A Little Quilting and A Little Piecing

quilts, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier

A little more of Hopscotch got worked on Saturday and maybe a little more today – right now 4 more very long rows needed to be stitched together – so it is getting there for sure.  I did mess up again in the piecing though and have some identical pieces next to each other.  Sometimes new quilters get very upset over mistakes like that and I always think that if it really bothers you to get the seam ripper out and fix your mistake but if you are not worried about it, it is not for a show, no contest involved etc then don’t worry about it.  This quilt has so many colors/prints in it that yes I know where the mistakes are and other quilters would spot them if examined but overall – who cares?


This stack of four rows is what is left to work on.


Here and there on The Final Frontier as I made a few blocks with the smaller circles off center I might go ahead and quilt around the fern like leaf that is on the fabric – I will decide that when I roll the quilt down next time as I would come to this area then.  I will work more on hand quilting today (or get the hexies out) and join in the hand work fun with Kathy and the gang at Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching – we might not all be in the same room but we like the same kind of work!!  Imagine the fun we would have if we all got together in person– instead we will make due with knowing that we all slow it down on Sunday and try to get in some relaxing calm minutes with our stitches!!  I will link up as soon as I am able to in the morning (I schedule post and write the blog post night before and do the link up when it goes live in the AM)  I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.


Lately I have been looking at a pattern to use in the future with my scraps but I can’t find it in the US and I hate to pay shipping from Australia – does anyone here in the US have the pattern called Steampunk by Jen Kingwell with or without the acrylic templates they no longer want and would be willing to sell?  The pattern is probably close to 5 years old now I guess which is probably why I can’t find it.   Or If you know of a place on line that sells it let me know.

Steam Punk Pattern by Jen Kingwell Designs


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17 comments… add one
  • Sharon S Aug 21, 2016

    …..for curiosity I Googled the pattern and saw that The Fat Quarter shop had it for sale (only a couple left). It was $15.99 with $5.00 postage.

  • Deb Aug 21, 2016

    Wow that is a striking pattern ( the Steampunk one )
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  • Sandra B Aug 21, 2016

    Love how Hopscotch is growing! You will have that quilt top finished in no time….
    I did a search on the Steam Punk pattern and found a couple of possibilities:
    Alice in Stitches, in Seattle, Washington….phone number is 206-782-1361
    The Quilted Castle was also listed….when I checked their website, it looked like the site had not been updated for a while, so that one may be a dead end…thought I would give you the information anyway, just in case the others don’t pan out…the website indicated they are located in Oklahoma.
    Hopefully you will be able to find it here in the U.S.
    I am slow stitching today working on appliqué….

  • Carolyn S Aug 21, 2016

    The Steampunk pattern by Jen Kingwell is available from Etsy, EBay and several quilt shops. As far as templates go, The Quilt Asylum in McKinney, TX sells them but they are currently out of stock till 9/10/16. If you Google it, you will find lots of pattern purchasing options.

  • Carole Aug 21, 2016

    What great projects, I really need to work on my applique skills!
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  • Diann Bottrell Aug 21, 2016

    I just love the Hopscotch quilt! It’s really coming along!
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  • Doreen Aug 21, 2016

    I have found that many times similar/same fabrics land adjacent to one another but that merely reinforces that particular color (in the area or over-all, if it happens more than once!). I agree….no big deal! “Steampunk” is a fave of mine (with absolutely NO intention of making it!!!! LOL!)……………….

  • Kathy ... aka Nana Aug 21, 2016

    You wrote: “yes I know where the mistakes are and other quilters would spot them if examined but overall – who cares?”. The key word there is examined … theres no time for examining when using and loving a quilt. That Steam Ounk is an interesting pattern … I can’t wait to see your take on it.
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  • Deb Aug 21, 2016

    I agree with you on having the same fabric fall next to another one in scrappy quilts. I had that happen with my purple surround of my dresden…… and left it! Have you noticed the harder you try to not have things the same fall next to each other the more it happens…. rather than the ‘who cares attitude’ and it hardly ever happens? Good luck with finding your pattern – looks like there are options for you here in the US. I agree- it would be so fun to all be in the same room stitching and chatting!
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  • Jayne Aug 21, 2016

    On a quilt like Hopscotch, its hard not having a print or five next to each other! I’ve done postage stamp quilts, and no matter how hard I try…it always happens! And I don’t think it matters in the end! It’s going to be beautiful regardless!
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  • Heather J Aug 21, 2016

    If you don’t mind not having the template perhaps you could order the PDF from the original site. No shipping with PDF.

  • Quilter Kathy Aug 21, 2016

    It sure would be great fun to have all the slow stitching gang in the same room!!
    But until then, we will enjoy the magic of linking up on the computer 🙂
    ENjoy your stitching today!
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  • Cynthia Brunz Aug 21, 2016

    I think having the same fabrics near each other creates interesting patterns. I love what I see so far. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!
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  • CARLA Aug 21, 2016

    I try to look the other way when that happens Karen! I was just reading an article in an old quilt magazine by Gwen Marston. She says so many love antique quilts and she tried to unravel the secret to their special appearance. She said design was more spontaneous back then, in other words they didn’t get uptight about things. Also technique was more direct. Less steps to make a quilt as they didn’t have all the tools we do today to try and make a perfect quilt. Sounds like you know how to keep it fun!
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  • CathieJ Aug 21, 2016

    I am trying to let the small mistakes go also. I have been unable to get every fabric intersection just so, but it is just for me. Your quilt is lovely. At a quick glance I don’t see any problems. Even with so many pieces it is very calming.
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  • Kaholly Aug 22, 2016

    That happens to me, too! After awhile, placement gets so overwhelming! I usually let it go! XO
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  • Mary Burnette Aug 22, 2016

    I love the hopscotch quilt. Can you tell me are these cut at 6 1/2 inch (color) and 3 1/2 inch (white) bars that you are piecing? thank you, Mary

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