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Monday, July 12, 2010

Quilt Along - Week 3

Here are all of my blocks so far for Amy's Simple Modern Sampler Quilt Along. It's a good thing I'm going to be sashing this because it's a little too busy all jumbled together like this. I just finished week three, but week four is already up, so I need to catch up a bit.

The new ones by themselves:

This one might be my favorite so far. It's so simple, but makes a strong statement to me. I think it looks like a Christmas wreath!

I'm glad to only have two bee blocks to make this month, and I'm a procrastinator, so I feel like I have a little time to work on some personal stuff until later in the month. I want to make another little travel pillow for my youngest son, to match his big brothers.

It's late and I'm off to bed now. :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

New Fabric

Fabric.com had a great sale on some Westminster fabrics last week. I got some of all the Good Folks prints they had. I have been wanting some of this fabric for quite some time, so I was thrilled to see the sale. I just fell in love with it while reading Anna Maria Horner's book Seams to Me. I already have a quilt in mind for some of it, and I even sketched it out! I've never sat down to plan anything out quite like that before, but I think it will be helpful, since I know what I really want to do with it. I'm thinking Kona Coal will be the background fabric. Do you think that would match well?

Here is pretty much all of my Katie Jump Rope fabric cut up into strips. I sent the packages out for the bee yesterday. I had totally underestimated the time it would take to cut them all, and cut the white center strips, and seperate them out for 11 people, and cut the foundation paper, and package them up. I debated sending each person larger chuncks of fabric, and letting them cut, but I wanted to make these more enjoyable for the participants, and all that cutting can get tedious, so I just cut them myself. I hope everyone got a wide variety of strip widths, and I know everyone got almost every print. There were only a couple that didn't have quite enough for everyone, but they all got over 20 prints for sure. I can't wait to see what these ladies make!

There were two people who needed a break from the bee this month, so we found some replacements for them, and I sent each of them a Scentsy Bar in Paradise Punch for helping out. I know they both have warmers already, so I hope they like this scent. I'm pretty sure they haven't smelled it before, since it just came out last week!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Starting Out

This Katie Jump Rope fabric is some of the first fabric I bought when I started quilting a little over a year ago. I recently purchased some more, but it was much harder to find now! I had no idea that it would be so popular back when I first bought it. I had a pattern in mind that I was going to use it for, but I wanted to work on my skills before cutting into it. Then life stepped in, and I was too busy for quilting for several months.
Last week I finally cut into it though, and I'm loving the look of the string blocks. You're probably thinking that I still look like a beginner, but I promise I'm much better than I was when I first started! I sort of blended tutorials from Ashley and Rachel to make these blocks.I was waiting for some more fabric to have a bigger variety in my blocks, so I only have three done so far. I love the looks of them though, so much that this is what I am sending out this month for one of my quilting bees. I still need to make several myself though, because I want this to be my biggest quilt to date.

I hope to have more to share soon!

Friday, July 2, 2010

NYGQB Block for Kendra

May was Kendra's month in the Not Your Grandma's Quilt Bee. I enjoyed the blocks she requested, but I just couldn't get one of them to line up right. I ripped it out three times, but I was scared to rip anymore for fear of damaging the fabric. Hopefully she can fix it!