I’ve been looking forward to showing y’all my Odori quilt I made for the Fat Quarter Shop/Art Gallery Fabric quilt along! You can download and print out your own copy of the FREE PATTERN here. I was extremely flattered when FQ Shop & AGF came calling to invite me to participate. I chose to use a collection that has had my heart all this past year. Just because a collection isn’t brand spanking new doesn’t mean it isn’t as good anymore. Katarina Roccella’s “InBlue” fabrics are simply stunning and I knew it would work beautifully in the Odori quilt pattern. I paired it with two fabrics from AGF’s Capsules Collection, #RaiseTheVolumeFabrics, Pure Elements Crystal Pink, and Solid Smooth Denim in Infused Hydrangia & Afternoon Sail. The combination quickly became one of my all-time favorites!
The Odori quilt looks like it may have to be foundation paper pieced but it isn’t. Using Creative Grids’ Spider Web Ruler, the effect is easily achieved and quickly too. The way the Odori quilt blocks are assembled is so clever that I was smiling while I pieced them together, and then laid out the quilt on my design wall. The quilt finishes up at 50″ square, which is a perfect size for a small couch quilt or even a generous baby quilt. It can easily be expanded on with more blocks, making a larger quilt. I think the square shape is wonderful and is most definitely my favorite for quilts.
This pattern is very reliable and made for a quick make, in my opinion. Honestly I was nervous about piecing the units together but this was an easy assembly. Lining things up worked amazingly well, and pinning was implemented every step of the way. I will say that watching Kimberly Jolly’s step by step video on the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel was extremely insightful. I love FQ Shop’s YouTube Channel and have been watching regularly for years now. Thanks for all the hard work y’all put into your videos!
I hope that a lot of you will make your own beautiful versions of the Odori quilt too. I promise it is easy peasy! Be sure to check out The Jolly Jabber Blog by Fat Quarter Shop for more information and to see how the other guest bloggers stitched up their own wonderful versions of the Odori quilt. By the way, Rocky has already claimed my version for himself.
2014 went so fast that I’m still recovering from whiplash. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way though. When I look back at my Instagram posts I am reminded that though the year flew by, I didn’t just sit around and not blog. LOL! I had 62 finishes of quilty goodness in 2014!! There may have been a project here and there that I didn’t record on Instagram, therefore I don’t really remember them, but 62 is impressive enough in my opinion. Hubby couldn’t believe it when I told him and my sister admitted to shedding a tear when she saw my Flipgram of my projects. What I did learn in 2014 is to remember to not just take pics of the progress of making things. I must remember to always take a pic of the finished product and IG it.
So far in 2015, I have made two pillows for my sister, three pillows for my own couches and a table runner for our dining room table. I have also completed the first two months of the “Threads of Time BOM” from Fat Quarter Shop and the last three months of blocks for Stitchery Dickory Dock’s “Sugar Block Club 2014”.
My goals for 2015 are to finish the PhD’s (Projects Half Done) that are haunting me from the corners of my studio, work at designing and developing my own patterns and blog more. If I can do the first two things successfully then I will call that a successful year!
Below are pics of the pillows and table runner I have made this month.
Last night Brian Williams introduced a medical report that at least five minutes of jogging/fast walking can reduce one’s risk of cardiovascular disease by 45%. So this morning I turned off the TV, set my iPad up on our treadmill and I did some hiking for twenty-five minutes aka #sweatnsew while watching the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube Channel. Through the sweat dripping in my eyes, I watched Kimberly Jolly and Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts go through a tutorial for a “beginner’s eight point star”. My jaw dropped! Could Y-seams really be THAT easy? Edyta was adorably sweet and funny as she guided Kimberly through the tutorial and shared her secret tips.
I was so excited about learning a new technique that I finished up my “hike”, showered and high tailed it into my studio. After selecting some fabrics, the next thing I did was take note of the cutting measurements. I did as Edyta advised and prepped my fabric with starch to give it some body and stiffness. After cutting my fabrics I settled at my sewing machine and continued to watch the lesson again and perform each step as instructed.
All in all the block came together easily and quickly. I did heed Edyta’s words and took my time and enjoyed the process. I am always reminding friends and students to do the same because it’s so fun and care should always be taken.
I am using my blog to review things like this tutorial. I was extremely impressed with Edyta Sitar’s instruction and tips. She made a challenging block full of Y-seams very doable by all skill levels in my opinion. Fat Quarter Shop didn’t take shortcuts in their editing of the video and showed each step in real time (minus three prepped units at one point) and made me excited about learning a new way of sewing Y-seams with my machine.
I hope you will check out the FQS Tutorial for yourself and try Edyta Sitar’s approach to the Eight Point Star. Click HERE to go to the link.
Rating ~ 5 out of 5 stars