Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May Blocks

Can you believe it's almost May already? Time flies when you're having fun!
So this month we are going to play with some shot cottons. I am sending you Moda's crossweaves and Kaffe Fasset's haze stripes. It's hard to see the loveliness in the picture.
I would like squares. Let me show you my inspirations. Have you seen this? How about this? I'm not sure I will manage enough blocks for these, but I do love this too!

So I was thinking of squares of different sizes, 3" , 6", 9", and 12". Make which ever size or sizes fit your vision. In any way that you want- square within square, log cabin, Denyse Schmidt's drunk love, bento box, whatever strikes your fancy! And as wonky or not as you like. (I love the blocks I've been seeing for Tacey) Go for it, improv away, as long as they are square, and have a solid border. (did that make sense? A frame around the edge, doesn't have to all be the same fabric/color, just make the square look, well, square.) And remember to leave me an extra half inch unfinished. I'll be sending a lot of fabric so that you have more options, so I would like any usable pieces back. (though I really wish I had enough to share with all of you!)

OK, I do have a tendency to babble, so please let me know if I am unclear. I will be mailing the packets on Fri. (hopefully)

Tracey's Blocks

I had so much fun making your blocks Tracey. I loved the fabrics you sent, and the block design allowed for so much freedom and creativity!

In your instructions you said we could "be as creative and wonky as you want", so I ran with the wonkiness!

The first block is a wonky rectangular log cabin....And the second is done Waverunner style, a la Victoria at Bumble Beans.I want to see this quilt when it's all done. I bet it will be amazing!

Monday, April 26, 2010

April Blocks for Tacey

Boy did I have fun with these fabrics. I had a difficult time trying to figure out what to do, there were so many options. I wanted to try the tessellated crosses for a while, and the small scale of a square seemed a good fit. The other, I wanted to try a less structured piecing, so I improv cut and pieced strip of various sizes. I really enjoyed the process, watching it grow and evolve with each added layer.Tacey, I will mail these with your May fabrics!

Speaking of which, I will make another post, tomorrow or Wed (depending on how late my son's baseball game goes) about your May blocks and pretty pictures of the fabric! (think squares and shot cottons!)

Friday, April 23, 2010

April Opposites Attract Blocks for Tacey

I am really having a great time learning new techniques and trying out new ideas for blocks. This month was no exception! These blocks were so fun to put together.
I wanted to do pinwheels for my first block. Since I didn't have quite enough fabric to do traditional pinwheels, though, I went with randomly-pieced pinwheels.

For the second block, I just cut out simple squares and arranged them in a pattern to fit around the main fabric.

This is going to be a really fun quilt when it's all done. I can't wait to see it! My 12-year-old daughter fell in love with the fabrics and asked if I could make her a similar quilt, so I'm off to hunt down some of Tacey's fabric choices.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Opposites Attract for Tacey

I was so excited to get this fabric in the mail. I had an idea of what I wanted to do as soon as I saw it. I hope you like them Tacey!