Monday, September 29, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 9/29/14

Welcome to this week's edition of Choose Your Own BlockAlong!  I am having so much fun making these Dear Jane blocks that I want to ignore everything else.

Block A-8
With that being said, these two blocks are not my favorites.  I'm hoping once all 225 blocks (if I go with original layout) are together, these two will happily mix with the others.

Block F-3

The purple block has Kaffe and Cotton and Steel.  The flamingo block uses a Lula Magnolia print from Riley Blake Designs and a Kona solid.

12 blocks down
I'm up to twelve blocks now.  Each time I pass by my design wall I rearrange the blocks ;-)

Don't forget to see the blocks Michelle and Cindy made this week, and if you're playing along link up on Cindy's blog, post to the Flickr group and/or use hashtag #chooseyourownblockalong on Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finish: Laptop Cover

Took a break from spiderweb block piecing to whip up this cover for my new laptop.

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I used the same tutorial for this iPad cover (One Shabby Chic) just increased the size of the parts ;-)

upcycled from daughter's school uniform

The above iPad cover and journal cover (again using Rachel's tutorial) were made to have on display at our Maker Faire Orlando booth (which I still need to blog about).  It was a fun challenge to take my daughter's leftover school uniforms and upcycle them into these usable items.  

so pretty!
 Getting back to my laptop cover, I wanted to have a case to protect my newly purchased laptop and its beautiful gelaskin cover.  What better fabric to use than a Melody Miller Cotton and Steel canvas print paired with a bright print from the Cotton and Steel basics line?!

Cotton and Steel fabrics
In other news, check out Frustrated Quilter's Friday post.  I have it on good authority she's having a giveaway of RJR Cotton Supreme solids.  They go great with Cotton and Steel ;-))
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WiP Wednesday 9/22/14

I really like making these spiderweb blocks and love the way they look, but can I say I am ready to be finished?!!  I have a self-imposed deadline that is rapidly approaching.

four more
This past week I made progress on the filler blocks that are alternated with the spiderweb blocks.  The above picture shows a partial layout.  

ten blocks completed

Dear Jane blocks are now up to ten.  

charity quilt blocks
I haven't blogged yet about my Maker Faire Orlando weekend, but these quilt pairs are waiting to be assembled into a quilt for Habitat for Humanity.

four patches growing
I invited attendees to stitch a block using 5" denim squares and charm squares.  I was pleasantly surprised at the number of pairs sewn: all that I brought and enough for a twin size quilt!

Linking with Lee's WiP Wednesday.
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 22, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 9/22/14

Happy Monday!  Can you believe this is the fourth Monday of the month already?!  Where has September gone?  Just another reason I am loving the accountability of this block along!

Block D-6
This week's blocks were more difficult to piece than I imagined....those are 3/4" strips y'all.  The block is aptly named Challenge.  I am pleased with the choice of this Cotton and Steel print.

Block H-13
Block H-13 is called Farm Fields so I went with a Carolyn Friedlander combination.  Love this one too!

Progress so far
I'm up to ten blocks so far!  Don't forget to visit Michelle and Cindy to cheer on their progress.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy stitching,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WiP Wednesday 9/17/14

I signed up for Rachel's Angled Camp and have immediately fallen behind as I knew I would.  That's OK because I have a plan ;-)

fabric pull
Here's the first fabric pull for the first class quilt Indian Blanket.

I am undecided between using this combination with the golds or this combo with the greens.  

or Greens?
Whichever I choose for this row, I will use the other in another row.  Suggestions?

eight blocks so far
I'm making progress on my Dear Jane blocks and my spiderweb blocks.  

slow but steady progress
The Dear Jane is a long term project; my spiderweb quilt has a looming deadline.

Linking up with Lee's WiP Wednesday.  Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 9/15/14

Welcome back to our Choose Your Own BlockAlong!

Block B-13
This week I pieced two more simple Dear Jane blocks.  I know pretty soon I will need to move on to the more complicated blocks as there aren't many "simple" ones to begin with.

Block D-13
I love using these gorgeous, modern fabrics in quilt block patterns originally made in 1863.

8 down; 117 to go

Here all eight blocks together.  Don't forget to leave a comment if you're playing along (or even if you aren't!!!), visit Michelle and Cindy to see their week's progress and link up here with your post.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 9/8/14

In case you missed it last week in the midst of the Around the World Blog Hop post (don't forgot to visit Michele, Jessica and Nina Lise today) and my computer issues, Mondays will feature block progress on the Choose Your Own BlockAlong.  I am making blocks towards my Dear Jane quilt while Cindy and Michelle are working on their Tula Pink City Sampler.

Block M-10
My original Dear Jane plan was to make all my blocks with Kaffe Fassett fabric but I changed my mind and now will be making the blocks in my favorite modern fabrics, including Kaffe.

Wanting to make sure the four blocks already made with Kaffe fabrics would work with other fabrics in mind, I pieced two of the simplest Dear Jane blocks.  This way I haven't invested too many hours in complicated blocks that will need to be discarded.

Block M-10 is a simple nine patch made with Cotton+Steel and Carolyn Friedlander fabrics; the squares are cut 2" finishing at 1.5".

Block A-6
This second block is also a simple nine patch made with Type by Julia Rothman and Carolyn Friedlander crosshatch fabric.  The squares are 1 5/8" and 2 3/4" unfinished while the rectangles are cut at 2 3/4" by 1 5/8".  I followed these instructions.

I have the six completed blocks on the design wall, and I like the way they look together.  Next week I will post a picture of all eight (by then) blocks.

Want to Play Along?
Don't forget to visit Michelle and Cindy to see their weekly progress!
I made a blog button to post on your sidebar if you'd like to play along.  Feel free to contact me if you'd like the file emailed to you - or just snag the image.  

There are multiple ways to post pictures and cheer each other along. On Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtag #chooseyourownblockalong; post pictures to the Flickr group:; link your blog post to Cindy's linky page:; and comment here if you're participating so I can show my support ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy stitching,