Take Care, My Friend

When I saw this fabric, No Place Like OM by Dear Stella, I couldn’t resist it.  So often we need to remind ourselves to take care and this quilt is for someone who needs that extra reminder.  Also, I think this quilt is a good reason to pick one of the favorite activities and cuddle up with the quilt – a little embroidery, hand sewing, or knitting anyone?

Making the quilt

The pattern I selected was Broad Strokes by Fabric Cafe.  It is the book 3-Yard Quilts on the Double and you can get it at the Fat Quarter Shop* or Amazon*.

The construction went fast.  In fact, I made this in April at our quilt retreat.  What I did differently from the pattern was use the two fabrics from the line to add more interest to the quilt.  Honestly, there is no good reason for it to have taken this long to finish, except that it is not a quilt destined for anywhere specific.  I just liked the fabric and liked the idea of it. 

I quilted it on Tabitha, my Handiquilter Simply 16. 

I used a pantograph called Snail Square from Handiquilter and was able to make it fit nearly exactly across the quilt. The design went with the theme and is kind of a labyrinth on the quilt.  I used Glide on the top and a Magna glide bobbin in a similar color. 

There is a second version of this quilt that I am working on, which I am planning on finishing before the end of the year. The strip sets are made. The rows need to be made and the borders attached.

I just love this backing fabric. It really goes well with some of the colors in the front. There is no way you can’t be cheered up just by looking at it.

This is my only finish for October – 9 days of vacation and the prep before and recovery after does take its toll. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. However, I really do want to step up my sewing game and have a good few days to get to work in my studio. Let’s see how it goes.  Meanwhile, let us celebrate the finish!

Quilt Stats

Take Care, My Friend
46″ x 58″
Feature Fabrics: No Place Like Om, Dear Stella
Pattern: Broad Strokes by Fabric Cafe
Pantograph: Snail Square by Prostitcher
Threads: Piecing: Aurifil Dove Grey
Quilting: Glide Warm Grey and Manga Glide Linen
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20

Coming Up on My Blog

I have got to get this baby girl quilt made!

Baby Girl Quilt
Ultimate Travel Bag
SeaGlass Joy QAL
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd

Linky Parties

Favorite Monthly Finish
Midweek Makers
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop
Sew & Tell

Fabric Stash

I did shop hop again, so I added and subtracted nearly an even amount. I am still down for the year and really hope to be down a bit more in November and December!
Fabric in this month: 8 yards 
Fabric out this month 6.5 yards 
Fabric in this year: 89.25 yards
Fabric out this year: 105.25 yards
NET Fabric: -16 yards

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  1. Vicki in MN
    November 1, 2023 / 8:23 AM

    It’s always better late than never;) Congrats on finishing a fun quilt!

  2. November 1, 2023 / 10:56 AM

    It’s lovely, Kathleen, and a finish worth celebrating. The backing is perfect for the quilt and the quilting also reminds me of cinnamon rolls… but maybe I just need to go have breakfast!

  3. November 1, 2023 / 11:42 AM

    Beautiful quilt!

  4. LA Paylor
    November 1, 2023 / 11:43 AM

    love the fabric too, and your sentiment, curl up and read, do embroidery, knit something, sew by hand…. today seems like a good day to be kind to ourselves. LeeAnna

  5. November 1, 2023 / 11:52 AM

    Congrats on the fun finish, Kathleen! It looks like a great quilt to snuggle with a cuppa and some stitchery or a novel. 🙂

  6. November 1, 2023 / 7:22 PM

    Your No Place Like Om is great! Nice and cheerful! Congrats on the finish!

  7. November 2, 2023 / 9:16 AM

    Congratulations on your beautiful finish. Love the fabrics, and that backing is fabulous!

  8. November 2, 2023 / 9:23 AM

    Lovely pairing of fabric theme and quilting design, Kathleen. Congratulations on your finish!

  9. Eva
    November 2, 2023 / 10:38 AM

    Kathleen, the fabric is adorable! Ohmmmm…. I love it! No question – you are a perfect quilter!
    Love your work and it will be loved by the one who get it!

  10. November 2, 2023 / 3:10 PM

    Hi Kathleen! What a fun finish. I just LOVE that backing fabric! It’s nice and bright and it just looks quite cheery. I’d say having one finish for October, with all you had on your plate, is great. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    November 5, 2023 / 7:16 AM

    Fab finish, Kathleen!!! Love the backing and the quilting, too!!!

  12. November 5, 2023 / 9:43 AM

    As a regular practitioner of yoga the fabric calls to me. Love the name, No Place Like Om. Lovely, peaceful and fun.

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