Friday, January 29, 2010
For a quick intro, I'm Liz. *wave* I blog about quilting at teeny tiny quilts, and about life and parenting twin toddlers at Goddess in Progress. (That's why you'll see my blogger profile as "Goddess in Progress.") I live in Massachusetts, where I'm a full-time mom of 2.5-year-old boy/girl twins. I sew when they sleep.
I'm so excited to be a part of this Bee. What an awesome group! I actually made Michele's block very early in the month, practically right after I got the fabric. I followed the pattern quite literally, and added a sort of turquoise blue from my stash as a background for the star points. (And, yes, you can see the crease from where I sewed the row on the wrong way the first time... whoops!)
I then sat on it for a few weeks. I was really hoping to make a second block, maybe taking a few more liberties with the design. But too many sewing deadlines this month meant I had to stick with just one for this time.
Michele, it went in the mail this afternoon. I hope you like it!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Here is the January block I made for Michelle at Calico Daisy.
As you know, she wanted a pinwheel inside a star, so I was happy to have the Feb. 2010 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting for reference. Such a cool idea for a block!
I was excited to finally try out my quick quarter tool (thanks to Sherri for the reminder that I had one). You just line up the slotted center of the tool with each corner of a square, draw two lines on either side of the tool, and sew along those lines, giving you a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Cut down the center, in between the two lines, and you get two triangle squares (see center pinwheel above).
Here is the February block I made for Heather.
As you know, Heather requested a wonky log cabin block, as wonky as we could get. I've never made a log cabin block or a wonky log cabin block, so I followed the directions from Quilt Dad's quilt-along posted last fall. I hope it is wonky enough for Heather's taste! I hope you will be able to trim this block, Heather, or add to it to match the size you need.
Both of these projects involved blocks or techniques I hadn't tried before, so they were great fun! -Terri
Friday, January 22, 2010
i was inspired by your 'birdie' fabric. it had such a light lacy feel that i wanted to try to achieve that in the block. i also thought a lot of white would show off these fabrics. i got a couple of little birdies in my piece so i fussy cut those for two of the corners. i think it'll look pretty sashed in the green. i don't make a lot of blocks like this, so it was definitely out of my comfort zone.
loved making your block. i agree that 16.5 inches is a big one. i hope you don't mind the addition of the katie jump rope and the amy butler dots.
i don't know if i can keep up with you guys. i've never been in a bee where blocks get done so quickly and fabric gets sent out early! you guys are amazing.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Heather, this was a fun block for me -- I can do wonky! Your fabric choices are just gorgeous. I had an unexpected free day from working -- the clinics I transcribe for are in Boston, and there's a big snowstorm, so nobody is venturing out (sounds like we Southerners!) -- and it took all the power I had not go directly to the LQS to check out some brown, turquoise, and limey fabrics. It won't be long though, and I'll be getting some .....
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
It looks wonkier in reality than it does in this photo for whatever reason... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your color choices, Heather! I had no problem finding fabrics in my stash and scrap basket to add to this (we have very similar fabric tastes, I think!) This will be a lovely quilt, no doubt!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I've been having the hardest time trying to decide which I block I want for MARCH... If you can believe it, I've started three quilts in the process of coming up with the right project...!!!
Then today my Quilter's Newsletter (feb/march issue page 56) came in the mail with this Hawaii Sunset Quilt on the cover... And it just did me in...Love flying geese, love 9 patches, and it's most likely not a quilt I would ever make on my own (that's a good thing) which means you ladies get to help motivate me...
(p.s.-- Don't worry, I cut most of the pieces for the march block...
so you'll get pieces ready to sew...)
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
And hello everyone! It was great fun making Michele's block! It got me thinking that I don't make many "just blocks" these days. I make quilts, most of which already have a setting and sashing and borders that are pretty much planned. I'm thinking it would be fun to get back to making "just blocks" and then figure out what to do with them. We'll see (my mom used to say that to us all the time...it always meant that'll never happen...). :-)
Thursday, January 7, 2010
So not to be last sewing my own block, I stayed up late all the way through the block only to find that I had sewn the last row on backward! It was too late to make adjustments, so the ripping and resewing and photo shoot waited until this morning. I've never pieced anything like this before, but other than a bit of finagling and forcing a fit on the bottom center piece (the bias cut got a bit fiddley), it went well.
To keep all the blocks straight and to keep a little photo log of this month's process, I am framing all the blocks in little frames and titling them on my calicodaisy flickr set for the bee. You can take them if you like.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I love to look at these blocks side by side. Heather's little switch of using the solid fabric for that small rectangle seems to change everything. Victoria's use of a solid in the center causes the pinwheel to look so sharp.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
me and patterns don't always mix well!
I did have to play a little... had to wonky it up a little on the pinwheel...
Are we adding the sashing borders? that was my only question...
fun fun fun!~