Monday, April 25, 2016

May/June Blocks

Hi Ladies,
As a relatively new quilter, I am learning as I go and enjoying the process.  So far, I've had the opportunity to gift away each quilt that I have made so for this time around, I have decided to make one that my family and I will enjoy using together as a beach quilt.  I realize that I am jumping the gun a bit on getting my idea out there for the May/June blocks.  Please don't feel rushed, I am simply trying to cross one more thing of the 'to-do' list by posting this now.

So . . . my idea comes from this block


I found the instructions using this link.

http://www.aquiltinglife.com/2013/10/string-quilt-blocks-tutorial.html

I am looking for bright, bold colours and bright, bold, geometric patterns too.  My plan is to be able to put them together to make nice big blocks with navy sashing.  If you have any fabric that also has a nice navy accent, that would help to ground it, too.  In this particular link, she uses a white fabric in behind the strips to help to attach them.  I'm ok if you choose not to use this as well.

If you follow the directions, and make 4 smaller squares that are 8 1/2 inches each and attach them,  it will make one final block that it 16 inches square.

I hope I've given enough info for everyone to get started!

Thanks so much!
Rochelle

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter sewing...

Four day weekends...something special about that extra time at home, when there are no visitors or things we need to do. So I've reconnected with my sewing machine this week and it feels really good...

A little snapshot update of what I've been up to lately...

My blocks for Micaela's Boxed In December request...

and Jennifer's Jan/Feb blocks, that are now on their way to New Mexico for her visit with her mom...I love that she shares this tradition with her mom and can't wait to see how the two quilts come together. I loved loved loved this block! What a fun and creative design. Now with my 'new' machine, lining up those HSTs isn't nearly as daunting as it used to be with my 70s era Kenmore!!!
And for our International Stashes members from 2014, I am admittedly waay behind in finishing our Charity Quilt (Rocky Mountain Puzzle), but it's finally coming together. I couldn't salvage one of the blocks that was sent but wasn't the right size, so I made three new ones and have just sewn the top together, have picked the backing fabric, and have the batting ready...I'm hoping I can polish it off this week. It will end up being a twin size and I think I'm going to top-stitch it rather than pay someone to long arm quilt it... and then I'll be giving it to "Quilts for Kids" on behalf of all of us...it feels good to finish this beauty. It's so cheerful. Shall we do another charity quilt for 2016? I'm happy to lead unless someone else would like to...let me know.

Happy Easter to all of you...I'm going to finish those potatoes and go for a run in this gorgeous sunshine, now that all our ice has melted and the sidewalks are dry! xxo Katy



Saturday, March 5, 2016

Little boat blocks...WITH INSTRUCTIONS!! March/April here we come

I love spring...and this weekend it feels like spring is almost here. Even though Ottawa is blanketed in snow, the sun is shining and the air smells different...

So for March/April, to celebrate spring and all things bright, I'm asking my quilting bee to help me finish the sailboat quilt I have been planning to make as a baby gift for my brother's baby James...he'll be one year old in June and I've since re-drafted my plan and am going to make it a double quilt rather than a crib quilt. It will have more staying power.

Here's what we've made so far...


So, two more of the same as last year, please and thanks!


Instructions (thanks Jennifer for finding them!!):

Pure white (no prints, my fave is Kona White) for the background
Blue prints (no batik or mottled, fresh solids are great, fun little prints to make the boat part) in every shade of blue from navy to aquamarine... last year, you guys were so inventive and found lovely nautical prints and fun japanese fabrics that make me smile.

The instructions:
http://lovelylittlehandmades.blogspot.ca/2014/06/sailaway-sailaway-sailaway.html

Please use her modification - so the 2.5" x 4.5" print on the bottom of the sailboat is replaced with 4 of the 2.5"  squares to keep with the scrappy look...as you'll see from last year's blocks, the visual effect is so lovely.

Friday, February 19, 2016

blocks from Claire

Here are my blocks for Jennifer, I hope you like them. It's such a pretty pattern, the girls will be lucky to get these quilts.
Claire

Monday, January 25, 2016

Squares from Rochelle and Amy

Hello!
Rochelle and I got together a couple of weeks ago to share fabrics. 
I found this square challenging. All of the hsts allowed for some variability... Hope they are okay. This is such a bright sweet square. I am happy it is going to two very deserving special ladies.
Happy New Year!



Saturday, December 26, 2015

Jennifer's Block for January/February

Hello Everyone! I'm excited to get started on another year. Here we go!

In the next two months I am going to be working on two quits...with your help. They are for two wonderful little girls in my life whose mother died of cancer just a few weeks ago at the age of 45. The girls are 9 and 11. One quilt is going to be in blues and greens, the other quilt will be in pinks and purples. Please make two blocks (or more!) for either quilt. The finished size of each block is 9 1/2." I got the idea for this block here: http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2006/10/11/joelles-triangle-quilt/
But here are the condensed instructions:

To Make 2 Blocks Cut the Following:

16 of  3" squares using a variety of prints (modern florals/ geometrics in lights, mediums, darks)
16 of  3" square in solid white

1 of  6" square using a variety of prints (modern florals/geometrics a light, medium, or dark)
1 of  6" square in solid white

3 of 4" squares using a variety of prints(modern florals/geometrics in lights, mediums, darks) 
3 of 4" squares in solid white

Pair a white and a print of each size and make a line down the middle. Chain stitch 1/4" on either side of the middle line:
 
After all pieces have been stitched on both sides of the line, cut down the middle line and trim to the following sizes:
3" pieces trim to 2"
6" pieces trim to 5"
4" pieces trim to 3 1/2 
 
Lay out your two blocks, paying attention to placement of lights, mediums, and darks and making sure not to place two of the same fabric side by side:
 
Sew together in sections:
 
And here you are, a 9 1/2" block for the pink and purple quilt:
 
Both quilts have the same block, only the colors change. Here are the fabrics I'll be using for the blue and green quilt:
 
Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for helping me with this project!
xoJennifer

 
 
 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Back to the Blog!

I'm so glad we have decided to continue for another year. I'm also glad that we have agreed to start the blog up again. It is such a nice reminder (all in one place) of what we have created.  I think I have most of my photos from this past year so I will post them now. Also, if there is not a schedule made yet for 2016, let me know. If it is OK, I have an idea to get us started in January/February. I could make a post for the first block in the next few days.

So a year in review...I will start with the blocks that I just made today for Michaela. I have so much fabric in my stash and have not bought any new fabric in a year or so. I feel, however, like my stash is getting bit stale. You ladies who have been with the group since the beginning will certainly recognize some of these fabrics! I did have fun making these and I hope that you like the color green Micaela!

And here are the rest of the blocks I made this year, starting with mine from Last January/February. I am very motivated to put these all together in January. 









I am also excited to say that Amy in Ohio has just finished long arm quilting two of my bee quilts from a year or two ago. As soon as I receive tham and get bindings put on I will be sure to post for everyone to see!

Happy Holidays everyone! I look forward to seeing your work on our blog very soon. 

Love,
Jennifer
PS: I am also going to update my profile on the "Who We Are" page of this blog. I hope you all will join me!