Sunday, January 31, 2010

In under the wire

I try to have my blocks done early in the month. However this month between a vacation to the sunny and warm south ( yippee!!) and then limited computer time due to my 7yr old discovering pixiehollow (yuk!) so I couldn't get to the tute, I finished at the last moment. Heidi's fabrics are beautiful!! It's been awhile since I followed specific cutting guidelines and I only made 1 wrong cut- one of the 4.5 x5 blocks I cut in half the wrong way. Luckily Heidi sent plenty of fabric!!! I think lined up most of the seams pretty well. The blocks are untrimmed as requested and packaged up to be in the post tomorrow!! Heidi- I think you are going to end up with one spectacular quilt!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Churndash Blocks For Heidi

I had so much fun doing up Heidi's Churndash blocks in black and Kiwi. Here they are. Hope you like them Heidi, they'll be in the mail for you tomorrow. I can't wait to see them altogether in a quilt!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Churn Dash block. Check.

For me, one of the key motivations for joining a bee is to try new things without necessarily committing to a whole quilt.   The Churn Dash block is a block I haven't yet pieced so I now can cross that one off my list.   Here's the blocks created today for Heidi.

Along with a new block, I also pieced with black fabric for the first time as well as pieced with fabrics that were weighted differently.   A few learnings for me:   1.  Black isn't forgiving.   Any speck of lint or dust or thread is evident.  It's distracting for me and maybe a sign that I just can't seem to relax and let it be.   I think black and I will just agree that we're not suited for each other.   2.   You need to reduce the seam allowance to account for heavier fabrics if they're the fabric doing all the bending (ie, seam allowance is pressed in their direction).   I noticed a different result in terms of the size of the block depending on which way I pressed the seam allowance.    It made me realize that I tend to do a lot of "liberated" or "wonky" quilting so I don't need to worry about 2 + 2 = 3.5.   If it's too small, add on.  If it's too big, cut off.    So just like black and I have reached an agreement, so have precision piecing and I.

Thanks Heidi for the opportunity to break out and try something new.   Looking forward to seeing these blocks in a quilt.

February---bring it on!

Monday, January 11, 2010

February Block

Ok- so I know we aren't even half way through January, and I
just got Heidi's fabric today, which by the way I L-O-V-E!!! But,
while I was checking out the Churn Dash tutorial at Modified Traditions,
I looked at the Amish Diamond square and fell head-over-heels.

So be prepared for that to be arriving in a couple of weeks. I am off to Hawthorne to shop for fabric now. I think that I am going to go for the Bridgewater collection.

Did I give you enough links? =)


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 2010

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for your patience this month. I am late getting stuff out to you all. But I am currently working on cutting up my fabric and shipping it out this week. I just started moving around this last weekend after being ill for 2 weeks. Sorry for the delay.

Photo courtesy of sonnetofthemoon from Modify Tradition

I am thinking about having you do a Churn Dash block for me using a Kona white and black solids and Kiwi from Timeless Treasures. I plan on having you make two blocks. One with the black or white solid for the background and the Kiwi as the main block pattern fabric. Then another one in reverse, i.e. using the print as the background and the solid for the main block pattern.

(fabric photos are from the Timeless Treasures website)