Happy National Sewing Machine Day! + Sew-Along Saturday: Antebellum – Part Three

I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Did you know that today is National Sewing Machine Day? I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you my version of Suzn Quilts’ 1-A-Day 3” block sew-along, Quarantiny.

Each day, between March 25th and May 4th, Susan posted instructions on her blog for a new 3” block. I enjoyed making my block while sipping on coffee each morning. It was also fun to follow along with the Sewing With Susan, a Facebook group filled with lots of inspiration and supportive quilters!

I think Susan provided instructions for making 42 different blocks, and setting patterns for 20, 48, 84, and 128 blocks. I decided to wander from the pattern a bit, and added two blocks of my own. Can you spot them?

-Fabric: Civil War Reproductions
-Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 WT
-Quilting Thread: Glide’s Storm
-Longarm Pantograph: Simple Quilting Stitches’ Fleur de Lis
-Finished Size: 24.5” x 21.5”

Quarantiny was such a great sampler. It encouraged me to make blocks I would have not otherwise made, and it was something to look forward to every morning while quarantining! If you would like to make a version of Quarantiny, the instructions are still available on Susan’s blog.

Sew-Along Saturday: Antebellum – Part Three

Because I sewed my red and white half square triangle border on last week in Antebellum – Part Two, there was little left to do for Pam Buda’s Antebellum – Part Three. I added the borders on this morning, and decided to use another red fabric. Only one more week of the sew along; I am excited to see the final product!

Sew-Along Saturday: Antebellum – Part Two

Yesterday morning Pam Buda posted the instructions for Part Two of Antebellum on her blog, Heartspun Quilts. Twenty-four half square triangles made for an easy assignment this week. To make the half square triangles, I pieced together red squares from the scrap basket and cream squares from Pam Buda’s Mrs. Miller’s Apprentice collection.

I drew a diagonal line down the back side center of the cream blocks with a Fine Point Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pen, put one red and one cream block facing each other, sewed a quarter inch seam down each side of diagonal line with the red and cream fabric facing each other, cut on the diagonal line, ironed, and then ensured the blocks were trimmed up evenly with the Half Square Triangle Bloc Loc Ruler.

I may have gotten a little ahead of the game, but I sewed the half square triangles to my LeMoyne Star Block from Part One of the Antebellum Sew Along. Piecing together twenty-four half square triangles was just not enough work for the week, and I am looking forward to next week’s instructions already!

It has been such a beautiful weekend thus far – high eighties and sunny! My sister and I journeyed around town this morning, stopping by a Farmer’s Market and local boutiques. I am looking forward to a quiet, relaxing Sunday. I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

“June”

While certain aspects of life continue to be somewhat on pause, the months keep going by. To say the least, this year has not been easy. I am praying and hoping that with the month of June comes positive changes!

Since we are now two days into the month, it seems appropriate to share one of the six small quilts from Pam Buda’s Circa 1880 Nine Patch Club, “June”. After finishing the Circa 1880 Nine Patch Quilt with my local quilt shop’s Reproduction Club last year, this project was a breeze!

For this small quilt, I chose the border fabric first (a tip from my momma), and then pulled scraps that matched to make the nine patches and half square triangles.

The top of the quilt went together without a hitch, and I just love the way all the colors came together to match the border.

I am finally getting into the habit of putting labels and hanging sleeves on all of my quilts. This project was my first prairie point hanging sleeve attempt, and it turned out to be so easy! Rather than blind stitching the whole sleeve onto the back of the quilt, this technique only requires point tacking.

“June” came out so beautiful, but I am also partial to Pam Buda’s patterns and star blocks! Small scrappy quilts are my favorite; they can be put together pretty quickly! If you are interested in learning more about The Circa 1880 Club, check-out this link from Marcus Fabrics. Pam Buda also made a blog post that displays the six small quilts here.

I would like to leave you with a prayer my friend shared on FaceBook yesterday:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, union. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console. To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born into eternal life. Amen.

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Sew-Along Saturday: Antebellum – Part One

Earlier this month, I mentioned that I would be following along with Pam Buda’s newest Archaeology Sew-Along, Antebellum, on Saturdays between now and June 20th, and the time has finally come! If you are looking for some Antebellum inspiration, you have come to the right place.

One of my favorite (and sometimes hardest) parts of a project is choosing the fabric. For Antebellum, you can find the fabric requirements here. I decided to go with pieces that were already in my stash. The blue and cream pieces are from Pam Buda’s Mrs. Miller’s Apprentice line, and the bottom red piece is from Barbara Brackman’s Alice’s Scrapbag.

