Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I've received blocks from Balinda, Kellie, Margaret, Anita, Shelly, Ruth & Liz. If you've sent blocks and I haven't mentioned you please let me know. I tried to organize my sewing room, now I don't know where anything is! I may have put your blocks in a different spot. Anyone who still has blocks to send, I'm in no rush, take your time.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I am excited to finally be getting to my month! I would like the blocks to be a string block. Here is a link to a great online tutorial. One thing that I have discovered as I have started making these blocks is to do a quick backstitch at the beginning and ending of each strip-this helps to keep it from pulling apart when you take of the backing paper. I used an old phone book for the foundation, but any light weight paper will work.
The width of each strip can be varied and feel free to put as many or as few strips on each side of the center as you like. I just want the center strip to be the kona snow and to start out as 1 inch. I would like the size of the blocks sent back to me to be 8.5 inches square. Please feel free to add any additional fabrics to these blocks that you would like. I am not worried about having modern fabrics/vintage linens or brighter/softer fabrics mixed together.
I sent the packages in the mail today, I am a little early so I thought I would go ahead and get them off. I am in no hurry, this quilt is kind of a long-term project for me :)
If you feel the desire, I have sent enough fabric to do 2-3 blocks. This is going to be a bed quilt for my king sized bed so I can use all the help I can get!
Thanks so much!!!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
How about using school supplies while sewing?!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
My month is July, so I thought I would get patriotic. I am super busy and I'm sure you all are too, so the blocks are very easy. I am asking that you make wonky star blocks in the tradition of Gwen Marston (from her book "Liberated Quiltmaking") and explained very nicely here.
My background fabric is Kona in white and the star points fabric is red and/or blue. I would like the center to be square (i.e., not wonky), but it can be off-center and the star points can be wonky. The points and/or the center can be pieced with different fabrics if you want. Or not - it's up to you.
I am including one center color and the "points" pieces plus the white (I didn't cut it so you can decide where within the white you want to place the center of the star). Please do feel free to add some red or blue from your stash - in fact, I'd love it if you would add your own fabric to it so that the blocks are more personalized. Since I'm fairly new to quilting and I don't have much of a stash, I purchased all of the fabric for this project (I have A LOT of pink for some reason, but not much red or blue) and cut the pieces about 4-1/2". Again, feel free to piece the points and/or the center (as long as it remains a square) and I've added some additional scraps for that purpose. You don't need to return any of the fabric.
If anyone is willing to make an extra block, please leave a comment and I'll send extra fabric. There's no pressure - I want this block to be easy.
I will put the packages in the mail in the next day or so. Thank you!!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
I finally got these done for Ruth. I was a bit worried about making them, until I realized that "Drunk Love in a Log Cabin" is another way to say wonky log cabin. That I understand. So anyway, here they are. I am putting them in the mail Tuesday. Ruth, sorry they're a few days late.
Happy Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I've also mailed out the June packages to you(all but one that I missed and will send out Tues.) The instructions are in with the packages and on Flickr.
I have decided to go ahead w/the two different blocks. Some of you will be making 12.5" Strippy Circles and some of you will be making Wonky Log Cabins in various sizes. I'll be adding white to the log cabins to size them up to 12.5 later. Expect to see lots of weird and random scraps as they are mostly apron leftovers. I hope you'll enjoy making what I've sent!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
So, I'm going to go scrappy!
I'm thinking I'd like two blocks. This scrappy circle, and a variation on one of my favorite blocks, the wonky log cabin.
Rather than asking each of you to make two different blocks, I was thinking of randomly selecting six of you to do one or the other. What do you think? Is that within the rules? If not, I'll settle on one block and make up the others. Either way, I'm good!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
These blocks were fun to put together!
I can't wait to see all of the color combos together. This quilt is going to be great!
My first block came together quickly & easily. I don't know what happened with the second block but I just could not get my seams to line up properly. I had to wield the seam ripper a few times before saying, enough is enough.
When all is said & done I think they came out great! Looking forward to seeing them all together!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
For this month, I’d like you all to make improv log cabin style blocks based on Denyse Schmidt’s classic quilt, “Drunk Love in a Log Cabin.” You can view the original quilt in the previous post. A number of other quilting bees have made blocks inspired by this design so I’ve posted an inspiration mosaic in our Flickr group and our blog.
I’m using a rainbow of colors and have six different color schemes. The design for this is pretty open – please use the original Denyse Schmidt blocks to inspire you but don’t feel the need to replicate them exactly. Please make two blocks, ranging from 9.5” to 12.5” (though if you don’t want to square them up, I’d be happy to do so once I receive them). You may use coordinating prints from your own stash – small prints only please, and keeping with the appropriate color scheme of the fabrics that you receive. This is meant to be fun and individualized – I’m looking forward to having a piece of you all in my quilt!
Feel free to keep any scraps or send them back – it’s up to you.
Inspiration mosaic from Flickr:
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I've recieved my fabrics for April and can't wait to get started!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Directions will be enclosed......pretty simple......a bit wonky.....and best of all, they work up pretty quickly!
I pressed my seams open here.....once the cross piece gets inserted there is a bunch of intersecting fabric.......and it can be difficult to quilt through.
So be looking for a soft and squishy in the post........I'm just sayin'!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I love doing puzzles and these blocks are basically fabric puzzles. I had so much fun with these. Great block choice Rachel!
I couldn't resist adding a few of my own scraps. I hope you like them. Can't wait to see them all together, this is bound to be a very fun quilt.
I am popping these in the mail on Saturday.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Had a great time today playing with your idea. Like you, I adore the gray foundation. The first block I made is on the left.......always seem to approach these kinds of things with some trepidation.....but before long I thought I could conquer the Ticker Tape world. If you hadn't heard, I have been living under a rock and was not at all up to speed on my Munki fabric.......I thought that crazy women of the modern quilting world were cutting up their $94 pajamas to make quilts......silly me......one of the kind bee peeps from my other virtual group gave up the goods when she told me that the coveted PJ's sold for much less at the Maxx. Irregardless (is that really a word?) I couldn't cut up the Munki fabric you provided.
So you see, by the time I got to the second block, I had great courage. I thought I would work a bit on point and with some irregular shapes.
Thanks for letting me play with you today.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
I will sending out a couple of 8.5" squares of grey background and enough scraps to really cover both plus a little extra. Make one, make both... I'm easy.
I hope to put together these little "tiles", so please leave a half inch around so I can sew them together.
Feel free to trim and reshape the scraps to fit the space you need. Want to make a flower? Feel free.
Please try and fill as much of the interior as possible.
Please secure your start and stop stitches.
Yep, it really is as easy as pinning or glue sticking your scrap down and sewing around it.
This is supposed to be fun, fussy cut, use your own scraps, do whatever you want...or think I will like...
Please no batiks...
Ticker tape pool at flickr is HERE. have a look for more inspiration if you want.
March 5 Update... Thanks Liz & Jaclyn - your blocks arrived today.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Thank you! I'll post a picture soon so you can see how they look together.
Kellie's just arrived today. THanks!
Monday, February 1, 2010
They were a little challenging for me, but fun! I love Margaret's choice of colors for these blocks. I decided to leave them at the 16 in.(or thereabout) and let you trim them down to 14.5, Margaret! Can't wait to see the finished quilt!