Saturday, March 15, 2014
How did you celebrate National Quilting Day? I didn't have a lot of quilting time today, but I managed to have a little block of time to sew together a Rock Candy quilt top.
The diamonds were already cut out and mostly sewn together so it didn't take long to assemble all the pieces.
If quilters ruled the world, EVERY day would be a quilting day! Hope you had a little time to enjoy some fabric and thread. There's still time before the day is out.
Friday, March 14, 2014
While sorting out the sewing room, I put aside a selection of cotton candy colors to use for a donation quilt for Quilts for Kids. At my next trip to the fabric store, I checked out the sale fabrics and found a cute whale print fabric that ended up being the perfect match for my cotton candy colors:
It's not often that you start with a pile of coordinates and then pick a focus fabric to go with it. It's usually the other way around. I decided on a Log Cabins style block with a 5 inch square of the whale fabric for the center.
For the surrounding "logs", I cut 2 1/2" strips in 3 sizes....5 inch, 7 inch and 9 inch. (Nice even numbers that were easy to remember.) I used a 1 1/2" strip for the white sashing, a 1 1/4" strip for the dark blue inner border and 4"strips for the binding. The finished quilt measures 38 x 48".
It's been a while since I made a quilt with such bright and fun colors, and I have to say, I really enjoyed the chance to play around with these.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Today I finished the March blocks for Monique Dillard's Blogger Girl's Block of the Month. The two blocks are from the same pattern, although the Flying Geese units face toward the center on one block, and away from the center on the other block.
I realized that I had a Flying Geese ruler from Lazy Girl Designs that I have never used before. It's called the "Flying Geese X 4 No Math Ruler". Strange, but I didn't even remember I had this ruler. I just came across it recently during a sewing room re-organization. This month's block was a perfect time to use it.
For each set of 4 Flying Geese, you cut one large square and four small squares. The ruler has markings for up to 12 different sizes of Geese.
After cutting, you mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the small squares, and start by lining up 2 of the small squares onto the opposite corners of the large square:
Press, and you have two units that look like this:
Take one of the remaining 2 small squares and place it on one unit like this:
For each step with the purple and white, I also made a set using green and white.
Putting them together with some half squared triangle units and my two blocks were sewn up in no time:
Here are the 6 blocks I have made so far:
Sunday, March 9, 2014
I was very inspired by a quilter in our guild who devotes most of her quilting time toward making Quilts for Kids. Lynda has made a commitment to donate as many quilts as possible to the pediatric wards at two nearby hospitals. Not only is she generous with using her own stash to make the quilts, but she also does the quilting on all the donated quilt tops that come her way. I decided to check out my stash and see if I could come up with a quilt to donate.
I don't really have any juvenile prints,, but I did find a piece of this fun flower print that I thought would have kid appeal.
I went through my stash and tossed together an assortment of reds, pinks, yellows and greens to go with it.
I cut the flower fabric into 4" squares, and cut 2 or 3 squares from each of the others.
I don't have much large yardage in my stash, so I didn't think I could come with a border, but I had just enough of a cherry red fabric to squeeze out a border.
The colors make me think of a fruit salad....cherry red, apple green, banana yellow and watermelon pink. There's a little cantaloupe in there too. I'm hungry now. Hope I remembered to buy some fruit....