Sunday, June 28, 2009
Anyway, the minute I saw the quilt I knew I had to put it on my "must make" list. I don't know if it won viewers' choice that year, but I think that it did; I know it got my vote. I stared at it forever.
There's something so special to me about simple embroidery. Maybe because it was the first craft my mom taught me, or because all of our pillowcases were embroidered and all our our dressers had embroidered scarves on them.
Fast forward to last year when my LQS featured Cake Walk by Sandy Brawner as a block of the month. It's not exactly like the one I saw in Tyler - in fact, I might like this one more. I was thrilled to sign up for it, and here it is, about a year later, ready to be put together. Well, almost. I've only done one corner setting triangle and one side setting triangle.
The picture does not do it justice. I know 30's repros are not everyone's cup of tea, but I love them.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
My LQS is offering "Southern Stars" by Pacific Patchwork as their Weekend Sampler ($5 quilt). Here are blocks 1 and 2.:
And other than that, I'm working on the third round of "Holiday Inn" from Jo Morton for Jo's Little Women (series 8). It will probably be ready for picture-taking tomorrow. Didn't really think I'd be crazy about it, but the larger it gets, the more I like it.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I like to put quilts together in quarters - not row by row. It's easier for me to manage a big quilt in "chunks" and I could be wrong, but I think it makes it easier to match up the seams.
I fixed the block with the half-square triangle that was turned the wrong way. I debated with myself about it for days. I really prefer leaving mistakes in place unless they're just completely distracting. When I was finished fixing it I was kinda' sorry I had - I couldn't really get the points to match up when I re-sewed. Of course, my eye goes straight to that block every time I look at the quilt, but no one else's will.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I love this approach to setting sampler blocks and love, love the Windham fabric I found for the alternate blocks. Black/white florals always remind me of my grandmother, for some reason.
I had to add some extra blocks to the 24 to get the size I wanted, so I consulted Around the Block with Judy Hopkins for the perfect additions. They blend right in, because I had in my stash some of the same fabrics as we got in our block kits (see why it's good to have a healthy stash!).
Of course, you can see the downside in having a design bed instead of a design wall. Her name is Chip, because we were told at the pound that she was a he. Thinking that surely they knew what they were talking about, we named her before actually verifying the facts.
Isn't it funny how photographing something can reveal a mistake you hadn't noticed in "real life?" Can you spot it?
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