Hi everyone, I’ve got great news! I spent the day with my quilting group last Saturday and got 2/3 of my blocks for Pom Pom Parade pieced together and then on Sunday pieced the final 1/3 of the blocks and pieced the top together. This quilt went together in a jiffy and it feels so colorful and summery, I’m just in love with it! Here’s a little synopsis of my weekend’s worth of sewing…
My quilt group is called the UFO Quilters and we meet on the third Saturday of each month to share a potluck lunch and binge sew. This month we had a full house of ladies showing up, so I arrived early to “claim” my space and layout my blocks for construction.
I spent the next couple of hours piecing blocks together. I pieced the blocks in batches of 10 at a time to make things go a little faster. I felt like a little block factory – the blocks were going together so quickly.
Before I knew it, it was lunchtime. My quilting group always brings an array of delicious munchies!
As usual, my dogs like to assist with my quilting projects. Jasper’s way of assisting is sharing a chair with me while I sew (only one of us really enjoys this “assistance” –as you can see, Jasper does not leave much room for me).
By the end of quilting day, 20 of the 30 blocks were sewn together.
And by the end of the next day, all 30 blocks were complete!
My next step was to layout my block arrangement. Luckily this quilt finishes at 60” x 72”, so I could use my queen bed to layout out the blocks on. As you can see, my other “assistant” Izzy was quick to mess up my arrangement. It took a while of shifting blocks around until I was happy with the arrangement. And then Izzy kept messing it up!
Once we got through the minor doggie trials and tribulations, I ended up with a beautiful Tula Pink summer quilt! This quilt will be perfect to take to Jazz in the Park or Film on the Rocks this summer.
Izzy tested out the final product and approves…next step is quilting. At this point in my quilting career, I have yet to take up long arm quilting, so my mom, Jackie Arnold of Snowy Peaks Quilt Company, does my quilting for me. Currently, she is quilting several other quilts for The Quilting Company, so it may be a few weeks before she can get to this one. Check back in late June to see my completed Pom Pom Parade!
p.s.: want to make your own Picnic? Click here to download the pattern for free!