Monday, October 20, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 10/20/14

Today's blocks are brought to you by Liberty of London.  My accumulation of fat quarters looks pretty sitting on the shelves, but it's nice to cut into them every once in a while, don't you think?

Dear Jane dressed in Liberty of London
First up is Block I-1.  I followed the cutting instructions from That Quilt for both blocks.  These pieces are relatively large, the smallest strip being 1.25" wide and the largest square measuring at 2.75" unfinished.  The background fabric is Cotton+Steel.

Block I-1

The second block is C-3.  This block has quite a few strips and squares, but I'm finding that 1.25" widths seem "normal" now and .75"  are on the smallish side ;-))   I used scraps from our guild's Festival of Trees project for the background; it's 25th and Pine from Moda.

I am enjoying the process.  It's a relief and a joy when the resulting block is squared to five inches!

Block C-3
 The individual block photos aren't true to color as the battery in my flash was low.  The print fabrics are really so pretty, and I love how they look in these tiny blocks.

Thank you for the continued support and encouragement each week!  I read and delight in every comment and hope to catch up on my emails soon.

Heading now to see Michelle and Cindy's progress.  
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Finish: Scrappy Blocks

I mailed five squishy packages this week to bring me up to date with my bee block duties.  It's a relief to catch up on September  blocks, finish October blocks and I'm counting these as a Friday finish.

Union Jack for Mary
September's Mid-Century Modern bee block for Mary using the tutorial from Molli Sparkles.  Let me just say it was difficult to part with this block.

Siggy block for Anne
I'm not at liberty to show October's bee block for Anne, but here's my siggy block which gives you an idea of the color scheme.

Scrappy 16.5 inch block
Erica created this tutorial for September's Wish Circle block for do.Good stitches.  Can you see those little pops of Cotton+Steel?  The other two strips of color are Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt and A Stitch in Color by Malka Dubrawsky.

4-Penny Patch blocks
Four patchwork blocks for Kristen's November Wish Circle request in pinks, blues and mustard.  The 4-Penny Patch block tutorial can be found on Rachel's blog.  I really like these scrappy patchwork blocks.

Star block for Susan

This last block is a "do over".  Remember this bee block for Susan?  Well, the envelope arrived in Australia, but the block did not.  I made a replacement block (different block and fabrics) and used an abundance of tape on the package this time around.

Whew!  Good to be caught up again.  
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 10/13/14

Sixteen Dear Jane blocks as of today!  Can you spot the latest two additions?

Up to sixteen blocks now!
Block D-7 is rotary cut and pieced with bright Alison Glass yellow prints and  text prints for the background.

Block D-7
I used scraps of my red scissor print fabric and Kona solid for the background in making Block C-1.

Block C-1
Can't wait to see the blocks Michelle and Cindy made this week.  Others playing along are linking up here so check those out and add yours!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 10/6/14

Happy Monday!  Can you believe it's October already?!  
I'm keeping up with the Choose Your Own BlockAlong and my Dear Jane blocks.

Block E-3
I continue to choose blocks that can be rotary cut and pieced, putting off those blocks requiring appliquĂ© and paper piecing.  I know I will have to face those soon enough.

These blocks are really test my piecing skills.  Those corner HSTs are 1 3/8" (unfinished), so forgive me if I don't stress over my not so perfect points ;-)

Block E-9
When the directions call for cutting 3/4" strips, I need to remind myself these blocks finish at 4 1/2".  
After working on these blocks, a 2 1/2" square seems huge!

I am now up to 14 Dear Jane blocks, and I appreciate the continued accountability of these weekly posts with Michelle and Cindy.  

Are you playing along?  Link up here so we can support one another.

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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.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finish: Laptop Cover

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

Add caption
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 ;-))
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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.
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