Tula Tuesday – Prep Work

Here we go!  Getting all ready to make the beautiful Fandango quilt by Stacey in Stitches featuring the Slow and Steady fabric line by Tula Pink

First we have to get the templates together.  I took the pattern to a copy place and enlarged the pieces 200%

In the upper right corner of each template page you are copying is a small square.  This square should measure 2 inches by 2 inches after you enlarge the pattern.  It is REALLY, REALLY important to check and double check this before you continue copying.


Also, Templates 2, 3 and 4 have a 6 inch measurement guide that should measure 12 inches after copying.

This measurement guide came in very helpful for me, since one of my templates didn’t overlap after I copied them.  I was able to line it up with the ruler and add a piece of paper in the gap.  You can see it above on the right.

I purchased template material at my local store, but sadly it didn’t measure big enough for template 4 so I had to tape two pieces together.

I laid the paper templates on my cutting mat and taped them down, then I laid the template acrylic on top and taped it down.  Seriously, I did a lot of taping.  In fact, the hardest part of all of this was tracking which child had taken my tape dispenser from my room!


I used an extra fine tip sharpie to mark the templates and then a razor blade and ruler to cut along the outer lines


The curves were done free hand, very slowly.

All cut out and I still have 10 fingers!


The paper piecing templates were just enlarged onto 11×17 paper.  I’ve always used regular paper when I paper piece with very tiny stitches and its always just been fine.  There are two curved pieces on the original pattern and you are supposed to make 12 copies.  I couldn’t see any difference between the two, so I enlarged the top one and made 30 copies (24 plus extras for mistakes)


I am looking forward to playing with the fabrics this week!  We are cutting the fabric next, but will be sewing soon!

Are there any tips in prepping that you used?  Feel free to share them here and on my instagram, @lovinglylissa.



Tula Tuesdays

Have you seen the Fandango quilt kit using Tula Pink’s newest line, Slow and Steady?

It is breathtaking.  Mine arrived in the mail today.


If the picture of the finished quilt isn’t tempting enough, look at these fabrics


My word, I’m just drooling.  Look at these two pieces!  I think I may need some yards of these.

Let’s take a moment just to admire all of the above.

Done?  Good…down to business. (Don’t worry, you can always scroll back up to admire some more)

I’ve been looking over the directions and here are some things I want to share.

Techniques for piecing this include Foundation and Curved piecing and y-seams.  It is labelled advanced skill level.

Templates included need to be enlarged 200%.  And you will need plastic template materials.

I will be gathering all this up by next Tuesday, I hope you can too.

I’ll also be re-acquainting myself with paper piecing.  It’s been a while since I’ve done this.  The directions suggest this Paper Piecing Tutorial.

Craftsy has a nice step by step tutorial as well.

I’ve come up with a bit of a time line for this Quilt Along.  I plan on completing the steps on the following dates.  These can be subject to change as we go along.

October 4 – templates copied and prepared

October 11 – fabrics cut

October 18 – Group 1 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

October 25 – Group 2 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

November 1 –  Group 3 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

November 8 – Group 4 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

November 15 – Quilt top assembly.

December 1 for quilt finishing.

Now, this may be an ambitious timeline.  If it is, we can change it.  No worries.

I’ll be posting pictures on my Instagram, @lovinglylissa, so follow along there as well.  There will be more details and tips on the blog.

The pattern must be purchased with the kit, I will not be posting the pattern.

Everyone ready to dive in?

Let’s go!




Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

Hello Everyone!  Long time no see.  The summer went by swiftly and we sure kept busy!

There were fairy gardens made


Wizarding wands magicked


I attended the Art Quilt Symposium in Columbus, OH


I also attended SewPro in Chicago and met Tula Pink and Pat Sloan and many other wonderful members of the quilting industry.

Lucas took a whirl at the sewing machine for the first time and made himself a pillow.

And he picked out fabrics for me to make him his own quilt.  The first of my three children to receive a handmade quilt from me.  I also made a matching toothfairy pillow that also works as a pillow for Rory.

There were also trips to see family and Harry Potter; visits to museums and beaches; days lounging at the pool or playing video games.  Such a fun filled summer.

Now that the kids are back to school, its back to work for me.  Guess what I’m doing?


Yuppers.  I have purchased (as have many others) the Fandango Quilt Kit featuring Tula Pink fabrics.  I drooled over the quilt when I saw pictures of it at Quilt Market.  It was released recently and I thought I would do Tula Tuesdays here and on Instagram so that those of us who are making this piece have somewhere to share our journey.

I will not be posting directions for the pattern.  You must buy the kit for all that.  Please do and follow along.  It’s going to be a great time!!!

See you soon.




love is…Orlando Strong

I have been very busy since the end of school.  Many things I have planned on sharing with you, but haven’t had time to post anything.

This is important though.  This was something I HAD to do, had to create, and have to share.


love is

This is called love is…Orlando Strong.  The background colors are for the LGBT community, the phrase “love is” repeated on each strip.  The heart is flowing black and white, because love does flow and to me love is black and white, that simple.  You just love.


The finished piece hangs about 11 inches square and is about to be packed up and shipped to someone special.



A double post

Two fantastic things to show you all this post.

First, my second ever Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop has arrived.

Once again, Kimberly Jolly has read my mind on things I need or want to try.  I’ve been looking at different ways to store bobbins and can’t wait to try the Bobbini out. I keep hearing about Aurifil thread and want to test it out and here are two spools of it.  A guild I belong to has asked for handmade Christmas ornaments for a charity fundraiser, the fabrics in this month’s box will be put to good use.


