Hi my quilt finished and hanging in a Quilt Exhibition in Armidale NSW Australia last weekend. The quilt was quilted by Sue Burnett a longarm quilter in Wellington NZ. The quilt looked fabulous thanks everyone.
A new quilt and a new little boy to end a wonderful 2010.
I had finished this quilt just two days before Oliver decided to make his entrance into the world. I quilted it using randomly spaced straight lines.
I did not end up using all the blocks because it was just getting to be too big to call a baby quilt, but don't worry, all the blocks will be put to good use (a.k.a. burp rags, maybe a pillow, other cute baby things, etc.)
Thank you to everyone for your wonderful work, it made putting this quilt together very easy. I hope everyone has a joyful 2011 and we get to see more quilts here soon. Happy sewing!
We are almost there... both with the quilt blocks and with the upcoming due date. I'm going to start to put something together this weekend. This is going to be a wonderful quilt, thanks for all your help! Here is the wonderful work of Jenny, Beth, Rebecca, and Nicole...
Seriously, How could it possibly be a year that has gone by? I have been in two block parties this past year, as has my daughter and my daughter in law. I sorta forced them both. However, I am sure they both have enjoyed it almost more than life itself. This month is my daughters month. She hasn't mailed her fabric yet, though she knows what she wants and loves the fabric she has chosen. After a year with all of you I know that she will get back some wonderful squares.
I was August and I haven't received all my squares yet. But before you start feeling guilty if you haven't sent them yet, it's just OK. I don't have time to put it together right now anyway. But If you forget entirely I just may hunt you down. As I said I was in two block parties this past year. So what I decided to do was the same thing for both. I will end with 48 squares to put together. The squares have been so interesting and wonderful. I can't wait to compete it. But it's going to wait for a bit, I have a "Birth quilt" to complete for my grandson, who will be a year in November. I have 10 Dear Jane squares to complete by October 30th. All by hand, no machine for this one. Wouldn't you know it, I was driving down the freeway today after buying 8 fruit trees for my new yard and inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks. I see it in my head, a quilt that I have to make for someone I love. That means another trip the quilt shop, more fabric and on it goes. I have a craft fair to get ready for and Christmas just after that. I wonder which of us will actually put our squares together first? I wonder who will post their photo of a completed quilt. We all have to do that you know. We can't possibly just end our 12 months together and never see the end product. We have all been so connected and grown so close over the year how can we just say good bye? I think we should change the name of this block party though. Maybe, "To busy block party" or maybe, "It's all I can do the make the block, much less blog about it block party". Anyway I love all my squares and I will promise to post it's completion.
Hey, anyone want to go another 12 months? I"m pretty sure Beth wants to. Beth you could get 24 more amazing blocks for your quilt. 24 squares. I'm just saying think about it.
Now that August is nearly over, I guess it's time to show the blocks I made for my Tethered Threads block party for July! These are for Beth, who had requested blocks in the style of Denyse Schmidt's Drunk Love in a Log Cabin quilt. This is a really popular block party request, it seems, but I'd never actually made blocks in this style before. Hope I did it right!
This is a much-delayed post, but the blocks above were not late! These were made in June for Megan in the Tethered Threads block party. The prints are all from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line, and Megan chose them because they reminded her of starfish in tide pools. Lovely, no?
Megan asked for blocks using the fabrics she sent and nothing more. She wasn't very specific in her desires, but did say she likes blocks with lots of pieces and with triangles. For the first block, I decided to continue in the disappearing nine-patch vein I've been in lately, but use the solid for the centers. I really like how this turned out. I typically don't use so many pieces in one block (this one finishes at 12.5") but I do like this effect.
Once Megan mentioned starfish, I couldn't get it out of my head to make some stars, too. I wanted to design something a little different, so I came up with this block, which is just half-square triangles and straight squares. Nothing tricky to piece.
I really liked making these blocks for Megan. I think the color scheme is gorgeous, and I also really like that Megan is going to turn the blocks into a quilt for the bed she shares with her new husband (and probably that adorable new kitten! squee!). I thought about that the whole time I was piecing those blocks, so I hope some of my congratulations and good wishes carry through!
Starfish! These squares were fun to make. Meagan asked for orange and pink starfish set agains the gray/blue. I think it makes for a really pretty contrast. I ran out of the gray fabric so on the second square I set a gray star within the larger colored star. I like them. I hope you do too Meagan.
Hello ladies! I sent all the fabric today, so Rebecca, you might get it by Christmas! (Not really, I hope!) I wish I was more on top of it, but honestly, June 30th is pretty darn good for me :) I have been busy completely something that I really wanted to get done this year...a quilt for my 5 year old son. I gave it to him on his birthday, last Sunday...
He really seemed to like it. I loved making it.
Okay, so my squares....I put some info into the note I enclosed, but I wanted to put links here to pictures....
Just for some inspiration! I love Film in the Fridge and how she puts together so many of her quilts. I may have sent you five times what you need in terms of fabric, but I don't want you to run out. Also, I would love to have your scraps back so I can put together the remaining eight that I think I will do.
The block on the left is an Ohio Star, and on the right is a Mini Bow Tie block. I love how the blocks Karissa chose really showcase the prints of the Nicey Jane. These blocks are gorgeous!
Next, are the blocks from Beth: I don't have block names for these because... she made them up! Isn't that cool? I really like the sawtooth star variation, and I keep thinking in my head what neat setting arrangements you could do with a bunch of the blocks on the right. I may have to try that one of these days!
I am having such a great time seeing what everyone has made and envisioning how all these blocks will go together. I am itching to assemble my quilt top!
I have been such a bad blogger. May was my month for Tethered Threads, and I haven't posted anything. To be honest, I've received most of my blocks, but most are still in envelopes on my desk waiting to be opened and squealed over. For some reason, I didn't want to open them if I couldn't blog about them right away. Now that things have settled down, I'll be able to post a few at a time. So, without further excuse-making:
The fabrics I selected were from the Nicey Jane collection by Heather Bailey. I requested that people make blocks inspired by Modify Tradition, my latest obsession. The first two blocks that I received were from Marty:
Both of these blocks are from the Dear Jane book, and I love the way she used multiple prints in each, making them very modern. The block on the left is number H-1, Peek-a-boo, and the block on the right is number L-2, Stephanie's Snowflake. Don't you just love how they came out?
The next blocks I got were from Megan, who somehow managed to get her blocks made and mailed right before her wedding (check out her blog, her wedding dress is gorgeous and she made it herself):
The block on the left is a Quatrefoil, and the one on the right is an Antique Tile (one of my very favorite blocks). These are super-cute and I can't wait to start assembling my quilt top!