Don’t you just love picking out fabrics for quilt blocks? Once I’ve got that first print, that is.
I just got my hands on this yummy orange colored apple print. The blue jumped right in, and then the yellow.
I wanted black in my Caroline block. The red and green allowed for great contrast, which makes the pinwheels pop!
I am paper piecing my blocks, and have discovered a wonderful hint for the blocks like Caroline that have lots of pieces in lots of colors. Before I start stitching, I write the colors that I am using in the appropriate sections of the foundation papers. This has saved me a lot of grief in the piecing process!
Too lazy to wander out into the blazing sunshine, I decided to photograph the blocks on my new couch. The couch is orange, but seems to show up as a different color in each picture!
I got a birth announcement this week. I love it, because it gives me a good excuse to hit up my sewing room and come up with something new and different. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve embroidered…
These adorable trucks are in a set by Anita Goodesign, Baby Construction. Along with cute applique designs, they have these made-in-the-hoop softies. Ooohhh, I can give the baby his first trucks!
I took some photos in my sewing room. Not good enough. I knew they needed to be photographed at a work site. Now that’s more like it.
The new little tot has two older brothers, so I put his name on his toys. These were fun to make and turned out so cute. Anita Goodesign does a great job on these in-the-hoop projects.
Big brothers like to get gifts, too. I decided to stick with the construction theme and make pillow cases for the two older boys. I was at my local shop on Friday woking on the Million Pillowcase Challenge, so pillow cases were on my mind. And I figured that everybody like to have their name on things. Especially with a house full of brothers.
If you are hearing a grinding noise now, not to worry. It’s just the sound of me switching gears.
I have finished my Downton Abbey Christmas quilt top! It looks very elegant, if I do say so myself. I’ll figure out the backing, then off to the quilter. And anytime I mention Downton Abbey, I have to include a picture of me at Downton.
More grinding of gears here.
The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt sew-along has begun! We got a preview of the first block, and here’s mine.
Loving the brights. Mine will have quite the variety of colors. Is anyone else riding along for this adventure?
This month’s bundle of Liberty is heavy on the pinks. So three of the new Union Jacks are pink and pretty, just like Barbie!
So many of the Liberty prints have little animals in them. I love the little peacocks in the strips. They remind me of the trace-your-hand turkeys we made in elementary school.
Little love birds. Or pigeons. Or turtle doves? Anyhoo, at least I got them all right side up!
The stripes in this block have little folk art people in them. And now I see a rabbit. I don’t think any of the little folk are standing on their heads.
As you know, I am paper piecing the blocks. The centers of the blocks look lumpy in the pictures because the papers are still in the outer quadrants. Fear not, the blocks all lay flat when the papers are removed.
Fifteen Union Jacks to date, and what an assorted lot they are! And now for something completely different…
The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along is only one week away! I have convinced a friend to join me in this journey. I plan to paper piece my quilt, and my friend has never tried it. This week we are having a little sewing session so she can get familiar with that process. I’ll be curious to see if she chooses to use that method for her quilt.
Here are my fabrics for the sew-along. Bright and cheerful, just like me. And if you have a problem with that, let’s step outside.
How much do I love all things English? Other than mushy peas, I’m in pretty deep. I love the humor, the TV shows, chips, crisps, you name it. And it is well documented that I LOVE Liberty fabrics.
I even joined a club. Westwood Acres (http://www.westwoodacresfabric.com) has a Liberty of London Tana Lawn club! Each month they send a bundle of 10 beautiful pieces in fat quarters, eighths or sixteenths. So I thought and I thought until my thinker was sore.
I remembered an online magazine I bought a while back, issue #10 of Fat Quarterly magazine (http://www.fatquarterly.com) There it was, the perfect quilt for small cuts of fabric, appropriately named Jumping Jacks. I can’t think of a more perfect match!
I decided I would pair up each month’s fabrics, choosing one for the triangle “background” and one for the wide stripes. I chose a solid Kona white for the narrow stripes. Even the prints that I don’t instantly love are turning out beautifully in these blocks!
There are brights and lights, mostly traditional with some flair thrown in. I am so excited to use all the diverse prints to make a quilt that can only be one-of-a-kind! I have not yet decided what I will do for the sashing on this quilt. I am sure some inspiration will come along as the months progress.
The blocks are foundation paper pieced. It is such a great way to make perfect blocks every time. When I post the next set of blocks, I will flip some over so you can get a good view of the paper piecing. With only five blocks to make each month, I should be able to keep up with this project while still working on everything else that tickles my fancy!