The last 4-5 weeks I have taught a lot of quilting classes, and I have another 4 week long one starting this Tuesday. After I finished my townhouse quilt I thought it would be fun to jump right into another project. I have had my eye on this project for a while, but as with everything else I did not have the capability or experience to tackle it. This project is called the Shop Hop Quilt and they are all adorable buildings for different aspects of quilting, sewing, knitting, yarn, and other fiber arts.
Initially, I was still in the mindset that it would be similar to the townhouse quilt with its details and designs done in one main color. Each townhouse block averaged 20,000 stitches for 11×8 inches, and took about an hour to do the whole piece. The shop hop is twice that amount at 40,000 stitches for 8×8 inches and takes an average of 2.5 hours.
The first step I took when deciding to even try this project was to chose a layer cake. A layer cake is a pack of 10×10 inch squares from a fabric collection. This made it so much easier for the applique sections, because I did not have to stress about coordinating fabrics.
The second step I took was to thoroughly read the instructions. If you have followed my Townhouse Posts you will learn about how I am not the best at reading/following directions, and in doing that project I have grown fond of reading the directions for a quilt as you go block. I can definitely tell you these blocks are adorable and will be so much easier to put together at a later date.
The third step was to choose thread. My multi-spool holder will hold 8 different colors and so I limited my entire project to those colors. I did not want to have to keep up with multiple threads laying around and 8 is the perfect combination.
So far I have finished 3 of these adorable blocks and I cannot wait for the next one. I think I will just tackle 4 for now. That way I can focus on some of my other irons I have in the fire.