Variety is the spice of life!

I figured it out…that is what is missing in this time, variety. I don’t know about you but there is a lot I can do to cope with social distancing, but there are other days that I am just unable to getting myself moving. So, today’s blog will have a lot of different things in it to provide some variety. First up, is a QAL that I am participating in called Centred by Sandra at mmmQuilts!

This is not the final layout, but I did may the first and second blocks…it doesn’t require a lot of yardage, so I was able to work from my stash! The blocks are released on Fridays, and you can catch up quickly. I made both (8 blocks total) in under two hours on Saturday.

Up next is a quilt by my friend, Laurel. She made this for her daughter, based on my “My Blue Mountains” pattern. It is so much fun to see this. It is a free pattern on my blog and is found here.

And, here is the back. Laurel and I have known each other for almost 20 years, She was the reason I joined Rising Star Guild – but she has since moved away. We do communicate frequently about our quilts (and other things too), it has been great to keep up this way. This is still a free pattern on my blog if you are interested in making your own.

Nancy, of Grace and Peace Quilting, made this terrific little quilt and blogged about it here. It is based on a pattern I did for the Partners in Design Sew Let’s QAL last year and you can find it here.

15 minute demos – all on facebook on the hour, some repeating on the half hour on Instagram. I’ll be there Friday at at 4 on Facebook and 4:30 on Instagram.

Facebook Schedule:May 6
12pm ET Sue Pelland /suepellanddesigns
1pm ET Annette Ornelas /southwind.designs/
 2pm ET Kate Colleran /SeamsLikeaDreamQuilts/
3pm ET Melissa Marginet /melissa.marginet.quilter/
 4pm ET Jackie Kunkel /cantonvillagequiltworks/
5:30pm ET Melissa Merriman Harr /toadallyquilts/
6pm ET Laura Piland /sliceofpiquilts/
 7pm ET Terri Vanden Bosch /lizardcreekquilting/
7:30pm ET Swan Sheridan /swanamitystudios
 8pm ET Annie Smith /anniesmithqs

Instagram May 6
12:30pm ET IG Sue Pelland  @suepellanddesigns 
1:30pm ET IG  Annette Ornelas @southwind_quilts
2:30pm ET IG Kate Colleran  @seamslikeadreamquilts
3:30pm ET IG Melissa Marginet @melissamarginet
4:30pm ET IG Jackie Kunkel /quilter623/
6:00pm ET IG Melissa Merriman Harr /toadallyquilts/
6:30pm ET IG Laura Piland  sliceofpiquilts/
7:30pm ET IG Terri Vanden Bosch /lizardcreekquilting/
8:00pm ET IG Swan Sheridan  swanamity
8:30pm ET IG Annie Smith /anniesmithqs

Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block for May
ProStitcher Retreat
Cool to Be Square (5/18)
Tips & Tutorials (5/22)

Linking Up:
What I Made Monday
Centred Linkup
UFO Busting

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  1. May 6, 2020 / 7:43 AM

    I love both versions of My Blue Mountain –the purple in your Centered QAL blocks is gorgeous!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 6, 2020 / 10:37 AM

      Thank you! I have stashed that purple a very long time…and am really happy to use it for this project. It is fun when you actually have what you need.

  2. May 6, 2020 / 8:08 AM

    I agree, I’ve found that playing with a variety of things seems to make me feel better during this quarantine. I like that My Blue Mountain pattern; I might have to add that one to my ever-growing list of things to make!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 13, 2020 / 6:20 PM

      I can’t wait to see what you do with the pattern!

  3. May 6, 2020 / 1:58 PM

    Hi Kathleen! What a fun bunch of newsy news. Your Centred blocks look great and I’m not even a purple fan. Such rich looking tones those fabrics have. And Laurel’s version of your mountain pattern looks wonderful. I wonder why I haven’t made anything with this mountain pattern yet?! Finally, Nancy’s mini quilt is beautiful and very fitting to remember every day. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      May 13, 2020 / 6:21 PM

      Thanks, Roseanne. I do love those purple fabrics and so fun to see my friends versions. I can’t wait to see what you do…it is a fun little thing to make.

  4. thedarlingdogwood
    May 6, 2020 / 4:02 PM

    Love your fabrics for Centered!!!!! So pretty! That marbled fabric, especially. It’s gret to see a second version of My Blue Mountains!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 13, 2020 / 6:23 PM

      That marbled fabric is an old favorite and one I stashed for so long. I am so happy to use it. It was really fun to see another version of My Blue Mountains and I hear another is coming….

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