Thursday, April 10, 2014

straight from the heart

i hope you like it!

emily's crazy heart


Here is my crazy heart for you.

I hope it's okay.  I did mess up when I attached D & E because the bottom of the heart ended up only 1/4" from the bottom of the square.  I had already trimmed those pieces, so I picked it apart, reattached the scraps, and moved them down.  Hopefully it's not totally obvious.  Sorry!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April's Crazy Heart Block Tutorial

Hi ladies!  I am so excited to share this quilt block with you. It is a Buggy Barn quilt pattern that I saw on Pinterest and completely fell in love with.  The company has some really fun other patterns that I see ending up in my collection soon. heehee!

Sometime within the next week you should each be receiving your envelope of goodies from me.  Inside there will be some already cut fabric pieces, and a few pattern pieces that need to be cut.  There are three different color combinations divided up among all of you.  Some have red on the outside, some have white, and some have pink.  All red and white pieces have been included, along with some pink for the outside ones.  The remaining pattern pieces you have, regardless of which block you will be sewing together, are all for pink material.  The block is more fun the more fabrics are used, so dig through all those scraps and find as many different kinds of pinks as possible.  Any hue, any pattern, as long as the overall color is pink.

Once those have been cut, it's time to lay out the block.  I have included a scaled down version of the pattern to be used as a guideline.  Each pre-cut fabric piece has been labeled to help you out. When you are done, it should look something like this.
You will see on the included pattern that there are pieces labeled  1A, 2A, 3A, 4A or 1E,2E, etc.  Sew these pieces together first, following the numbered order.  So first 1C is sewn to 2C, and then 3C and 4C are added to the ends.  You will need to iron each seam as it is created, and then trim where necessary to create a straight edge to attach the next piece in the group.  It should now look a bit like this.
But oh goodness, there are hardly any perfectly straight edges.  This is normal.  It does not mean you sewed it together wrong. :)  Iron the pieces flat and then trim all edges, using the pieces themselves as your guide.
I laid my ruler on the long edges of the two middle pieces and whatever was left on either end, I chopped off.  Sometimes you will need to cut off a lot, sometimes there won't be anything to trim.  Main thing is to end up with a perfectly straight line.  Lay the pieces back out again, according to the included pattern, so you won't get confused while assembling the block.

Start in alphabetical order, sewing section B to section A.  Iron flat, trim edges where necessary, and then sew section C to the whole group. This is the only time you will need to really worry about lining up any seams perfectly.  Where piece 2A and 1C come together in the lower right hand corner must be just right, or the heart shape will be off when you are done.  However, as I discovered, just lining up the seams exactly doesn't do the job.  I ended up folding back the material to approximate a 1/4 edge seam, and then laid it over the fabric to line up the edges, and then pinned it there.  Sewing it wrong first actually helped with this as I could then follow the little holes left in the fabric for my 1/4 inch line. :)
Once that is done, iron and trim again, and then sew the outside pieces on, again following alphabetical order; D first, iron and trim, then add E, etc. 
Tada! The heart is all done!  Isn't it so fun?  Do not do any final trimming of the block, I will do that myself.  Not sure which size I will need to cut them to.....Thanks, ladies.  Can't wait to see your gorgeous creations!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

All the Pretty Little Dresses! (Or should I say, "All dressed up and nowhere to go!")

It was supposed to have 16 dresses, but I had so much fun I just kept going! With the encouragement of Elizabeth (for the new members, she is my daughter and you know her by Liz) I tried my hand at "meandering" on my machine. I stitched around each dress so they are kind of poofy and then did a 'tight' meander around them. 
I finished it with "Grace in a Pickle" by Rothumel and "30's Playtime" by Cloe's Closet. 
They are yummy, edible fabrics!
This quilt just cries out SPRING!! to me. Thank you all for your lovely contributions. 
(No April Fool's here... )

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bright Wonky Scrappy Birch Strips

This is my quilt from last year and I REALLY love it.  I had it quilted and then I bound it in the same fun fabric as the backing.  It's so cheery and fun to study.  

Can you find your squares? 

Looking forward to the picnics we'll have on it and the movies we'll watch under it. I'm pretty sure Anna Claire wants me to kick the bucket soon so she can have it.  Thanks, ladies!


Friday, March 28, 2014

There is an Owl with a cupcake on it's head in the Hedgerow!

I Love this Fussy Cut!
I Love the colors in this square. 
The quilt will be so bright and cheerful. 
The girls will LOVE it!

I may have to make another one! or 2...
Have fun, Elizabeth.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ooh lala!

I really struggled with what to put in the center of this block, but finally decided on the Eiffel tower, even if it isn't as cartoony and cute as most of the other blocks.  Picking out the different colored scraps, however, was way too much fun.  And hmm, my photo is sideways, it seems. Sorry about that! The block, however, is right side up! :)


Thursday, March 20, 2014

I spy a snail in the grass!

I had a lot of fun with this block- I love color!!

So- if you can't tell, those are giraffe heads on the top row. I didn't intentionally make it this way but when I was taking the pictures I noticed it. The giraffes kinda look like they're the ones spying :)

Hope you like it!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I Spy With My Little Eye - An Owl!

Here's my little owl guy, Liz! This was fun to put together and to figure out which scraps to use.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Spy a Goose

What a fun idea, Liz!
This is not as crooked as it looks,
but it is a little crooked. :)