I've been such a slacker in regards to showing off my blocks for the great bee (Always Bee Learning) that I am in, such great ladies and they deserve to see their blocks before I mail them, so I do apologize to them for that. Some of these blocks were late...sorry about that too, but a few were really early, so the good cancels out the bad, right? I hope so.
First up is a rainbow technicolor paper pieced block for QuiltGenius (Mary.) The name of this block is the Basketweave Braid Star Block and the tutorial is by The ADD Crafter and the directions can be found HERE. She sent a wide variety of scraps, warm for the weave and cool for the outside pieces, other than that, we were free to do what we wanted with the block. I can't honestly say that I was successful with this block. Yes, I was technically successful, it came together rather easily and measured the right size (12.5" x 12.5".) I'm just not sure I was successful with an eye pleasing layout, it is not one of my favorites for sure. Maybe I shouldn't have paired the yellow with the blue and so on, who knows, but there isn't anything I can do about it now. I would have preferred to sew it together like the photo below, I like the color placement better this way.
This set of improv Polaroid blocks were for flickrDeb50 (Debbie.) She hosted a Polaroid block swap last year, so she received a HUGE amount of Polaroid blocks herself. She decided to send us the Polaroids, an assortment of B&W prints and pretty much gave us free reign (she did create an inspiration gallery for some ideas.) Most of the group stuck with a normal layout for their block, with three rows of three. Of course I couldn't follow the "rules" and created the block above. I used the extra fabric and Polaroids to create the block on the left side. Debbie is still trying to figure out how to layout this quilt and I sure hope that my blocks are not the ones holding her up! I don't remember the exact size of these, but I remember them being somewhere in the 17.5" tall range? Maybe? Interested in making your own Polaroid blocks? You can find the tutorial HERE at CapitolaQuilter's blog.
These blocks were for celestejohnson2008 (Celeste) back in June She gave us basic instructions and sent us strips of fabric that we sewed together first, used a template to cut into triangles and then pieced them together in whatever pattern we wanted. The hexagons are not sewed together, just the top row and bottom row, this way you can piece the quilt in long rows, without any complicated piecing. Here are the six "blocks" that I sent to her. These were super simple and fun! Click HERE to see how a whole bunch of them look on her design board. Fabulous!
These blocks were for kristina.withak (Kristina) and were designed by Lee of Freshly Pieced. Lee named this quilt block "Sparkler" and the pattern can be purchased HERE. I loved making these and this pattern is super simple and stunning. Kristina sent us the fabric cut and ready to sew. I love this quilt in solids and honestly would love to make one myself one day, it is just so pretty and modern. I can't wait to see what Kristina does with them. They measure 12.5" x 12.5" and I think this would be a great quilt for a beginner who is willing to try half square triangles.
This last set is for hehehe922 (Megan.) Unfortunately, I did send these blocks late. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to them, but once I did, I loved making them. Now I didn't go for any complicated design, just simple straight forward arrows, which was what she requested and shared this great inspirational photo HERE. No directions, just improv, which I have discovered that I LOVE doing. I made these four blocks and they are all pretty large, though I didn't measure them when I was finished, but I want to say that the two up top were around 14" tall. I hope Megan likes them, I certainly liked making them and was pretty happy with the finished product! Well that is it for now folks, at the moment I am caught up and hopefully it doesn't take me five months to post the next set!
It is already the third quarter of the year, is anyone else depressed that the year is half way over. *Huge Sigh* Oh well, time to move on! I don't want to say that the second quarter was a bust, but it kinda was in terms of finishing things. I believe I had high aspirations of 11 or 13 projects or something ridiculous like that, which obviously I didn't finish. But....I did finish two. I didn't link them up with the second quarter finish-a-long, simply because I haven't photographed them yet. I finished two sets of pajamas for my boys and my Cosmic Burst Quilt. I will post about them another time when the weather is right and the boys are behaving, so hopefully in the next three months! HA! I was happy to at least cross two things off the list.
This quarter I am taking things a bit differently, instead of a long list, I am aiming for a smaller do-able one. I actually finished up quite a few quilt tops last quarter and have all the backings put together too! So here are my goals for quarter three:
Project One: Boom Boom Pow Quilt - This top is finished, the backing is finished. I just have to baste, quilt and bind it. This is a throw quilt that I plan to keep for myself!
