Saturday, March 31, 2012

Quilting Bee: March

Ashley sent us beautiful Joel Dewberry fabric from his aviary and Heirloom collections asking us to make a square in a square block. After we worked out some confusion as to where the gray was supposed to go, I ended up making the flowing two blocks. I love how they turned out!

This is how the block was actually supposed to look like

This was the other one I wade, that was made incorrectly.

I love these blocks! So simple and easy to put together quickly!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Little Apples - Basted!

A Couple of days ago, with my husbands help I basted the Little Apples Quilt. Then I realized I never took a picture of a completed top...

I ended up altering the original pattern, by not attaching the outer border, because I realized that if I did, I would not have enough backing material. I think it looks good without the outer border. I am glad I picked red for sashing, because it is definitely contributing to the overall feel of the quilt. Now I kind of wish that I put a thin red border on the inner squares inside the blocks/ That would have been a lot of work though, and I am quite happy how quickly this quilt came together!

I also very much enjoyed working with Aneela Hoey's fabrics. I have A Walk in the Woods line sitting there, waiting for me to get to it, and I must say, I am very much looking forward to it!

I am quilting this in gray, so I hope that works well. I am quite excited to finish this quilt up and send it on its way to its recipient!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Summer Sampler: Blocks 4 & 5

Block 4: Minessota
This one took a super long time to make. The diamond units are paper-pieced, and the hour glass units consist of quarter-square triangles. This was my first experience with quarter square triangles, but I must say, I love this little unit, and will probably make more of them. I made this block with incorrectly printed templates, so I ended up having to trim the hourglass units down.

Block 5: Six-Pointed Star
I liked making this block. I think the tutorial was wrong though. The triangles have to be cut to at least 4" height (not 3.5"). I need to try making it with that bigger size to see what happens. The height of the block ended up being 11.5" (and 12.5" wide), so I am going to have to add strips to top and bottom.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Little Apples Quilt - In progress

I am pretty excited for this quilt. It is featuring Aneela Hoey's Little Apples collection. I am making this pattern. I did increase the size of individual blocks. I ended up cutting the strips to be 3", 5", and 1.5". At this point I have all the blocks made. Here is a sneak peek:

These are the fabrics for border, sashing, backing, and binding.

I just love those prints!

I tried to fussy cut the prints to showcase them better.

I really do think that this pattern was a perfect choice for this line. I am able to showcase the prints really well! I am excited for the final product!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Summer Sampler: Blocks 2 & 3

Block 2: Star of Virginia
I made the star using geese units, using a single unit for white as opposed to HSTs. It did turn out quite well, even though there was some waste.

Block 3: Star
This was a paper pieced block. It took me a while to get this correctly, but I am quite happy with how it turned out.

The only problem is the scaling was messed up when I was printing the templates, so this block ended up being 11.75" x 11.75" instead of 12.5" x 12.5". I guess I will need to add a small border onto it, because my other 2 blocks are the correct size.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Summer Sampler: Block 1

I am taking another quilting class at my local quilting store, and I decided to use this Summer Sampler as my class project. We are free to pick whatever pattern we want, I picked that one because it involves paper piecing, which I am not really familiar with. I started making a paper-pieced block in class last week, but in the mean-time I put together this greek square block:

The line I am using is: Summer House by Lily Ashbury

Sophie Lemonade Lollipop

All my blocks are made! I think they turned out quite well!

And here is a closeup of one of the blocks:

The more I worked with it, the more I liked the Sophie line by Chez Moi for Moda. The vibrancy of color in the red fabric in the pinwheel middle of the block above is awesome. The blue pink red combo was also very pretty. Now on to piecing the top!