Monday, September 26, 2011

Love Letters Block of the Month



Truly, I am in love – giddy, fully head over heels in love! What has brought on my adrenaline rush and my heart palpitations, you might ask? What else but an exquisite quilt I just received back from my fabulous longarm quilter. And it seems to be having that effect on everyone who sees it. But let me start at the beginning….

I volunteered to make this quilt, Love Letters Block of the Month by Sherri Falls for This & That, because Kimberly likes to have each block of the month quilt tested before it is passed on to you. I soon had the pattern and the wonderful fabric, Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda, in hand. I was immediately drawn to the design elements in the quilt, and I am quite the fan of 3 Sisters fabrics. So I anxiously and carefully laid out each of the fabrics and realized that three of them were wovens, which I had not ever used before….but more about that later.




Each of the 6 blocks is duplicated to yield 12 blocks, so I cheated a little and started on the block which was my favorite. By the time I had done some chain piecing and had the first two blocks together, I could hardly wait to get started on the next. I did get to know the woven fabric quite well, as it is used in every block and also in the borders. I learned very quickly that the woven fabric is very stretchy and likes to be handled with care. My tip to you as you use the woven fabrics - use your spray starch very liberally. This will stiffen the fabric enough to aid in precise cutting and will stabilize the cut pieces which have bias edges.

As I continued from block to block, what started as a fondness for the design began to blossom into full blown affection. Each fabric had its own story, especially the script prints with words taken from actual letters written generations ago. At last, I was ready to join the blocks into rows with the script print sashing strips. By the time I reached the pieced outer border, affection had been replaced by a strong emotional connection. The red plaid triangles accentuate the blocks and add the endearing final signature to this one of a kind love letter.

Join us in this 6 month block of the month program – you, too, will be writing your own Love Letters!


80 comments:

Mommarock said...

Oh that is just too beautiful! The fabric choice is just perfection!

Michelle said...

This is great! Y'all are so cool!

slfranks4 said...

That is a very lovely quilt! I love watching your blog for new ideas. :)

Kelly O. said...

slipping over from V and Co to say hey! love your shop!

Briawna said...

stunning quilt! i love your projects!

Ellyn said...

You really are cool, not just because Vanessa says so! I love your blog...

Jennifer said...

beautiful quilt! Love your blog

Laura said...

Stopping by from V and co...I love your blog..adding to my blog list!

QuiltSwissy said...

I came in from V and Co to check you out and found this Love Letters to be very very very awesome!

glen in Louisiana

Wendy said...

Coming from V&Co... love your blog! Thanks :)

*katie said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt!

Erin said...

Came from v & co. You have wonderful patterns and fabric. Thanks.

bethanndodd said...

Visiting from V & Co to let you know how cool you are for hosting such a generous giveaway. Thanks!
Smiles~Beth

Poosh said...

Just popped over from V & Co! Love your fabrics and patterns!

Sally Johnson said...

I love the design of this, it is so pretty... The colors are fantastic... Love this lots.

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

It is truly stunning!

jmniffer said...

I'm stopping over from V and Co to say hi. Love your quilt; it looks amazing.

Yan Hong Lowson said...

V & Co is having a giveaway and we are to tell you how cool you are! So, that's what I'm doing here---telling you how cool you are! You're so cool!

Heather D. said...

This is just lovely. You have an awesome blog!

ZippyMoma said...

Love your site!

Karen P. said...

popping in to say hi from vanessa!

Melody said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing!

Lee said...

I am over from V and Co. I adore your shop and thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

Cindy said...

Vanessa wanted me to stop and say Hi to you today!! I love your blog and your shop!! Have a great day!:) Thanks for the giveaway!
orr20004@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Vanessa wanted me to say hi. I love your shop.

Rachel said...

Stopping over from V & Co.! Love this quilt! So beautiful and I love the colors! :D

~Rachel~

Jennifer O. said...

That is a beautiful quilt! Love the color use too. I know its not the same thing but I have seen the Civil War Love Letters book and always wanted to look through it.

Also (V&Co.) you are one of the coolest online shops around!

gablehousesewing@msn.com

Joy @ Light Bulbs said...

So beautiful.

Donna said...

sent here by V&Co. You guys ROCK!

Ramanda said...

Hello, Friend! Always a pleasure to visit your blog!

Jessica said...

What a beautiful quilt. V&Co. sent me over. Love your shop too.

Sandi said...

I love your blog and you are so cool.

April Shae said...

You guys are so cool!

Nancy said...

beautiful quilt...lovely colors...

Pam said...

Love this quilt-V and Co want me to let you know that I think you are cool!

Liz said...

Cool, indeed! :)

Rebecca said...

