I have not one, but two episodes of The Midnight Quilt Show to share with you! I hope you have enjoyed watching them as much as I have enjoyed putting them together.
First, a reality check:
During filming, I kept things as real as possible. If I made a block incorrectly, I showed it. If I didn’t have time to iron the fabric, I didn’t stress out about it. These videos aren’t about me trying to look perfect or to impress anyone. They are to show you that it doesn’t matter what you make or how you make it, the most important thing is to enjoy the process!
So as you watch them, I hope you are entertained and motivated to start (or finish) that special project that you been meaning to get to.
First up, Strip City:
This free pattern offered though Craftsy is a fun exercise in sewing strips, then cutting them up.
This quilt was just begging for some fun quilting! But, the quilting had to be efficient as well. I love quilting a quilt to death, but I don’t want to take forever doing it. So I quilted the blocks with designs that begin and end in the same place.
Strip City Quilting Tutorial
Ready to quilt your Strip City quilt? Here’s how I quilted the blocks in the quilt:
1. Starting from one point of the block (I started from the bottom), quilt a diagonal line that ends about an inch inside the side corner, continue to the opposite point of the block.
2. Repeat on the other side of the block ending at the same point you started.
3. Quilt another diagonal line that touches the left corner of the inner square, to the top and then to the right corner of the inner square.
4. Quilt a flower shape in the inner square. Start by quilting a line that curves to the center point, out to the middle of the side and back, then onto the top point of the inner square.
5. Continue quilting curved lines to fill the inner square, returning to the starting point. (Don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect! Close enough is good enough!!)
6. Quilt a diagonal line to the original starting point.
Second up, the Stained Glass Spectrum quilt designed by the amazingly talented, Janice Ryan.
If I am being completely honest with you, I have to admit that I am hopeless with color. I have the hardest time using more than 3 colors in one quilt. So when I got this quilt kit, I knew it was just the ticket to help me get over my fear of mixing colors!
I know that I am not supposed to have favorites, but this episode is one of my favs. Anytime I get to say “Bye Felicia” in a quilting video is a great time!!!! (Bonus points if you can name the movie that comes from!)
So, do you have trouble using several different colors in a quilt? If so, then I have a giveaway for you! One lucky person will win a Stained Glass Spectrum quilt kit, with all the fabric you need to make your own stunning quilt!!
(You won’t even have to make the same piecing mistakes that I did!)
I will draw a winner on Monday, January 2nd.
I can’t end this blog post without a huge thank YOU for all your support!! Thanks to you reading this blog, watching the episodes and supporting this website, I just got picked up for a second season of The Midnight Quilt Show!! That means I will get to film even more fun quilting episodes!! I wish I could hug you all right now.