Thursday, June 02, 2011

 "Simple Things" Quilt Along

Kelly and I couldn't be more excited about our quilt along!  Hope you all are excited about joining us in the
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"Simple Things" quilt along.  Everyone is welcome to participate with us you don't just have to be a Charming Girl.    Please feel free to use our button on your blog.  Simple-Things-Quilt-Along-Mouse-logo

We have two versions for you to chose pick from!   Here's my version...it's 72" X 72".
 Simple Things Carol
  Here's Kelly's  smaller version...it's 38" X 38"...it is so darn cute!
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which is 38" x 38".

Kelly called one day and asked if I'd like to do a quilt along with her.  I came up with a couple of blocks, Kelly came up with a couple of blocks...she worked her design magic...and here we have 2 very fun quilts.

Each week for the next several weeks, we'll post instructions for completing the quilt!  This week we're giving you the fabric requirements, next week we'll be back with the cutting instructions . . . all the way to the binding.  We're going to take it slow - so that everyone can relax and enjoy the process!  No rush, no stress!
In the end, we'll have a parade and a prize drawing for those who complete their quilt tops!

Fabric Requirements for "Simple Things"...the big one
33 Layer Cake Squares or 10" Squares (or equivalent)
1 1/2 Yards Background Fabric 
1/2 Yard for Inner Border
1 3/4 Yards for Outer Border
2/3 yard for Binding
4 1/2 Yards Backing
I used all of my scraps of Minnick & Simpson fabrics...Prairie Paisley, Flag Day Farm, Wiscasset, Bar Harbor, American Banner Rose, Charlevoix...it all works so great together.  I also used Bella Solid White for the background.

This quilt  is a reminder to us that it's the simple things in our lives that make us happiest- lunch with a friend,  time with family, a visit on the phone with the grandchildren, a walk on a nice day...whatever makes you the happiest.

Can't wait to see what fabric you all decide to use...are you going to use your stash or pick out something new?  And I really can't wait to hear what you're going to do with your quilt...will it be a graduation gift, a wedding gift, a snuggle quilt on the couch, a baby quilt?  I've already decided what I'm doing with mine...it's a gift for Jami...she starts chemo soon...so she'll need a quilt...and I couldn't think of anything better for her than red, white and blue.

So gather your fabrics...and we'll see you next week...same time, same station...let's have some fun!
 


37 comments:

Michelle said...

OMGOSH!!! Like I said on Kelly's post...I'm so excited, I just can't stop giggling!

Darlene said...

OMG, I'm getting so excited about playing along. This maybe the project to jump start my quilting mojo! I have lots of fabric ideas rolling around in my little head.

The Big One???? The Little One????
OMG - how will I decide?????

LOL

annieb said...

Beautiful quilts! I am going to look through my stash and decide which one to make!

Michele said...

I'm excited about this :-) Do you know how many weeks it will take to complete? I'd love to join in!

Melanie said...

I don't know If I will be able to keep up, But I'm going to try a scrappy version--- just cause I want to play with you. It's only sleep I'll lose right?!?!? I'm knocking out a baby quilt this weekend...so I can do it.

Carol said...

How fun, I have lots of layer cake squares that I can use. I like both the large and small versions. I also like the no stress approach.

Quilt Hollow said...

I couldn't think of a nicer gift for your friend Jami! Both quilts are absolutely wonderful!!!

Kim said...

This looks like fun. Hopefully I'll have time to participate.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

This is going to be such fun! I'm so glad we get to do this together- and Jami is just going to LOVE that beautiful quilt with all the Minick & Simpson fabric!! Can't wait to get to see it all quilted and bound!!

Sandy said...

I'm in! I think that I will make the little one!

Thanks!

Sharon said...

Both quilts are fantastic...great job! Sounds like a fun Quilt Along!

Betty Lou said...

Count me in, I probably will do the small version. Exciting, I am looking forward to it.

Wendy said...

I see some fun times coming from this. The quilts are fantastic!

Allie said...

Just beautiful - and how PERFECT a gift for Jami! I won't be able to join you, piecing is not my forte - but I'll be cheering everyone on!

Crafty Mama said...

Oh gosh, I just ♥ them both so much! You and Kelly did a fantastic job, both of you! I really can't decide between the 2 so I may have to make both! LOL☺
And I just love that your giving your quilt to Jami, I'm sure she will just love it and it will give her such comfort.

Tiffaney said...

I have a few baby quilts to make and I think this one will be perfect.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I love them both! Decisions, decisions! :-) I'll have to check my stash and see what I can find. ;-)

Your quilt for Jami is perfect!

Have a happy weekend!

Anne Heidi said...

Oh how fun- count me in! I love them both, so deciding on just one might be hard.... I'll post the button on my blog right away- thank you for doing this, I can't wait!!!

Stephanie said...

Darling blog button and beautiful quilts! I'm sure you'll have tons of participants! Have fun.

quiltcat said...

oh, thats the right quilts for me. I will make the big one, with all my christmasfabrics.
wish you all a wonderful weekend
mg elfriede

Sherri said...

Such great quilts...I love both versions!

Sinta Renee said...

I love the story of the two of you designing this quilt together... it is gorgeous! Both quilts are stunning! I am in for sure!!! I just need to decide which one to make big or mini- or both!!!
This is going to be so fun!!!

Vicki ♥ said...

I love both yours and Kellys quilts and I hope to keep up. I am going to make the smaller quilt as I have several charm packs to choose from that I want to use. Thanks so much and I will have my quilt to display to brighten my house up :)

Joanna said...

I learned about your qal from Quilting Daze's Darlene. I'd like to join in, but can't decide on which one to make. Love them both.

Sasha said...

Oh wow this will be fun!! I just put my order in for fabric- Grace by Three Sisters!!! I'll be making the big with you Carol. Thanks!

carol fun said...

Oh I love this quilt - as soon as I get the quilt done that has to be mailed off on Monday I'm going to figure out what fabric I want to use. Now 2 more sides to bind, the sleeve and I'm done - can't wait!

Cheryl said...

I am so excited....love this quilt and the button is so cute. I'm in!!!

Cornfield Quilter said...

I am so looking forward to playing along! I have the requirements written down and am going to get my fabrics pulled. Let the fun begin! :D

Jeanette said...

Looking forward to making "Simple Things." Looks like it going to be lots of fun...Can't wait for the next part to come out.

Dandelion Quilts said...

You girls have been busy. So cute. Unfortunately, I am so behind on my projects that I will have to sit this one out. But, I will enjoy the show. :)

Paula said...

Looks like I'm going to join too! I'm thinking about my fabric choices. :)

Gretchen said...

I'm definitely in! Can't wait! This looks like a fun project:) I'm going to hit my stash of 1930s fabrics (both for their cheery designs & colors & because I feel like I'm living it before the days of the Rural Electrification Administration lol!)

suemac said...

I love that quilt. Anything with stars. I will keep an eye out for the start of the project. I have plenty of fabric in my stash except for the background fabric. I will have to think about that.

Rosa said...

Wonderful quilts.
I love stars and like the no press for do it.

Angela said...

I'm excited about this Quilt Along! It will be my first time joining in on one! I am going to make the large size, using Moda's Rose Parade fabrics. I think this will make a very happy quilt! :o)

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

Love them both, Carol. Wish I had time to join in on this.

joan said...

Wow! I am looking at my Layer cakes as I write. I want to make both version:)
Thanks so much for hosting this...