Saturday, March 8, 2014
After playing with my aqua, teal and turquoise scraps I'll add five 8.5" blocks and one 6.5" sampler block to my collections. A couple knitted dishcloths made it into the picture. The 8.5" cat block is made with this pattern.. I like this site. Lots of free quilt block patterns and good instructions.
To see what others made with their scraps this week, visit our Rainbow Scrap Challenge host Angela as Soscrappy here.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Because we have a thick layer of ice outside with ice and rain still coming down, pictures of my Sewingly Yours 2013 BOM batik quilt finish were taken indoors. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander. The binding is a a colorful leaf print.
Instructions were to piece the blocks on point. If I had bought the finishing kit, the quilt would have been much larger. A BIG quilt. However, I opted to sash the blocks and make a lap quilt.
I used some green and blue batik fabrics from my stash and a row of 8.5" tulips pieced from my batik scraps to make the backing. After a go in the washer and dryer, it finished at 45"x 58".
It feels good to have a UFO from last year finished.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Last year, 2013, my sewing buddy and I signed up to do a "Block of the Month" at our local quilt shop, Sewingly Yours. The blocks were called "My Favorite Flowers" by Lynn G. Hopeman. Basically one bought the first block, attended monthly meetings to show the previous month's completed 12.5" block and receive fabric and pattern for a new quilt block. The meeting was a 15 minute demonstration and some announcements.
There were two colorways, batiks or Kaffe Fassett prints. We chose batiks. A finished quilting kit could be purchased at the end of the year. The suggested finished quilt, 89""x 110", had blocks on point and borders. There was an option to buy additional blocks by Lynn Hopeman.
I decided to simply sash my blocks and make a lap quilt. My sewing buddy wants to sew her blocks into pillows for gifts. The names of the blocks in my lap top quilt from left to right and top to bottom are: Bird of Paradise, Pansy, Rose Buds, Rose, Prairie Flower, Amaryllis, Double Tulip, Double Aster, Daffodil (paper pieced block), Clover Blossom, Chrysanthemum and then another Double Tulip. Actually the 12'th month was an APPLIQUE DAISY. Beautiful, but I didn't want to make it so I chose to make another Double Tulip. I used the green fabric and light blue background fabric meant for the Daisy and pulled some purple scraps left over when I made the Pansy block.
My lap top flimsy is about 47.5"x 61". The blue batik sashing was in my stash. I think the flowers blocks appear to be floating in water. Hopefully I can piece a backing from my batik stash and later free motion meander quilt it with cream thread and bind it with a colorful leaf print batik from my stash. I'll post a picture when it's finished.
This is a lengthy post, but I wanted to write about my local quilt shop BOM experience. It was a chance to meet other quilters in the area. I got to better know the nice people at the quilt shop and learn some new techniques. It was a positive experience.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I had two aqua/teal/turquoise Scrappy Happy houses from previous RSC years. Today I pieced two more, pictured on the left, and sewed wonky borders on all four. They are now 10" blocks. As soon as I have 42 happy house blocks, I'll sew them into a quilt top.
To see what others made with their scraps, go here.
Friday, February 28, 2014
The rows on the left side of the quilt have been pieced together and that panel is complete. The rows on the right side of the quilt have also been pieced together but that panel needs a row on the bottom, a row of flowers. That download is week 18. The pieces in the middle of the quilt are placed on the "design floor" in the general area they will be when everything is pieced together. Five more weeks of downloads.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sharon Vrooman is hosting "Let's Book It" on her blog. She has challenged us to choose a project in a book, magazine, or individual pattern that we bought and never used. I looked through my collection and found a pattern, "Full House", that I have never used. I pulled my batiks and started making colorful little houses. I'm linking up here.
I've had this pattern for a couple years and it feels good to finally enjoy using it. Thank you, Sharon, for giving me a nudge.
The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a sampler quilt along called "Wishes." Pictured are my first two blocks of the 12 month project. The link to the "Wishes Quilt Along" is on the side of my blog.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
During February, I added three rows to my Goodnight Irene flimsy. If I add four more rows and a border I'll have a twin size quilt top. I've auditioned some white on black fabric as a possible border option.a few minutes ago. Looks pretty good but I'll make a decision later. The indoor picture doesn't do the fabrics in this work in progress justice.
To see the progress of other Goodnight Irene Sew Along quilt tops, go here.