For Antebellum – Part One, Pam provided clear instructions on how to make a beautiful LeMoyne Star block for the center of the quilt. I highly recommend best pressing, ironing, and trimming every step of the way. To trim my half square triangles (HSTs) perfectly, I used a Half Square Triangle Bloc Loc Ruler. If you have ever had issues trimming HSTs, this ruler is a game-changer.

I finished the LeMoyne Star block before I finished my coffee this morning! Completing Part One was a fun, quiet, and relaxing way to start the day. I hope you check back here next Saturday afternoon for Part Two of Antebellum, and be sure to check out Pam Buda’s blog for all the important information for this sew-along.

Memorial Day

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

John 15:13

Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday to honor and mourn the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This day, and each and every day, I would like to extend a big thank you to those who have served in our Military. We are truly the land of the free because of the brave.

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Patriotic quilts are my favorite to make, decorate the house with, and admire! I grew up in the Military community, and am proud to say that both my grandfather and father defended our country and retired from the United States Army. Today I am sharing with you the “May Challenge” from the Quilts by Cheri ~ Friendship Group.

In the group, Irma Sefers and Kelly Browning provided instructions on how to make the small quilt’s flag and borders, and they challenged the members to fill the 8” x 9.5” space with their own design. I decided to fill the empty space using Cheri Payne’s “Country Angel” and “God Bless America” patterns. To make the angel (from the “Country Angel” pattern), I used the freezer paper appliqué technique with Apliquick Bars recommended to me by Suzn Quilts. To sew on the words from the “God Bless America” pattern, I traced the words onto the fabric with a Fine Point Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pen (the ink disappears when the fabric is ironed), and then stem stitched the letters with black DMC embroidery floss. I finished off the quilt with a 2” binding, and decided to gift it to my grandparents!

If you enjoy primitive projects, I highly recommend joining the Quilts by Cheri ~ Friendship Group on Facebook. Irma Sefers administers the group, and is a wealth of knowledge on Cheri Payne’s work. The group is filled with wonderful people, and numerous free projects, patterns, and ideas. As an added bonus, the group has an “It Plays to Pay Wednesday” post, where group members can enter to win a free Cheri Payne pattern that is no longer being published. I won this week, and chose the “A Good Day” pattern!

As it is Memorial Day, and I am a huge fan of country music, I will leave you with some lyrics to one of my favorite songs, “Chicken Fried”:

I thank God for my life
And for the stars and stripes
May freedom forever fly
Let it ring
Salute the ones who died
The ones that give their lives
So we don’t have to sacrifice
All the things we love

Like our chicken fried
And cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio up
I love to see the sun rise
See the love in my woman’s eyes
Feel the touch of a precious child
And know a mother’s love

Zac Brown Band

Temecula Quilt Co’s Stay at Home Sampler

I am so grateful for the quilt designers who are generously offering free sew-alongs during this challenging time! I recently finished up Temecula Quilt Company’s “Stay at Home Sampler”. For 28 consecutive days in April, Sheryl Johnson (Temecula Quilt Co Owner) released a block for the sampler by posting a cute motion clip with instructions on Facebook and Instagram. The information is still available, if you would like to join the fun!

For my project, I used Kansas Troubles scraps. I simply sewed the blocks together and added a 2.5” border, but Sheryl provided a few other layout ideas to consider. This quilt is is filled with sweet, simple, and fun 3” blocks, and the block releases were something to look forward to every day in April!

On Saturdays between May 30th and June 20th, right here on Rend & Sew, I will be sewing along with Pam Buda’s most recent Archaeology quilt, Antebellum.

Welcome to Rend and Sew!

Hello, and welcome to my brand new blog! Due to life slowing down a bit (COVID19 pandemic), I have been blessed with time to focus on the people and activities that bring me joy. While very much a work-in-progress, this blog is an attempt to share my passion for quilting with you. Quilting is a skill I learned from my mama, and is one of our favorite things to do together!

I tend to have several projects going on at once. Right now, I am finishing-up Suzn Quilts’ “1-A-Day, 3” Blocks” and Pam Buda’s “Safe Keeping”, and have Lori Smith’s Circle of Friends, Cheri Payne’s Holiday Pineapple, and Bonnie Hunter’s Wonky Wishes started. I enjoy working with cotton and wool. Modern designs occasionally spark my interest, but I tend to choose Civil War reproduction or primitive fabrics and patterns.

I debated with myself for quite some time on whether or not to move forward with a quilting blog. One day, while reading Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, “No One Can Determine the Right Time to Act,” my mind flourished with possibilities. This blog’s name comes from Ecclesiastes 3:7, which reads, “A time to rend, and a time to sew.” It’s a constant reminder that there are times in life when we need to tear something apart (or let it go), and there are times in life when we need to mend something (or find a path forward). Just like life, quilting involves rending and sewing; I am excited to share my journey!