Thursday, June 30, 2016
Ready for another TBT post? I'm slowly making my way back to my sewing machine, but I haven't sewn anything yet. I've cleared off some old projects and I've been cutting up scraps with my die cutter, but no sewing as yet. So we're back to another Throw Back post. Above is a picture of a quilt that I made for a co-worker's daughter back in 2008. The story on that is here. This was a sew along, and I was originally going to set the blocks in a straight set with sashings, but I saw someone else had set them in the tilted setting and I loved it! By adding the strips around the blocks to make them tilt, the blocks end up getting bigger. It was for a child, so I didn't want a huge quilt. I had many more of the churn dash blocks already made, but decided not to use them. They are still sitting in my sewing room and every once in a while I tell myself that I will make another quilt like this. I really like how it turned out.
I went to a Kaffe Fassett exhibit at the local quilt museum yesterday and took a bunch of pictures. I'll post those soon!
Thursday, June 23, 2016
How about another TBT post? I found this one on a blog post I made in 2007. I remember it well. It was a baby quilt for some friends of ours, and I really thought that these were the colors that they told me they were using for the baby's room. I remember I thought it was an unusual combination of colors and I probably never would have chosen them to put together into a quilt, but I do like how the quilt turned out. When I gifted them the quilt, I found out that the baby's room was actually only a couple of these colors (I can't remember which ones now). It didn't really matter though. They loved the quilt anyway. I tied this one and used a high loft batting so it was nice and cuddly. The pattern was from an old magazine that I had earmarked and put away for a future project. It is a variation on a Jacob's Ladder block. There is a half-square triangle in two corners of each block which created a pinwheel when the blocks are put together. I used a bunch of fat quarters and I'm pretty sure that I'm still using up scraps from that quilt.
It's fun looking at all of these old quilts. Lately I've been watching some of the Craftsy classes that I've been stockpiling, and I feel like I'm starting to get my quilting mojo back. Hopefully I'll have some new projects to post soon!
Thursday, June 16, 2016
I thought I'd try out a Throw Back Thursday post. I've seen other people make TBT posts, and since I haven't had much to show that is new, I thought I'd go for old! I found this picture of a wall hanging that I made as a gift. I can't recall exactly what year I made it, but I believe it was around 2006 (judging by the other pictures it was with). I really like this one and it was not difficult to make. It was a paper foundation pieced pattern that went together fairly quickly being that there are only four blocks. I was able to use up some pink scraps for the petals. Looking at it now, I think I would change the proportion of the two borders if I made it again. I remember seeing this pattern again in my pattern stash when we moved a couple of years ago. Maybe I'll dig it out and make myself a quilt with it.
Monday, June 13, 2016
There hasn't been much sewing going on lately, but I'm moving forward very slowly on the Crossroads quilt along. I'm making all of the monthly pieced blocks in blue scraps, and then I'll make the alternate/chain blocks in scrappy reds. Above are two of the four "Family" blocks that are the blocks for this month. I have most of the pieces cut for the other two blocks - just need to sew them together. Below are blocks from past months - three "Friendship" blocks:
And three "Diamond" blocks:
I didn't grab a picture of the four "House" blocks that I made first, but you can see them here. As you can see, I still have my Farm Girl Vintage quilt taking up most of my design wall, so I have to squeeze these new blocks in on the side. I'm hoping to get a burst of motivation this summer while it's too hot to be outside.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today. Also linking up with Quilt Story and Let's Bee Social later this week.
Monday, June 06, 2016
Wow. How is it June already?? Crazy!
Above is my sister's completed Swoon block. It came out great. I believe it's about 24" square now. Good wall hanging size.
I've been on a little quilting (and blogging) break. Sometimes I need to step away from the sewing machine and do other things until my sewing mojo comes back. My other love is gaming, so I've been playing Fallout 4 on the XBOX for the past few weeks. I love those games a lot. I finished the game, so I'll be back to sewing soon. And now I get to play with my new Accuquilt Go Big system that I just got last week. Very excited - I hope it works out this time. My Accuquilt Go Baby never worked properly, but I know that it did work for a lot of people. I had purchased a lot of dies for it, so I'm hoping I'll finally be able to use them. We'll see!
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today!