beautiful!

Dorian said...

A darling little block, hexagons are so cute! Thanks for a chance at winning, I LOVE Sunkissed!!

Barb said...

What a wonderful post today and so springy.....love your project, looks wonderful!

Miss 376 said...

A wonderful block and lovely fabric in the giveaway to give it a try

Lisa Marie said...

Enjoyed your blog and all the great tips. I would love a chance to win those beautiful sunkissed fabrics! Thanks.

Linboose said...

Adorable block! Oh and that Sunkissed fabric is super yummy too!

Mimi said...

I love, love, love Sunkissed... Oh! such a pretty selection of fat quarters too! Thanks for the chance!!

Brita said...

I would not have thought of fabrics being serious or not. That explains my collection of fabrics! If it seems serious, it's only meant to provide a backdrop for my normally unserious choices :-) Sunkissed, for example, which is currently my fave collections!

Your block is gorgeous, but not gonna make those hexies, no way!

Gwyneth said...

ooohh...yellow!

Deborah said...

I love this pattern. I was teaching the snowball pattern to my class the other weekend. Never thought to put something else in the snowball! Thanks.

Kathy H said...

SHerri, thanks for the tip about marking the mat. I have a Go baby and haven't used it much yet but have been thinking about how to keep the mat usage figured out. Pretty fabrics in your little pillow block.

Mommarock said...

Sunkissed! OOOOOOOOhhh sweet joy!

Petit Design Co. said...

maybe it's time I invest in the hexagon die

susan said...

I love the hexigon shape. Thankyou for the opportunity to enter your give away.

james and bess said...

love those hexies - great giveaway! :)

bess

Ariane said...

I love this block. Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

Michelle Jensen said...

Cute fabrics. I am actually in love with sunkissed. I love love love it!!

Terriaw said...

Cute block idea, especially with such cheerful fabrics. I don't have an accuquilt but this looks easy enough to do without the gadget. Thanks for sharing!

Tonya said...

I really, really like your block. It turned out wonderfully!!!

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Nedra said...

Sunkissed is one of my most favorite lines. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

debbie said...

I like your tip about marking the GO mat. Cute block, I don't have the hex die yet. I love the Sunkissed fabric and would love to get some; thanks for the chance
debbie

Terrie Sandelin said...

It's been so much fun seeing what the other AccuQuilt Spring Theme bloggers have been up to -- I love your little hexagons. That die is certainly on my list!

Kitty said...

Thanks for the tutorial. The Sunkissed fabrics are so spring-y! Pretty block!

Gwen said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog! The Sunkissed is lovely! I am looking for some paper pieces to try a small hexagon project. Love the flowers you have shown.

Connie said...

Great tutorial and a neat way to put a applique of something special in a block. Love the Sunkissed fabrics, thanks for a great giveaway.

Christine M said...

Your block with the hexagon centre looks great. I love sunkissed. Hopefully I'm the lucky one!

Needled Mom said...

Cute project!!! I love hexies.

Juli said...

What a great way to use hexagons.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

GREAT post, Sherri! Thanks for sharing!

LadyV said...

I just recently put up a post of a project that uses hexagons and then I see your wonderful project...Makes me wonder if I should give hexagons another go :-)

Love your block and great tutorial.

scottylover said...

Great project! I just signed up for a class on hexies last night at my guild meeting. Can't wait to learn how to make them!

Sandy A

Amy said...

Your hexie block is so cute!! I would love to try it with the Sunkissed fabrics!

Anita said...

thank you for the chance to win some beautiful fabric!

Diana said...

Those fabrics are so HAPPY. I love them and would love to have them. Your hex flower block is very cute also!

Sara said...

That block is adorable. Definitely going to try it. Thanks for the chance to win

Nancy D. said...

I love Sunkissed. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

What a neat way to use a snowball block! Love it! Thanks for giveaways, quilters love them.

jsmom said...

Very Pretty! I'm getting an accuquilt for my birthday and now I have lots of fun ideas to use it for!

Lindsay said...

I love this line of fabric!

Sallie said...

Thanks for the Sunkissed giveaway!

Lynnae said...

Thanks for the great tutorial and I love sunkissed.

Kay said...

