Monday, December 15, 2008
So, I tried to divide up the fabric as evenly as I could. I added my own solid red fabric, too. Feel free to add your own fabric in as well, but I want to stay away from the color pink. I want this quilt to have nice rich colors. Since some of the heart fabrics has white in it, you can also add a bit of white if you wish.
This quilt will be made for my baby girl, Melody. She is 11 months old now and will be 13 months on February 14, so this would be a nice Valentine's gift to her. I would like some sort of heart motif on the block. Either pieced in, appliqued on, embroidery...etc, your choice.
- The block size should be 10.5 inches.
- No Pink Fabric should be added, but you made add other fabrics in. Deep rich colors is what I want, but white fabric may be added also.
- There should be a heart motif on the block. examples: this, this, this, this, this, and this.
Now for the catching up of the quilt blocks that I owe.
This is for Liz. I love the chestnut fabric.
BettyNinja's tree house block. I even added some cut out chestnuts from Liz's fabric. This was a super challenging block. Especially since I have never done applique before. I did use fusible webbing for help.
This is for Carissa's car quilt. I didn't get any of the cool chalkboard writing fabric, so I used the 3 pieces of fabric that I got. It's not as cool as the ones that everyone have made, but I worked with what I was given.
These two blocks are for Amber. I made two since there was plenty of fabric. Log cabins are fun and I got to highlight the pretty flower in the center.And wow, this huge block, 15 inches, is for Nadia. I love the colors and fabric she chose. They look so elegant combined together.
Everything is packed up and will be shipped out tomorrow. My DH has kindly agreed to wait in line at the post office to help me mail all 12 packages. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Happy Holidays to my Common Threads buddies! Hope you have a great time with family and friends and sneak in a bit of sewing time!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I made some braids, and then followed her hint about embroidery love and added a spirograph embroidery on top (inspired by this effort by Maitreya of craftlog). I think it picks up on the flower outlines of the gray-beige fabric too.
I hope you like it Nadia!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I loved making this block - the fabrics are so gorgeous and I really enjoy making log cabins, so this was really a win-win month for me. As you can see, I couldn't resist the little bird getting center stage. I hope you like it, Amber.
Here's two blocks that I made this afternoon. Amber and I must be on the same wavelength or something, because last weekend I picked up a yard of Amy Butler fabric from the line that Amber is using for this quilt. Using some of my fabric gave me the chance to make two blocks for Amber.
First up, I used the turquoise flower for the center.
Then I used a piece of the birdie fabric for the next block.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
i haven't done a lot of "plan as you go" log cabin blocks, so this one was fun for me. after i chose my center image (love that birdy fabric with the line drawing flowers!) i just started building, one side at a time. and i only had to rip out one seam for a re-do. i hope you like it, amber!
i love how this flower ended up looking like it was wearing a roof for a hat!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Jon was away for the weekend on a backpacking trip, so I spent most of the weekend basting, quilting and binding my Common Threads quilt. It was nice to have a large block of time set aside to finish up this project. And, it was equally nice to be able to finish up two big quilt projects in two consecutive weekends and clear up this unfinished business from my sewing room!
I was under a little bit of pressure with the quilting, because the new fabric marker that I bought was disappearing ink, not washable ink. By yesterday afternoon, I was really straining to see the last remnants of the lines while I was quilting.
I had a lot of help this weekend from my two little kitty friends. They were partially acting like they wanted to hang out with me and partially waiting by the side door wondering when Jon would arrive home.
I did the majority of the quilting in the loopy line style seen in this wedding quilt from glittergoods. The distance between my lines of squiggles was 2.5". I used red thread on the white top and bottom of the quilt. Then I stippled the individual blocks with white thread. This part really pained me to do because it meant quilting over some of the embroidered details that a few of the blocks had. In the end I was glad that I did it because it blends in with the quilt and it makes the blocks look like they all belong to the quilt.
I used a red and white polka dot fabric for the binding and then black fabric for the backing.
The quilt was made for a full-sized bed and is approximately 80" x 90". It fits our non-puffy, non-pillowtop mattress perfectly.
Here it is resting peacefully in our guest room. The little kitties made themselves right at home and made me thankful for using black fabric on the back of the quilt where all of their white hair won't show up!
Thank you all for coming up with such creative, unique and interesting blocks! It was so much fun to put this quilt together and I love looking at all of the details that you included in your individual blocks!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This is for Carissa. She's making a car quilt (for her car), and sent out some really gorgeous fabric. Simple, interesting, very cool. I'm not the only one who thought to use the lined chalkboard fabric as roads, but I do love the idea.
Mine is meant to be an aerial view of a highway; the colored dots represent houses (it's crowded!). It's a simple square, but truth be told I quite like it. I hope Carrisa does too!
I've been (incredibly) remiss in my Common Threads blocks. New city, new job, sometimes it all just catches up to you, you know? Not to worry though, I'm back, and making strides!
This block is for Liz. I loved the monochrome fabrics, and I love the modern pallet of the colors. As a (brand) new quilter, I decided to make this block an exercise in precision (something I working on) and went for a 4 x 4 square, trying really hard to cut accurately, and sew accurately.
And? I'm pretty happy with it! I had fun coming up with the final arrangement, and I hope Liz likes it!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I came up with these two blocks for Carissa's car quilt last night. I had lots of fun playing around with this fabric. I love the colors and the prints that she put together. I added the orange/maroon block fabric to the bunch to complement the rest of the colors in the quilt.
I ran out of fabric on this block. I was originally intending on adding a white border to it, but due to my miscalculations, I ran out of fabric. Feel free to add a border to it or keep it how it is.
Monday, October 6, 2008
for the second block i was inspired by your idea of a car quilt and so i went with roads, specifically an 8 lane interstate. can you see me veering off? the "veer" was a little harder than i expected, but it was fun to try. both blocks are rectangular. i think you said that was ok.
Friday, October 3, 2008
hope it's not too literal.
since I had extra fabric, I also made a bonus block, pretty similar to the inspiration block posted:
I ended up using a lot of scraps from my own collection, but all of the colors can be found within the white print. a pretty interesting set of colors in that print - colors that look good together but that I wouldn't have otherwise combined.