Project Two: Dancing Stars Table Runner - The table runner top is finished and I have the backing ready to go. The letters print will be the binding. I need to baste it, quilt it and bind it. This is to gift, but I don't have an intended recipient yet, I will just know when it is done, I'm sure.
Project Three: Latticework Strings Quilt - This quilt top is finished and so is the backing. I need to baste it, quilt it and bind it. This is a throw quilt that also has no intended recipient, yet.
Project Four: Emerald Cut Quilt - This odd sized wall hanging is all basted and ready to quilt. This quilt will hang in my house when it is finished and will cover up a window that will be removed. No rush, the window has not been removed, well not yet anyway!
Obviously, I will be doing a lot of quilting this quarter, but I have all of the supplies, so nothing should hold me up. Linking up with Leanne at She Can Quilt and Never too hot to stitch! 2013 the Year of the Finished Project.
I'm down to just one quilting bee presently, which is good for now, taking a break, finishing up projects of my own. The problem is I forget to show what blocks I have made! That being said, here are the blocks that I made for February and March.
If you haven't seen this type of block, where have you been hiding? The Scrappy Trip Around the World, tutorial found HERE was all the rage late last year in the online quilting community. Though I didn't participate when everyone was making these quilts, I can now say that I have made the blocks, and I do enjoy them, a very clever method of constructing a quilt block. These blocks were constructed a tad differently with 3" strips instead of 2.5", so the finished size is much larger. These are for Hettie K in Always Bee Learning and were shipped off to her quite some time ago. I certainly love all that Anna Maria Horner fabric!
The month of March ended up being an "open" month and Leanne over at She Can Quilt graciously volunteered to put together a donation quilt for Siblings Together. She chose the Octagonal Orb Block, tutorial found HERE. I can honestly say that pictures do not do these blocks justice. They are stunning and large, and roughly measure 17"x17." They might look complicated, but really aren't, though I will say time consuming. I decided to make two and about halfway through thought, "What in the world have I gotten myself into?" Though I will say that when I sewed that last seam and those centers came together so perfectly, I was darn proud of myself. It doesn't take much to make me happy, obviously. I know I say it a lot, but I can not wait to see what Leanne does with these gorgeous blocks, and I sure hope she likes them too!
Ok, so I haven't posted any bee block pictures on here in months, like literally since October maybe? Don't worry, they have all been shipped to their owners, some a tad or a lot late, some on time, but none of them live with me anymore. Anyways, these blocks deserve their moment in the sun, so here they are in all their glory:
Parisian Star from the Modern Blocks Book, found on pages 128-129. This block is for Susan over at The History Quilter and is part of the Modern Blocks Bee. She sent some lovely Anna Maria Horner voile and a rough open weave type fabric for the background. Very interesting combination of fabrics together. Hard and soft all rolled into one. Lovely block!
Leanne over at She Can Quilt requested improv asterisk blocks. This block is part of the Always Bee Learning group. I went for a simple asterisk block, but on a large scale, this block measures around 16" x 18" or somewhere around that. She sent me Madrona Road and Chicopee fabrics, both of which are fabulous together. I can not wait to see what Leanne does with these blocks, she is so talented!
Toni over at Hoosier Toni requested this half square triangle block from the Modern Blocks book, it is entitled Diamond Ripples and can be found on pages 46-47. I'm not even going to lie to you, I did not like making this block, way too many hst, but boy was she smart to have everyone make one for her, and this quilt will be so cool once she has it together. The effect created with this block is very neat and there are multiple ways to put it together. This block was part of the Modern Blocks Bee.
Also for Toni are these two blocks here, above and below. As part of the Always Bee Learning group she requested the herringbone block above, tutorial found HERE. She sent us Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt strips and then asked us to create an imrov block with all the scraps left over from the herringbone block. I used them all up and created this 12.5" x 12.5" block seen below, improv is so fun! I see a fish, what do you see?
Last, but not least is another block from the Modern Blocks Book and part of the Modern Blocks Bee. This block is named Piece of the Garden, and can be found on pages 134 - 135. It is for ellebee'squilts and she gave us the option of making this block in several different size options. Boring old me, chose to do it at 100%, so this block measures 12.5" x 12.5". I believe this is also Denyse Schmidt fabric and my first time piecing hexagons like this, very fun!
