Sunday, May 30, 2010

Big and Little

I forgot how much I like these stars. Here's a big and little for you...actually a 12.5" and a 6.5". Beautiful citrusy colors! For some reason they remind me of fruit striped gum. Hope you like them too! They'll be on their way Tuesday morning!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Catching up... again

For Nadia:

For Amanda:

For Jacquie:

For Wendy:

Plus and minus

I had a plan all written out for a while and finally got around to actually making it...

Hope this works well with your plan, Amanda - great idea!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May's Fabrics -- mailed today!

Rebekah had expressed some concern that she hadn't received her fabrics yet. If any of you have similar concerns, fear not. I just mailed them today. This being my first time to send them out, I didn't realize how long it would take me to get everything together. And then all my kids (and me too) got sick. So I got derailed. Excuse after excuse, right? Anyway, I spent some quality time at the self-service kiosk at my local post office today, and my lovely fabrics are winging their way to you. Two to four days. And for being such a slacker, I included a little surprise for you so you'll overlook my flaws. = )
ETA: I want the centers AND the backgrounds white, with just the points in colors -- just for clarification. Sorry about the confusion.

Friday, May 21, 2010

plusses and minuses

here's my block for amanda. my favorite is the teeny, tiny plus in the top left corner. looooove the teal and the fabrics you chose to go with it!

Friday, May 14, 2010

May Blocks

So May is my month, but I have been hesitating, because I have been SOOO behind on other people's blocks. However, I am back to being caught up, and all of you lovely patient ladies will be receiving my/your blocks when I send you my fabrics.

What I would like is Maverick Star blocks. (I borrowed this picture from Amanda Jean from when she did her Quilts of Valor project last year.) However, I would like the CENTERS of the blocks to be WHITE. And I would like a slightly different color scheme.

I am mainly basing my color scheme off of Riley Blake's Summer Song fabric line. However, I also am pulling scraps in the same citrusy colors. I'd like these stars to be as scrappy as possible, so if you ladies have scraps in these colors that you are willing to use, I would love that. If not, of course, I have plenty of fabrics to send. Let me know if you don't want me to send you any colors. I will obviously send the white (which is Kona something).
I would like stars in 12 1/2 inch, 9 1/2 inch, 6 1/2 inch, and 3 1/2 inch sizes so I can place them randomly in the quilt. Make as many as you feel like or have fabric for. Make one if that's all you have time or inclination for. Whatever fabric you don't use, I wouldn't mind having back, because I'm going to exhaust my scraps in these colors sending them to you, and I may need to make a few more stars to finish out the quilt. So sorry.

There is a tutorial here for the 12 1/2 inch blocks. Obviously if you are doing a different size, you would use different sized blocks -- 3 1/2 inch squares for the 9 1/2 inch blocks; 2 1/2 inch squares for the 6 1/2 inch blocks; 1 1/2 inch squares for the 3 1/2 inch blocks. You get the idea. Anyway, remember I want the centers to be white, so you will need 9 white squares.
Also, I don't always cut the squares and then cut them in half. Sometimes if I have oddly shaped scraps, I will just use them as-is. Thanks so much for your contributions! I'm excited!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Positive Than Negative

I don't know what took me so long on this one...I sketched out an idea the day I received the fabric. Sorry it took me so long, Amanda, but it's on its way to you now. I have to say I love the big half plus. I hope it works for you.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wendy and Amanda's Blocks

I caught up on my blocks yesterday and made these two blocks for Wendy and Amanda.

Wendy's Block

Wendy's Block

First up is a tall, sweater wearing girl for Wendy (now if only my legs were as skinny as they are in the blocks :). I used light weight washable yarn for the sweater portion, so hopefully it won't be too thick for quilting. It's backed with a piece of fabric, so if you need to cut off the knitting, it's doable.

Amanda's Block

And here's a block of pluses and minuses for Amanda. I had a hard time remembering how quilt blocks were constructed while making the block, so there are some extra seams in the block. Once I got into the groove, I was able to make everything fit together, though. I am smitten with this dark teal fabric. It's so rich and pretty and now I'm dreaming up a new teal quilt to make for myself.

Stamps from Wendy

PS. Aren't the stamps Wendy used on my envelope the coolest?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Soooo Late

I'm sorry I'm so late with this, Wendy!

I wanted to be wearing a little dress with pants - of course I don't normally wear green dresses with red polka dot pants but I figured it was for a quilt so it would be ok....

Somehow I feel like it looks like a little kid - but at least I'm thinner :-)