WIP: The Puzzlebox Quilt

The last couple of weeks I’ve been very motivated to work on my quilts. It could be the regular podcast schedule we’ve been sticking to or meeting up with my good friend to quilt together each week. Either way, I’ve been cranking out blocks left and right.

I picked up my work on the puzzle box quilt and really went to town chain piecing like a fiend.

I took a look at the blocks and realized that I could piece most of the center pairs and not piece the whole block. Having my little thread cutter from Sunflower-Quilts really helped move this part of my process along very quickly.

It took a bit more work to organize things because originally I was completing a block each time I sat down to work and using up each color from the kit. Once I made the block, I could move on to the next color in the set. But since I switched to this new process, I only piece together a few pairs in each color and save the rest to be used later to complete the block.

It’s a good thing I like to be organized!

I am struggling a bit with the reds. They are so close in tone that I can’t quite tell them apart. We’ll see what happens as I move along through each color.

And even though I did a lot of great work on my own, getting together with my friend to quilt really motivates me to stick with it. In the span of time we worked together, I pieced a good chunk of blocks.

And I’ve been playing around with the layout on my design board. There is something fun about fiddling with how many different ways I can move these blocks around.

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Something for Our Stash!

Oh goodness, how I love getting new fabric. Whether it’s bought, gifted, or won through a drawing, new fabric makes me happy. It’s like a soft rainbow on a warm sunny day.

New fabric is, to me, a sign of new things to come. Possibilities. Opportunities. A new creative mess! And I drool over the various colors and patterns that float through my Instagram feed or my Facebook page. I want to BUY ALL THE THINGS! But, alas, I can’t. I have bills to pay and groceries to buy for my growing boy who eats non-stop!

So when Christa Watson from Christa Quilts informed my mom and I that we had won a drawing for some Kona fabrics in a jellyroll, my day was completely made!!

I mean HELLO!!! Kona: Yes please!!! Robert Kaufman: OH YES! Bright beautiful colors: OH HELP ME, I’VE DIED AND GONE TO QUILTING HEAVEN!!!

At first, I was just happy to have something new to look at and play with. I had no real idea of what I wanted to do it the jellyroll but I knew an idea would come to me.

So I just snapped a few picture, fondled the fabric for a bit, then stashed it away to take out when I was good and ready to start working with it.

Just a few weeks later, long after I took these pictures and had put my fabric away, I signed up to receive updates for Christa’s website and read that by doing so, I’d receive a free pattern.

Well then, I thought to myself, it must be a sign. I happen to have a jellyroll (1 of the 2 I’d need) and I’ve been debating starting a new project. So I signed up,confirmed my email address, and BOOM! There in my email inbox was the free puzzle box pattern as promised.

Now I KNOW what I’m going to do with these lovely colors. I’ll buy another roll and use the pattern included with my subscript to make a beautiful, colorful, vibrant quilt!

I mean who could say no to this delicious fabric!

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I’ve already read through this pattern and I was happy to see it’s written in a way that speaks to my learning abilities. There are clear and written precise directions, simple pictures that are easy to understand, and there are tips along the way. There is even a suggestion as to how to quilt this project!

I’m super excited to start working on this quilt top. I have a few WIPs I need to wrap up but, come on, what’s one more project!! Especially one that will challenge me but won’t wear me down with too many new techniques. It’s just challenging enough to make me learn something new or practice in areas I need improvement but won’t deter me from finishing it!

Definitely check back as I share my progress. Don’t forget to check out Christa’s fabric shop on Amazon, The Precut Store, where you can find beautiful jellyrolls like the one shown here!

Full disclosure, this post was not required of me to write. Hell, Christa doesn’t even know I’m doing this. I’ve written this post all on my own and for a good reason: Christa is one of the most supportive and enthusiastic voices for quilters and crafters, from beginners to professionals. She works hard to put out her own professional products and to promote her store and book but she does it all while lifting others up and encouraging us all to do what we love and what makes us happy.

I’ve come to know Christa through the honest craft roomies periscope hops and since that all began, she’s been nothing but supportive of our endeavors here at Hobbies Up To Here. So I wanted to take a quick moment and give her a shout out. To lift her up and support her in all she does.

Now in the quilting community, she’s an author and a teacher and an all around beautiful quilting Jedi while I’m just a padawan still learning the ways of the Quilt Force but, as a thank you and to show my support in return, I write this post with no strings attached and with no motives other than to point you in her direction. She’s great! I promise! She’s relatable, caring, energetic, and beyond encouraging so make sure to stop by her site or her Facebook and Instagram to say hello!

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