I love the little ‘extra’ in the box.  Last month was a crossword, this month a coloring sheet.


What a relaxing way to end a day!

Also this post brings a new mini for the Crossroads Quilt Along by Sondra Davison of Out of the Blue Quilts.


I’m in love with my color choices for this and can not wait to see a finished product.

Here are the four I have made so far;



This post will be my last regular post till the end of August.  My kids are all out of school for the summer and I cannot guarantee time in my craft room when they are  home.  I will post as I complete projects but I know it won’t be twice weekly.

Enjoy your Summer!



May Crossroads

It’s time for the May Crossroads Quilt Along!  I have been having so much fun with Kimberly Jolly’s quilt along, I am so glad my friend invited me on this journey.  In fact we sewed along together via phone this month and it was wonderful.

Here are my Family Blocks;



The Fat Quarter Shop’s Crossroad Quilt along benefits the March of Dimes.  Please join along or donate if you can.

Special thanks to my daughter who was my photographer for tonight’s blog.

My April Mini

Yes, I am aware it is May now, but the measurements for the April mini Crossroads just went up two days ago as Sondra Davison of Out of the Blue Quilts has been very busy.  I am so glad they were up and I got it done.


The Crossroads block only had two colors to it, but I have been adding bits of red to the other minis and continued to do so this month.  I actually had drawn out the block a dozen times and colored in many versions trying to decide where I wanted to put the red.  In the end I didn’t choose any of the pre-drawn versions and just went with this. I am satisfied with it.

With the Mama blocks;


And all my current minis together;


The finished size of the mini blocks is 3 3/4 inches.  I’ve been working on such small blocks lately that when I went to make a 9 inch 9 patch I felt I was making a king size quilt!!!

Special thanks to Sondra Davison for the measurements.  I am having a great time with the mini version of the Crossroads quilt along.


A Story to Share

Every year there is a huge fundraiser for the local education foundation.  Included is a silent auction featuring art work done by a classroom.  I’ve seen chess sets, board games, lemonade stands, a whole motley of items that the children participate in creating.

This year I helped out with both of my boys’ classrooms.  The fourth grade project was going to be a bookshelf, but we didn’t want it to be empty.  We thought we would give the class options – they could help decorate the bookshelf or they could author books to be included.

Well, the bookshelf idea went flying out the window.  Each of the students in that classroom wanted to be an author.  Creativity was everywhere!  We had non-fiction football books, sequels to books or shows they loved, mysteries, love stories, and comic books being written.  The project became less about the auction and more about the kids.  How could you not encourage the excitement they had for writing a book!

24 kids created 16 books.  The books ranged from 3 pages to almost 20 pages long.  Once they were done being written it was my turn to work on them.  First I had to shrink the covers, contents, and about the author pages.  Then it was time to bind them up.

bookmaking supplies

Here is my set up.  I used the boxes from old games as the covers, the books were wire bound using a Bind-it-All.  All 16 books were sold as a set at the auction.  I was told they went for $70.

But that’s not all.  I couldn’t let the kids not have copies of their own books.  I couldn’t let them go without celebrating their accomplishments.  So, I spent the following two months binding 24 more books, one for each of them, and then 16 more to create a set for their amazing teacher.

Here are the final 40 books;


The set for the teacher will be signed by the author.  The personal copies have an additional 10 blank pages so that people who enjoy reading the story can leave a message for the author.  We are going to have a big publishing party before school ends to distribute and celebrate their achievement.

I am so incredibly proud of this class.

Derby Challenge

The Splendid Sampler had a Bonus Block and Challenge this week.  The block is a cute derby hat and I had just finished sorting scrap fabric and figured I should use some of it up.


I tried the freezer paper technique for the applique of the hat and hat band and machine appliqued the heart.  Of all the applique techniques I’ve tried so far, the backbasting method has been my favorite.

Row by Row

Every summer quilt shops across the U.S. and Canada participate in the Row by Row experience.  You visit a participating shop and pick up a pattern for a quilt row.  Each shop has their own unique pattern, but they all follow a theme.

I don’t really shop hop and gather rows each summer, instead I visit a local quilt shop from wherever I am vacationing with my family.  Some time in the future I will have a wonderful blanket filled with memories of everywhere we went.

Last summer we went to Gatlinburg, TN and visited the Great Smokey Mountains.  I made a stop at Mountain Stitches by Susan  and purchased a kit to make her row of the grist mills and water wheels.

There was applique involved with this piece and I thought I would try it a few different ways.  Just to see how it would turn out.

First, the upper windows of the grist mills were reversed appliqued.  This meant I put the window fabric behind the grist mill, and cut the grist mill fabric to show the windows.  I needled turned the grist mill fabric.


The door was next.  For this applique I did the backbasted method.  You draw the outline of your applique on the back of the piece you are sewing it onto.  Then you lay the piece to be appliqued on top.  Following the drawing you baste the piece on using tiny stitches.  If you let it sit like this for a while, it makes a perforation of the fabric to make turning under easier.  I just pull out a few basting stitches and needle turn the fabric.


Finally the trees were machine appliqued.  I cut the design directly on the green fabric and used a straight stitch along the edges. The fabric may fray as time goes on, but I think that would be in keeping with the trees.

To make the trees pop and add dimension, I opened the seams behind them and stuffed the insides.

open seam

Open the seam.

stuffed seam

Add stuffing.

stuff tree

Finished tree.

Finally, I added some embroidery to the bottom.  Just to remember where and when.


Here is the finished row;


I am excited to see what rows 2016 brings.




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