Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Sewing this quilt block and watching the slice and dice pattern come to life made me think that everyone can make a gorgeous quilt and not fear getting blocks just perfect. The randomness of this type of block is such a showcase of fabrics. Other than deciding which favorite prints to use, the blocks came together quick and easy.
Of course, I don't take the easy route and must have trimmed too much here and there, and so I only have two blocks completely made, Linda. The rest of the 3rd block is in the return package which includes several strips of the prints I used so you can finish off the last bit.
Thank you for the pretty fat quarter. Can't wait to use it.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
However, as is my nature, I've overcommitted myself for 2012 and need to focus my efforts on the leading Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild, and another project I am working on outside of my "day job".
I'm happy to hand the reigns over to anyone who is willing to head up One Block Over 2012, turn the blog over to you--and I know some of the quilters this year would stick around next year. So, any of our readers/followers, if you're interested leave a comment and I'll get in touch with you. If not, the blog will stay up so we can post finished quilts we make from the blocks we received this year (heck, I still need to finish mine from 2010!!)
Thanks to everyone for sewing with me/us and to all who follow and comment!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Doris can now complete her Love in the Mist quilt, if she hasn't already filled in my block spot yet! This one is heading up to Iowa as I write. Trimming out the half-square triangles to perfect 2.5" blocks was the most difficult part for me, but, otherwise, the block moved along pretty easily. Until editing the photo just now, I really couldn't see the center star while so close up to the work. Under the lights and cropped to photo presentation, though, I am always amazed to find I can actually put together such a pretty piece after all the drama I feel getting to the final point! Your quilt will be gorgeous, Doris.
And I wasn't sure whether the bird should be centered, or offset a little. (Gotta have a little of that Habitat Challenge fabric in a strip as a "happy" reminder of that experience, right?)
My hope is that everyone's blocks will be so different that mine don't stand out as being wrong! Linda
Luckily I won a give away of scraps from Victoria (Bumble Beans) which came in handy. I had orginally planned to make a liberated wedding ring with them.
I will not be sending anything out for December. That should give everyone time to get caught up and decide if they will be back next year. I will not be coming back next year.
Thank you for including me and all of you who participated this year.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Too bad that I procrastinated so long, because I took a nasty spill on my stairs 10 days ago that resulted in a broken hand. UGH!
SOOOOOOOOOOOO...........working with one good (right--yea!) hand and one not-so-good-left hand........
Only after I was finished did I re-read the directions about using the Kona solid that was included! Argh! If the yellow background on the second block doesn't work for you, Megan, maybe you can use it on the back somehow.
Sorry about that...guess the fall affected my brain too! I will include the blocks in the envelope with my November bird fabric, Megan. Can't wait to see your finished quilt!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
It might have been pretty interesting -- or embarrassing -- to hear what the valets of the Lowes Atlanta said after unloading my two sewing machines, box of sewing supplies, and miscellaneous bags and luggage for my stay a week or so ago. My friends and I went to The Country Living Fair in Georgia and were treated to the great accommodations. However, it was pretty funny when one valet told the other to get the next guest, and the guy said, "The Toyota or the Porsche?" Uh, I'm the Toyota. Wonder who he thought might give the best
While there, I was committed to getting THREE blocks done and be caught up and relieve everyone and myself of my delinquency. I'm crazy to update my own blog, but I'm not allowed (by my own set of rigid rules) til my blocks are complete. Only one was completed on Monday -- I did have social obligations to the treaters! This took me six hours! Ridiculous -- me, not the block. However, part of those six hours was a quick trip across Atlanta to Whipstitch Fabrics. Fun to visit a place I've followed through the blogs since the shop was started. I tried to stay away but was sure I needed a couple of bright Konas to bring out the light area of Andrea's block, so I called the valet, had the car brought around, and ran by right before closing. Ah, the life for a week!
This block was such a challenge. I got all caught up, as usual, in the teeniest of details -- see my drawing -- impossible. I requested crayons from the front desk. Though they offered to bring the box to the door, I totally went down and picked them up myself! I find only one thing that makes me crazy. My plan was to have some of the dark fabrics on the right side carry over into the light block by having the tree branches/leaves cross over. Instead, there is a distinct line of separation, but there was no going back. It is quite amazing, though, that the light/dark piecing works so beautiful!
Andrea, it will be so interesting to see how your quilt comes together and what you do to combine all the different interpretations and values.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
My name is Megan and this is my month for the block of the month. Everything is in the mail with pictures and fabric. I want/need 6.5" wonky birthday cakes. Practice your free piecing! Absolutely anything works! Thanks for all the help!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I drew the color blue for Doris.
And I love playing with Garden Party, thanks Terri!
Fun blocks, girls! HSTs might be my fav building block ever, so I always enjoy getting to sew them up!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I started with the blocks for A Notion or Two, and they had me seeing red.
Thankfully, Linda’s block provided a much-needed mental break (and a color break from the 2 red blocks in A Notion or Two). The slice & dice method was quick & easy.
The 3 colors in the FQ that I chose to focus on were yellow, brown, and orange. This quilt is going to be amazingly diverse, everyone’s fabric choices so far have been completely different, and yet, I think it will all come together really well.