Sunday, June 13, 2010

This is why I'm such good friends with my seam ripper...

"Yay, got all the 4x4 blocks finished... now to arrange them all"
"Perhaps I should go double check on the computer to make sure this is correct.  Meh, it's all the way across the room and I'm sure this is right."
*sew, iron, sew, iron*
"Hm... "
*goes to check the computer*

A bunch of seam ripping and resewing later, and we have this beauty all finished:  (Although the other way was kind of cool too.)

Beautiful block, Leanne!  I'll put it in the mail as soon as I figure out how much the postage needs to be.  :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Giveaway to CSN Stores

Hi Lovely Ladies,

I've just posted a $50 giveaway to CSN stores over at my blog.

These guys sell practically EVERYTHING!! From headboards and shoes to cookware and baby toys…you can find almost anything you could possibly need or want at one of their online stores!

I'm also going to do a review on my blog in the upcoming months, so check it out!!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Blocks

Well, here is our June block.  I know that this block has been kicking around the Bees for a little bit and I hope you haven't all made one already.  I fell in love with this block way back in September when I saw it on Red Pepper Quilts.  I am not sure there is anything on that blog that I don't like, to be honest.

This block ends up being about 16.5" so it is a big one.  Because of the size, you only have to make one.  I have sent out white background fabric and at least 50 different  coloured fabrics, giving you a little bit of choice in making the block.

The instructions for the block are relatively simple. 

The block itself is made up of 2 smaller blocks

[image from Red Pepper Quilts]

The smaller blocks are made up of 3" blocks used to make 2.5" half square triangles that land up being 2" finished sqaures.  They are then sewn together with either a white 2.5" block or a patterned 2.5" block, as you can see above.

In the end, these 4 patch blocks land up measuring 4.5" all together and they are arrange 4 across and 4 down just like the picture.  It takes 8 of each of the 2 smaller blocks to make up the big 16.5" block.

I have provided enough fabric so that you do not repeat the fabric in the big block (I think).  In other words, only use a fabric once.  If you could send back the teeny tiny other hst to me, that would be great - I'll use them on the back.

Thanks so much for making the blocks - I hope you like them.


PS - there are a ton of hst tutorials out there but if you can't find any, let me know and I'll post some links.


Friday, April 16, 2010

blocks for Sarah.

Lovely fabric Sarah!
But...I'm so disappointed.
I could not get rid of that little empty triangle in the corner.
I tried FOUR times to get my seams small enough...
Just couldn't do it.
Can you work some magic on these blocks??
I know you said that little space would be there...
but it just doesn't feel good to send them back this way.
I'm curious to know how the rest of you are doing??
I think I'm 3/16" challenged!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Little Late

I am a little late with these. The 1st one is the requested 12.5" and the 2nd, a bit smaller. I ran out of fabric rather quickly so used some AMH for the 2nd. I think it goes well and hope that you do too!

Thanks so much for letting me make these blocks - they were lovely to do.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March block

....the sky is the limit......according to Ruth
This is one of two 12.5" blocks I made today. Lovely hand to the fabric Ruth provided......I added the Michael Miller Flora and Fauna (honeycomb and bee). Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thanks Leanne

Leanne mistakenly forgot to post a picture of these great cropped blocks! They've been added to the collection and are looking forward to being incorporated into the Modern Cropped Nine-Patch.


I made a block!
AND, I may make another!
I'm wondering how waves will work around
a four patch.....?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cropped Nine Patch Blocks

These were super fun to make, Shelly! The tutorial you posted on your blog was perfect, and I'm really into how precise paper-pieced blocks turn out! The newspaper ripped off perfectly (another thing I was worried about), and really no complaints here! These will be fun in a quilt, I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

Friday, February 5, 2010 Giveaway!

As mod quilters, I figured you might find this of interest! I've got a giveaway going on at my blog, check it out!

Here are the details:

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Shelly's triangles

I was scared at first, but girl, this was fun. Thanks for the experience.

blocks for Shelly

Here they are Shelly.
Now to get them to the post office!
Thanks for the fun project!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Melissa's Blocks

Here are my January blocks for Melissa (please ignore threads on picture - I was in a rushrushrush). I had a great time putting these together. It was my first attempt at wonky blocks (hope they aren't too wonky, Melissa) and they were harder than I thought. Not in the sewing sense but in the "what will match and how wonky should this be sense" (does that even make sense?). I loved every minute of it.

In the end, a great time was had by all (well, by me, because 3 boys in the house = no interest whatsoever in my new hobby) and as soon as I finish Melissa's other block for a different Bee we are in, the blocks will be in the post.

I will be sending some of the fabric I included from my stash along so that Melissa can add it (or not) to the back.

Thanks so much, Melissa. This was good fun.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

February Fabric and Tute

This is my focus fabric for February and the Modern Cropped Nine-Patch is meadowsweet by Sandra Henderson for Micheal Miller.

Add to that a little Iota, a little Kona a little Aquarius and a touch of Karen Neuberger....hope you like.

Inspired by Katharine Guerrier, I have chosen the Modern Cropped Nine-Patch block.......the tutorial can be seen on the sidebar of my blog. Fabric going in the post tomorrow (Thursday 1/21).


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blocks for Melissa

I finished up some blocks for Melissa - and eek!  I just saw on flickr that she meant 12" finished, so 12.5" blocks, but I cut mine to 12".  I have some extra fabric, though... Melissa, would you like me to use that to add some to the blocks to make them 12.5", send the extra fabric back, or make an extra block? (I think there is enough for a whole 'nother block, and I didn't get to use my the shoe fabric yet.) 

Monday, January 4, 2010

for Melissa

Here you go Melissa!
Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

beetle juice quilt

These were alot of fun. I got a little carried away with adding my own fabrics and adding maybe a little too many pieces. Oh, well!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

For Melissa

Get ready for a belly laugh......I was very intrigued by the repurposed fabric Melissa provided. On further investigation I came to realize that it was the coveted Munki fabric from Heather Ross.
I must be living under a rock because I was shocked to find out that women all over the world were cutting up their $94 pajamas and swapping with it.......say it isn't so? Come to find out, they were buying these PJ's at TJMaxx and Marshall's for one quarter of the price........did anybody read "Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell.......this is exactly what he was talking about......the creation of a phenom. You can bet I headed to the Maxx (I know a day late and a dollar short).....I didn't find any Munki but you'll have to visit my blog to see what I did find.
Looking forward to the next adventure.

Blocks for Melissa

Here are my blocks for Melissa. Look at how cute those fabrics she sent are! I can't get over the lipstick and high heel shoes! And I had to add a donut and sugar packets! Oh, Heather we love you!

I added a couple of my own fabrics to the blocks. For the block on the left I added the orange Fleur De Lis pattern (Heather Bailey, I think). I also added the small pink polka dot in the center. For the block on the right I added the thin pink striped fabric.

Loved making these, Melissa!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hey, I keep comming to our blog here and I don't find any chit chat going on here! What's the story, we don't have any thing to say? Well, I finished my wonky log cabins and showed them to my husband. He said they reminded him of the movie Beetle Juice! What ever! Anyhow it took my right brain and enveloped me in a few hours in the ZONE. My husband came in and asked me a left brain question and sent me into a canatonic state of confusion. I told him I'm in a creative mode and can't answer that stupid question! It really wasn't a stupid question, just not a right brain one. Anyhow, I have now started this blog, speak up!