Friday, August 26, 2011

Fab Green

Sorry for the delay. I wanted to take photos of the blocks outside it will not stop raining here!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Love(n') my Love in a Mist Blocks!

Received many of these while gone to the lake last week:
Eventually the entire spectrum will be represented! Still waiting for Andie's red block, and some orange and green from Michele and Meredith!  It's so exciting to open these packages, I love every one of them...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Garden Party for Terri

Loving all these half-square triangles! Terri - great block. Can't wait to see what you put together!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

July and August

Here's Doris's block that I mailed some time ago.  


What a lovely pattern Doris!

And here's Terri's block that I'll be mailing Monday.  All that teal left me pleased as punch!!! 

 Pressing the seams open is fairly new to me, but buy I love how cool it makes the back look!

Fun block, Terri!

Teri's block

I laid the block down and stepped back into my studio
 to get my iphone to snap a pic.....


I come back and Jenny Egg decided it was a pillow....

it's on it's way to you Monday,  Teri!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Half Square Triangles!

Hi Ladies, I'm getting caught up on my July and August blocks.....lots of half square triangles were made yesterday!! Here's Doris' Love in a Mist block in yellow....I'm so looking forward to seeing all of the pretty colors together in one quilt, Doris!
 Terri's pretty jewel toned fabrics came together in another pretty block. Even though I made what I thought were scant quarter inch seams, my block is just short of your desired 13.5  inches. I hope it will still work.
I'm headed for the post office later today, gals!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gracious Love

Since I received Doris's swap fabs late in July, she allowed extra time for me make these blocks. We'll see each other at our August 17 Modern Quilt Guild meeting, so she's been gracious to wait for me to give them to her then. Such pretty prints. I'm a softie for the color aqua, in any shade or value.

Just to show that I'm not a slacker, Terri's fabrics arrived yesterday and her block is in the mailbox as I write this. All three blocks fill me with OBO love 'cause all three blocks have pretty fabrics. And half-square triangles. Lotsa HSTs.

So enough already with those precision blocks! How about a September block that's footloose? I'm getting parcels ready and I promise, no precision cutting or sewing! Linda

Anticipating August

Well this is afirst, I brought the mail in, opened Terri's envelope and sat down and started sewing her block (Victoria must be rubbing off on me!) ;-)
There was a flurry of chain-piecing...  a pile of trimmed corners (I don't know what got into me, Terri, I don't even do this on my own HSTs!)
lots of pressing seams in alternating directions, sewing together squares, then rows...and in the end a lovely Anna Maria Horner Garden Party block:
Also in yesterday's mail was my Love in a Mist block from Megan in Seattle...isn't it lovely?--
Thanks you, Megan!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

An August May

Amy's May Block

Trust me when I tell you I know how ridiculous I am!  Never more so than today when I opened Amy's envelope to sew up this "looks kind of hard" block only to find that she had already cut the pieces out for us and the block was sewn in about 30 minutes start to finish!  Geez!  I keep thinking I need to put aside an entire day to sew one block and then lose loads of time getting to it because I think I can't stop working! 
This block is so great and very simple.  I love it as much as the red cross block we made last year. 

Hope it isn't too late for your quilt, Amy.  If so, I can send embroidered panels in consolation.  I have a set to send out to Victoria because, sadly, I missed the boat in March, too.  June in September?  Not sure, but I'll try to speed it up.  Feel free to kick me in the blog bum, if necessary.  -- michele

Tutorial for August Block

Hello again, quilting bee friends! I posted a tutorial on my blog at this link to share with you instructions on how to make this block for August.That post has photos for each step to give you a visual, but I included a one-page instruction sheet in your fabric kits so you don't have to print a photo-heavy post to follow along.

Thanks again!

Monday, August 1, 2011

~Love~ for Doris

I absolutely adore the retro-liciousness of this block! Love. It. This is the type of block that made me fall in love with quilts - scrappy, linear, symmetrical. Love, love, love it.

Every once in awhile, a project comes along that knocks me down a peg or two.  Just when I think that I'm a pretty good quilter - that is to say, a well-rounded sewist - I realize there are aspects of my "game" that need some.... tweaking.  My precision cutting and piecing are, shall I say, in need of some continuing education.

Doris, thank you for the opportunity to be reminded that when I'm feeling a tad smug about my skills, perhaps it's time to challenge myself to find out if my ego could use a smack down.