Pattern matching prints for quilt backing

This was my first attempt to align fabric prints for a quilt backing.

I used a method I found on Aqua Paisley Studio.

First you’ve got to find where the repeats are and where you to align the two pieces of fabric. I don’t have a photo of that.

Second, fold fabric one-inch and press:


Third, apply glue to the bottom of the one-inch fold, then align:


Fourth, flatten the fabric out and sew on the seam where you pressed it:

Fifth, trim to one-quarter inch then press to one side:


Not bad for my first attempt:


Low Volume Primer

I have learned that when modern quilters say “low volume” they mean a very subtle white or cream print.

When I started making blocks for do good stitches, I thought low volume meant low contrast white, gray or cream in relation to the bolder fabrics.

After making a not-so-low-volume block, I was instructed that my low volume wasn’t low volume.


emerge december 2015

It was considered too dark and busy.

This month we are making cross blocks with “low volume” and black. I’ve figured it out.


Allison of Allison Sews Blog is this month’s leader and has a tutorial.

Some examples of “low volume” for the modern quilter:

Emerge January 2017

Emerge November 2016

Emerge August 2016

Precision Piecing 45-degree angles

For almost two years, I’ve been making blocks for do.good.stitches group. Ours is the Emerge group. This month’s block is called “Magic Eight Ball”. The tutorial is from Blossom Hearts Quilts. Amanda Todd is this month’s leader and she chose this block for us to make.


The block has multiple 45-degree pieces. To align the straight blocks with the “eight ball” block, you need to mark first. That means marking 1/4 inch from the edge of the “eight ball” and 1/4 inch from the white/teal block.


After marking, place a pin where the mark meets the seam. Then, pin across where you’re going to stitch.


Make sure you stitch over the line you just made.

I think this is going to be a cool quilt. Amanda will turn our blocks into a quilt for Youth Emergency Services organization.


Keep doing good,

The 100-Day Project

The 100-Day Project is an Instagram series. I’m participating this year. It’s a creative exercise. Many folks post sketches or paintings. I’ve seen quilt designers posting quilt   designs.

I thought it was a good idea, but I was anxious about committing to creativity every day for three months. Instead I committed to working on my works in progress.

I’m going to hand quilt my Collection quilt and finish a baby quilt.

My name on Instagram is @wandaslifesampler. My hashtag for the project is #100DaysofCreativeProcrastinating.

See you on Instagram,