Saturday, October 31, 2009

November Bee Addicted 2 Fabric

Notyetvegan sent us a black and white print with two solids to make her blocks for the month of November in the Bee Addicted 2 Quilting Bee Flickr group. She wants some improvisational blocks that measure in one of these sizes:'
6.5x 6.5
6.5 x 12.5
6.5 x 18.5
12.5 x 12.5
12.5 x 18.5
18.5 x 18.5

Her fabrics are the three folded at the right of the photo. I pulled from my scraps and stash with the Poppy Passion (B&W), the blue Katie Jump Rope, and the orange batik. This is going to be lots of fun.

Charity Quilt

Hey Diddle Diddle Woolies contribution to the charity quilt. I received them early last week, but have been unable to post them :) I am in love with the swirls and dots! Thanks, Bren!

Hey Diddle Diddle Woolies Blocks

Old Red Barn Round 4: Curved Piecing

Don't forget that round four has started over on the Old Red Barn Flickr group. Visit my previous post on how to enter the giveaway as well as the designs for the next round: Old Red Barn Round 4: Curves and More

On Monday, November 3 I will be choosing a winner and posting the cutting instructions for the Crazy 9-patch and Blank blocks. See you then :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Giveaway at the Canton Village Quilt Works

The Canton Village Quilt Works is having a giveaway of goodies she received at the Quilt Market. Hop on over for a chance to win!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Old Red Barn Round 4: Curves and More

Welcome to round four of the Old Red Barn Quilt Along! This round is going to be a smorgasbord of blocks for you all. We will be doing the following block types and techniques:
  • Curved Piecing
  • Applique Circles
  • Crazy 9-patch
  • String
  • Snowball
Now don't you worry or get intimidated by the diagrams below. We will be taking things one step at a time. And everything will be easy-peasy :) I included some designs that do not include curved piecing and applique just in case you are still a little shy about trying them. So without further ado, here are the designs.

**Each link goes to a PDF google document that has all the fabric requirements for that design. I made some errors in the fabric requirments for these designs. There is the new document that has general instructions and requirements information for all four designs. The pdf links below will only be the diagrams for that option (links were edited to point to the new pdfs). And another PDF that shows the number of each type of block for each option.

Option 1: Wild Circle Surprise
This option has a little bit of everything in it for you: string and crazy 9-patch blocks, curved piecing and appliquéd circles.

Option 2: Snowball Surpreme
This option does not include any curved piecing, but does include some appliquéd circles on top of the snowball square. This is for anyone who is still nervous about curved piecing. The snowball block uses straight sewing to make an octagon that looks like a circle. 

Option 3: Little of This, Little of That...
This option also has no curved piecing, but includes lots of string and crazy 9-patch blocks. I also included some appliquéd circles on this one to add some depth.

Option 4: Look Ma, No Curves!
This option has no appliqué or curved piecing, just a little bit string, crazy 9-patch and snowball block types.

I will be doing Option 1 since it has all of the blocks and techniques in it. This will also be the quilt that will be up for a giveaway at the end of this round. Until that time, hop on over to the flickr group for the first giveaway, a fat quarter bundle from Jennifer Paganelli called Dance with Me.

Dance with Me: Jennifer Paganelli

To enter, just leave a comment on the discussion thread. On Sunday, November 1st, I will randomly draw a winner. I will contact you via your Flickr account mail for your address to mail you your prize sometime on Monday, November 2nd.

Good Luck!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bee Addicted 2 October Blocks

Bee Addicted 2 member Went_ot has the month of October. She sent us these beautiful vintage sheets to make a 16 X 16 block. Her fabrics were used for the block in the upper left photo below. Went_ot is making bento boxes. I can't wait to see it finished.

I dipped into my own vintage sheet stash and am making her a couple more blocks. I am also including some of the sheets I used if she wants to piece a border or part of the back of the quilt.

Wen_ot blockWent_ot Extra Block 2
Went_ot Extra Block 1Went_ot Extra Block 3

Sunday, October 11, 2009

ORB Round 1 Quilt Finished

I took a quick picture of the label for my Round 1 ORB Quilt Along before sewing it on. I was in a rush today to get the label on as well as a hanging sleeve. The quilt needed to be dropped off for our local quilt show by 5pm today. Yikes! Talk about waiting til the last minute. I will be sure to share pictures of it when it returns from the show.

The quilt show is October 25 and 26. I plan on sharing photos with you all of the event. It is organized by the Centre Pieces Quilt Guild. I joined this group of quilters in September. I am looking forward to the show and leaning new things through the guild.

Back to the lable... As you can see I used what little scraps I had left from the front of the quilt to encase the label. This is the first time I used a print out of a font from my computer to trace for the lettering. I really like how it turned out.

I ironed freezer paper to the back of the label fabric (white middle piece). Then I taped it to the sheet of paper that I printed out on my laser printer. I held the sheet of paper up to the window so that I could see the type through the fabric. I then traced it with a pencil. The finishing touch was using a very fine tipped archival marker to write over the pencil lines.

After the tracing, I sewed on the border like you would courthouse square blocks. First the top and bottom edges. Then the left and right edges; making sure to cut off the excess after sewing each pairs.

Then I sewed a 1/4 inch all the way around the block. This was so I could have a guide to iron under edge. But also to make sure the seams on the border pieces stayed in place.