You've convinced me that I have to make some hexagons. Love the idea & the fabric you used.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Oh what pretty colours!

Vicky P said...

Love this block and the choice of fabrics. May have to borrow your example and make one for myself. Thanks for the tutorial.
vlpeavler.quilt@gmail.com

Linda E in AZ said...

thanks for the tips - that is a pretty block (and such pretty fabric that you are giving away)!

free indeed said...

Just love sunkissed! I haven't tried hexies yet, but I want to sometime in my future.

Ladybug said...

What a sweet block and great for spring.

Teresa in Music City said...

Just love your hexie block, and I think the fabrics make it perfect! Hoping I win the Sunkissed fabrics so I can make one of my own!

Carol C. said...

Your spring block is beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial, and inspiration!! I love the Sunkissed fabrics -- Thanks for the opportunity!

Mary said...

The Cutter looks really handy. I'd love to win the fabric - I'm in the mood to sew something light and springy looking.

Anne said...

I love sunkissed. Thanks for the opertunity to win!

Gransie said...

Love, love, love your blog...I look forward to it everyday! Just started quilting seriously....would love a chance to win that fabric:)

jennifer w. said...

Beautiful fabrics, thanks for the chance to win!

Dianne said...

I'd love these! I just got some sunkissed charm packs...what better to compliment them :)

Heartsdesire said...

Sunkissed is just perfect for any spring project. Especially a lovely lap quilt for the deck. Your hexagon flower block would make such a sweet pillow. I love little pillows too!

Sinta Renee said...

Your block is a happy surprise! I wasn't sure where you were going with the snowball... and then presto! a gorgeous flower landed on it!

diane said...

I simply must put an Accu-Quilt Go Cutter on my gift requests list for my birthday...that list is growing!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

this blog hop has been so much fun!!! I love the hexagon flower in Central park :)

nancym said...

Strange - I just made a mug rug with exactly the same design. Great minds think alike!

Sundar Koyal said...

What a great way to use hexagons! Very pretty

WoolenSails said...

I love using my hexagon die, so many ways you can work with them.

Debbie

Jen said...

Super cute project! I would love to win some Sunkissed. The colors are so pretty!

Laura said...

Very cute block. It would make a sweet apron pocket as well. Thank you for the chance to win the Sunkissed.

Laura K said...

I am working on my own Spring quilt wall hanging. I need to replace my Winter one which is still hanging up! Thank you for the great idea.

Cathy said...

Your block is adorable and the Sunkissed fabrics are delicious. Thanks for a chance to win them. Hugs.

~Michelle~ said...

Oh cute! a hexie flower on a snowball! :)

Jan Marie said...

I am loving the sunkissed fabric line.

Deb said...

Great block! Thanks for the giveaway, too - I'd love a few pieces of Sunkissed!

Jackie Russell said...

Love this block idea with the hexagon. I just started making some of the hexagons and I don't see me making a whole quilt but I could see one with this block. Your block looks like City Park and I see the Sunkissed fabric you will be giving away. Do these work well together? Same colors?

Shirley said...

What a great little block. I guess I need to start making some hexagons! Thanks for the great giveaway, too.

Barb said...

Your post was full of great tips today! Thanks, Sherri :) I'm always ready for some warm spring color!

The One and Only said...

I so want to get an Go cutter....I've been trying to win one for forever since I'm a SAHM and there's only one income coming in, not to mention this horrible recession...but let's not get down, what about those lovely phat 8's of sunkissed...love sweetwater!!

Marcia W. said...

Thank you for the lovely giveaway. If fortunate to win, can use the Sunkissed for the patchwork for my Birdie Stitches BOM from the LMS blog. The little birdies need their squares to be framed. The Spring tutorial for the block is inspiring me to work with some hexagons. Good Tuto!

trudys_person said...

I love the Sunkissed line! My sister is doing the quilt-along (Fat Quarterly?) with it - so pretty! Thank you for the giveaway!

Debra said...

I always love your posts. Thanks for the chance to win the Sunkissed fabric!

Sharon said...

Hi Sherri wonderful block and thanks for having some fun with us...

rjk said...

Sheri, what a great block to make for a spring time wall hanging. Thank you for the idea. I am going to start it this weekend.

