Monday, February 28, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

please vote!

I have been collecting vintage sheets at thrift stores for a long time.
(not my actual linens... photo credit: oh fransson!)

I want to make a quilt out of them. I can't decide between the moda bakeshop lawn chair design

or the oh, fransson! chopped vegetables design.

Please comment and tell me what you think!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My sob story

So I found my elephant idea weeks ago. I was stoked on getting started so I loaded up my babies and drove the 30 minutes it takes to get  to joann only to discover that our ghetto new jersey joann had none of holly's beloved fabric selections. So I chose some others, hoping they would go with the color scheme (and picked up some lightning mcqueen fabric to make baby #1 some new pajama pants). I should have just stuck with the pants because those turned out marvelously.

I started cutting out my elephant only to discover I didn't have any heat n bond. I went to walmart and learned that since my last visit, their craft section had decreased 50-fold. Blast, no heat n bond. I refused to go back to joann so I ordered it online. 7-10 business days for delivery and they aren't overestimating one bit, mind you. Meanwhile another speedier-than-i quilter whipped her darling elephant out using the same pattern. Doh!

So I finally got all my supplies and appliqued the elephant only to realize I left no seam allowance for holly to bind this thing together. So now I must start this whole process again. Kill. Me. Dead. Or wish me luck, I guess.

Rachel's Elephant

 Once I picked my template, got it cut out and pressed onto my block- it sat and sat and sat...
This was my first time to applique and I kept practicing on old scraps- scared to stitch the real thing.
It ended up being a lot of fun!
  On the other hand my husband is not too excited because now I'm wanting more than my basic 8 stitch sewing machine!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

the one where Liz eats some crow

I learned a very important lesson yesterday!

If you make a quilt square tutorial, realize it's too small, and redo your math...

You (translated I!) really really should do the tutorial again before making other people do it!
I made the last three squares to finish off my quilt top yesterday and all the comments about things being "off" suddenly made sense.

I am SO SORRY for my crappy math skills. You all made such beautiful blocks IN SPITE of my poor instructions!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

zig-zag copycat

Inspired by Kristin's zig zag quilt, I made one for my nephew, Talmage, who turns one today. tricky to keep those owls all right side up!
now to finish binding the "king."

Tokyo Quilt Festival

This was on one of the blogs I follow-enjoy these {amazing} quilts!!

Momma and baby Elephant

I know the quilt isn't for baby, but I couldn't resist when I found this design!

I hope you like it, Holly!
Thank you so much, Emily, for your tips on zig-zagging!!!
It was the perfect way to enjoy my snowy morning!

Stay warm, friends!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Question for Holly's square

12.5" x 12.5" for Holly's square too, right?
I don't want to make it the wrong size!
Yea! I am officially on - now to learn how to get my pics on here - can I do it directly from my iphone? or do I have to do it the traditional upload way? Anyone? And cute elephants!

Becca's Elephant Square

I'm not sure how I feel about how this turned out.  I might do another one, but in the meantime, this is for Holly.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February Square: Holly's Instructions

(ghost published by becca since holly is experiencing some blogger technical difficulties)

I would like to do an elephant appliqué quilt. I was thinking it would be really neat if everyone just did their own type of elephant.  You can center it, put it off to the side, it can be a flying elephant, a herd of elephants, or whatever you can come up with.  

The colors I like are lime green, cream, blue, and grey.  But other colors could certainly be thrown in.  There is a line at JoAnn's called Seagrass that works well and another line at Hobby Lobby with the colors that I like.

A 12.5 inch square would be perfect so that once I put all the seams in they will fit perfectly around the center piece I have picked out.

Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!