Sunday, March 28, 2010

More blocks for Rachel

Here you are Rachel - they're going in the mail Monday. Love the fabric you sent. I added a few scraps of my own too.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

April blocks

Helloooo Spring! I'm being hopeful here. I'm a bit behind the eight ball and I apologize for that. Fabric packages will be going out Monday for the April block......a fractured nine patch.

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

ticker tape for rachel

What a fun way to use up your scraps! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Blocks for Rachel

These were so much fun. I really loved the gray background.

And the other fabrics Rachel sent were great, too.

I added some of my own. Thanks for choosing such a fun block, Rachel!

I put them in the mail on Monday, so you should have them soon.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blocks for Rachel

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

More ticker tape

These will be headed your way, Rachel, tomorrow!

Blocks For Rachel

My blocks for March are finished and I hope Rachel likes them. The colors are great and I was able to include some small pieces from my stash. At first I thought it was going to take me a long time to sew around the little pieces but it was arranging the pieces that took me the longest.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

For Rachel

Dear Rachel-
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 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.
Shelly xo

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm really here!!


At long last I'm coming aboard and catching up.

My name is Anita Maher-Lewis. I live in Ames, IA. Some of you know that as you've mailed me blocks and are patiently waiting for me to send them back! I'm working on them, I promise. :)

I am a quilter, a gardener and a knitter. I pay for these projects by doing environmental engineering/consulting projects during the day. I'm self employed. I dissolved my partnership in a mid-size firm in Des Moines IA about four years ago because I was tired of the constant traveling and the loooong weeks which no matter how often they told me would end, didn't. Well, I made them end. I took a couple of clients and went to my own sand box. It really has worked well for me.

I am a wife to wonderful man who manages a project management dept for a local agribusiness firm. I also have a beautiful 24 yo daughter. I'm also mom to 2 dogs and 2 cats.

I apologize for being absent for so long. I could tell you that I've been buried under 3 feet of snow that is just now starting to melt...which would be the truth. However it just has been a hard three months. My father died suddenly late last year and then my mom got really sick. Probably as a result of being so sick, she had a couple of small strokes (TIAs). She is doing better now. But unfortunately they both live(d) in Phoenix (with separate partners) so dealing with all of this has been very strenuous and stressful as you can imagine. I'm coming up for air now and so grateful that spring is around the corner.

I was in Phoenix this last weekend to check on my mom and for a very very joyous event. I and my siblings joined my grandma to celebrate her 90th birthday. She is hale and hearty. I love her so so much.

Thank you for your patience and I'm excited to be here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Block For March: Ticker Tape!

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.

thanks! Rachel

February Block Update

In case you missed it, I posted a picture on my blog of how my quilt is progressing. Have a look here. Now that it is March...if the following people could please update me about their blocks. Four packages have not been received yet: Liz, Anita, Jaclyn and Rachel.


March 5 Update... Thanks Liz & Jaclyn - your blocks arrived today.