I Love Home BOM Block 2

Welcome back to the I Love Home block of the month.

Again this month, I’ve chosen to showcase a fun print in my block center. I fussy cut another section from an Alison Glass Seventy Six print and then surrounded it with the pieced elements.


This month, I also incorporated some fun prints from Libs Elliott’s Tattoed line. The yellow has a subtle tonal stripe & and faint metallic overlay of a diamond shape–so fun.

If you have really sharp eyes, you’ll notice that yellow print has a faint stripe. And, you’ll notice I did NOT worry about making it go the same direction in each piece. Now, I know that probably doesn’t pass muster with the Quilt Police, but I want my quilting to be fun. And sometimes worrying about every single stripe just zaps all the fun out of a project.

Personally, I think varied stripe rotation can add a lot of interest and movement to a quilt block or top, especially when it’s subtle like in this yellow.

Get your block pattern here on Jacquelynne’s site.

On to the giveaway! This month you can win a bundle of my A Shout, a whisper, a Text fabrics!


To enter, leave a comment here on my blog and tell me how you deal with stripes in blocks  . . . do you love them, hate them, avoid them, stress over them?

I know it can be confusing to figure out where to comment since everyone seems to have a different blog format. For mine,  scroll ALL the way to the bottom of this post & you’ll see “Leave a Reply . . . .” Comment there.

The giveaway closes at 5 pm CST on September 10.

Be sure to share your block on the Facebook group!

And, then visit all my friends to see their versions of block two. There are additional chances to win on each blog!

Be sure to share your Block 2 with the hashtag: #ILoveHomeQuilt!

And follow me on Instagram. I’ll have a giveaway running there too!

Happy quilting!


I Love Home quiltalong is underway!

It’s a great day! Jacquelynne Steve’s I Love Home event has begun!

Hopefully you’ve signed up to have the blocks delivered right to your inbox. If not, go do that.

Block 1 is super easy so you’ll have no trouble getting started on this fun project. You can find it here.

I picked these fabrics to use in block 1–a mix of Alison Glass prints & my own Dandy Days fabric.


The pattern includes fun applique elements. Since I’m crunching for time with some deadlines looming, I decided to use a fun print as my focal piece in the block centers. (Added bonus: it set the color story for the quilt so I just had to look for coordinating prints.)

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A few cuts, seams & presses later, I had a finished block!


Of course, it wouldn’t be a quilt-along without cool prizes. This month’s sponsor is Aurifil. I love all things Aurifil so I’m glad one of you will be able to win some Aurifil thread to use yourself.

One lucky reader will win a small box of Aurifil thread, (Aurifil’s choice) and it can be shipped in the US or internationally!


To enter, click here and you’ll be taken to the giveaway fun–lots of ways to enter, including commenting on this post and telling me what color combo or fabric line you’re using in your #ILoveHomeQuilt! Additional entry for following my blog, following me on Instagram at @sjmax105 or liking my Facebook page.

Be sure to visit all my friends and see their versions of Block 1. There are additional chances to win on each blog!

Be sure to share your Block 1 with the hashtag: #ILoveHomeQuilt!

Happy quilting!






The Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt-along

Every month, it seems a new quilt-along pops up that I really want to participate in.

And every month, it seems like I’m just too busy. So much sewing on a deadline or secret sewing or planning ahead.

I follow GnomeAngel aka Angie on social media and saw she was hosting a QAL for Tula’s Butterfly quilt which has been on my to-do list forever.

Then, I saw this:


Pink Door Fabrics has put together several unique & inspiring kits for this QAL. And every one of them is amazing but this one, in particular, really spoke to me.

So, I’m in. Add another UFO to the list.

Last night I played with fabrics. Because I’m always gonna be a “more is more” girl, because I’m always going to think “why use 1 fabric when I can use 100”, I spent most of my time digging out all the wonderful variations of aqua and jade that I could find to mix in.


Tonight, I’ll be digging through my closet, organized piles, stash chaos to look for dark blues and navies.

Then, hopefully I’ll start sewing here and there.

Don’t you need another UFO too? There’s lots of cool prizes for participating and this just looks plain fun!


#DandyDays · #ILoveHomeQuilt · #shoutwhispertext · #Studio37Fabrics

Fabric pull underway!

Hello friends,

I’ve been remiss in my blogging, but I’m back!

In less than two weeks, the fun I Love Home quiltalong will kick off. It’s hosted by my friend, Jacquelynne Steves. Go visit her site and download the fabric requirements & sign up to get the emails with the patterns.

I’ve been busy auditioning fabrics so I can make my first block tonight. Sometimes, picking just the right combination is the hardest part!

After much deliberation, here’s a sneak peek at my choices:


My purple Dandi-Lines print from Dandy Days along with 2 purples from A Shout, a Whisper, a Text.


Two prints from Tattooed, an Alison Glass green and my own Shout Swirly Pearl Girl in green.



Two more Alison prints & a periwinkle Tag UR It from Dandy Days.


And finally, 3 pinky-purples from Alison Glass collections.

Put them all together & they look like this:


I’m loving the group & can’t wait to make this quilt. Are you planning to sew along?


I Love Home quiltalong

Have you seen all the fun about to happen at my friend Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of the Home website?


Starting in August, Jacquelynne is hosting an amazing FREE quiltalong.

I’ll be sewing along & I’ll share some photos of my fabrics soon.

For now,  go visit her website to sign up for the email alerts about the FREE patterns and to pre-order kit. (Of course, you can use your own fabrics in this fun quilt, but if you want to make your quilt just like hers, don’t miss your chance to reserve a kit!)

Then, watch for more details in the coming weeks!

Happy quilting!



#DandyDays · Aurifil Thread · Dandy Drive QAL

Dandy Drive Quiltalong Wrap-up

Here we are at winding down the Dandy Drive quiltalong. By now you know there are multiple ways to combine the blocks & create your own, magical, welcome summer quilt. Search the hashtag #dandydriveqal & you’ll find lots of ways folks have put the basic blocks together.

This week, to celebrate a successful QAL, I’m giving away Aurifil thread!


First, here’s a peek at my complete quilt:


To win, tell me what your favorite “in stores now” fabric line is–I’m always interested to know what people are crushing on.

Enter to win

And be sure to check out what all my friends are doing:

Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website