This one has orange shot cotton along with some more Lizzy House fabric. Love these. They look paper pieced, but they're much easier than paper piecing. Improvish. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Next up will be Andrea. See you in January!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
So today I went to Bernina and worked on these fun improvish Christmas trees for Jaime. She gave us the green & I used some of my Lizzy House fabric along with some shot cotton (next photo).
A little advice: For the tinsel, 1 inch strips were a good size. Anything much bigger seems too big. Also, when you start chopping to put the tinsel in, just do one string of tinsel at a time. Otherwise, you'll have a hard time figuring out how to put it back together. Jaime says we can leave these untrimmed. Mine wasn't quite 12 inches, but she said it was no big deal.
I love these so much. I decided to make myself a quilt of these, too. Will be a project I can do with my scraps. I can't wait to get started.
Thanks for the fun blocks, Jaime!
|Snowy day: Detail|
I look forward to working on Jamie's Tinsel Trees next! ....
Merry Christmas to All, and to all a good-night!
- June, 2011: Nikki ~ done
- July, 2011: Caitlin ~ done
- August, 2011: Paula ~ done
- September, 2011: Toni ~ done
- October, 2011: Steph ~ done
- November, 2011: Nancy ~ done
- December, 2011: Jaime ~ next
- January, 2012: Andrea
- February, 2012: Mary Anne
- March, 2012: Beth
- April, 2012: Denise
- May, 2012: Dora
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
To get to your dashboard, clock on the "B" button on the top right side of the screen, where it says, "Powered by B".
Questions? If so, call me.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In participating in the bee thus far, I’ve come to realize that the true opportunity in a bee lies not in the distribution of the construction effort but is instead in the distribution of the creative effort. I have an overarching inspiration and idea—winter woods and fields—and have chosen an earthy, neutral color palette to go with that idea. And yet, this quilt won’t really be mine at all; my bee-mates are going to take their packets of fabric and make blocks that I can’t predict, blocks of which I might never have conceived. The prospect of this absolutely thrills me.
“Enough with the philosophizing. What are we making?!” This month, we’re going improvisational. Before I get into the rules, though, I think it’s helpful to explain where this is all going.
For about a year now, I’ve been finding myself returning to mixed neutrals again and again in my clothing, decorating, etc. (Don't get me wrong—I love love love color—but I feel that the beauty of neutrals is often underrated.) As I agonized over what to do for my bee month, it finally occurred to me that I should try playing with neutrals, so here we are.
In addition to neutrals, I’m also a complete hooker for textures. I can’t ever get enough of texture (and the illusion of texture), and it shows in my inclusion of osnaburg, batiks, and shot cottons. There is some possibility that I may also add a bit of embroidery here and there to add some texture and surprise as well; this depends on what the blocks say (see below).
I also plan to use this as a chance to play with negative space. Once I get the blocks back, I’m going to arrange and rearrange them on a design wall until they tell me they’re right. (In my copious amounts of free time—HA! right—I also take lessons in ikebana [Japanese flower arrangement] and my sensei always teaches us to “listen to the materials so that they can tell us how they want to be arranged.” I think this is a great philosophy for quilting, too!) Right now, I’m not sure whether the whole negative space “background” will be a single shade of white or whether I will mix them (it’ll definitely be some form of white/cream). We’ll see what the blocks say.
1. Please feel free to supplement with your own solid, neutral fabrics, excluding black.
2. You may or may not choose to use all of the fabrics I've included. Don't feel compelled to use all of them! I'm including several so that you've got choices. Please return unused fabrics and scraps, though. Also, I have LOTS more of the fabrics (I bought one of the Kona fat quarter bundles in Earth, and I've got more of the batiks, shot cottons, and osnaburg, too), so if you want/need more of something, let me know, and I'll be happy to get it to you.
3. Completed blocks can be square or rectangular... it's up to you! I'm thinking that the shortest side should be at least 7", and the longest side shouldn't be larger than 12". However, if someone wanted to do something outside of this side range (e.g., a long, skinny block or something like that), then that's cool.
4. Curves are fine, but I think I'd prefer no out-and-out circles.
I'm super stoked about this, and I can't wait to see what you all design!
