Marvella QAL – Week 4

Can you believe were already to week four of this quilt-along!?

I’ve already covered tips for the Flying Geese Units and the “unconventional” way that I press my seams for these blocks, so we’re switching it up this week and I’m sharing a bit of what I like to do to keep my mind busy while I’m quilting away. But first:

Week 4 Need-to-Knows

Last Weeks Winner: @willcoxlucy who’s actually gone above and beyond and already finished her quilt top! Please contact me via Instagram or email so we can work out shipping details.

Progress: Baby - 2 Blocks, Sm. Throw - 4 Blocks, Lg. Throw - 5 Blocks, Queen - 7 Blocks

Prompt: What do you listen to or watch while sewing?

Prize: QT Fabrics Fat Quarter Bundle graciously sponsored by HomeGrown HomeSewn.

HomeGrown HomeSewn is an awesome quilt shop here in Cincinnati, Ohio but they also have an online store you can shop by visiting They have been amazing partners who hosted me for my very first trunk show last month and are having me out this weekend to teach a class on my Archives pattern. Show them some love and go check out their shop either in person or online.

Are you a multitasking quilter?

I am for sure! I find it really hard to sit and do just one thing. So most of the time when I’m quilting there is a movie, tv show, podcast, or audiobook playing in the background so that my mind can stay just as busy as my hands. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you all in case you too are a multitasking quilter.

By the way there’s no problem with just sewing and I’m going to bet that if that’s the way you operate, your seam ripper gets a lot less action than mine does.


Pride and Prejudice: both the BBC mini series and the 2005 movie are some of my go-tos! It’s a classic for a reason and always makes me fall in love with falling in love.

Harry Potter/ Fantastic Beasts: I love the Wizarding World franchise so much and every time I put one on I feel like a kid again. It just makes my home feel even homier when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are talking in the background.

Hocus Pocus: ‘Tis the season!

Funny Girl: Another one that’s a classic for a reason. You just can’t beat the amazing combination of Omar Sharif and Barbra Streisand as Nick and Fanny!

TV Shows

Parks and Recreation: I’ve seen this entire series many times through and it still makes me laugh-out-loud!

American Horror Story: Again, ‘tis the season!

Derry Girls: This is a Netflix original that centers around the lives of five Irish teenagers during the Troubles in Derry. With an incredible cast, witty writers, and the perfect amount of teenage angst, this show truly delivers!


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: This should come as no surprise since I already recommended the movies. But the way that Jim Dale narrates these books is the reason I fell in love with audiobooks at all. He is perfection!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: A tale of a grumpy old man who’s life is turned upside-down when a young family moves in next door. It’s heartwarming, hilarious, and somehow works to restore your faith in humanity.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg: Aziz, a comedian and television star, teamed up with Eric, a professor of Sociology, to explore the landscape of modern romance. It’s a thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, well-researched masterpiece!


Stuff You Should Know: This podcast has been around for more than a decade now and they have covered so many topics it would be impossible to even try and summarize them. Check out their website, type pretty much anything you’re curious about into the search bar, and I almost guarantee that a relevant episode will pop up.

Craft Industry Alliance: Abby Glassenberg interviews creatives from all different crafts about their process, business, and where they’re going next. She’s an amazing host who really dives into the story that each guest has to tell. (Previously called While She Naps.)

True Story: An anthology-like podcasts where real people tell their real stories. Unique and thought-provoking but unfortunately there hasn’t been a new episode since 2015. Still worth a listen though!

Well that’s my short list of recommendations and good luck to everyone as you work on your blocks for this week. Don’t forget to post your progress by the end of Sunday and be sure to share any movie/tv show/podcast/audiobook recommendations you have.

Happy Quilting!