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Monday, June 28, 2010

Week 2 - Simple Modern Sampler

Here are my blocks for week two of Amy's Simple Modern Sampler Quilt Along. I was so excited to see this week's instructions posted this morning, since I am home from work today. Now I have a whole week to catch up on some other projects. You can still join in at any time! Click here for some more info, including a drawing of the entire project.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Simple Modern Sampler Quilt Along

Even though I already have several projects going on right now, I couldn't resist joining Amy's Simple Modern Sampler Quilt Along going on at her blog. I love quilt alongs because there is a set schedule. I'm not good at making schedules, so I like having it all laid out for me to follow along with. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up! I love that she posted a sketch so that I can see in advance which blocks will be made. This really helps in my fabric selection. I was inspired by another quilt-alonger (Melissa) to pull out some of my Christmas fabrics for this project. The fabric is Funky Christmas by Michael Miller. I like the pink mixed in with the traditional Christmas colors. I think this quilt will be a gift for my sister when it is all finished up. She loves anything pink!

I learned a great tip in the very first post! Even though I'm pretty diligent about pinning, I have always pinned perpendicular to the seam, removing the pins as I go. Amy has a picture on her post showing how she puts a pin in the middle, parallel to the seam. As long as the pin is in far enough to miss the presser foot, then it can be left in while sewing. I think this will really help me keep my fabrics lined up the whole time I am piecing. Thanks so much for that tip, Amy!

The instructions for Blocks One and Two can be found here. It's certainly not too late for you to join too!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A sweet little pillow.

I made my son a pillow for daycare a while back, but somehow the pillow and the case were lost. I secretly think someone thought it was so cute that they must have it for themself. So I made him another one, and I love it even more than the first!

I used a great tutorial that Ariel has on her blog. I think I made the top fabric a little taller, just because I love that farm animal print. I learned a few tips the first time I made it, so the second one is a little better. First, I put his name on both the case and the pillow! I sewed in a name label like I use for his clothes. I also made sure to zig-zag stitch the hem of the envelope closure, just like the tutorial says to do. I have no idea why I didn't do that the first time. Finally, I use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance after it was all sewn. The first one had lots of fraying after just a couple of washes.
Here it is!
And just for kicks - The original.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My First Bees :)

I'm in two quilting Bees right now. Both of them started in May. One is six months, and one is 12 months, so they will keep me busy for a while.

Here is my first block for the Not Your Grandma's Quilting Bee - The Bumble Bees.

Kendra asked for blocks inspired by coin quilts, and here is what I came up with.
For the other Bee that I organized on a private board, Mary wanted a specific pattern. The fabric is Martinque by 3 sisters for Moda and it was wonderful to work with. She sent honeybun strips, so some of the cutting was already done for us. Very nice! What do you think?

I should have some more to post soon, because I still have one May block to do (the fabric was lost in transit), and I need to be working on all my June blocks too!

Thanks for Reading :D