Introducing Sharon Gallegos: A Back to School Sewer

Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. It’s been my pleasure to work with the nine women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.

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Today I’m pleased to introduce Sharon Gallegos from Midlothian, Virginia.

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Sharon Gallegos from Midlothian, Virginia

Sharon sewed with Back to School fabrics from Timeless Treasures. Her finished quilt is below.

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Playground in Back to School fabrics from Timeless Treasures. Made by Sharon Gallegos.

pin it button Introducing Sharon Gallegos: A Back to School SewerThe light green fabric and the blue accents make the black fabrics sparkle. This is just the effect you want when you use black with lighter colors. It looks great! Notice how carefully Sharon placed all of the blue patches—every one has its stripes oriented the same as the others. As we all know, stripes can be tricky. And see the fussy cutting in the top right block? The middle block in the second row is fussy cut, too. Nice work, Sharon!

I asked Sharon if she’d share some thoughts with QP readers.

I was so excited to be one of the quilters chosen for this project. I could hardly wait to see what fabrics I would receive. Within five minutes of receiving the fabrics I was busy cutting. I love working with brights and novelty fabrics. My fabrics actually had a school theme and I loved the bright colors on the black background.

I had to pay particular attention when cutting the directional fabrics. I did have to “unsew” a couple of times.

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I didn’t spend nearly as much time piecing the top as I spent quilting it. I chose a variegated thread from Superior Threads that complemented the colors in the fabrics for quilting. I quilted each Snowball block with a different design. It was all done on a domestic machine and I spent a couple of weeks just on the quilting.

I feared running out of the variegated thread because it was not available locally. Fortunately, I was able to finish the quilting with less than three yards left on the spool.  That was almost too close for comfort!

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There are opportunities to change the look of this quilt by using a variety of fabrics. It could easily be made as a scrappy version with fabrics from your “stash.”

On behalf of Quiltmaker and Timeless Treasures, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Sharon Gallegos for a job well done. We really appreciate you!

To reinforce my appreciation for Sharon’s efforts, please leave her a thank-you message in the comments below. Thanks!

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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10 Responses to Introducing Sharon Gallegos: A Back to School Sewer

  1. Thunder says:

    I absolutely love your version of this quilt. I keep coming back to look at it again and again. thanks sew much for sharing :)

  2. Linda Armenti says:

    You did a wonderful job on the quilt, thanks for the info. on the thread. I love variegated threads!

  3. Cecilia says:

    Sharon, thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt. You did a fabulous job.

  4. Karlene says:

    Very nice job on your quilt!

  5. Claudia says:

    Each quilt has been so different. My first thought when I looked at yours was “donuts with sprinkles”. Nummy! I think I recognize those fabrics. You’re a girl after my own heart with those varigated threads. Lovely job.

  6. Jo Anne Bess says:

    Sharon, I love how you put your own spin on the pattern. Wonderful detail.

  7. Donnitta Couch says:

    Sharon,
    Gorgeous quilt!

  8. Donnitta Couch says:

    Sharon, what a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on a gorgeous job well done.

  9. Barb Sawyer says:

    Great attention to detail! I especially like the top right plaid block and the way you created directional movement. The cross hatch quilting is a wonderful accent in the centers. I bet there are more details in the quilting than I can see on my computer screen! A nice quilt.

  10. Janet P. says:

    Your version of this quilt is so much fun! Thanks for doing one for this!

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