Sunday, August 31, 2014

Block Happy 1

The Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild meets in person every other month. To keep us busy during the off months, we hold an online activity. A block is chosen (that's actually part of my role in the guild--to choose the block for this activity--such a fun "duty"!), and anyone who wants to participate makes one (or more) block(s), posts them on Facebook, and then brings them to the following month's meeting. One lucky person wins the drawing and goes home with a quilt full of blocks. You may remember that I won last September's improv herringbone blocks and stitched them into this quilt.

I'm catching up here, so I have a couple month's worth of blocks to share:
First, the tipsy stacks block (this first photo is oriented the wrong way to understand the name...check out the second block, with turquoise, for the name to make more sense).
The color rules: Use black and white fabric with shades of a single color in the center.
Find the guild post about this block (including link to the tutorial) here.

Second, the "X Marks the Spot" block.
The color rules: shades of gray for the background, a solid for the "X" and a coordinating print for the center square.
Find the guild post about this block (including the link to the tutorial) here.

This awesome spiderweb block is the online activity for our September meeting. We held a text fabric swap at our July meeting, and those fabrics make up the center of the block. The rest is just scraps. Can't wait to see all of these blocks together, going home with one lucky winner!
Find the guild post about this block (including link to the tutorial) here.

I think this last block design is going to be in particularly high demand at the next meeting...I've heard that everyone is hoping to win these!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August ALYOF Goal: complete!

This month might have been my earliers ALYOF goal completion ever...although you wouldn't know it since I'm not actually blogging about it until the very end of the month! 

I've mentioned a couple times that my due date for baby #3 was in August, and I wanted to get my goal (quilting the quilt you see below) done before the baby came, figuring life might get a little crazy afterwards. 
And guess what? I did get it done. About a week before this little guy arrived:
(My mom and I sewed the animals before my first son was born, back in 2009. They are part of my  nursery decor, so I couldn't resist a little photo shoot today of Mr. B., who is one week old!)

Oh yeah, back to the quilt. I pebble quilted all of the white areas except the outer border, which I really liked and actually enjoyed doing. The quilting on the colored parts of the disappearing ninepatch squares as well as the outer border is a back and forth wavy line. It works fine as a filler, but it's nothing exciting. However, I'm happy to have this done! Thinking my September goal might be to bind it...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August ALYOF Goal

So...I didn't make my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. While this was not the (whole) reason why, I still thought I'd share.

See the belly?!?!

What kind of crazy person makes a goal that involves basting a quilt (albeit small) when 8.5 months pregnant? Oh yeah, I guess that would be me.

I could have finished. But it would have involved staying up late the last two nights in July, and quite frankly, I'm craving and conserving sleep right now before the baby comes!

I'm almost halfway done, and it looks like this:
I really like the pebbling in the white. I'm a little less enthused about the wavy lines in the colored parts, but I think the white is what will stand out, so that's what matters.

I'm repeating my July goal for August--to get this quilt top quilted. And being almost halfway there, even with a baby on the way, I should make it!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Block Happy 2

A little more catch-up here...several months' worth of do.Good Stitches blocks for the Believe circle to share with you. I always love seeing how everyone's blocks look and then how the finished quilt comes together! 

April blocks: fun little Scotty dogs in black or gray with bright bowties.

May blocks: an improv pick-up stick looking block design in orange, yellow, green, turquoise, and dark purple/blue

June blocks: a transparent-looking "LOVE" block in sunset colors

July blocks: Easy patchwork with a white center square and frame, in shades of blue, turquoise, and purple

August blocks: Flying geese blocks of any design, in a yellow, coral and periwinkle palette. Everyone's blocks are different--can't wait to see how this quilt comes together!

Monday, July 7, 2014

July ALYOF Goal

I have been stalling at choosing my July A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for a couple reasons. 
First, we're going on vacation next week, which definitely shortens the time I have to finish something this month. 
Second, I'm six weeks away from my due date, and my focus has been the baby, to a name for the baby (!), to finding bunk beds for the boys' room so the baby can have the crib, to vacation, to work I need to finish before my due date, to wondering when the baby will get the picture! 

This morning I decided on my goal: it's to machine quilt this top that I completed two summers ago. I still haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do (though simple straight lines sure are compelling!), but it seemed like fate that this post from the Free Motion Quilting Project popped up in my blog reader this morning. Hmmm...a post specifically about machine quilting a disappearing ninepatch, with a promise of an easier design option being posted tomorrow? Talk about ready-made inspiration!

Stay tuned to see how this quilt gets quilted (happily it's fairly small--about 48" wide), as well as how all my other wanderings/wonderings turn out over the next 6 weeks!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Easy Flag T-shirts

Last year I shared this tutorial for making easy flag t-shirts for the 4th of July.

With July 4th just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to re-post this tutorial, along with an updated photo--here are my boys in their shirts (a year older!) plus their cousin, wearing one that I made for him last week when he was visiting.

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, June 30, 2014

June ALYOF goal: the quilt back!

Those 30-day months are tricky! But just under the wire for my June A Lovely Year of Finishes goal (and right before a big thunderstorm rolled in), I finished piecing the back of my new bed quilt. You can see the front and the fabrics I used here.

Hooray for A Lovely Year of Finishes...this is one of those projects that could have lingered forever because it was for me and didn't have a concrete due date!

Now to call the machine quilter and get this puppy (front and back) handed off!