I used an Elmer's Glue stick to glue the edge under. That way I didn't have to fuss with it during my sewing. I used the glue stick and the iron to set it. I read about this trick in a tutorial online, but can't remember where. If any of you know, can you comment with the link :)

And let me tell you! Boy, does it work! Sewing this label and the binding for this quilt was a breeze using the glue down technique. No bunching, no holding the binding in place, no pinning, no clips. Ahhhh...

Have a great week :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mums and Quilting Completed

Wonky Square Quilting Pattern

Close up of quilting rail fence ORB round 1

I have these lovely mums growing in my flower boxes at the front of my house. I picked some to brighten my hobby room while I finish the binding on my rails quilt.

Quilting Finished!

I took some quick pictures of the now quilted, yeah!, rail fences quilt from Old Red Barn Co. Sew-a-long Round 1. I made these "wonky" concentric square patterns for the quilting. The lime green strip at the right of the last picture is the binding.

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2009

Crazy 9-Patch Doll Quilt Finished and Washed

This is my favorite quilt to date. This doll-sized crazy 9-patch was made for one of my nieces back in March of 2008. I hadn't been quilting long at this point. And this was my first non-strippy quilt attempt. I found the tutorial for the crazy 9-patch on Jenny Beck Harris' All Sorts blog. I fell in love with the vintage fabrics she used in her tutorial.

I just love this quilt. It makes me smile every time I look at these pictures. To me everything seemed to gel perfectly for this quilt. The fabrics are bright, cheery, and vintage looking. There are actual vintage reproductions in there too. The quilting was one of my first "original" free-motion designs that went beautifully with the quilt. It is also one of the first quilts that I did with a border. Though, that really isn't saying to much since I had just started quilting the previous fall (2007) :)

The Crazy 9 Patch block was so much fun to sew. The finished quilt looks like I spent a lot of time piecing all those small rectangles together when actually most of it was done through cutting a stack of blocks and resewing them together again.

The scrappy border pulls out most of the fabrics from the middle. I really like scrappy borders because the use up the leftover fabric from the block creation. I tend to enjoy scrappy quilts the best because they are "reusing" something that may have been discarded. Not exactly recycling but definitely using up what one has on hand.

And to top it off this quilt went to one of my nieces, like I mentioned before. I feel like I am keeping a family tradition where the aunts make the nieces quilts. I received one from my grandmother and my aunts when I was about 8 or 10.

The quilt was red and white. The red fabric had little strawberries all over it. It was a simple quilt with alternating blocks of red and white, but the white blocks had these large appliqued strawberries on them made from the red strawberry fabric. To give you some backstory, my nickname in my mother's family was strawberry, so I of course received a strawberry quilt. I still have the quilt even though it is in sad need of repair.

Now go pop over to Park City Girl's blog and see the rest of the show! :)

More Photos

Backing for the Quilt
Backing for the Quilt

A close up of the flower motif after washing.
Close up of washed flower quilting

A close up of the flower quilting motif with my guidelines still showing before I washed the quilt.
Close up of the Flower Quilting

Quilt top before quilting
Crazy 9 Patch Quilt

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Goodies from The Fat Quarter Shop

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Rosa Maria is having her first giveaway. Two lovely bags/purses she made. Hop on over and leave a comment for a chance to win!

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My goodies arrived from the Fat Quarter Shop earlier this week. I have been eyeballing the Monaco by Dena Designs for a while now. It was on sale, so hop over and get yourself some.

The Fat Quarter Shop is really responsive to shipping the order in a timely manner. I have never had something missing or need to return anything either. They have a good selection and their sale prices are great.

The other fat quarter bundles are Finona by Anna Griffin at 50% off stacked in the back there. Then Apple by Timeless Treasures Fabrics to the left of Monaco. They have these cute little owls on them as well as flower and apple designs too. Too cute!

StephanieAllgood's Blocks Arrived

Stephanieallgood's Blocks

Stephanieallgood's blocks came in the mail yesterday. Look at these lovelies. I am getting all shades of blue and totally loving it. I can't wait to see this charity quilt come together.

Monday, October 5, 2009

More Charity Blocks Arrived

With the arrival of four more blocks today, the total blocks I have received to date is 26. How awesome is that! The online crafters are so generous. I couldn't have done this quilt without all their assistance. Here is my Flickr set of all the blocks if you want to have a peek. For more information on on how to participate see this post. To learn more about the charity see the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund site.

New Arrivals 

Jody From NJ's blocks arrived today. That swirly print is just luscious. And I just love circle prints. Can't get enough of them. Thanks a bunch, Jody!

Jody From NJ

Karmmj6's blocks arrived today also. I love the smoky like swirls and the solid is a very rich teal. This will set off the blocks with brown in them very nicely. Thanks, Karmmj6!


Friday, October 2, 2009

3 More Block Arrivals

I received BaileyGirl5's blocks in the mail today. Nanotchka's and DenaWaynes's came earlier in the week. Thanks for these lovelies, ladies!

BaileyGirl5 sent a cute note on paper with a picture of a dog. I think us crafty types love our animals. Lots of cat and dog owners are running amuk here on ORB Flickr :)
BaileyGirl5's Block

Nanotchka's contribution to my charity quilt. Her 15 year old grand niece was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. Nanotchka made a quilt for her niece using blue fabrics (her niece's favorite color). She also recently made that same niece a purple homecoming dress. The square is made from some of the leftover fabric from the original quilt. Such a touching story.

Nanotchka's Block
DenaWayne also enclosed a fat quarter of her blue and brown flower print fabric to use in the quilt. That was very thoughtful of you, Dena. Thanks!
DenaWayne's Block