"Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along (Week 3) + 50% Off SALE Ends Tonight, 11/29!

Welcome to week 3 of the “Fresh Start Quilts” Sew-Along!!

Guest blog from Connie and Mary:

Hello from Iowa. It’s snowy and cold here–perfect weather for sewing! We want to thank all of you who are participating in the “Fresh Start Quilts” Sew-Along!

We want to start with a couple of pictures of fabric combinations that our blog readers are using for this sew-along. See more photos from our readers at ChickenScratchCountryThreads.com.

The batik fabrics (left) will make a fabulous quilt, and I also love the purple and green combination (right). Mary and I love making scrap quilts because no fabric has to play a featured role….All the “players” are important.

Now for the tip of the day. I have some less-than-desirable blocks in my Fresh Air quilt.

^^ Here are a few…


^^ Here are the same blocks in black and white. (Review the Using Different Colors tip from week 1 of the Sew-Along.) The black-and-white photos show the problems with contrast and fabric choices.

^^ Now here are what I consider to be 4 good blocks. Why? In my opinion, the center doesn’t stand out, and the flying geese points are dark enough to help establish the star motif.

My tip…Will I include the “less than desirable blocks” in my quilt. YOU BET! But I’ll place them along the outside or corners of the quilt. When people look at a quilt, their eyes usually focus on the center of the quilt and then take in the rest. The other thing is–I love a good disappearing block and have often worked at making sure I have a few in my quilts. Believe me, I have quite a few in this project. Ha!

Here is one last picture. My cat, Dot, is always such a help. 😸

We hope you’re doing well and are able to sew few more blocks in this sew-along! Until next week.


And of course Joey, Karen Soltys’ cat, wishes to make an appearance in this post. Karen says, "I was going to share my next batch of blocks, but Joey wants to keep them a secret!" 🐾

Share your photos using these hashtags: #freshstartquiltsQAL #madewithmartingale #martingaletpp and tag Martingale @martingalepp !


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Happy stitching!

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