Sunday, November 30, 2008

braided block with spirograph embroidery

I finished my block with Nadia's fabrics.

common threads quilt block - braided blocks with spirograph embroidery

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

One more block for Amber

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.

blocks for Amber

Better late than never, right?

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

Here comes November!

I'm just so excited to send out the November fabric - I can hardly wait!

Melissa and I met half way between our respective cities last month (bless her), and I bough my fabric for the month. I just love it.

The quilt will be for our living room couch. I'd like to welcome you to our apartment! We have sort of a red/gray thing going on, and I chose the fabrics to coordinate.

I love the flowers - especially the gray fabric's flowers. And I really love embroidery and little extras. Everytime someone does any embroidery at all I just fall in love. I imagined the lightest white/blush color as an accent; but I'm not feeling too controlling about this, so create as you please!

What do you love to make? Is there a particular kind of block that you love? I would love that too! Straight lines, curvy lines, show me what you've got!

As for size, i don't think I have particular needs; like others, I'll put sashing around them and trim them up, but I do like nice big blocks (like in the 15" range).

Thanks everyone! I can't wait to see what all your super-creative minds come up with!

P.S.  If you'd like to add in your own fabric, please do so! I'd love that!

P.P.S. Please see the updated address list - I'm in DC now! Thanks so much.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

wonky log cabin block(s)

Here is the block I made with Amber's fabrics:
block for common threads quilt bee

I decided to make a bonus block with the scraps. (Amber, you can use it or not, I was just on a quilting roll!)
block for common threads quilt bee

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

a block for amber

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

Betty's Block

Common Threads Block, betty
Betty, I've finally finished your block, it's on its way to you. Hope you like it and sorry it's so late!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Something new, every month

I love the quilting bee! I'm new to this quilting business, and every month there is something new to learn! This month it was a good old log cabin block. Dare I say it worked out just fine?

I love the bird, and made the birdie the well-deserved center of the block. Ta da!