Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
first, a tumbler block:
and because I had extra fabric, a version of a Kansas Dugout block. I debated about making a spiderweb, since I've had them on the brain, but I had a photo of a Kansas Dugout quilt in my pictures folder and decided to go with that. since I had a picture, but no pattern, I just eyeballed things and amended the design to make it sewable on the machine.
ha, I just noticed that after a day of fiddling with different color layouts on this block, I sewed them in the wrong order. oh well, I like this too.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here's my block. This is my absolute favorite fabric of last year and I've got a tiny stash of it myself that I'm planning on using soon. I love how you paired it with linen and some other soft colors. I hope this block isn't too complicated. I imagine it being like a room wall with a chair rail in the middle and a border and wallpaper on the bottom, but that's just me. :)
It's a little over 15.5", so hopefully you won't have too much fraying when you go to trim it down.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
but there was so much fabric and i was enjoying it so much.... that i made a second block:
this one started off with 4 columns of "stacked coins" but i was running short on the brown border material, and i liked the squareness of just doing 3 columns, so i changed my design. After I was all done, I saw Jacquie's stacked coins as her second block! I think that the number and the size of the fabrics that Lynn sent lent themselves to this type of block very well. and I've always wanted to do a stacked coins quilt and this is my first. thanks for such inspiring fabric and creative freedom to explore, Lynn!
Jacquie's block assignment was exactly why I wanted to participate in a quilting bee in the first place. It totally pushed me out out of my comfort zone and to be honest, making a block that an 18 year old guy would like really scared me. I ended up doing a couple of google image searches for minimalist and modern and saw a lot of great architectural inspiration. I hope I got it right. There was also enough fabric for me to make two blocks instead of one.
I hope you both like them!
I really like how the whirlygiggles spin of the edge of the block. I hope you like it too, Lynn. I have gobs of fabric left...do you want another block?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I saw this fabric, and LOVED it. It's one of those that I love so much that I didn't want to cut it. So I decided it would be perfect for the quilting bee!
I went ahead and bought the fabric, along with a few coordinating prints from etsy. I paired them with fabrics in similar colors, mostly from Sew Mama Sew. Most of the solids are amy butler solids, and I believe the linen is essex cotton/linen blend. I tried to note all the fabrics in the flickr photo.
Now, I bought the fabric a few months ago now, and cut it up then too. In retrospect, I probably should have split up the fabrics a bit differently. Everyone gets a piece of every fabric. Some pieces are fat, some are long.
Now for the fun part. I have been debating what to ask all you fabulous, talented ladies what to make for me, and I've decided that a free-for-all would be great. Anything you want. All I ask is that there are no raw edges as this quilt will be used and loved quite a bit.
I've put together a flickr mosaic, but I really love everything. I like traditional blocks, modern blocks, curved, wonky, applique, nature-inspired, free-pieced, pinwheels, triangles, etc. I've noticed that recently I've been attracted to blocks that are mini quilts in themselves (like the zig zag block and the hexagons) and the texture quilts.
As for size and shape, anything goes. I will get them all to fit in the quilt somehow, and I kind of like the idea of a haphazard quilt. Oh! And if you love the fabrics, by all means keep the extras. But otherwise, please send it back, as I want to make a scrappy binding and possibly a panel for the back. And let me know if you need more.
Have fun, can't wait to see what you make!!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I hope you like them Jacquie! The first one I cut down to size, but the second one I left longer. Hopefully you have a 15.5x15.5 inch ruler so you can be more accurate than I am!