Mama Pea said...

Sherri, great tips! So, is that bobbin thread from Aurifil, or just a really big cone of the regular thread? i have to find me some of that. Where can I get it?

I love your hexies. As always!

Stephanie

arlette said...

Love your hexies and the snow globe block, thank you for the tip with the thread ;)

Joanna said...

Thanks for all of the grat ideas that make perfect sense. I like your block, too, because it is simple yet has impact. Thank you.

Shanon said...

Thanks for the sweet block idea and I would love to win a bit of sunkissed.

robin said...

I'd love some Sunkissed! Love your block, too. :)

Gidget said...

What a cute block, great idea!
I love the sunkissed fabric and would love to win these!
Thank you

Vicki B said...

beautiful site and great pattern - one I can even make I think - so thanks a bunch

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love the idea of adding a small hexie in a snowball block - I must try that. I have not worked with the Sunkiss fabrics yet so that would be a fun win.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Thank you for a great tutorial.The finished block is just beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

Janet said...

Wow Aurifil by the cone! I'll have to look for that. Thanks for the chance to win some Sunkissed.

Patty D from NC said...

thanks for the chance to win. Love the hexi block

sue said...

Great tutorial and I love the fabrics!

Anonymous said...

I love the Sunkissed fabric line! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some beautiful fabric.

Amy
amy(dash)elisabeth(at)hotmail(dot)com

annmarie said...

I love Sunkissed - especially the tiny flowers. Thanks for the chance to win some..........

~Kathleen said...

Oooooh, I love Sunkissed, too! What's not to love? Please count me in my generous friend. :)

Dortha said...

Sunkissed is such a lovely fabric line. Thanks for the chance to win some. dorthac@aol.com

Michelle said...

You block is so bright and cheery, love the hexagon flower in the center, great idea. Interested to see our wall hanging and pillow they sound like hey will be adorable.

paulette said...

Please throw my name into your Sunkissed hat!! I would love to win...thanks for the chance!
Take care!
Paulette

Ginger said...

Loving the Sunkissed fabrics!!!

jennifer said...

I love Sunkissed and Hexies:)

Judy said...

Sunkissed is so pretty. Thanks for the opportunity!

Linda K said...

Oh, so cute. I may have to break down and try some hexagons this year. Thanks for the chance to win. The fabrics are so pretty, too.

Jean said...

Love your tutorial and the fabrics too! Thanks for the chance to win.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great block! Sunkissed is a great line.

CJ said...

What a cute block! I'm anxious to see just how long that spool of thread does last. I'm betting not that long, especially if you are sewing for Market!

Cheri C. said...

comment (that's me leaving a comment) :)

Rainy said...

thank you for posting this. I have been wondering how the cutters worked.

Rulene said...

I love your block. Thanks for showing us

Renea said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This fabric looks so springy.

SarahVee said...

I'm not surprised you chose a hexagon flower for your block:) Love how springy it looks. Traditional, homey and modern all at the same time. Your giveaway looks like a perfect spring treat. Thanks for the chance.

Slovenka said...

Cute block. Thanks for the giveway. Going form 80 to almost freezing is calling for something really Spring-y.

Nancy B said...

I just celebrated a birthday and now I'm disappointed I didn't "hint" for an accuquilt cutter. Thanks for the give-away and your tutorial; they are always so helpful.

nbtay@sbcglobal.net

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love your spring block and the hexagons...very pretty!

I've just finished a tumbler quilt using the accuquilt...such a lot of fun and so accurate...makes me desire more dies! LOL

kt said...

Great block--love how the hexagon flower is framed by the snowball! Thanks for the chance to win!

polly said...

Thanks for the tute and the chance to win!

Pat said...

Thanks for the tutorial and it is a great block. I am going to have to get the Accuquilt cutter as I can see it is so much faster than cutting out the pieces by hand.

Helen said...

That's such a sweet little block - thanks for the tutorial (and the idea!). I haven't seen sunkissed in real life but I know I'd love it if I met it! Thanks for the chance.

Mary Fioretti said...

I am amazed at the work that you do. My morning tour always includes your blog. Are you hired by the designers to create for them?

Teresa said...

I love Sunkissed. Thanks for the toot!

