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My Sister’s Quilt

January 20, 2010

Here are a few pictures of the quilt for my sister.  I used my collection of Heather Ross Mendocino, and Kona cotton in Azure.  Basically I just cut strips the width of the fabric, sewed them together and put on a border in the solid.  For the back I just used leftover pieces to make up the back.  I chose a simple design so that it would sew up quickly (the top at least!) and to showcase the designs.  For the binding I used some dots from Heather Ross’  Lightening bugs line.  She loves it, and apparently her pup does too!

And speaking of pups, here is a gratuitous shot of ours:

And a Bee update:  All the fabrics are in.  I’m working on cutting them.  I’ve got 3 solids, plus the eight patterned fabrics.  I had picked out a fourth solid, but it isn’t working for me now.  The cutting plan is to cut each fabric into strips of about 6-10 inches wide and 18 or so inches long, and then give everyone an assortment of fabrics.  This should everyone ample fabric to make a block.  I’m gonna leave it up to the girls to make whatever sizes they want, just ask that whatever they make finishes at 12.5″.  How does that sound?  So that would be the equivalent of 16 3.5″ blocks, 4 6.5″ blocks, or 1 12.5″ block.  Or, any combination of those.  So.  That’s the plan.  Of course, I’m nervous that I’ve screwed up somewhere and there won’t be enough fabric, but I think it will be ok.  And if it’s not, hopefully I’ll be forgiven!


Quilting Bee Fabric

January 12, 2010

So, as we probably all know, January is my month for the Quilter Bees.  I, being the poor planner that I am thought that the end of December would be the perfect time for me to take care of getting my fabric and planning my quilt, and sending out packages.  Alas, it was not quite meant to be, due to other things that I have recently discussed. 

So, in the way of an update (at least I am moving forward a bit):

 I bought this fabric for my month–


It is Denise Schmidt, Hope Valley in the New Day color way.  I bought it from Fabricworm on Etsy.  It should be here shortly.  And then I will pick out a few solids to match.  I was going to order, but I don’t want to take anymore time, so I’m just gonna work with what JoAnn’s has.  I’m sure I’ll find something to work!  And then I’ll get it cut and mail it off.  As soon as I settle on, and figure out a design that is.  Which will be by the time the fabric is here, I promise.  I’m thinking of something Log Cabinish, or something that is squares in squares…Have you seen this quilt along?  Obviously my plan isn’t for the paintbox idea specifically, but I like the block layouts.  Or maybe different sized squares inspired by the Kaffe Fassett Jewel Squares pattern.  Here is a picture of what I’m talking about.  What do you think?  I’m open to suggestions.  I just can’t wrap my mind around this right now for some reason!

Holiday Weekend Goings On.

September 7, 2009

I had a rather nice holiday weekend.  I stuck to the whole doing what I want idea, and got a few things done.  Of course, now that I’m sitting on the other side of that, I’m wishing I had done more housework.  Oh well!

I finished the zig zag quilt.  It turned out rather nicely, I think.  I think you can kind of see the stitching.  I think I mentioned it before, but as a recap, I stitched in the ditch diagonally in one direction, and then stitched straight lines on both sides of that the width of the walking foot.  I really like the straight lines, and they work really well with the pattern.

zig zag

I also worked on the quilting bee block.  I’m not sure how I feel about it entirely.  It ended up being really tricky.  I’m inclined to just send it off, but I’m thinking that since it’s still a bit early and I have some time, I’m gonna think on it a little more.  Here is a picture of it in all it’s glory.  Meagan asked for a 12.5×12.5 block of squares, none larger than 3 inches.  

september bee block

What do you think?  I really love the colors, and this really challenged me.  I also made some mistakes in construction as it turns out, though I didn’t realize/discover those until too late.  I might go to quilter prison if anyone finds out!  Ha.  Anyway, I’m hanging onto it for a little while just to make sure I’m comfortable with it….

That’s it for now.  

A Quilting Bee

August 3, 2009

So.  This morning, I was browsing through my Google Reader, and came upon a post talking about a new quilting bee that is starting up.  Like, just starting up.  Like, needed new members starting up.  I sat and thought about it for a minute, and then with much less thought than I usually give things, I said I’d like to join.   

Was this a totally spontaneous decision?  Not quite.  I mean, directly related to this bee, yes, but I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.  But I’ve been too chicken to really look into it, other than to admire other ones from afar.  This sort of just fell in my lap, and so I decided to go for it.

I’m scared.  Really scared.  Scared I’ll ruin fabric and quilts and not be able to do what people want.  Though, those of you who are members of this thing as well don’t really need to be scared.  I’m sure I can pull it off.  It’s just that in my latent type A sort of perfectionist personality, I’m shaking in my boots. 

I’m also really excited for a challenge.  Sometimes I need to be forced into new directions.  And this should do it for me.  So, here’s to the beginning of something great, I’m sure.  New ideas, new skills, new friends, new quilts.  It looks like there may be several first-timers, so I’m not totally in over my head.

I’m not going to obsess.  It will be fun and amazing and wonderful!  And I’m sure you’ll be hearing plenty about it as we move along.