(And hey, I just realized... this is my very first blog post. Not just for the KC Scrappy Bee, either; I mean this is my first blog post ever. Cool!)
P.S. FWIW, I cannot get this stupid text editor to play nice and make all of the type appear in a single font. I apologize for the random changes in fonts!
So... I've created a second page within our page entitled, "Schedule". I need help filling in the blanks. Here's what I remember... Let me know where to fill in the blanks. Thanks! Hope to see you guys this week at guild!
July: Caitlin- Spider Web Blocks
August: Paula- Broken Dishes
Help me remember which people have Dec-May??? I accidentally deleted it on our new version of the blog. Oops!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I haven't stitched yet, but here's what I've got so far for Steph. Depending on how well I am able to do on the stitches tomorrow on my
Mother-in-law's pfaff & if I'm able to make it to the store to get some more heat & bond, I may make the optional block, too. We shall see.
Now I need to get very serious on finishing my habitat project.
I'm getting excited about next month's block. Nancy is using some pretty kona earth tones. Not my normal color scheme, so it will make things even more interesting for me. :)
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Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
These are the first blocks that I have sewn with my new/old toy...I love the sound of her whirring away. She used to have some tension issues, but she got over it and is nice and relaxed too!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
So, I have a few Batiks, a rather nice selection of Batiks as a matter of fact. If you are in need of a fat quarter or two let me know and I will bring a selection to the next meeting.
I know not everyone has the love of batiks that I have. I love them. They are unusual and one of a kind cuts. They smell a little and seem a little stiff until you wash them but they are just fabulous. They are crisp when you press and don't have the stretch that normal cottons do. So have no fear. This Batik adventure Steph is sending us on for the next block is going to be wonderful. Machine applique, no problem. Easy peasy!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
What you will receive is a 11 inch batik block, the hibiscus template (for the "just incase you mess up" purposes), a piece of Heat & Bond that I have already traced the pattern on, and a smaller hibiscus block template IF you want to make another block for me.
1) I would like for you to use a contrasting color for your block. I would like it BRIGHT and BATIK or HAND DYED (NO EXCEPTIONS) because that's what Hawaii is all about, in my eyes.
2) I am assuming everybody has done applique before..If not I've provided all of you with a traced piece of Heat & Bond. Place it on the back of the piece of fabric you are using for the flower but with Batiks I don't think there is a right side or wrong side and iron it on. So after that wait a few minutes for it to cool and cut out the pattern. Then peel off the Heat & Bond, CENTER the Hibiscus flower onto the block & iron on. I always wait awhile before I sew because that allows the adhesive to take to the fabric.
3) I would love for everyone to attempt to match the thread with the hibiscus flower. If not whatever comes close. I'm very anal with my applique but that's just me!!
4) When sewing down the Hibiscus flower I am asking everyone to use the BLANKET STITCH. Please set your machine to WIDTH at 2.5mm and LENGTH at 1.4mm. YOU MAY HAVE TO ADJUST YOUR WIDTH FOR THE STYBUS THAT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOWER. I would do that last.
5) Do not trim the block. I will do that when they get returned to me.
6) If you are up to making another block...I'm asking for a 8.5 inch batik block and a contasting batik color for the Hibiscus flower and the stitch should be the same.
7) HAVE FUN!!! I know some of you are attempting to get mentally challenged for this but really, it's super duper fun!! Sometimes straight lines get really boring!!
I'm hoping that I've given you all the instructions there is to do my block. Any questions let me know. I will be giving you all the blocks either by mail or guild....
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
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Enjoy, Toni! Thanks for a fun assignment this month!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
|Parthena's Wonky House!|
|Beth's Flying Geese|
|Quake Quilt for Nikki|
|Spiderweb Quilt for Caitlin|
|Paula's Broken Dishes|
PLEASE post updated photos of your Block "collections"!
I wanna SEE!
SEPTEMBER: BULLS EYE BLOCKS ... (stand by for NEWS!)
Sunday, July 24, 2011
As always I love digging through my stash and finding those colorful treasures however putting it away after cutting one strip, not my favorite! I trimmed them but not all the way. The color strips are cut bigger than the black so Caitlin they will need a little trim.
By the way, would you like some scraps for more blocks? I have a few.....
Monday, July 18, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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