Karen said...

LOVE IT! A must "To Do" project. Sew cute -- and I love the Sunkissed fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

Melissa said...

I just love hexies! Unfortunately, my carpal tunnel does not! I have seen some tutes out there about sewing them by machine. I may have to try that. And if it works, that hexie die might be next on my acquisition list!!

Slowpoke said...

Your block is beautiful. I love the spring colors of Sunkissed.

SewCalGal said...

Sherri, what a wonderful block. I've never seen anything like this before. Great idea. I can't wait to make a quilt with these blocks. Love it!

Yummy giveaway too.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Carolyn said...

What a wonderful block and YUMMY fabrics! I found your blog on the blog hop and have enjoyed it so much. You have some great tutorials! Thank you for sharing them with us! I would love to enter your giveaway. I do love me some Sunkissed! Thank you for the chance. :0)

Carolyn said...

P.S. I now follow your blog and have added your giveaway to my blog. :)

Stina said...

Ohhhh....this will be a pretty quilt!!!! :0)
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!!

Laine from JustPlainLaine.com said...

Thanks for the the great post and being a part of the Spring Blog Hop for Accuquilt!

Laura said...

Thank you for the great block idea and for the idea of labeling the cutting mat. I am going to try them both!!

Michele said...

Love the tutorial....the Sunkissed fabric is great too :-)

Anita said...

Love the fabric and block. Did you do it English paper piecing style? It looks like it is turned under. Thanks!

Deb said...

I've never filled several bobbins to have ready....now I know to do that and not have to unthread my machine! Great idea! And I LOVE the wonderful block! Please enter me in your giveaway.

Val said...

Your block is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great little block Sherri! And thanks for the 101 Patchwork Projects win!

deserae said...

Your block is so fun! :)

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love a chance to enter!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Patty said...

Love the idea of putting the hexagons in the middle of the block. Pretty fabric also.

Mary Ann & Mother said...

Thank you for the great tutorial - your hexis look fabulous and this is a great idea for a spring-time quilt. If you had enough blocks, you may even want to try a quilt using Quilt As You Go with your blocks. Thanks again! Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts

Harrysmum said...

What a lovely spring block - thanks so much for sharing! Great giveaway too!

Sel's Quilting Blog said...

The spring block is beautiful! And I'd love some Sunkissed fat eighths - it's such a a happy fun line of fabric!

SO I'M Anna Fogg, an eclectic kinda gal said...

Sunkiss my mailbox with this giveaway! Love the hexagon block. ~anna

Q said...

what a cute little block, I am definitely going to make one. I have a current mindset of a thread, is a thread, is a thread really so am curious as to why the thread is your favourite, is it to do with the finished product? the sewing process? or something else.
Thanks Sherri!

Kathy said...

Oh so pretty fabric-such a cute Spring giveaway or will we ever have Spring! Now after your tutorial I think I'm going to have get the Hexagon Die-thanks, I think! LOL

avalarue said...

I have just found your blog and love many of your ideas. So glad to see the new fabrics.

Karen said...

Silly me I posted my comment on the previous post. Doesn't matter still think the design is great. Hexagon flowers will look fantastic with the absolutely gorgeous fabrics

Carrie P. said...

Thanks for showing how you use the cutter for so many different pieces. I love that sunkissed line.

The Rx quilter said...

Thanks for the idea to incorporate hexi's in a block like this..I just love Central Park! Lisa in Texas

LindaW said...

I love the sunkissed line but don't have any of it, so winning would be great! Thanks for the chance.

The Quiltwhinny said...

Thanks for the great ideas and chance to win!

Karen said...

Love your block idea. Also, I love the spring theme fabric you are giving away.

JOsefina said...

I like your beautiful work.
i congratulate them
have a good day
Josefina
tijeras y cuchara wordpress.com

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Oh, that is the cutest block ever!! I have been wanting to make a grandmother's flower garden quilt for my daughter's room (we're in the middle of a makeover), but let's face it, it's not gonna happen! But this I could make work!

Would you mind if I included a photo of this on my blog in my next inspiration post (with a link back to your site, of course)? I'm collecting up ideas for her room and I'd love to include this! Let me know, thanks!

~Angela~