Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Bee Blessed - May 2016

Hello Folks!

Long time no chat.  It's all go here, but just not of the stitchy kind.  Mind you, those Bees over at Bee Blessed never stop, so they need some more blocks from you lovelies to keep them hard at it.  This month they're calling for some scrappy Frame Box blocks using my easy, peasy tutorial.

They are hoping to grow something along these lines to make into fabulous quilty hugs for folks who need them.  Hop on over to the Bee Blessed blog for all the details (and here for a wee peek at the faces at the helm).  Deadline for receipt of blocks in 18th June, so get going!  I'm a little late sharing this month, but seriously these blocks are very quick, so spare an hour and make a few for Bee Blessed, and if you get addicted to making them, don't blame me!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Blocks for Siblings Together

You might have seen that the one woman quilt making wonder, Nicky, over at Mrs Sew and Sow, is having a block drive for Siblings Together.

I grabbed some squares from my 4.5" pre-cut scraps and got to work late one night. They are nice simple blocks and took very little time to come together. Nicky has requested pre-quilted blocks so that she can join the quilts in a QAYG method, so a wee bit of echo quilting and ta da they were done.

The blocks are now on their way to Nicky who will likely have them incorporated in a quilt by the middle of next week, maybe even before! Nicky truly is amazing. If you haven't been following her blog or her IG account I highly recommend that you do. I love how she can take a block and turn it into an amazing scrappy wonder or use a collection of blocks in a way I had never imagined. I love being surprised by the paths she takes. Check out this fluttery butterfly medallion she made recently. She's truly a wonder, I tell ya!

Anyhow, please consider joining Nicky's efforts by sending her a block or two for her quilt drive. She has a really big heart for the Siblings Together charity and is pressing on to achieve the 100 quilts total for this year's summer camps. All the details of the block drive are here. Go on, you know you want to!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Moda Modern Building Blocks - Blocks 31, 32, 33 and 34

VERY slowly I am working my way through those remaining 6.5" blocks of the Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt.  They are all pre-cut which is handy and probably a good job or I'd never get around to them!

Block 31 - I'm very happy with my colour choices for this block.  Another one designed around the economy square centre.

Block 32 - I think this is my favourite of this little group of four that I'm showing you today.  I love it, possibly because it's red and white.  However, it is a bit of an oopsie because only after I had it all stitched and neatly pressed did I spot that those flying geese are flying the wrong way!!  I thought about switching them back to how they should be, but actually I like this accidental block so much that I've just decided to leave it.  It can be the quirk in my quilt!

Block 33 - More flying geese for this block.  After my faux pas with Block 32 I paid close attention to placement of these ones, especially because my brain really wanted to position them differently than they are.

Block 34 - I really like this little block.  Maybe I was enjoying the squares and rectangles again after all those geese, though I think maybe I was enjoying the pretty cream paisley fabric (from Scrumptious, I think).

So, 34 stitched and only 14 still in little pre-cut packs.  That has got to be an end to all this piecing in sight, yes?

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Happy Days BOM - April Progress

Check out these pretty block designs that Sarah Fielke has set for April's Happy Days BOM.  Aren't they pretty?  Mine are only prepped at this stage (i.e. fabric glued in place) but I've got some long car journeys shortly and, as I'm not the driver, maybe I can work on them en route.

I have been enjoying the needleturn appliqué on this BOM so far.  Even a few blocks in I can see a bit of improvement in my turning and I'm getting slightly smoother curves as I go, too.  Still plenty of room for improvement of course, but so far so good.

I decided to gather all the blocks I've made so far and was a bit surprised to see just how much there is already.  Three and a half of the eight and a half wreath blocks are stitched, 17 of 24 sawtooth stars are completed and I'm up to date with the two pieced blocks.  I really like these fabrics on the low volume backgrounds though I don't think this photo does them justice (perhaps a little over-exposed as they are right beside the window here).

Sometimes it's good to take stock and see just how far you've come!  Right, I'm off to stick those two blocks in a wee pack with my needle, thread and scissors all ready for my travel.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Bee Blessed Bento Box Blocks

Bee Blessed have requested Modified Bento Box blocks for April.  If you have a spare half hour, why not try to stitch up a block or even two for them.  All the details can be found on their blog page here.
They don't even need you to quarter and restitch the block this month, so go on give them a hand! You have until Fri 13 May.

If you'd like to see how all your churn dash block donations from a couple of months back worked out, there's a lovely post here. Pop over and have a read.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Dear Jane: F-7

Well, there I was in January rashly declaring the beginning of my Dear Jane quilt and here I am in April showing you only my fourth block.  Even knowing how crazy things are here, I thought I'd maybe have managed more than 4 4.5" blocks by now - oops!  Anyway, here we are with F-7:

It's a wee bordered sawtooth star and didn't take too long to stitch once I was ready to go.  Might look a little odd above as I've already added its sashing and cornerstones but it only needs them on three sides.

And here it is with its three buddies.  It was only after I'd loaded the pics into this post that I realised they are upside down.  I think I walked around the table to get better light and took the pic without switching the blocks - doh!  Next time I'll try to take the pics right way up!!

In the meantime, I found a perfect slogan for my Dear Jane project on Pinterest -

Source: Pinterest


Friday, 1 April 2016

Frame Box Blocks with scraps

It's a bit quiet on the sewing front here at the mo, but I thought I'd take a wee minute to show you the result of my scrappy antics last month.  Remember the scrap block tutorials I did in February?  Well, this is how my Scrappy Frame Box Blocks are shaping up.

There are still quite a few to go of course, but I thought maybe you'd see from my picture that it's not about the individual blocks.  Rather, it's about the bigger picture.  Honestly, some of those individual blocks are not what you'd ever put together, but remember this is about SCRAPPY and scrappy doesn't have to be all matchy matchy and perfectly co-ordinated to work. So, go on, don't be afraid that you cannot do this kind of quilt because your fabric scraps are too disparate or random.  Just get stuck in and have a go!  Let's face it if you really, REALLY hate a couple of the blocks in the final layout, you can always just ditch them - it's only scraps.

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