I hope you like this, Mary. It came out a bit more "Mod" than I had expected but it was fun to do and I'm quite happy with it.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thanks Mary~ your quilt will be awesome (and finished by the december meeting, right? hehe).
And at long last, David's:
I've got November, so I'll be posting about it on Tuesday, with instructions sent by email. I am sending some solid fabrics, but bee members will need to choose 5 prints from their own stash. (the largest being 6.5" x 6.5") Before I head to the post office tomorrow, is there anyone who would like me to send the print fabric also? I'd prefer to have prints of your choosing, but I don't want anyone to go out and buy fabric for this block. I assume everyone has prints, but thought I'd double check to be safe...
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
You can read more about the block HERE.
PS: The Modern Blocks quilt book is now shipping from Amazon! I am hosting a giveaway for a free eBook copy of the book. You can enter HERE until November 1st. Good luck!
I added in some weirdo fabric I inherited from my Grandma (the teal, blue, and mauve mountains that look like they came from an Indian restaurant in South Beach in 1987) just to see if I could make it work. (The block looks a little more sane in real life, I think.) It will be interesting to see how the finished blocks play together. Good luck, Mary!
Speaking of which, all you Queen Bees of the past six months, how are your quilts coming along? Can we see some photos of work in progress? I'm really curious about how your projects are shaping up.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Have you made any holiday-specific quilts?
Bed and throw quilts, wall hangings, table runners, tree skirts, dreidel mug rugs?
How and why did you make it? Do you pull it out only for the holiday or does it get used year round? Snap some pics, write a post, and tell us all about it!
I have always wanted to make a halloween quilt, and bought fabric and made sketches for one in May a couple years ago, but the project got shelved. I'd also like a Christmas throw (because Victoria's are just adorable!!), but that hasn't happened yet either. The one holiday piece I have made is a small tree wall-hanging (miniquilt?) for my mom:
I made it for her one year when we knew we weren't going to be home for Christmas, and thought she might need some cheering up. She ended up keeping it up year round, it's still on the wall across from her bed.
This was my first time embellishing a quilt and though I think it works on this piece, I haven't tried it again.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thanks too to Victoria for teaching me how to post!
Hands of Castellers, Catalonia, , create community through strength and friendship.
Friendship has no boundaries. Shirley, age 89, born and raised in , U.S.A. and Jorge Oncins Garcia, age 32, born and raised in - who could have envisioned their love and friendship across generations, cultures, and oceans!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Thank you to everyone who contributed to last week's talking topic, I wasn't surprised to see that we all love shopping, but it was interesting to hear what parts of the process drive us to "make" the quilts we do. (I still can't believe some of you enjoy cutting, uugh!)
This week please write a post (and share a photo?) of the quilt you are most proud of, the one you worked the hardest (longest?) on, that you were really happy to finally put in that last stitch and call it done.
Tell us its story, from start to finish, and let us know where the treasured quilt resides now.
If you don't have a chance to write a post (or aren't a member of the blog), please write some comments on this week's posts to encourage us all to push through the harder parts and get it finished so we can appreciate a new quilt in the world.
for me.. my biggest labor of love (of the ones I've actually finished..) would be this one:
My T-shirt Quilt (2010)
Made from t-shirts collected from 1990-2005, this quilt represents 15 years of my life. Childhood, high school, college, studying and living in Japan, meeting my husband, moving up an down the east coast.. and pieced in with all the shirts are my favorite fabrics from 1998-2007. Like this one with the little fish:
It's not my favorite quilt, but I'm really happy it's done, and I think 15~30 years from now I will really appreciate having made it. Right now, it is folded on the quiltrack in my bedroom, and we put it on the bed in the coldest winter months, underneath this one. I don't really show it off, but it's warm, and it's nice to keep the memories all in one place.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I can make quilt tops all day long. I love the idea of quilting, and enjoy the machine and hand quilting process, but I also don't have the time to work on all of the tops that I make. So I am about to begin sending things out. Binding, eh, I get it appreciate the finishing process, but jot my favorite.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
What are your favorite steps of the quiltmaking process?
And which ones don't you like as much?
Please write a post telling us how your mind and emotions work, when it comes to quilting. What steps do you get excited about, which make you want to up and leave your sewing space? Perhaps you can make a list, ranking the steps in order from favorite to least favorite, i.e.
- fabric shopping
- machine quilting
- choosing a pattern
- squaring up blocks
As for my quiltmaking.. On the spiderweb I've been working on, I love love love "choosing" scraps to add next to a block, pinning them in place, and chain stitching them down. The step of removing the pins and ironing I'm indifferent to, but I'll happily do it because it means I can get back to choosing the next round.
I'm not really a fan of cutting out the paper templates, or cutting the kites, but being able to play with my strip stash makes it worth it.. like, as I'm holding the kite template down and rotary cutting a stack of 8 at a time (with a dull blade), cursing when the blade nicks the template, I'm really just looking forward to getting to choose and chain piece some colorful strips, and that makes the dull jobs easier.
Other steps I'd rather skip include squaring up (anything, but esp. HSTs), piecing fabric for backings, and cutting patches (except diamonds, I like cutting diamonds). Oh, and putting fabric back on the shelves! that's no fun~
So, which steps are your favorite? Tell us as much or as little as you'd like, but please post this week!!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
The best part? They BROUGHT FABRIC! And the wolves descended! Just kidding, everyone was very polite (we pulled numbers to pick two pieces each, which kept mayhem to a minimum). Congrats to Margaret who ended up winning all the remaining fabrics--can't wait to see what you make out of it!
We also got a preview of their new line of solids, which works into the December Block Challenge. If you were at the meeting, you got your fabric packet and instructions, and just a reminder that this is a special challenge. You can only use the fabrics provided, and here's what to do:
Make a 12.5" (or whatever size you can with the fabric in the pack) abstract block using only the fabrics included--no adding from your stash (no embellishments either). Consider angles, symmetry, balance, etc.
Bring the finished block to the December 3rd meeting!The yellow fabric should be used as the focal "pop."