Sunday, February 7, 2016

February Block for Tam!


I finished my sister's block tonight! It came together pretty fast. She does love her purple and green's and I'm happy that we can all help her make this quilt for her. It was fun mixing the Ohio Star and log cabin. This would be a fun way to showcase many designs. 

Her questions is when did you finish your first pieced quilt? To be honest the first one I did was simple squares when trying to learn. But my actually pieced quilt was what I designed for my fabric line Sublime. I did an appliqué/pieced combination called Big Blooms. It was fun to do!

XOXO,

Shari


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April's String Block for January

I was so happy to get to do this block again! The string block is such an amazing way to bust through your stash and to work with April's fabric line it was fun to see all the bright colors come together. Makes me think of summer! I'm so ready for summer this year, are you? So, as I was putting this together I had fun playing with it and I wanted to center that floral to make a bigger splash! April I hope you like how it came together. I chose to keep the paper attached for you and chose a 1.5" stitch so I hope it tears easy for you.


April's question is: What quilt is on your bucket list!?!

Oh gosh..there are so many. Farmer Wive's Quilt has been on my bucket list for forever! So I'm trying to complete that. I'm going to have to add a string quilt so I can bust through some of my stash. I do want to attempt Sandy Klop's Merry Go Round for sure. I even want to attempt the Hazel Hedgehog, but I need to find the perfect fabric for that project. I'm in the middle of a Green Tea Bean by Jenny Kingwell and I may want to try Smitten by Lucy Kingwell. Let's just say there are a ton of patterns out there that are amazing.. these are just a few on my bucket list.

XOXO,

Shari

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Friday, January 29, 2016

February Block

After much contemplation, consternation, and agony, I finally chose my first ever Quilting Bee Block!  Of course, my confusion really stems from Pinterest and all the lovely quilts that 
I want to make! 

So, I settled for something relatively simple...an Ohio Star inside a modified Log Cabin!  I did see this on Pinterest, but it didn't have any instructions. You can see my pin here:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/218143175676095948/

Having a few computer skills, I decided that I could figure it out.  My first ever pieced quilt was a log cabin, so it shouldn't be to hard, right! 

I chose "Lady Slipper Lodge" by Holly Taylor and Moda. I love the dragonflies, little flowers and especially the muted greens and purples.  Shari will tell you how much I love purple, just ask her!  Actually this fabric just made me think of being bundled up by a fireplace...with a good book...
in a cabin...away from the world!


So here it is... my block instructions!  (Again, I am just winging it here, if you have an easier or better way, please feel free to adjust where needed.) All seams are 1/4 inch and white or off white thread is fine.  



Take the two green rectangles, and two lavender rectangles, sew a small ivory block to one side on the diagonal, trim and press open. Then sew another small ivory block to the other side on the diagonal, trim and press open. These are the points of the star. 













Sew a green rectangle to one end of the large ivory block and a lavender rectangle to the opposite end.





With the remaining lavender rectangle, sew the small green square on the end that will match up with the green on the base of the star. Then sew the small lavender block on the end that will match up with the lavender on the base of the star.  With the remaining green rectangle, sew a small green square to both ends.  








You now have your Ohio Star portion done.  It should be unfinished 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 6 x 6 when finished. 







Next we add the log cabin frame.  
I chose to put the green around the lavender star portion, and the purple around the green of the star. Just sew the strips on in the order I numbered, press and move to the next.  
Unfinished block size should be 12 1/2x12 1/2, finished, 12x12. 

Easy, breezy!

You should be getting your fabric pieces in the mail this next week and Thank you in advance...I am excited to put this quilt together! As for your question...when did you create your first pieced quilt?

Tamara


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