Category Archives: Regatta Quilt Sew Along

Come Sail Away

Come sail away with me! Let’s just spend a moment or two, picturing ourselves on a sailboat, a light breeze blowing, warm sun toasting our skin . . .

I’m definitely wanting to sail away lately, with the bitter cold and biting wind we’ve been having. Those coming to Minnesota for the Super Bowl are going to be treated to warm Minnesota hospitality and cold temps.

Days like this are made for warm, tasty coffee (preferably with a friend), comfy socks for those cold tootsies, and quilting.

Come Sail Away - latte art - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

Even my cat thinks it’s too cold, and sidled up a bit too close to the iron when I wasn’t watching. He doesn’t seem to bothered by his singe tattoo.

Come Sail Away - singed kitty fur - piecefulthoughts.com

So let’s just sail away today. I have my Regatta quilt top to show you. Roseann from Home Sewn By Us is hosting this sew along using the Regatta Quilt pattern from Block M Quilts.  The sew along is very relaxed, so you sew at your own pace. There is no real end date, but in the end you will have a pretty quilt.  I used a Hello Love jelly roll (Heather Bailey, Free Spirit Fabrics) and a Kona Snow jelly roll. I was surprised to find that the Hello Love jelly roll varied in its width, sometimes being an exact 2-1/2 inches and sometimes 2-5/8 inches. Thankfully this quilt top is fairly forgiving, so I just made it work. I also ran out of matching strips with the Hello Love fabric. No worries, I just made it a bit scrappy,  using strips from the same color family.

Once you have your cutting done, which takes just a few minutes, the quilt goes together fairly quickly. It is a good idea to read through the entire pattern first before you start, so you get the idea of how the quilt will go together.

Come Sail Away - Regatta QAL Quilt Top - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I had planned to take this outside and get some nice sunny shots, which I should’ve done on Wednesday when it was 30 degrees outside. Thursday was just too cold to be outdoors, so this will have to do until the quilt is finished completely. (One of my goals this year is to improve my photography; I have a ways to go!)

Here’s a close up so you can see the colors in the Hello Love line a bit better.

Come Sail Away - Close Up of Fabrics - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I don’t often buy my backings at the same time as I buy the fabrics for the quilt top, so I still need to get the backing for this quilt. I like to finish the top and then think about what the backing should be. This works as long as I don’t wait too long, especially if I want to back it with a fabric from the same line.

This was a simple, easy quilt to make. Come join the fun!

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop 2018

Yesterday registration opened for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. When I started blogging two years ago, there were many times when I’d read other blogs and wonder how they did things I’d see on their blogs. I had no one to ask, and didn’t know if it was good etiquette to seek out a veteran blogger and ask questions. Then last year I came across the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. It took me a couple of days to muster up the courage to register, but it turned out to be one of the most helpful things I’ve done for my blog.

Here are a few things I learned from being part of the Blog Hop:

  • We’re all in this together. Other people had the same questions as me.
  • Quilt bloggers are wise, helpful people! My circle of online friends grew from participating.
  • You never know where being part of the blog hop will take you. Some of the quilters in my group hosted a very popular QAL this year. It was really fun to follow along!

You can find out more about the New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop from the four hosts: Beth@Cooking Up Quilts, Tish@TishnWonderland, Sandra@mmmquilts.com, and Jen@Dizzy Quilter. These four veteran bloggers are so much fun, and they love what they do. I’m sure it’s going to be a great Hop! If you’re at all interested, please go to one of their blogs to register,

Happy sailing, friends!

Wendy