Inside: You’ll love Row 6 of the In My Neighborhood quilt-along, brought to us by Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs.
One morning in our old house my husband and I were getting ready for work. I happened to look out the kitchen window and saw the back neighbor standing awkwardly by the fence. All of a sudden he pulled out a hand saw, reached over the fence and started madly sawing off the top of a small tree at fence level in our yard! What the…?
Maybe he thought it was planted too close to the fence. He definitely didn’t think we were watching! They soon sold their house and we got a new back neighbor, but the tree didn’t die. It just grew from below the cut!
Row 6 of In My Neighborhood is called Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, and is brought to us by Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs. It is delightful and completely customizable.
I decided to make poppies for my fence because I love them. I’m not sure they look like poppies, but at least they’re red and cute.
You’ll notice when you download the pattern that Beth talks about pressing seams open. I tried it with her row and really liked the way it turned out! She encourages you to try this method, and I second the suggestion.
Here is more from Beth:
“Over the years I’ve seen my design preferences evolve from mainly machine applique to mainly scrappy, but I still like to mix it up with new stuff all the time. My one constant design style is one of “fun over fuss,” and I unapologetically preach the gospel of Perfection is Overrated through my trunk show lecture of the same name. Who needs matching points fouling up an otherwise cool design, after all?
Since founding EvaPaige Quilt Designs in 2005, I have published over 40 patterns and my work has been featured in Quilter’s World, The Quilter, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and Cotton Spice magazines.
I was honored to be appointed to the 2014 Quiltmaker magazine Scrap Squad along with five other quilters, all of us chosen to remake one particular design per issue in all scraps. Nothing has ever been more right up my alley, and led to my favorite and most popular lecture, Give it a Scrap Slap.
My favorite and most popular class, Round Robin in Day pits participants against the clock in a challenging design showdown over the course of 6 hours. It’s a concept I haven’t seen elsewhere and it always is just a hoot.
At my Quilting Hottie Haven blog and on my EPQD Facebook page, I have created several blog events and regular features including Drop and Give Me Twenty, a month-long sponsored challenge wherein quilters pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes every day the entire month of February and share their results as we go.
My pet charity is Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and each September I run my annual Teal Mini Swap fundraiser and swap. It’s a way I can honor my mom, who taught me to sew and who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2002. Check out what I love and some of my own designs on my Pinterest boards too!
Download the pdf of Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.
Maybe we needed a better fence with our back neighbor saw-er! Enjoy this fence and row!