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Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Back in January of this year, I participated
in my first Florida Shop Hop.
A shop hop is where different quilt shops
work together in coming up with a theme.
They then design a block for their particular shop
and the customers go to each shop and purchase
the kit from that particular shop.

I decided to do it and check out the shops.
The shops were in different parts of Florida.
The furthest I had to travel to was in Orlando.
Yes, I was determined to go to every shop and get the kits.
Since I only had a week to visit each shop,
I had to plan my itinerary very carefully
so that I can maximize my time and travel.

I was able to accomplish all of the visits.
When I got home, I put away the kits
and had completely forgotten about them.
Last week, I decided I needed to get to work on
them because I'm doing another shop hop.

The blocks are all applique.
I rarely do any applique but I decided I would this time.
I still need to finish the edging on the pieces,
make the sashing and put the blocks together,
add the borders and then quilt it.

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Last year I went to my very first Florida quilt show.
The quilts were exquisite.
At the show, I bought a kit for this year's show.
The kit includes fabric and the directions.
We have the freedom to design a 
the wall hanging no bigger than 110" overall.
The quilt has to have either a nine patch, applique or 
a design embellisment.
The main fabric in my kit has beach umbrellas
and that's where my idea for the quilt happened.

 The three fabrics that were included in the kit.

 I chose to make nine appliqued umbrellas.

I chose nine different fabrics to make the umbrella.
I fused paper back fusible and pinned
the umbrella design and started cutting.
I did the same thing using black fabric for the handle.

I fused all the umbrellas to the 5 1/2" block.

The red sashing is 1 1/2".
The blue border is 1 1/2".
The umbrella border is 2".
Now I'll quilt it and get it ready for this year's show.