Shimmer Quilt Block

One of my long lost WIP’s has been this Shimmer quilt I started with this great butterfly print from Lizzy House. 

Lizzy House Butterfly fabric

As I started working on it I realized I cut all of my little side rectangles the wrong size, and I don’t have enough to re-cut them.   They weren’t too far off, so  I decided to roll with it and see if I could still make it work.    


My seams don’t match perfect and the center sides look a little crinkly after pressing, but once it’s quilted I’m sure it will all disappear and look normal…ish.  It’s proof that even I mess up on my own patterns sometimes, and that I should pay better attention when cutting!  

Pressing Tip

If you don’t use it already, my favorite pressing tip (found here) makes all the difference when working with a lot of diagonal seams.  Just stick a book or magazine or a block of wood on it and let the fabric cool!   Also yes…I still have that same burnt ironing board cover!  


I don’t teach very often since I have little kids, but a couple of months ago I taught the Shimmer pattern with the Camano Island Quilters and remembered how much I really do love teaching and getting out in the real world.  Also having a reason to put on real clothes!  ;) 


11 Responses to Shimmering

  1. Kathy O. December 8, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    LOVE this pattern. And….your “real clothes” comment was completely understood!!! xxoo

  2. Lara B. December 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Love those blocks and the whole design Allison. Especially in Lizzy house!

  3. allisonreidnem December 10, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    Great blocks and your students achieved such interesting variations using their chosen colour schemes. Thank you for continuing to keep us inspired ☺

  4. cindy-liveacolorfullife December 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    I’m so anxious to start this pattern. I taught my very first class in October, and was shocked to find out that I was fairly decent at it, and completely enjoyed it!

  5. Mary December 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    This is fabulous! I usually end up saving a pic of something I like and try to figure it our in Quilt-Pro. But this is the first pattern I’ve bought in ages, and well worth it. Thank you1

  6. Rachel at Stitched in Color December 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    I’ll have to try that pressing tip. Thanks!

  7. hydeeann December 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    i’ve been using your pressing tip for a while now and i love it! thanks so much for sharing it.
    good luck with your “ish” shimmer blocks. i hope they turn out in the quilting because they look pretty so far!

  8. Susan Robers December 12, 2015 at 5:06 am #

    Thanks for sharing your honesty – not everyone would and it’s nice to know that even all the experts make mistakes! I’ll have to try the iron tip too, but I love your block!

  9. Kristi McKay Willard December 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    Thanks for coming and teaching! We really enjoyed having you and hope you have a Happy New Year!

  10. Rebecca Grace December 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    I really love how you’re using that butterfly print! Very lovely blocks.

  11. Melissa Mack January 24, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    I was so inspired by your adorable little heart wall hanging that I decided to make something similar. It was so much fun to make and it makes me very happy every time I walk by it!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. :-)

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