Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FWSQ for December

OK ladies - It's time for our December blocks already! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Hopefully you found time to sew during the holiday weekend.

For some, our December class will be this Friday night. For others, you've got another week until class on Saturday, Dec. 11. Our block theme for December is the hourglass! 

No matter which date you come, the block we will be making IN class is called Jackknife, which is block No. 53. Please bring the fabric you will need to complete this block in your fabric line. In Miniatures, I colored this with the brown fabric with little white specs and a tan fabric that has what I refer to as deer tracks. You should be able to click on the image to get more detail.

In Arnold's Attic, the block features a light leaf background and brown leaf and berries fabric.

You may notice the two blocks are different by switching up the color positions. The Arnold's block has a dark center while the Miniatures block has the background fabric as the center. You can do this block either way.

Please be sure to bring your machine and all the tools you need. We will be cutting strips of fabric the width of our fat quarters and squaring up pieces to 2 1/2". 

See you soon! Please e-mail me or post a comment if you have any comments or questions! Let's see who can guess what the theme of our January blocks will be. One guess per student. The winner(s) will receive a fat quarter from my stash at the next class. Please post your comment here!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt layout images

Attention FSWQ class members - Here are images of the quilt colored with Miniatures and Arnold's Attic fabric lines. I'll make some copies and bring to our next session in December. You're welcome to copy this image over and print it out for yourself though.

FWSQ in Miniatures.
FWSQ in Arnold's Attic.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Harley Quilt No. 2

I finished the second Harley quilt just in time to deliver them both on Saturday. I am so glad I was able to make these quilts for the woman who contacted me. They were made with her late husband's shirts. It was a lot of work, but her reaction on Saturday was priceless. I know these quilts will be something she and her children will cherish. I'm glad I was able to do this for her.

Harley Quilt No. 2, quilted, bound and delivered!

Prairie Womens Sewing Circle, Project 1

I completed my first Prairie Women's Sewing Circle mini quilt on Sunday. Our next class session is on Tuesday, so that means I have had one month to work on this project. But, my t-shirt quilt projects got in the way of my own quilting projects, so I wasn't able to start on it as soon as I would have liked. I delivered my two quilt projects on Saturday, so Sunday was my day to sew for myself! Our task was to create this quilt using just two colors. After much deliberation I chose these two cream and purple fabrics.  This class focuses on making due with similar fabrics....so I had to add some star points that were close to the star fabric.  I really enjoyed this project from the piecing to the quilting and binding. I used a mini flying geese ruler to make the geese. I think the quilt is about 12 by 19 or so.

You can see my 'make due' points good in this picture, but they are not extremely obvious.      

FWSQ blocks for November

Our Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt saga continued this November and our block theme was half-square triangles. Each block contained at least four half-square triangles. We made the Night & Day block in class by paper piecing. If you plan on finishing the Night & Day block your own, be sure to square up your blocks to 3 1/2" after you sew two of the paper pieced units together. Also, don't forget to change the seam on four of the pieces before you sew them together so you can lock the seams. If you don't get the block done on your own we can finish in the next session.

Next month's topic - quarter-square triangles!  We'll be working on several blocks that feature quarter-square triangles or hour glass units. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Harley Quilt

Here's a look at one of two Harley quilts I am making for a family for Christmas. The t-shirts were just awesome. The second quilt is almost identical in style...20 Harley and Sturgis shirts..orange and black sashing and cornerstones...expect I didn't do the border in orange and black...just black. I ran out of orange fabric and it was something I found on sale at a far away quilt shop.! I'm pretty sure I bought all they had.

I hope these quilts make their new owners very happy this Christmas with memories of their dad. I'll be delivering the quilts Saturday and then they'll be gifts for a brother and sister from their mother.