Monday, October 31, 2011

In the Nick of Time

 Nothing like a little procrastination to get the creative juices flowing!  
I really, really love how this turned out and I'm super excited to see all the squares together.  
I was surprised at how well all the different selvages go together.
This may be my favorite square to date.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wordy Windmill

love, Love, LOVE this one! I was nervous at first just because I don't keep a huge fabric stash, so I didn't have many selvages...reason to go shopping...and raid a friends stash.

It will be in the mail this afternoon.

Monday, October 24, 2011

here are my efforts kristin.
i really, really, really loved making this square.
i cannot wait to see it all together!

scrappy windmill

This was a lot of fun to make! It made me want one of my own!
My favorite part is the turtles.
And I reconfirmed that I have quite a Sandi Henderson fetish.
...and a thing for cherries!
Hope you enjoy it, Kristin!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mardie's Quilt Sampler

My Mom's goal has been to make two squares each least! :) One to give away, and one to keep for a sampler.  She has been having fun making a bunch of our squares! Go see!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Kristin's Selvage Windmill

I was pretty sure that I wanted to do a block from my Modern Log Cabin book, but then I made it and changed my mind. After a morning's worth of surfing I came across THIS one, and instantly fell in love.

It reminds me of Jen's Spiderwebs because it uses the same foundation piecing, which I really enjoy.

You can check out the link for her tutorial, but it isn't very specific, so here is my version.

P.S.- I stink at tutorials, so forgive me.

Without further ado, here it is!
It will look absolutely perfect on my couch....

Everyone will be getting a 14.5" square of Kona White.
 You will need to cut it into 4 smaller squares, which should measure 7.25" each.
 Pick a corner. Now measure 1.5" on each side of the corner and make a small dot with a pencil. (two small dots total)
 On the corner diagonal to where you made the marks, you will make two more marks- this time 3" out from the corner, on each side.
 Then, connect the dots, one 1.5" mark to one 3" mark. Do that on both sides.
It should look like this.
 Once you have two lines, you will connect the 3" marks with a line.
Now it should look like this.
 Take your first selvage, right sides together stitch the unfinished or print edge to one of the longer lines.

 Press it open.

 Next, get another selvage strip. Right sides together, line up the unfinished edge of selvage two with finished edge of selvage one and stitch.
Press open. Make sure you are including the white "foundation" when stitching the selvages.
Now, keep adding until the corners are covered.
Once one side is complete, do the other long side.
 The back should look like this.
Do the corner last, the same as the longer sides.
Here is what it'll look like...
Now, turn it over and square it up.
Oh so gratifying!!!
Now do it three more times. Join the four squares to complete the windmill shape like my first picture using a 1/4" seam allowance.
 A few specifics:
*I left a 1/2 of print above my selvages when I cut them, just to add a little flavor.
*When I attached each selvage I used 1/8" seam allowance instead of 1/4" to allow for more visibility with the wording, etc.
*If you don't have enough selvages to complete the square, I don't mind if you do a few strips of just fabric, but not too many of those. I want it to look wordy...
*I also want it to look colorful, so try to use a variety of prints
*If you need selvages I have some extras and would be happy to round some up for you, just let me know
*please don't trim the edges once you've completed the square:)
Hugs and kisses to you all, I can't wait to see your fabulous work!