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September 12, 2018

My Happy Place Row Along!

I'm so excited to be participating in the "My Happy Place Row Along" hosted and organized by the fabulous Marian of Seams to be Sew!  She has been amazing in putting this together and keeping everyone organized.  I cannot even begin to imagine how much work she has put into this event.  Thanks Marian for everything you do!

Today I'm sharing my row.  When I first thought about my happy place, I immediately thought about my sewing room.  Even started to design the row.  But it just wasn't quite right and I started thinking in broader terms.  When I started looking through the fabrics offered to us to complete the rows by Northcott (another huge thank you!!) and stumbled across their line called Cowboy Mantras, I knew I had it!

Texas is my happy place!  So without further ado, here's my row...

Here's a link to the pattern!  Let's start with the simple block...

Isn't that the cutest???  We all know that panel blocks come in all different sizes.  When I cut out the panel to make this block, it measured at 6-1/2".  All of my blocks for this row needed to be at 10-1/2".  You can make yours with any panel block that you want to; just be sure to increase the size of your cut panel to 10-1/2" with fabric strips on the sides.

The easy math for this is this.  Add an inch to the desired finished size to account for seam allowances.  So...

10-1/2 + 1" = 11-1/2"

Then subtract the size of your cut panel block...

11-1/2" - 6-1/2" = 5"

Since we are adding strips to both sides, divide that number in half...

5" divided by 2 = 2-1/2"

So my strips needed to be 2-1/2" wide.   Easy peasy!

Next up is the fence block:

I do so love this block!  The cutting instructions are on the pattern and it is very simple to put together.  I chose to make a small star block to hang as a quilt on my fence.  You can make any small quilt that you like for yours, just make sure it measures 4" square so it doesn't overwhelm your fence.  Mine is pinned into place until the quilting is done, then I'll attach it.

And finally, our star block...

Now, don't let yourself freak out!  This is a very simple paper pieced block.  There are some great paper piecing tutorials on the web so I won't overdo here, but I will give you my tips on assembly.

First, after you cutout the pattern, layout the block and mark each piece with the color of fabric that you are going to use...

I used "B" for blue, "R" for red, and left the background pieces blank.

Knowing what size to cut fabric always seems to be a stumbling block for people.  Here's what I do.  Layout the paper piece and put your ruler over it.  The first piece is easy.  Just make sure the fabric will cover the entire section 1 and will give a seam allowance on all sides...

Then using fabric glue applied to the back of the paper piece, adhere piece 1 to the wrong side of your piece 1 fabric...

The second piece of fabric is where the trouble comes in.  Place the quarter inch line of your ruler on the seam line...

By doing this, you can clearly see how big the fabric needs to be cut in order to cover the entire piece, including your seam allowances.  I cut this piece at 2" x 5".

Here's another example...

We are dealing with a lot of angled pieces.  By putting the quarter inch line on our sewing line, it's easy to see that this next piece should be cut at 2-1/4" x 6".

Once your pieces are assembled, layout your quilt block to make sure the colors are all in the right places and so you can easily see which pieces go together.

In the case of our star, the top two pieces go together, then on each half, we join the two bottom pieces.  This is another tripping point so I'm going to show you how I assemble my paper pieced sections.  PINS ARE YOUR FRIENDS HERE!!!

I pin at every single intersection as well as both ends.  Put a pin directly into the seam where two lines join together...

Make sure it goes through the exact same spot on the back, again, where the seam lines intersect...

DON'T PIN THEM IN PLACE YET!  Just put the pins through each intersection.

Now, pull the pin tight and pinch the pieces together, right next to the pin, so that the pieces don't shift, then pin in place...

Repeat with all pins.  Then sew together.  Repeat for all sections...

And combine each section, again, pinning at every single seam intersection.

And there you have it!  I hope you love this row as much as I do!!  And that I was able to help you along the way.

Now for the giveaway!  Are you ready for that!  Today's wonderful sponsor is Kimberbell Designs.

She has graciously agreed to giveaway TWO patterns!

Isn't that cute?!?  I can't wait to see who gets it!  Here's the Rafflecopter.  You know what to do!  Rules for the giveaway are at the end of the post.  Winner is responsible for the shipping charges.

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Here is the rest of the row along schedule.  Please visit my new friends and enjoy!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day

Thanks so much for joining me today!!!  I'd love to hear from you and seeing your finished rows!  I actually plan on taking mine and the leftover panel blocks and making another Fancy That Quilt! :)

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  1. Beautiful row. Thanks for sharing all your amazing tips for the star 🌟 ♥

  2. Love your row. The tutorial for the paper pieced star is great.

  3. A great row, and so glad you gave us such a detailed and wonderful tutorial to make it with. I truly hope you'll come along for the 5th year of the row along, and thank you so much for participating in this year's row along. It's been such a pleasure getting to know you.

