Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jennifer's Blocks for Katy

I'm leaving for the US tomorrow and wanted to have a few sewing projects finished before I left.

Here is Katy's block:
It took a little more planning and tinkering than I originally thought but I loved sifting through my scraps and playing with the color values and layout. I was wondering if any of these same fabrics were used in the blocks that I made for Katy's first International Stashes quilt. I continue to be thrilled with all of the variety of projects that our group chose each month. Thanks girls!
Here is the charity block:
Thank you again Katy for taking on this project this year. This was a quick block to put together and I think it is going to be so charming with all of the fussy cut centers.  Thank you too to Amy (Canada) for the tip in the comments section on what size to cut the squares for the HSTs, I also started out with 3.5 inch squares for the HSTs and then I remembered your advice.
And finally! Here is the 2013 top that I have been procrastinating on:
I just have not bonded properly with this quilt, I haven't been able to get excited about it, maybe not modern enough for my tastes? I'm not sure. What do you think of it?  I could not stand to have it just sitting on my shelf either. All I needed to do was add two more zig zag borders and I finally did that last night. Now I am going to take it to the US with me tomorrow and send it to Amy (USA) and have her use her new long arm quilting skills to quilt it for me. I have given her free rein to do what ever she thinks would look best for the quilting part. No pressure Amy but we will all be looking forward to seeing what you decide is best for it. Here is the backing fabric I ordered to go with it:
I hope you are all doing well!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Anthea's Stacked Blocks for Katy

It is always delightful to arrange bright colours which made it fun completing this block for you Katy.

Before I started, I was rather worried that sewing up long thin rectangles would show up any errors and yes some of my seams do look rather curvaceous.  Look at the top of the block!!!  My scant 1/4 inch seams are a bit too scant in places and so the whole thing is a tad too long.  Hmmm.  I might sit on this for a bit and un-pick the worst offenders, redo and then mail it off to you Katy.

I'm off to the vegie patch now.  There is a fair bit of precursor groundwork to enjoy before my Autumn planting.

Anthea xx

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Post for Donna Jo

I am so grateful to have Amy (USA) help me post my blocks (so far) on the International Stashes blog.  I’m not very computer oriented and my last child left for college last fall…I can’t tell you the things I have done without while she has been gone!  It has been good to be a part of this group as I am not enjoying being an empty-nester.  It has also been good for me as I seem to have forgotten how to be creative lately!  Thank you Amy for helping me post these blocks.
Jennifer’s Giant Modern 9-Patch:
This was a very hard block for me because I guess that I am to rigid (Not cut with a ruler???  Impossible!).  I love 9-patch blocks though, and even though the color choice could not have been further than my comfort zone, I am intrigued with this quilt and look forward to seeing it completed. 
(USA) Amy’s LeMoyne Star:
I should share that when I first began quilting, my first quilts were mostly maroon and blue.  For years…  I still love blue the very best!   I wasn’t paying very much attention to “which” Amy this block belonged to, and hadn’t mailed it yet as I needed to fill out my customs form.  Imagine my surprise to find out that Amy lives very close to me and I was able to deliver my blocks in person and meet Amy.  Having spent two years in the ex-pat community (England and Indonesia), I love red, white, and blue!   I am sure that this quilt will be especially touching when completed.
Anthea Green Whirlygiggles
These blocks are so cheerful.  We have had the longest winter ever (it seems) here in Iowa.  I will be interested to see how you set these blocks.  I didn’t have any “funky-er” greens, and the local shop really didn’t either…but these greens I think are interesting.  I didn’t square them up as you will probably have several sizes. 
Katy’s Stacked Books Block
This was so fun!  I have tons of novelty and bright fabrics.  I have never seen a quilt like this before. 
2014 Charity Block
This will be a very cheerful quilt.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sneak preview of 2012 HST Value Quilt

Couldn't help but share the beginnings of how my quilt top is going to look!!! This is the value HST exercise you all so patiently participated in last year with me during my month. I had a lot of fun rearranging all of the HSTs into an arrangement I think is most lovely to the eye... Each print delights me. I'm going to give this quilt to my momma...shhhh, don't tell her yet. I aim to give it to her at Easter. We'll see!

