Monday, May 30, 2011

Sun Drenched Blocks for June

Hello there lovely ladies! I can't wait to tell you about the block for this month!

The Inspiration

The art of Ton Schulten sparked my idea for June's quilt block. I saw his paintings in a calendar and instantly fell in love with his use of big blocks of vibrant color and the way he organizes them giving the impression of shafts of light pouring through the paintings. I thought it would be a fun to play with those same ideas in a quilt and decided LIGHT and COLOR would be an excellent way to kick off the summer!

The Block

A package with two sets of solid fabric (a group of "shadowed" colors and a group of "sun-lit" colors) will be arriving on your doorstep shortly. The June project will be to make a block of your own design that:
  • is free-pieced. Improvise...experiment...make it your own. Don't worry about mistakes.
  • has a clear vertical dividing line between these two groups of colors. This line does not have to be one continuous seam or even line up exactly, but it should be obvious that there are two sides to your "in shadow" and one "in the light". This dividing line can be anywhere you like in your block (left, right, middle) and created anyway you'd like.
  • includes big blocks of color. Feel free to include little details too if you'd like, but June isn't a month for an all teeny pieces crumb block. Be bold!
  • is primarily abstract. Ton Schulten's painting are often landscapes, however I'm mostly interested in free-form design for this quilt. No houses or trees please. :)
  • is basically square or rectangle. You don't have to square it up to a specific size or make it perfectly straight...please send it to me raw. It can be about any dimension you'd like (long, short, skinny, fat, very square). As for size, comparable to a 12 x 12 block would be fantastic. Bigger is always welcome.
The Leftovers

I don't know if solids will have the same impact, but when I've received your lovely fabrics, I always find one or two I just love and wish I could keep for my stash. I've often sent in the block and then immediately started hunting down yardage to order for myself! If one or two of the fabrics sings to you, feel free to keep some for yourself. I love a little fabric sharing! However, please return most of your leftover fabric and your scraps as I will be using them to fill in the gaps and piece all the blocks together.

And......The Lack of Images

I wasn't able to find any pictures that were not copyrighted to post, (grrrr!) but there's lots to look at in the link above and on flickr. I will send you cut-outs from the calendar as inspiration with the fabric as well. Everything should be in the mail by Friday. (Slight delay by having to order this fabric twice after trying out a new online site. Grrrr again!) I'll post pics of the fabric and my block once the packages are on their way to you.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need further clarification.

I can't wait to see what your improvisations dream up!!! Happy Sewing! :)

I hope everyone is having a great Holiday weekend! This was a fun block to make.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May Bee for Amy

That's an alliteration, isn't it? The May bee for Amy? 

Here's the block I made for Amy. Easy to piece. She should have it in her hands by now.

 Oops, I forgot to Micron Pigma Pen my name on a seam allowance. Linda

Fun Fabric-Blocky Fun!

Wishing this was going to be my quilt...

I managed to get a half hour of sewing in this week to make my May bee block for Amy...
Love her fabrics and her choice of block-----yum....

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I ~heart~ Amy's Block!

Lurve it! And Badskirt blog?! Lurve it, too. She's so....cheeky. I dig cheeky.  This block goes on my list as a quilt I must make! Thanks for sharing it with us, Amy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

so CUTE!

YIPPEE! Got home and there was the fabrics! I was missing my sewing machine so
bad being gone for 5 days! Seriously!  So I quickly dove into put this block together... 
how cute is it? love that scissors fabric!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Japanese + and X Block for Amy

Amy’s Japanese + and X block.  The verdict? This was super easy to make – Amy, I wish you would have sent fabric for 2 blocks, this was so quick to whip up that I feel guilty for not doing more!


The hubby goes “Is that newspaper fabric??”  He was definitely intrigued – I think it may be time for some of my Authentic word fabric to make an appearance in our house, lol!

Also, Victoria is putting together a fun signature quilt, so I sewed this up pretty quickly for her, opting for the brighter end of her blue/navy/pink/red/tan color request:


She has more deets on her blog, see the link above if you want to stash bust and contribute to a fun quilt!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thank You!

Hi all,

I want to say thanks for voting for me in the Accuquilt barn quilt contest – pop over to my blog for a thank you giveaway!

Michelle Smile

Andie’s Block

Those MoMo butterflies just scream to be the centerpiece in Andie’s maverick star blocks.


Can’t wait to see all these blocks together!

(Andie – you should have received in the mail or will soon)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Andie's Star Block

Here's the star that is on its way to Andie. (Hope you like it, Andie!)
Fun, fun blues and a fun way to make scrappy, pieced stars!

I hope you post a pic here of the completed quilt.

Can't wait to get my May package in the mail!
Happy sewing all!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

One Day Late

Oops! It's May 1 and I just finished your block today, Andie! I'll drop it off at the post office tomorrow.
I loved working with your black and blue fabrics, Andie. This was my first time to work with linen in a quilt block. Waiting till the last was an advantage, I guess, because I didn't have any problems sewing with the looser weave. I think using a dry iron, rather than steam, was key.

Also, if anyone is interested, I am hosting an I SPY Swap on my blog right now. Click here for details if you are interested in swapping charms to make an I Spy children's quilt.