I have succeeded, although I didn't trim it down. I am happy with the outcome. I hope you are as well Maren.
Friday, May 24, 2013
A block for Maren. I have to say these types of blocks always prove the most challenging. You begin with an idea of how many are needed to get your size. But then you get caught up in slicing and dicing all the lovely fabric that was provided. Add on to that, the desire to use a piece of everything... And then you realize you need more parts of varying size.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I went back and forth on what fabrics to use for this. After organizing my sewing area recently, I have been on a self-imposed “fabric diet”. With shopping not an option, I went to my stash. I think every quilter has some fabrics that they hoard, covet, pet, and can’t imagine cutting. The fabrics that I have included this month are decades old and have stood the test of time – vintage sheets. Some of the fabrics are ‘brand new’, never used, and were still in the package, while others are super soft and used. Almost all the fabrics are from a vintage sheet fat quarter swap earlier this year. I think this is the perfect way to show how well these fabrics all work together.
Here is the pattern/tutorial for a Dutch Rose block we will be making:
If you would send also send me the pieced “bonus” blocks, I would really appreciate it. Don’t worry about pressing them open…or even cutting them apart, if you string piece. I want to use them to make a sawtooth border around the entire quilt. Here is my pile of string-pieced HST “bonus” blocks.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I just got another from Maria G. This one rocks complete with the beats headphones... Soo looking forward to the others...
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The NW Ohio MQG is excited to kick off our first challenge of the year! And because we are so excited about this challenge we want to welcome all of our quilty friends to participate.
The idea behind this challenge is to visit your local art museum (or gallery....) and find a piece of art that inspires you. Any piece! A sculpture, a piece of glass, an oil painting, anything! Classic, baroque, modern, contemporary - your choice! You game?
There are a few simple rules and prizes! Did we mention there are prizes??! Check our blog and Facebook page for details and share with your guilds and all your quilty friends.
Our first random drawing for prizes will be- visit our blog and check out the Art Spark Challenge Sponsors.
Friday, May 17, 2013
This block was quite a challenge for me. I really struggled with finding inspiration. I looked through Google images, Pinterest, and Etsy only to find thousands of images of traditional Sunbonnet Sue. I wanted to make something original yet recognizable My inspiration was Katniss from The Hunger Games. I hope my translation works and that E likes it. I used a blanket stitch around all the raw edges and thread-painted the bow and arrow.
I've written more about how I made the block (a simple sort of tute) over at my blog made by ChrissieD if you want to take a look :)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
299 North Highland Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562 914-941-4455
Alison Faubert, Director of Communications
914-941-4455 ext. 212
PRESS RELEASE: May 2013
EVENT DATE: June 8, 9, 12, 2013
Stitching a Legacy & Heritage of Quilts
and Sunday, June 8 and 9, from 1 to 5 pm, and on Wednesday, June 12 from 7 to 9 pm. The
Opening Reception is Saturday, June 8 from 3 to 5pm. All are welcome. Admission is free.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Mariandale Retreat Center’s Outreach Programs.
The quilt show has a rich backstory. The late Nancy Murphy of Croton-On-Hudson succumbed
to breast cancer in 2001, leaving behind a husband and two sons. An avid quilter and quilting
teacher, she also left behind fabric and equipment, which her husband sold, donating the
proceeds to cancer research.
Roll forward to just last year, Mike Murphy was moving to a smaller house, his sons now grown
and starting families of their own. In the attic he discovered tubs of unfinished work: quilts;
needlepoints; appliques and embroidery.
Having heard that there were quilters who met at Mariandale, Mike Murphy called to see if he
could donate the materials. He met with Sister Donna Brunell, a Dominican Sister of Hope, and
director of Hands for Hope. Sister Donna enlisted the help Carole Burton, a Mariandale quilter,
who actually had known Nancy Murphy, to help catalogue the donation.
“Although we expected fabric we might use in other projects, we were both amazed at the
beauty of the unfinished quilts and high quality of the craftsmanship. At first I was overwhelmed
by the number of projects in various stages of being completed,” said Sister Donna, “but then I
recognized the legacy, not only of the quilts, but of the techniques we could learn by completing
them.” It was decided that the quilts would be finished by volunteers from among Mariandale
quilters and friends and would be celebrated in the exhibit and sale in June.
At Mr. Murphy’s request, any proceeds from the sale of Nancy’s quilts will benefit Mariandale
Outreach Programs. These programs serve the spiritual needs of the poor, marginalized,
previously incarcerated, homeless and especially women in the surrounding communities,
including New York City.
The quilt exhibit and sale, which will also include quilts crafted by Mariandale quilters, will be
on display in the Chapel at Mariandale. Besides the posted hours above, they can be seen by
appointment, also, during the week of June 8th to the 15th. Call 914-941-4455 ext. 100 for an
The Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit ecumenical organization
located one mile south from the Croton Harmon Train Station. It is a full service retreat and
conference center with 61 acres of land on the Hudson, 40 bedrooms and full meal service,
a swimming pool, nature trails and a labyrinth. It is available for group and private retreats,
organizational meetings, and offers unique spiritual programming throughout the year. It is the
sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Call (914) 941-4455 for more information
or visit the Mariandale Website www.mariandale.org.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A simple, fun Confetti block for Maren.
As always I've written more about making the block over at my blog made by ChrissieD if you want to take a look :)