Monday, November 23, 2009

Squares for Amy

I made six blocks for Amy this morning. Yes, thankyouverymuch, I know that it is almost the end of November. I think there is a reason I tend to make (purposely) crooked blocks... I'm not so good at straight ones. :)

These are my favorite two. The first is 12.5" & the second is 6.5".

Monday, November 2, 2009

blocks for rossie and amy (finally!)

first, since she's been waiting longer, here are my squares for amy. i had lots of fun working with the fabrics she sent and adding in my own pieces as well. i especially love the center block featured above with the center of the flower. oh, and the tiny blocks were surprisingly challenging! who knew it would be so hard to sew a small block? fun, nevertheless! here's another shot where you can see all five blocks i made:
tonight i finally finished rossie's blocks!

my phrase is "be peace" which are the same words printed on my favorite necklace. they are also a shortened version of gandhi's suggestion that we should all "be the peace you want to see in the world." my quote has lots of letter "e's" and i struggled with the code's instructions to leave them as blank squares--how can you then tell the difference between a space and an "e"? so i outlined my e-blocks with a thin red line. which may end up disappearing after the seams are created that incorporate the phrase into the quilt. oh well. lovely rich over-dyed fabrics, rossie!

Rebekah's blocks for November

I mailed out the fabric for my month this evening, so here are the directions for the blocks.

I'd like you to make a 15" block that features squares and rectangles, but is not made with nesting squares or log cabins. Here's a mosaic of quilt inspiration.

quilt inspiration

I included 5 different prints and 2-3 solid fabrics in each package. One of the solids is a large piece, so if you could make the large piece that you receive the predominant color, that would be great. I'm going to be putting the blocks together with a grey solid once I receive them all.

If you want to add some embroidery or machine stitching to the block, I would love it, but a "plain" block is great too.

If you have any questions or need more fabric, let me know!

Blocks for Amy and Rossie

I got down to business yesterday and made these blocks for Amy and Rossie.

Three blocks for Amy (12.5, 6.5 and 3.5)

And one long strip for Rossie. I was wracking my brain trying to come up with the perfect quote and I even browsed the Yale Book of Quotations, but I couldn't find any good short phrases. I think my cats were trying to give me some hints because they were climbing on my lap and sewing machine while I was trying to come up with a quote. So, the blocks say their names: "Shinji" and "NukuNuku." They are japanese names, so I thought they'd work with a quilt by a japanese designer. I sewed the two names together and the blocks are 3.5" tall, but they are a little longer than 2 feet wide, so you might need to rip them apart if they're too long, Rossie.

October for Rossie

It was deciding on a phrase that stumped me on this one, but Halloween night as I was staring at the fabric it came to me. Common Threads. So here you go. I didn't put it together because it's longer than you requested. Actually, much longer. I thought maybe you could put them like this to make the phrase. My mistake...i thought...two word phrase...I can make the blocks 6 inches. I hope you can use them like they are.