Thursday, March 31, 2011

For the month of April we'll be making a Twisted Nine Quilt.
There's nothing fancy to this one.
And it measures larger than 12 x 12 when finished so it goes against our 12Squared name.  
Please don't disqualify me!
You should each receive your 9 squares in the mail with the same directions that are listed below.

Sew 3x3 squares together into any combination you desire.  Square up to 14”square.
Cut 9 patch block int half cutting both horizontal & vertical cuts.  Your 9 patch will now be 4 pieces
Turn each of these 4 pieces into any direction you desire.  Sew together.
Square up block to measure 13 1/2 inches.
Use embroidery thread (of any color) to embroider your name someplace on your square.

The end.
Clean and simple--
same as my goals in life.

Thanks girls!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bottled Rainbows:Candy Pink Block

Poppa Nikon is in the shop (thank goodness!!!), so the lame itouch camera will have to do. This is one of my favorite projects so far!! Next up, Tangerine with Cannon as my assistant fabric coordinator. Lame pictures to come...:)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Java Stars finished!

I had the Arkansas Man Quilter work his magic again. Thanks, Eddie.

Then I found this nifty binding technique that offered three splendid advantages:

1) no hand-stitching! all done by machine

2) a neat faux piping effect that I ADORE

3) solved the problem of not having enough of the binding fabric to do a traditional binding

yay! now what?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

for Major

we have some friends in AZ, they're the kind of friends that we don't see, or talk to very often, but when we do see them, it feels like no time has passed. except for the small fact that we have usually added a few children to the mix. kinda funny. anyway, the kidds just added another one. with my new love for quilt making, i thought i would send a little love their way...and because i just adore major's mama.
i used denyse schmidt's hope valley and kona white. i backed with a soft white minky (no pics, sorry). the letters were tricky, but the perfect addition, i think!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Scrap Swap Help!

So, one of my swapping partners says she's looking for 1930s fabric. I'm assuming she means reprints or 1930s-inspired because she didn't say vintage, right? What does 1930s fabric look like? Do you know what she's talking about?

Do I have any in my stash????

Becca's Square for Amy

Can't wait to see all of these squares together!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A little late, but finally done!

So sorry for the delay, but excuses aside, my machine of 15 years (we have a small relationship), has bit the - I am up for any suggestions...does anyone just love their machine - things they don't like about it? I think I know what I am going to get, but I am up for any ideas! Excited for April and a new machine! These blocks have reminded me how much I love to sew - just where is all the time that I need???

Liz's March block

Here is my March block for Amy! It was a bit of work figuring out which fabrics went together but I'm happy with it!
Hope Amy is too!

Girl Bedroom make over

With our anticipated move in June, the girls (mostly Caite) requested bedroom decor. Here's the bedding I made this week. Now I have to paint the headboard and dresser black, the night stand turquoise, and redo a bunch of the wall decor. But for now, the bedding is done and they love it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

pajama day

I'm still in my pajamas because I started a quilt and haven't been able to stop. Rainy days are good for sewing.

I totally love it! The pattern is Java Stars and can be found here:
the fabric is Michael Miller Sanctuary with some moda Sugar Pop and misc stuff from Joann's and Hobby Lobby.

I am going to have to shower and get dressed so I can find a solid for the border. oh, and pick up my kids from school.

what color solid would you use?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Completed Random Baby Quilts

I volunteered sometime last year to make quilts for the new babies in our church. It has been fun! I'd like to say that out of the 5 I have made so far, I have loved all of them, but one may or may not have turned out...'interesting' (to say the least). These are the last 3 that I quilted.

They are little quilts.

I had fun with this 'blue' quilt. I used only blue shaded fabric & then quilted each square different. I think only 2 of the fabrics repeated. I really liked it!

I find it a fantastic & challenging way to use scraps...
You should try it too!

I know this is not a quilt but I had fun sewing this little gem!
(and the kids kinda cute too)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thank goodness

Thank goodness my March square went much more smoothly than my poor little elephant. Thanks, Amy.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Teriney's elephants

Teriney asked me to post her pictures for her.
Who knew elephants were so cute stacked?

Won't you join me??

In a mad attempt to quilt as much as possible this year, I've taken on a couple of projects that seem like a lot of fun. I thought I would share!

First, I caught wind of this little quilt-a-long. I fell in love with the idea of the rainbow, but also, thought it would be a great project to work on with my babes. I will "assign" each of my kids a few colors and we will piece them together. It'll be like an abstract puzzle, of sorts. I feel pretty sure it will be something they'll enjoy doing...then I will be able to wrap myself up in the craftiness of all my children. Here is a link to learn more:
Second, as part of this Bottled Rainbow project, SewSara is hosting a scrap exchange. (of course you can do the exchange even if you don't do the quilt-a-long, but you should really do keep me company) Here is the link with more info:
I ordered the Kona solids from a seller on Etsy, and plan to start next Monday! Let me know if you'd like more info:)

Amy's Modern Log Cabin

cut 2 blocks 4X3.5 inches

Sew together and iron
cut 1 block 7.5X3.5
Sew on top of the 2 blocks
Cut 1 block 6.5X3.5

Sew on the side.
Cut 2 strips 10.5X2.5
Sew on the top and bottom
Cut 2 strips 10X1.5 (doesn't have to be the same fabric)
Sew on the sides
Cut 2 strips 12X1.5 (doesn't have to be the same fabric)
Sew on the top and bottom.
You're done! I know I made this very simple, but those are the kind of instructions I usually need...simple.

The square will be 12X12
If you haven't already, you should be getting a scrap of the floral fabric. Put it in there anywhere, as much or little as you would like. Pull your other fabric colors from the floral.

I'm looking forward to having a quilt to lay over my (hopefully new) couch when we move.