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Darlene's Slackers Quilt Along


Darlene's Slackers Quilt Along

Love those huge sampler quilts with tiny blocks (like a Dear Jane quilt) but don't feel quite up to making one? Then this group is for you! We will be making one using larger (six inch) blocks and our quilt will have ONLY 140 blocks.

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Latest Activity: Sep 22, 2020

Welcome Fellow Slackers!

Not up for doing two-hundred and twenty-five 4" blocks? Then this group is for you! We will be using Jennifer Chiaverini's book, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts to make ONLY (?) one-hundred and forty 6" blocks. The challenge is to have the quilt finished in one year. We will officially begin on June 15, 2009 and finish on June 15, 2012, however, please join in the fun anytime. You can see that I will be making mine from our new collection Hearth & Home but you can use anything you like. This quilt is a good way to use up all your scraps and in the end you will have an amazing quilt.

I will be making the blocks in the same order as they appear in the quilt not how they are alphabetically listed in the book but you are free to make them in any order you like. Each week pictures and tips will be posted in the Discussion Forum. Since some of you will be making them in the order they appear in the book or in no particular order we will include those blocks in the discussion too. A list of each block has magically appeared and you can post your tips and/or pictures under the blocks you made. Everyone is encouraged to add tips and/or pictures of their blocks. Our only rule is that each block has to be different. Let the fun begin!

Discussion Forum


Started by Darlene, WA. Last reply by Vilma/AR May 16, 2014. 70 Replies

Yankee Puzzle (Block I-9)

Started by Darlene, WA. Last reply by Gico/NS/CAN Jul 1, 2012. 16 Replies

Weathervane (Block H-9)

Started by Darlene, WA. Last reply by Gico/NS/CAN Jul 1, 2012. 9 Replies

Sawtooth Star Block J-1

Started by Darlene, WA. Last reply by Gico/NS/CAN Jul 1, 2012. 13 Replies

Mother's Favorite Block L-2

Started by Darlene, WA. Last reply by Gico/NS/CAN Jul 1, 2012. 12 Replies

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Comment by MsDesigns on September 22, 2020 at 8:09am

I am a long time member of "Quilting With Us" (QWU). I used to give virtual workshops here. Like many others, I have ventured out as QWU became more quiet.

We are getting the warning that QWU is at risk of being disabled. I fear this is a sign that QWU will one day be no more.

It has become like family here and the thought of losing the friendships we have developed has giving me a sad heart. Like many dark clouds, there is a silver lining. When I ventured out, I created a quilters social network, much like QWU. I never mentioned it, for it was a conflict of interest. However, in this dark hour, it is time to let others know there is an alternative. It does not have to end here.

I would be honored for QWU members to join "Pattern Pastiche". If needed, we are more than happy to create a group for your new home.

Your "Pattern Pastiche" code: QWU

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Comment by Lucia Butler on November 10, 2015 at 6:32am

RVing isn't for everyone.  We have a 5th wheel pulled with a diesel pickup.  We really enjoy it.  You can't be claustrophobic because even though ours is large, the space is small compared to a house. 

Comment by Vilma/AR on November 10, 2015 at 4:37am

Lucia,  I told DH we need RV and he said NO.  I always wonder how it is to travel in one. 

Comment by Lucia Butler on October 26, 2015 at 8:27am

We return from Alaska in September, stopping in Omaha for a little while then to my house in Louisiana.  This year we went to Arizona in October and are returning to Louisiana sooner than planned.  In January we head out to Quartzsite,AZ for a couple of weeks and then travel around the area-California, Nevada and Arizona-until March or April.  The first of June we head to Alaska.  We are seldom at one place for more than 2-3 weeks.

Comment by Vilma/AR on October 26, 2015 at 7:35am

Lucia,  where do you spend your winter?  We always plan to go on road trip to CA, maybe next year.  

Comment by Nancy/NC on October 20, 2015 at 8:59am

Our dogs are fine & love to travel with us. They are both 6 yrs old this year, hard to believe! They are so funny when we travel, they get in the truck & within about 5 or 10 min., they are both asleep! Works out great! Can't imagine life without them! Thanks for asking, & Happy Trails to you both!

Comment by Lucia Butler on October 19, 2015 at 3:58pm

Nancy-How are your dogs?  I had to give mine to a friend, who is spoiling them rotten, because it would be difficult to travel like we do with a dog or cat.  Some people do but not the way we travel.

Comment by Lucia Butler on October 19, 2015 at 3:55pm

I used EQ and converted many of the blocks to foundation paper piecing.  It is confusing at times but the blocks come out perfect!  I have had problems with the blocks with curved pieces because they are so small.  I used 19th century reproduction fabric or similar in my blocks but have seen some beautiful ones in bright colors and batiks.

Comment by Nancy/NC on October 19, 2015 at 11:19am

Lucia, Norma Hector & hubby recently moved to AZ. You might send her a message & see where she is! Enjoy your travels! I am so glad to just be back home after going to CA & back! Had a nice trip, but living on the road would not work for me...

Comment by Lucia Butler on October 19, 2015 at 9:52am

Hi, Vilma- Yes, we are still RVing. I stop by my house in north Louisiana three or four times a year but don't stay long and then we take off again.  We are exploring Arizona,again, at the moment.  Heading to Grand Canyon today. 


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