Such a beautiful quilt!
V and Co sent me ~ very cool blog!

usagypsy said...

Coming over from V's. Tho I've been to the shop, its the first for me on the blog. Off to explore.....

deserae said...

Love your shop! :)

Tamie said...

Coming over from V&Co. Love your shop and your blog.

Lana Lulu Handmade said...

Stopping by from V & Co. I love the Love letter quilt!!! Beautiful!

Bolo heads said...

Here from V telling you that you are cool. I am already a follower but still wanted to tell you that you are AWESOME.

Florence said...

Beautiful quilt ! Stopping by from V and Co blog, thank you for the give away !

Nancy said...

Love the quilt! Visiting from V and Co, although I am a follower also!

twelve30 said...

Visiting from V & Co. - love your fabric selections and your blog - I'm a follower.
twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

Steven and Ginger said...

Love your site. I am here from V and Co. trying to win a fat quarter bundle.

James-Linda said...

VISITING FROM V AND CO.
THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SHOP!
THANKS TOO FOR THIS NEAT GIVEAWAY!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Rosa said...

I come over from V AND CO.
Thanks for your all item and for this awesome giveaway.

Love this quilt and fabrics,they`re wonderful

Kathleen said...

stopping by from V and Co...I love your shop...beautiful fabrics...thanks for the giveaway..

Jeanne W. said...

from V. and Co. Love your shop and blog!

Tonya said...

stopping over from v and co to tell you guys how cool you are

MaryAnnB said...

I love your site, love your shop and you guys are SO COOL!!! thanks for the giveaway, Did I mention how COOL you guys are?? :)

Lee Ann said...

I follow you (google reader) and read you all the time. I'm slipping back here from V and Co to say you guys are way cool! And, that's the truth!

Tote, Debby, Sammy and Caleb Jimenez said...

You're cool! (V&Co) made me say it but I do totally agree!) :)

Shannon said...

Gorgeous quilt and you guys are cool for such a great giveaway from V & Co.!

DEBBIE said...

Gorgeous! You're so cool, and I'm so excited about the giveaway from V & Co! THANKS!

CJ said...

The quilts you showed are beautiful!

You are so cool for showing all this information. Thank you!

Kathleen Grace said...

Just popping by from Vanessa's blog to say thanks for the give away! You rock:)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a fabulous quilt! BTW I'm also here to say you're cool! :o)

Cecilia said...

This is a beautiful quilt. V and co. sent me over to tell you how cool you are.:-) I am already a follower of yours, so I already knew that.

Crystal Hendrix said...

Vanessa over from V&co wanted me to come over here and tell you guys that you are awesome! Which you are! Nothing hard in saying that!! :D

Keep up the great work! And I love that Love letters quilt! So pretty!

Lori Addington said...

You are way cool! Love the shop!

Daniel and Cerissa said...

Over from V and Co. Love this quilt! Great blog!!!

Heartsdesire said...

I just came over from V & Co. to say how much I love shopping at the Fat Quarter Shop. In fact, I'm just waiting for an order to get here any day now.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

V and Company and having a giveaway and asked us to come visit you and tell you how cool you are! Cool - just what we need down here in Georgia! And you ARE cool. Very cool!

injanuity said...

Thanks for the giveaway at V& Co - so very cool of you! :)

Anonymous said...

V& Co sent me love your blog way cool will be adding you to my favorites smic252@yahoo.com

Barb said...

Just a quick shout to say thanks for being so generous and sponsoring yet another giveaway over at V and Co. You are so cool!

Jessica said...

Vanessa sent me to say hi.

Rachael said...

Hey thanks for sponsoring this giveaway from V and Co. You guys are cool!

rachaelbecker@gmail.com

robin said...

I'm here from V&Co. to let you know how COOL you are. ;)

Annabanana said...

Great quilt ! Your blog and shop are so cool !

Nichole

pinepatches (at) verizon (dot) net

Allison C said...

V and Co. sent me here so I could confirm how cool you guys are! Thanks for having a great shop and blog!

Joyfulmomofmany said...

So, so beautiful! You guys have the *best* online quilt shop! Thanks!

Marcia W. said...

I'm visiting from V&Co.
This is a lovely quilt. Thanks for the giveaway that you are supporting.

Angela said...

What a beautiful quilt!! I love the color choice and placement.

Carla said...

Over visiting from V and Co blog. You are so cool to sponsor their giveaway! Thanks :)

Connie said...

Beautiful Fabrics. Love your sites

The Little Shop of Stitches said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can see why you are so in love!

momof3girls said...

I LOVE 3 Sisters fabric too! The quilt is gorgeous!