  4. Nice row! I love the fabric you chose. Thanks for the detailed tutorial. And thank you for the pattern.

  5. Wonderful row! Thanks so much for the tutorial, especially on the star which would otherwise be intimidating imo.

  6. Your star over the fence is beautiful! I haven't done much paper piecing but your star looks pretty straightforward. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. I have a couple of panels, but have never used them--looks so easy! And thanks for different techniques and tips!

  8. Thank you for sharing your lovely row with us. It is beautiful and I love the PP star.
    Thank you,

  9. I LOVE your block!! That scary PP star has been on my to-do list for quite some time, but I've never attempted to give it a whirl...guess now's that time!! The frame around the middle portion is perfect for the picture. I love anything that looks like wood - old, new, different patterns - it doesn't matter - I love them all! Thanks so much for being a part of the Row Along and all the hard work that went into doing your row!! Your imagination and creativity are wonderful! Blessings,

  10. Very precise sewing on your eye catching star and I appreciate the tutorial.

  11. Your star is beautiful. Thanks for the great tips on sewing it. I love your block, it is just right with the star!!

  12. The star is amazing and I love the whole row...thanks for sharing!

  13. Love the star, can't wait to practice my paper piecing skills. Thank You!

  14. Thanks for sharing your paper piecing steps.

  15. Great idea for all those panel prints that we love to collect!

  16. Cute row. I really appreciate all your tips and directions for paper piecing and how to redesign a block to fit your needs. Thanks.

  17. i share your love for texas; i was born and raised here and am so blessed to be back.

  18. I love this pattern. I will use this pattern for sure!

  19. Great row.........and one that is appropriate for me being a native Texan and living in N. Tx at this point. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Wonderful row and I love the fabrics you chose for your example!

  21. Gotta love Texas! My niece is now a resident, so this might be just the row to remind me of her.

  22. Thank you for the pattern. I can see using this for several different things, like July 4th with a patriotic panel, etc.

  23. thanks for sharing your row and the paper piecing instructions and tips.

  24. Thanks for the paper pieced pattern. I guess I am going to have to learn!

  25. Thanks for the great row AND detailed paper piecing instructions!

  26. You made that look easy. I'll have to give it a try!!

  27. Thank you for sharing such a detailed tutorial for your row. Love it.

  28. Cute row and thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  29. You designed a very nice row. I like your directions on how to use our own panel fabric. And the star is made in a fairly easily way. Thank you.

  30. So much time donated to create these rows! Thank you. pjrquilter at msn dot com

  31. Thanks for being part of the Row Along. Love the block. It reminds me of visiting friends and family "at the farm" when I was younger.

  32. One of my brothers lives in Texas...this would be fun to make for him. Thanks so much for taking the time to create and then share! Much appreciated!!

  33. My Texas row will have a picture from So. Padre Island or one of the wildlife preserves along the Rio Grande. Thank you for the charming row pattern.

  34. Cute row and good tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Very informative tutorial. Fun way to use panels.

  36. Thanks so much for the great Texas block. I'm a Texas gal myself and am always ready for another way to show my love for this state!

  37. Love that glowing lone star and the rustic setting.

  38. I love your texas block. Thank you for all your tips and for your beautiful block.

  39. I love your row, and that star is so perfect! I could never get those points to look anything like that.

  40. Nice row and a great tutorial - thanks.

  41. Love that star pattern! Thank you for sharing!

  42. Very nice row. Thank you for sharing

  43. Wow that star is awesome - thanks for sharing your great ideas!!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

  44. A nice creative way to show off a favorite panel. Love the panel you chose, just right for this particular row. Thank you for sharing your time, your talent and your creativity.

  45. Beautiful row by row love your star and tips on how to make it. Thanks Elaine snydere9213@gmail.com

  46. What a fabulous row, celebrating Texas! Thanks for the tips on matching seams for paper piecing- I've been known to sew & rip multiple times before I'm satisfied with the outcome. Your method makes it look so easy.

  47. thanks for the instructions on how to size everything.

  48. This is fun your row leaves alot to your Imagination and I love it.
    Elizabeth Silverdale, WA

  49. I will be adding your pattern to a patriotic quilt!

  50. I like this row, although since I don't live in Texas, I will likely change it up just a little bit. I did grow up on a farm, so I am sure I can think of something to replace the Texas Lone Stars to make it my own. Thank you for your design.

  51. I’m at least a 6th generation Texan so I love your row and can’t wait to try it! Great instructions!

  52. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netSeptember 17, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    great row!

  53. I love your row. Your creativity is wonderful. Thanks for sharing

  54. Texas is the perfect place to live - west Texas for me! I grew up in Odessa. What a great row. Thank you!

  55. This is really creative way. I love the fact that I’ve never seen something beautiful before and I appreciated your efforts to explain it.

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  56. Just informed I was a winner of a Kimberbell Pattern, So exciting. Love these patterns and have made many of her projects. Thank you so much for allowing me to participate.

  57. Great row Cathy! I love the star!