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Rin Along and Other News

Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs and my good friend Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs announced yesterday that they are going to host a Rin Quilt Along. Rin is a quilt pattern by Carolyn Friedlander and the instructions are for needle turn applique. Since I jumped at the chance to learn something new once this month (bag making!), it was easier to say yes to trying something else new! I have a feeling it will have a steeper learning curve than the bag making; I noticed the pattern says it is for intermediate to advanced needle-turn appliqué, so I might be diving in deep here.

The official start date for the Rin Along is May 17th, so I have a bit of time to make some plans.

Buying the pattern from Carolyn fulfills my first week’s support in May Is For Makers, which Lindsey Rhodes of lrstitched is promoting for the second year. I loved the idea last year and have been looking forward to purposeful support again this year.

My mom let me know about the #ModernMiniQuiltChallenge that is being sponsored by the Quilt Expo and Nancy Zieman. The deadline is Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and be sure to follow the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge link to get all the details about the challenge. I don’t know if I will participate, but I wanted to share the information!

Refridgerator Art

Refridgerator Art

In closing, I already shared this photo of the beautiful art I received from my 3.5 year old niece yesterday on social media, and I just can’t stop admiring it. My niece’s favorite color is black, but she remembered that my favorite color is blue. We have become pen pals since I visited her in April, and I am ridiculously happy to have this art from her on my fridge.

Every time I see the kids around me creating with such joy and abandon, it reminds me to take a leap and try something new. So I’ve made some learning commitments this month. Is there anything you want to learn and try?

P.s. May the Fourth be with you. 😉

18 thoughts on “Rin Along and Other News

  1. Wow, I think making a bag would be my choice, but the patterns look amazing, very detailed, and lots of learning for any quilter. Lovely fridge art, bright and a beauty.

  2. Kudos to you for jumping in on the QAL! I’ve always wanted to learn needle-turn. This pattern looks a bit advanced for me. I hope you have fun with it as it’s a cool looking pattern! Love the paintings from your niece; it’s so fun to see kids play and express themselves with art.

  3. That’s one of the things I LOVE about working in a school everyday. The kids’ creativity is contagious – I go home raring to work on projects. And they’re so darn cute. I was thinking about the Rin along but now that you’ve pointed out the skill level, I think I need to start with a beginner project first!

  4. The Rin Along is very tempting, I ‘ve done a little hand applique. Sweet artwork to brighten your kitchen!

  5. Tish says:

    I am tempted to join in on the Rin Along, but maybe I should concentrate on all the ones I have going on 🙂 I will have to live this one through you. The art work from your niece is beautiful and deserves to be showed off.

  6. That is so cool that you are doing TWO projects outside of your comfort zone. I also plan to support the May is for Makers campaign. I think one for sure will be your Tiled Parquet pattern through Quilt Theory.

  7. Rochelle Summers says:

    Thank you for the little joke, the reminder that it is Maker’s Month, and sharing that you are trying two new things this month. I looked at the Rin pattern and counted my projects and decided against it. But I really look forward to seeing how everyone does with it.

  8. I purchased the pattern. I’ve wanted to try needle turn for a while, I even signed up for a class but not enough interest so the class was cancelled. I need to go hunting in my stash for fabric.

  9. Beth LaMotte says:

    The refrigerator art is outstanding!

  10. So tempted, but I think I need to tend to my UFO list….

  11. sue7oaks says:

    I was tempted by this QAL (as I am with them all) until I read the skill level. Good luck with yours. I look forward to hearing about your experience!

  12. I’m so glad you are trying needle turn! I haven’t done any in a while, but it is really a lot of fun. I made a Hawaiian appliqué quilt years ago. It just takes patience and time. I hope you love it.

  13. Lisa says:

    I love the refrigerator art and I am very impressed Yvonne that you are taking on yet another exciting new challenge…go you!

  14. You are a braver soul than I am. Needle turn applique is just not on my new skill list. But I admire other’s work in that area. Looking forward to watching your project develop.

  15. How sweet that your niece used blue for you! And how unusual that her favourite colour is black. Have fun with the Rin along. I’ve never done needle-turn applique. I’d be tempted to join in, but my plate is rather full at the moment with the quilts for the seniors.

  16. Ruth says:

    Well I’ve bought the pattern as my May is for makers purchase and have a bundle of fabric in mind so I’m in!

  17. I think it’s interesting that your 3 year old niece’s favorite color is black. You don’t hear that everyday. She definitely has a wonderful flair for color though. Her artwork is beautiful and definitely brightens up your kitchen.

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