That is it for today folks! Thanks for hanging in there!
Wow, I had no intention of taking a two month blogging break, but alas it happened and nothing I can do about that, so Happy New Year! I am starting this New Year with a fresh approach, fresh outlook and fresh new goals. I'm excited! This is the first year in many that I made a New Year's Resolution! Oh my! This is a big deal for me, I'm normally not the type, but it feels good and I'm going with it.
Last year I started organizing and taking stock of the unfinished quilts and works in progress I had laying around and stuffed in cabinets and drawers. Low and behold I discovered that I have 14 unfinished, started on, in pieces quilts. Yikes! So, my solution is to finish one a month for twelve months during this year and knock out the majority of them. Most of them have all of the blocks done, they just need to be put into a top. A few are finished tops, and a few need more work than that. I am only focusing on one at a time, until it is finished. Hopefully I can keep up! If I finish it early in the month, then I will go ahead and move on to the next! Below is my mosaic showing all 14 unfinished quilts. Below that is my intentions for the next three months, and I will be linking up with She Can Quilt, who will be hosting the quarterly Finish-A-Long this year. Monthly I will be following along with Cut To Pieces, who is hosting the Flickr group Project: UFO 2.0. Wish me luck, I'm excited about this challenge and ready to get to work!
Finish-A-Long Quarter One Goals (Month by Month):
1. January - Two Christmas table runners, made from these 10 blocks (see photo above.) I need to construct tops, sandwich, quilt and bind it. I have all of the supplies needed. Good to go!
2. February - One quilt made from these blocks, throw size. I have either 15 or 16 blocks ready to make a top. I just need to figure out what I am doing with them, make the top, sandwich, quilt and bind it. I have all the supplies needed for this quilt too!
3. March - Time to finish up Cosmic Burst! The top is done, so all I need to do is sandwich it, quilt it and bind it! Once again, I have all of the supplies needed. Easy peasy! This will be a wall hanging quilt.
4. Anytime During the First Quarter - Construct three pairs of pajamas. I have all the needed supplies, just need to cut them out and sew them together! I want them ready for the boys to wear next winter.
That is it folks! Interested in following along or joining in yourself? Click on either photo below to go to either of these ladies lovely sites!
My latest work in progress, an example block for my Always Bee Learning bee mates. I'm the "Queen Bee" this month and these are the packets they will be receiving. This block is from the book "Fresh Quilting" by Malka Dubrawsky. It is the Modern Baby Quilt pattern, and is constructed entirely out of Y seams. I will honestly say that this is my new favorite technique, and I absolutely loved putting it together. Hopefully my bee mates agree with me! The fabric is from Kate Spain and is one of her new lines, Cuzco. The "solid" is by Laura Gunn and is called Painters Canvas, I just love the look of these fabrics with such great texture. I personally think this quilt will be one of my new favorites, what do you think?
Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.
It's time for this month's bee blocks! I'm glad to have them done on time... woo hoo! First up is a block for Leanne "shecanquilt" in the Modern Blocks Bee. Leanne asked us to make the "Stonehenge" block, designed by Amy Ellis found on pages 182-183. She sent us fabric from Tula Pink's Birds and Bees line, oh so pretty! I love the simplicity of this block and really look forward to seeing what great modern quilt Leanne creates with them. This block measures 12.5" x 12.5".
I will start by saying that these blocks were a little time consuming and on the "harder" scale of blocks, but I will say the effort was worth it and boy these are stunning. "Watch Meesh Run" asked us to create two New York Beauty blocks in the Always Bee Learning group. I think I remember these being blocks number 1 and 7, and you can find the patterns for them HERE. This is going to be an all purple quilt and I think it is going to be FABULOUS, especially since purple is my favorite color, just saying. These blocks measure 8.5" x 8.5", and are paper pieced with the exception of the curves.
Last but not least are three simple Snowball blocks for a special charity project. You can find the tutorial HERE, these blocks measure 8" x 8". We had the option of using green, red, or black fabrics, which I thought for sure I had plenty in my stash. Well you can see from these three blocks that apparently I only have black in my stash, no true green or red. I guess I know what I need to buy next...
