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Simply Retro Quilt Along

September 9th 2013
Sweet Life.
That’s the name of this super easy and fun pattern from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro. It’s the next project on the Quilt Along hosted by Jana, hop on over to her blog and see what other people have made. We are almost done with the book!!
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I opted out of making a full quilt since I already have done one baby quilt and I am working on another baby quilt and one full sized quilt, both from this book.
So I decided to make a pillow using these Kate Spain Fat Quarters I got this summer.
And I used some “word” fabric full of Christmas cheer, I already had for the back.
Wondering what that flap is for?  It’s a zipper cover.
I used to be a Zippophobe (to use the word from The Patchsmith, Amanda.) It means “someone who has fear or anxiety at the thought of inserting, installing, attaching or assembling a zipper into any type of sewing project.”
So yep! I finally faced my fear and did a zipper, I used Amy’s tutorial  from her blog Amy Made that! It was really a cinch! I think I am going to buy zippers in bulk now! : )
And as an added bonus for me, this project also serves as my Christmas Once a Month Project hosted by Julie the Crafty Quilter. YAY!!
Christmas Once a Month at The Crafty Quilter
So I have two great Christmas pillows ready for December.
It’s time to start cranking out more Christmas Crafts.

Simply Retro Projects Update

July 28th 2013
Here is another update of my projects for the Simply Retro Quilt Along, I have two finished!

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This first project in her book is called “Swell.” I used a patriotic color scheme for a Fourth of July table runner, here’s a flashback on how I got started.

A table runner that measures 16″ x 52″.

I think the binding wraps up the theme nicely.
I wasn’t going to do the usual stipple, but I had to so I could try out this new darning foot I got on Ebay at this shop for my vintage Kenmore sewing machine. This was her first quilting job and it came off without a hitch!



It’s perfect for covering a little wear and tear on the patio table.



Here is the “Retro” quilt all finished, it’s the second project in the book. It just needs washing to make it soft for the baby, coming on August 7th or sooner.
Below is my daughter’s contribution for size comparison.

This is the front.

This is the back, so fun!

One side for playing, the other for napping.


I quilted it in a wave motif, of course.

 Don’t forget to visit Jana’s blog and look for the quilt along pics from other quilters. Please pop back in next week, right here, for a look at more projects from Simply Retro.