Question for all of you...right now it's just shy of a queen size quilt - would it look ok with a border? What kind of border would you put on it? Some of the backing fabric? Or a solid, to really frame it? Help!!

Last night, I went fabric browsing at my local fabric shop and found out they're closing, so all fabric was 40% off... even on sale, this fabric was waaaaay too expensive ($CAN 25 a meter) at the local store (I think given the cost of shipping from it is still a bit cheaper, but not sure... anyway, cost be darned, I fell in love with it. I think it will make a pretty backing, and I have enough to make two pillow cases. It's from Henry Glass Co & Inc, and the designer Amy Hamberlin.

Spring seems to finally have sprung here in Ottawa, Canada. The snow is melting slowly off the driveways and I can see the sidewalks now...

Love, Katy

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Amy (Canada)

Good morning! We actually have some sun today, and although it is still below freezing here, I can imagine spring isn't too far away. Right???!!! 
I loved doing both of  these blocks. The charity block turned out so vibrant and fun. I love these monkeys! Sorry for the wrinkly block, Katy. I will be sure to iron it properly before I send it! Whoops! It was fun finding bright prints to cut for this block. I can't wait to see the end result. Happy sewing!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March and April done! - Amy (USA)

Hi All,
I am feeling rather accomplished at the moment...only because I sewed March and April's blocks-completely avoiding projects I should be working on! :)
Anthea-I had fun putting together the whirligig blocks-such a quick project-especially without having to use templates. I think my daughter wants to make a quilt of these blocks too!  I ended up making two blocks. I also am sending Pam's block with mine. My family spent spring break out in Colorado for my nephew's baptism. My daughter and I spent a wonderful afternoon with Pam at the Colorado Quilt Museum, a local quilt store and a tea shop. It is so much fun to spend the day with people who share the same love for an activity-even better when it is with family!
My blocks-lighting isn't quite right here.

Pam's block- the lighting is off on this-the green isn't as olive as it looks here.
Katy- it was fun to dig through my scraps to see what I could come up with for your April block. I fell hard for the Bluebird Park line by Moda with the adorable animals-especially the hedgehogs so they had to make an appearance in this block!
Once again-lighting issues-that middle strip is actually a navy with stars.

And the charity block- I just finished my nephew's baby quilt out of Eric Carle fabrics so I went right to them for the charity block-love this block! Great choice!

 Here are the stars I have received so far! I love how they look together! I am excited to see them around the eagle panel :) I love the variety of shades in the stars. This picture doesn't do them justice!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

April Quilt Block

I'm ahead of schedule, and am in all honesty procrastinating from the other projects that I'm behind schedule here are the instructions for my April block! I'm so excited about this new project...and still aim to have my 2013 quilt done before all of your lovely blocks start showing up on my doorstop!!

For this month, I've chosen the stacked books is a gentle and easy beginner block, and makes use of all of your odds n' ends in your scrap bags.

I was inspired by this quilt and this quilt and and this Flickr gallery and  this tutorial is fantastic and the one you should use to make this 12" block. I think the design will work well for a Bee effort...

Some ground rules:

  • Please use plain white on white please! I used Kona White for mine and love the crispness of the white. If you don't have Kona, please find a whiter white instead of a creamy white.
  • I love bright and cheery modern prints (I'm not keen on mottled solids or batiks), and based on my experience with the 2012 quilt I made, fussy cut objects that make it in to the final quilt layout will give me delight for years to come...I play iSpye on a regular basis with my first quilt!

Here are my step by step photos to show how I made my first block!
The stash...for the 'books'.

The final choices ironed and in neat little piles. I tried to use all colours, and mix up the values. 

Pressing open the seams during the ironing...
Laying the strips out (I played around with the colours and placement quite a bit) and then I cut down the left side of the strips to make a straight edge...and then sewed the white tails onto the other sides!
Almost there...
The first block done...I may undo the seams at the fifth strip and move that Amy Butler green more in the bothers me all the way out there on the left, and I just realised the bottom blue could move over a bit more to the right... But, you get the idea!! 

Can't wait to see you what inspires your creations.

xo  Katy