Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Charity Block/Stash Buster

Once the we have enough petal blocks to make a quilt, we will start on the next one - a rainbow. Each block is 6" x 8", made up of strips, going in either direction, any width. Each block should be one color of the rainbow: R(red), O(orange), Y(yellow), G(green), B(blue), I(indigo), V(violet). As you see below, I combined blue and indigo - makes it easier! If you prefer to separate the two blue varieties, please do. Make as many as you want - you can even make several of one color instead of one of each, because once the quilt is put together it doesn't matter if there is an even color range, just a progression. The photo below is just a suggestion. Thanks!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

August to December 2015

Paper-pieced fans for Judith

This was my queen month.  Here are the Bento Box blocks I've received so far.  

Rolling Diamonds for Alyson

Scrappy Trip Around the World for Sandy

Charley Harper inspired Wood Duck for Rossanna
This one made me the most nervous.  What a challenge!
I stared at this, let it sink in, looked it up online, and stewed over it.  
I had everything set aside, and finally decided to make it today.  
A couple of firsts were to "thread paint" and hand-sewing sequins.
I sincerely hope Rossanna likes it.

Mondrian with focus square for Jean

Saturday, January 2, 2016

12 Gems for Maria

Maria asked us to play with our scraps and come up with 11 freestyle monochromatic blocks. The last block had to be a block of your block is a liberated star. This was a fun challenge, Maria!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Petals quilt

If you need a nice, calm project for a post holiday cool down, appliqueing a pinkish petal onto a greenish background (6 inch square) might be a good one. We currently have 29 blocks, which would make up into an approx. 2 1/2 x 3 foot lapquilt. See samples below. If you need the pattern, it is attached below. If you print out the pattern, be sure that the square measures 6". This will be a wonderfully cheerful quilt when done. Thanks.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Block Lotto Blocks

Here are four blocks for the next block lotto.  These could be a really cool collection when all done... much like a Mondrian painting.......

Microwave Bowl Holder

I LOVE handmade gifts...especially when they are useful...and made by a very special friend!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blocks for Maria - Lucky 13

No matter how many times I try to work in other colors, the orange/red theme seems to come forward anyway! The "favorite block" is hand dyed and thread painted - I figured trying to make a traditional block in a tiny size with my skills at sewing straight lines and matching corners would not come out too well . . . So here they are. Thanks for the challenge, Maria.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

January Lucky 13 Bee Block for Jody

And here's my January block for Jody.  Happy birthday (next month)!  I hope you get loads of present blocks to love.

 (Thank you for sending me polka dots!)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Lucky 13 Bee Blocks for Maria

Here are my rainbow blocks for Maria, our December queen.  The number of green blocks shouldn't surprise anyone.

I don't know how "traditional" my center block is, but I wasn't at all confident that I could accurately make a tiny churn dash (my favorite traditional block). A cathedral window variation is kind of traditional, right?

Enjoy your blocks, Maria!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Lucky 13 Bee Blocks

Loved making these for Maria!
Improv blocks of my personal "rainbow" plus one traditional block

Jody's "Birthday Present" Block
This was a new one for me & Jody made it so easy by giving us
precut pieces and great directions!