Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here is my funky tree house block for Betty. I pieced the entire block and used a couple of different decorative stitches the reinforce the seams and add a little pizazz. The ladder is sewn with denim thread and to personalize the block like Betty requested, I "carved" ML + DS (my husband) into the tree trunk.
Monday, September 22, 2008
well, my quilt block for august's common threads project is done. do not ask me how that house is staying up in the tree, or why it's got a super-fancy door with a doorknob, but no ladder to get up there. you just have to use your imagination, people. betty asked that we include our name somewhere on the quilt, so i included my initials as free-form embroidered flowers in the lower left-hand corner.
i especially had fun finally using my multi-colored spool of thread on the tree greenery:
like many of the other participants, i used fusible webbing to "glue" the pieces down, then stitched around the edges. the funny part was that i had been thinking that this was my first foray into applique and then as i was stitching it, i started thinking, "oh, this is sort of like my alphabet quilt...." such short memory i have. but it is a little different to be starting from scratch, design-wise. it's much more like "drawing" with fabric and when it supposed to actually look like something (as opposed to just a pretty pattern or design) i quickly begin to feel my lack of training in things like "perspective" and "angles" and such. oh well. it was a fun experiment and i hope you like it, betty! i myself am oddly fond of the back side of the block:
hmmm..... considering that my bobbin thread was white, there appears to be an awful lot of color on the back..... maybe i had the tension wrong? oh well. it's done and i'm putting it in the mail to you the next time i can get to the post office, along with your fabric for september. sorry it's late!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
And I like the wheel-like umbrella stripe thing in this quilt:
The interior of my vehicle is grey and blue, so I've decided to make the body of this quilt dark grey (which is very exciting for me since I can't do dark colors on a quilt I'd keep in the house--I have two mostly white kitties). The final layout of the quilt will look something like this:
This layout was inspired by a few denyse schmidt designs and this awesome quilt by glittergoods:
And I'm considering sewing up a cute matching totebag for it like this one from crazy mom quilts (matching in concept--a totebag for a quilt--but with a design that matches the quilt):
So, with all of that introduction, here's the nitty-gritty instructions--
1. Your finished block should be no larger than 12" and no smaller than 6".
2. It doesn't have to be square (i.e. it can be somewhat rectangular and/or wonky)
3. If you are an overachiever and would like to make more than one block (you should have plenty of fabric--especially if you make a smaller block) you are welcome to do so, but you are under no obligation! Extra blocks that don't fit on the front of the quilt may make an appearance on the back, or on the matching tote bag.
4. Feel free to pull in fabrics from your own stash. This fabric below is the inspiration for the whole quilt, so as long as your scraps sort of coordinate with this, that's fine.
5. When you're done, if you have scraps leftover from the fabric that I sent that you DON'T WANT, I'd love to have them back! However, if you love the fabrics and would like to keep the scraps, that's fine. I'd just be sad if big pieces of it went into the trash.
*a note about the envelopes--in light of some peoples' experiences with mangled mail, i decided to try a sturdier package. i found a big package of these UPS envelopes at Goodwill for cheap, so I altered them a bit to fit our needs better. If you follow the scanned instructions on the back, you should be able to use the same envelope to send it back to me if you want. If you fold your quilt block flatter (to give the envelope more uniform thickness) they might even let you send it for "letter rate" instead of "package rate."
any questions? what did I forget?
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Here's my little tree house block. I went in the direction of a tree platform, complete with a "no boys allowed" sign and a makeshift curtain to hide secret club activities.