Sunday, October 8, 2017

Spelling Bee Sew Along

Most of you know that I am a huge Lori Holt fan/worshiper--attending one of her retreats is one of my top bucket list goals! Of course, I got my Spelling Bee book back in the summer when it first came out. I have played with some of the letters and some of the small projects. I decided during the summer that I would definitely make the big quilt on the cover. Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop were planning on a sew along that would be the perfect opportunity to make it and the Spelling Bee Sew Along began yesterday! Here are the links:
The plan is that this sew along will last 44 weeks with two blocks per week! This is the gorgeous and whimsical quilt we are making.
My most difficult decision for this sew along was what background fabric to use--Kona white or something with a print/texture. According to the book, you need 5 yards of background. I selected a white on white for the texture that I know my local quilt shop can order more of as I only have about a yard--I used the same one for my Quilty Fun Sampler Quilt, so I have a bag of little random bits leftover. Here are my upper case and lower case A blocks.
Here is the Quilty Fun Sampler Quilt that I only finished last month.
Lori also has another sew along going on right now--it uses her fantastic templates for many adorable appliqué blocks.
Mine will look similar to this, but I am using fabrics from my stash instead of Lori's fabrics. I have incorporated black into mine because I love how it looked in my Quilty Fun Sampler Quilt.
The good news this week is I am totally caught up with this sew along and just added the third row this morning.
I am even ahead and have my pumpkins ready for this week. For my Slow Sunday Stitching, I will be adding the embroidery details to my pumpkins and chickens.
The Broncos have a bye week, but I am prepared to spend the rest of the day working on my secret project for the Fat Quarter Shop and watching football.  These are the gorgeous fabrics they sent me to work with---I feel so honored to sew for them! #fqsquiltalong



  1. What a fun quilt. You have made great progress.

  2. Your Bee Happy quilt is so adorable! I love the pumpkins! Looks like the Spelling Bee one will be quite an accomplishment, too. Have fun stitching today!

  3. Wonderful quilt. This looks like a lot of fun!

  4. Your blocks are coming along quite nicely on your sew-along. That is going to be a fantastic quilt!

  5. Enjoy your secret project... love your "a" letters and your quilt top you are working on too!!! Kathi

  6. Love those sampler quilts, what great patterns.

  7. I can’t wait to see your secret project!

  8. Sampler quilts are so fun. Enjoy the QAL!

  9. Oh my goodness, that is just gorgeous. Love the sunny pictures. I will go check out the spelling bee quilt along. Visiting from Freemotion by the River.

  10. Hi Tanya,
    Wow, some exciting news - sewing for the Fat Quarter Shop. Can't wait until you can share with us! I love the sew along with Lori's pattern. I will check that out - I am a fan, too, and have the book . . . I might as well sew along, right?! ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. Super cute! I have my eye on this book, so I'm excited to see what everyone else stitches up.

  12. Good luck with all the letters. And lovely to see your block progress on your quilt, too.
    Love the fabrics you have to play with.


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