Thursday, April 30, 2015

baby brooksby's quilt

I made this quilt for a friend who is due in July with her 5th and final baby.  I met this friend when we both lived in PA and now we both live in the same town on the opposite side of the country, our husbands working for the same practice.  Who'd have ever guessed that would've happened?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Flowering Snowball for Kristin

Here is my snowball for Kristin...

I love gray & yellow!

Also, this is the last row I made for the row-along in my guild...

and a pin cushion for a dear friend who loves to sew and makes great pies...

oh, and I finally figured out what to put in my display coffee table - my old wooden spools!


I bought all new fabrics for this block and was nearly a total copycat.  What can I say- Becca does great work and chose great fabrics.  Curves were new to me but they were fun and easier than I expected.  I love this color combination!  I hope you like it Kristin.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

April Curve Balls

My Darling Kristin,
It's not perfect, but it was very fun and quick!  Hope the colors are close to what you were wishing for.  This is going in to the mail this week.  And, Camie, yours will be in the mail this week, too!  I have an aversion to the post office, which I am trying to overcome.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Summer Cabin

Dear Camie,
I really wanted to make sure I did a spectacular job on your block this year, since I pretty sure I messed up your last block.  In my efforts for precision, I trimmed up the edges as I went along.  But by the time I was nearly finished, it was apparent that I over trimmed and the block was coming up short.  So, I added a really wide extra layer that you can trim to your specifications.  Each edge is about 19", give or take.  I hope that will work!
Do the flowers in the photo help make up for the fact that it's not perfect?


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cabin for Camie

This square is not perfect but I'm hoping it'll still work! I can't wait to see pictures of your family picnicking on this quilt. I think it's going to turn out lovely! You'll notice it's bigger than you requested. I got pretty anxious when I went to trim it down and took it as a sign. Hopefully you don't mind trimming it up real quick.

Monday, April 6, 2015

April's Flowering Snowball

which truly couldn't be more appropriately themed for my German spring! we go from promising sunshine to overcast and snowflakes in the blink of an eye.
so here is my tutorial, complete with a pattern and a third party tutorial linky- because sometimes the third party's say it better than i do :)
pattern pieces; only three. you will need to cut 4 of piece A, 4 of piece B, and 1 C. i'll list the color specs toward the bottom of the post.
  here is your layout, you'll start with a corner.
 if curves are new to you, this is a great place to start. these are quite simple, just take your time.
 you'll want to line these points up, go ahead and bring that gray piece (B) all the way so that it's even with the straight edge on piece (A). it will make the curved seam a little more even. 
 i have found it easier to not use pins, but try it out, see what is more comfortable for you.
with one corner complete, attach the middle (C) piece to (A) pieces.
 onto the opposite corner-
 now attach the three pieces together- please carefully line up piece (C) with the corner pieces (A).

you should end up with 12" block. after a couple of attempts to get the colors right- i've decided to change them slightly from what you see here. the yellow pieces will remain, the plum pieces will also be yellow. the B's will remain a light gray and white/low value. piece C will be a dark gray.

i'm looking for rich mustard yellows- not citrus.
 ^^^^^^more this^^^^^

and for the grays, i want the grays to have a presence, but not compete with the yellow. if you could use different fabrics for each of the B pieces and please, if possible, use light gray and white monotone fabrics. think, low volume. for the C piece- darker gray. not black, but something that contrasts with your B pieces.

no need to trim your block once you've finished, just please make sure that it's at least a 12" square. i will mail the template in the morning- if you are stash short and need any of the color requests please let me know and i'll include them.

danke, friends!! Happy chilly April!

(molly flanders tutorial -