Posts Tagged ‘quilting’

I haven’t run for days…lazy.  So I might be adding some fluff to my middle section, especially with all this beer I love.

But I am productive.  Three Quilting Bee Blocks and two pillows in two days.  That’s my marathon.


I funked up Rachel’s String Block for the Cottage Quilting Bee.  Sorry about that Rachel, the white is off, but I’m a newbie and fully hooked on this!  Check out her tutorial.  I think this will be my block for my Ten Make Two Month.  Sorry in advance to those of you having to make two.  You all can damn me now.


I decided instead of blending my little corner studio in the living room or the livudio as we call it, that I would make it stand out.  I already had the red metal drawers and made myself a pillow for my booty and painted my chair black.  I’m lovin’ all the red and purple popping up all over the place.

Purple center side:


Red center side:


I believe I’ll go check out the swivel chairs at IKEA this week, maybe it can add some more fluff.

My Ten Makes Two Blocks for By Needle and Thread just pressed!

They look awesome in person.



Oh, but wait!  I finished this for my friend’s birthday.  She has the most awesome hand painted pillow with a Virgin of Guadalupe on it.  I thought this would pair up well.




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My brain is always onto the next project.  I can’t help it and am sure it’s in my genes…my Mom was the same.  I can see from the response to the Quilt Along that many of you also have this going on.


I think even if you can make a start, you will be able to pick it up to work on here and there.  I somehow managed to plan this Quilt Along during the time that I now have a Kindergartener and am going back to work, so bare with me.


My example of fingers in too many places, but for good reason is the One A Day Quilt Along for a Nine-Patch. I can’t even find Amanda Jean’s original post.  I can officially say I am probably over a 100 days behind on the quilt, but pleased as punch when I have a moment to work on it.  This fabric was waiting for a project like this.

I’m glad I made a start, and I hope you’ll feel the same.


BTW, does anyone have any Amy Butler Charm Tulip Flower with the white background.  I just need a bit and have some of the other Tulip Flower to trade, looks like this below:


I hope your square cutting is almost complete.  We’ll start on the 1st…and I’m already thinking about this quilt with flannel and little boy fabrics for Roan.

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I’ve been busy cutting squares for my Value Quilt Along.  It’s amazing, I REALLY don’t need to buy any more fabric, but how I love looking at it all!  Just LOOK at that stack!  It makes me so happy.

Here’s some cut squares.  I went a little crazy.


I’ve been a bit obsessed with Alexander Henry’s fabrics of late.


Love this orange Amy Butler with the turquoise.


Old Amy Butler’s are the best in my opinion.


The colors are so vibrant in Kaffe’s fabrics and I love Good Folks.


I’m sure not one of you saw something you needed to add to your stash.

One thing I love about cutting for this quilt is it gives me new inspiration for new fabric combos.  I wish it would curb my enthusiasm for purchasing.  You’d think I would just say, “enough is enough!”

Some new combos:

A pillowcase for me, because Heather Ross fabric is sooo soft and I can hide it behind the mountain of other pillows so I don’t have to worry about it not matching my bed stuff:


Some random combining.  Quilts or some sort of patchwork for sure.





Hope your cutting is inspiring too!

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I’ve been brewing a while on an idea of a quilt along for my Value Quilt Tutorial.  I think the time has come.

And because even the longest journey begins with a single step (or steps in this quilt), I thought I’d give you all a heads-up and some planning time before we all jump in.

What you’ll need:

* Quilting Wall: You will need to see your work from a distance on this one.  Value is best determined from a distance.  Vertically seeing your work will help a lot.  Buy one or craft yourself one.  Blair of Wisecraft does it well here.  I suppose you could make do without, but try for one.  It will be indispensable to you once you’ve used it.  Even a flannel sheet will work.  I just tack mine to the wall.

*Mass array of fabrics: Lights, medium and dark in value.  Cut into squares (I’m doing 6-inch).  Take a good look at your stash.  You most likely have a lot that are medium in value. This is the time to hit the fabric swap groups, or buy those FQs you’ve always wanted!  Try to fill in the gaps by buying the values you don’t have much of.  Start cutting!

*Amount of fabrics: I will be doing 12 rows up and 12 across for a family sized quilt.  Two squares will make two identical squares.  For less of a commitment try a baby quilt.

*Square template (6-inch or smaller).

*The rest is the usual quilting stuff.


There are some examples on the  Values Quilt Flickr Group.  Some are less “distracting” in their use of print and use a solid as the light.  For those of you with less stash this might be a good start.

You are also not stuck to the diamond shape of my example.  By switching the squares around you could easily create a different look.  Maybe light and dark lines?  I was thinking of perhaps making a bunch of squares and then sashing them.  Similar to these I made for the Ten Make Two Bee:





Let me know if you want to jump in with me!  Join here.

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It’s finished.   I was never able to see the finished product, as it was mailed straight from my quilter Lori (steinquilts@yahoo.com) to my dear friend Kara for her wedding.  There’s no way I would have quilted this in time and in this manner by myself.


Kara moved into my old house when she was three, our family built a house next door.  Many days of our youth were spent in the yards and woods together.  Sadly we can’t make it to her wedding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


So here’s the line up for each rectangle:  Kona solid rectangles surrounded by improv print piecing, linen, Kona again in a color followed by natural Kona.  Added one print and then linen again.  The final layer wraps them all in natural Kona.

It will lay on the bed the other direction, more hopscotch style and the binding is Cake Rock Beach dots in the green.  A little hard to see in the picture.  More photos of that and the back to come.


One more shall we?


I am so thrilled with how it turned out.

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I’m in several quilting bees, and have pressed it to the last minute on them this month.  I still have a dreaded house to do tonight.  I’m not a fan of those houses.

I loved making these and am hoping to get a Values Quilt Quilt-A-Long going by October.  The smaller blocks are so fun.  I liked the idea of making a whole quilt with a mix of blocks, each using two colors and sashed in grey or a natural.  We’ll see if it culminates.



My Sunday Stash and Sunday Swap is Robert Kaufman’s “Sugar and Spice.”  I have a FQ of each.  I would love the more purple blue colorway of this.  Am on the hunt for Alexander Henry’s and Kaffe Fassett’s lately, but I am open.


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I joined another quilting bee named Ten Make Two.  The Bee is hosted by I’m a Ginger Monkey (Katy). I think this bee is rather genious.  You use your own fabric rather than mailing back and forth.  Often,  I get an idea in my head for the block I want and I can’t make it because I lack the lengths, widths, or values I need.  Having my own fabric to choose from cuts back on this frustration.

I love Lululollylegs block.  She picked the Bento Box Quilt.  She, as I, was inspired by Pink Chalk’s Bento Quilt.  I’ve had the pattern for ages and had been collecting pink and orange fabric to produce a similar quilt.  Easy enough to whip up some requested orange and pink blocks!

The first I used some fuscia too:


The values contrasted nicely in this block.  The next I went a bit lighter in value.  My top left didn’t quite have the contrast that I needed to make the square shine.  I could have used a bit darker value, but it’s still lovely and just needs to be placed next to something solid, or way lighter or darker in value to make it pop.  I was able to use it as an example of contrast (value) in my class last night.


Regardless, the blocks were super easy.  I’m a bit addicted to this pattern I think.

For you fabricheads out there, I bought some out of print Cake, Rock, Beach waves and dots on clearance here.  Five dollars a yard!

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