Only two bee blocks this month, one a tad bit easier then the other, but both a little challenging, which is always a good learning experience. The first, a String X block for "QuiltGenius" in the Quilting newBEEs group. Overall this block is simple, but I find you have to be pretty precise on the final construction to get those "white" lines to make good points. Two of my points are good, but the other two, not so much. I think my problem was that those lines that are supposed to measure a precise 1/2" weren't quite that. Oh well, hopefully she doesn't mind. Interested in making this block? Tutorial can be found HERE. This finished block measures 14.5" x 14.5." Oh and those "white" lines aren't white, but rather a nice light mint green, which is an unusual contrast to all those deep reds. Really a stunning quilt block.
Next up are Pod blocks for "spontaneousthreads" in Always Bee Learning. Since this group is based on all of us learning a new technique each month, Stephanie really came up with a good technique for all of us to learn. This technique can be found in the book "Quilting Modern" by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. I honestly haven't had much time to really study this book, but after trying this one technique, I really want to go through the book, step by step. The technique for these blocks is really well described and easy to understand. The top left hand block is the first one that I made, and you can see that I was able to make one with no problems, first try! These are a variety of sizes, but the average is around 5" x 10." Stephanie will have quite an amazing quilt and I can't wait to see what she does with all these blocks!
It looks like I will be making some New York Beauty Blocks in September, I am really looking forward to that! Tune in later this month to see them!
I ended up having a smaller amount of blocks to make in July, but alas was completing them last minute, or should I say mailing them last minute, which seems to be the hardest part for me, getting to the post office. Does anyone else hate that place, or is it just me?
First up is a block for Debbie (flickrdeb50) in the Modern Blocks Bee. She chose a rather simple block named Binary and found on pages 22-23. She stuck with all cool colors and I think this quilt will be simply beautiful. I can't wait to see how she designs this quilt.
Next up are two partial blocks for Kristina (kristina.withak) in Always Bee Learning. Her main block for the month was a simple log cabin like variation, but alas my packet was missing two central pieces, so I wasn't able to put the block together for her. Here it is below in pieces. She also asked if we were willing to make some more hexagons for her, which is what we did for her turn last year, and I was more than willing to help out. I love English Paper Piecing! You can see those Amy Butler hexagons below too.
Last but not least, it is my turn next (August) in the Modern Blocks Bee, and I have chosen to have the group members make Stargazing found on pages 178-179. I know this block looks really crazy busy, and honestly this one that I made will be the most visually busy. I sent the group a variety of fat quarters from Swanky by Chez Moi for Moda fabrics to use as the background, and the turquoise stripe is a JoAnn's print by Denyse Schmidt to be used as the stars. I can't wait to see what each block looks like since all of the backgrounds will be different!.
Now that it is August 1st, I guess the next round is on the way to me now! Am I the only one totally freaked out that it is already August? Where is the year going?
Oh yes friends, I am aware that we are a hop, skip and jump from August, but I promise, none of these blocks were actually late, I just don't have the blogging time that I wish I had, heck any free time these days would be so nice. Oh well, someday... enough whining, on to the blocks!
The first two are Tokyo Subway Map Blocks by Elizabeth Hartman, tutorial found HERE. These blocks are for Megan "hehehe922" in Always Bee Learning, who just had a darling baby boy, congrats Megan! She was so smart to have bee members put together these blocks for her, if I had to make this quilt, all those squares would drive me NUTS!
These square blocks are for Valarie "Between Quilts" in the Modern Blocks Bee. She let us pick from 4 blocks in the Modern Blocks Book, and I chose Pinball Machine found on page 136-137. The block looks kinda wonky in my picture, but I promise, it isn't, maybe it is just an optical illusion? The three little ones below are just free form blocks that I made for her in various sizes. Her finished quilt will be for her son and will consist of lots of these types of blocks. I think it will be so adorable and grow with him so well!
Last up are these two Granny Square blocks, tutorial found HERE. They are for Hilary "kalanchoe612" in Bee Connected. I honestly wanted to keep these blocks so badly, they are gorgeous! She had us leave them untrimmed, which I honestly thought was GENIUS! This will be a beautiful quilt, can't wait to see it finished, and now I want to make one myself!
Hope you are having a wonderful summer!