Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Octobers Framed Pinwheel Block

I have decided on a framed pinwheel block for my month.
The idea and the tutorial came from this link:
For the colours I have taken inspiration from my daughters Hello Kitty duvet cover:

So, for this block I would like solid plain white to replace the cream in the tutorial. For the patterned fabric - no solid colours) I am hoping for modern looking prints with a colour palette as above with mostly pinks, and also turquoise (not blue as it looks in the photo above!), lime green, dark yellow and I think soft grey will work well too.
I would like the pinwheel to match the direction in the tutorial please. If you can, I would like every patterned piece to be different. I preferred to make the half square triangle squares by cutting 3" squares of white and a print, stitching 1/4" either side of the diagonal, cutting on the diagonal and then trimming the final squares to 2.5". (This will also give you a surplus of 4 half square triangles squares so you can either cut as per the instructions or you are welcome to send them to me with your block!)
I cut....
4 x rectangles 2.5" x 4.5"
4 x 3" squares
Patterned fabric
4 x 2.5" squares
4 x 3" squares
(I ironed seam to coloured sides)
You should end up with a 8.5" block
Happy sewing!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

September Block From Claire

I decided to do a bears paw block for this month - not just something I like, but something I could work out the measurements for to get the right final block size! Claire

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charity Block and Pam's Block

After a terrible summer here in Switzerland we are having a very warm and sunny Autumn, it's great. Yesterday I made the charity block which was great fun.  I have some lovely fish print fabric which I used for the centre square.  The fish pattern is a bit too big and so the result is a suggestion of fish swimming past. This isn't what I hoped for but it looks fine.
 Here is Pam's block which is 6 1/2 inches square.  It is a cute little baby block.  The final quilt should look wonderful with all the solid fabric colours.
Tomorrow Scotland votes on the subject of independence.  I am feeling very nervous about it.  I don't have a vote because I don't live in Scotland but if I did I would vote 'No' to independence.  The opinion poles are extremely close, about 48% yes and 52% no.  Which ever way the vote goes half of the country is going to be very disappointed on Friday morning. Time will tell.

To keep my mind off the situation I am going off to post these blocks.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blocks for Jamie and Pam...plus the 2013 Charity Quilt!

Hi Everyone!

I had fun experimenting a bit with fallen over blocks for Jamie's quilt. As you predicted Jamie, many scraps were already cut and ready to use.

And for Pam, the pinwheel design is easy so I hope you can use two (if not both for the September quilt, then the second one for something else later on). I am always happy to work with bright, happy colors! Hope you are having a good vacation.

Finally...my mom brought over the charity quilt that we made blocks for last year. One of her quilting friends in New Mexico (Dottie Bell) did a beautiful job of quilting this for us.

I have a contact at a  
"half-way" home here in Lausanne for war refugees. The quilt will go to this home.
I hope you are all well. The summer went by way too quickly. School is in full swing once again. Thank goodness for weekends!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bookcase block from Claire

At last, here is my block for Jamie. I have included a book on dogs, another on plants, and hoped the red spine looked a little like a fiction classic! Can't wait to see how this quilt looks put together. I thought the children being back at school would give me more time to get ahead with everything, but it's not quite working out that way - I have too many "saved" jobs.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Amy (Canada)

I love this project, Pam! I love the simplicity of the designs. It gives us a chance to play with color. I chose a log cabin because to me it represents classic quilting which reminds me of my grandmother. She is who taught me to sew, and I've always had a special relationship with her. I visited her in June in Denver and we watched the quilting movie Jennifer sent us last year. I love that we share quilting together. She hasn't been doing well lately, so this square was an opportunity to feel close to her. I was actually talking to her on the phone while making it! Thank you for the fun square!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Block -Amy (USA) Posting for Pam

Hi All!
Pam asked me to post the following for her-

"Hi International Quilt Girlfriends!
We are on our way to Oregon and realized I didn't post yet as host. So what I would like is a 6 inch block of your choice! So pick your favorite block, ie. Ohio star, bear paw, log cabin, churn dash, maple leaf, etc. I would like it done in solids only. Colors of your choice, except no black, brown, or white. The block needs to measure 6 1/2 inches ( 6 inches finished) please also include on an index card why this is your favorite block . Thanks, Pam!"

 I had the opportunity to see Pam in July and talked with her about her idea for this quilt. I am excited about it!
Now off to choose my block.....
Amy (USA)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Just in time? Not really…!

So I somehow put this off ALL month and then when I actually sat down, it went super fast. Just like our summer…!!! Anyway, Jamie, I hope you like this. It is going to be a neat quilt with a lot of pop! I hope all of you have enjoyed your summer (except for Anthea- lucky you, you still have yours ahead of you!) Take care! Amy in Canada