Friday, November 14, 2014

a finish.





Finished size approximately 45" x 52".  Mostly scraps from stash, with Bella White 98 for the sashing and Tula Pink Vintage Stars on the back.  Read a bit more about this quilt here and here.

linking up with crazy mom quilts for finish it up friday!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

november bee blocks.

This month I've asked my do.  good stitches bee mates for HST blocks in jewel tones with a wonky corner.  Or what I think of as jewel tones:  pinks, magentas, melons, aquas.  Basically anything but primary colors.  I may have gotten a little carried away, making six so far, with some of my favorite scraps.  I'm excited by how vibrant they look, and looking forward to see what my bee mates create!

Linking up with Scraptasic Tuesday this month!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

arrowhead times two. 

I first posted about this block back in July, and made the solid version shortly thereafter, but dragged my feet on the tutorial and sewing up the scrappy option until now.  It's not that it's a particularly difficult block, but there is some fussiness and tutorials take a long time to put together!  For me at least.  It's the photos and graphics mostly.  I can never decide which work / look best, and in this case, ended up using both!

I'm feeling pretty "meh" about the solid version.  I think it has a lot to do with my color choice.  
But the graphic of multiple blocks together is rather striking, with the secondary pattern emerging so strongly. And then the ideas of playing with color start flooding in...  this is one that might get made up as a blank coloring sheet.
 The scrappy version is just the opposite.  I love everything about the single block.  It's dynamic and engaging and I love how the squares of the middle "triangle" units are distinct.   
It was a little more time-consuming to make, but not by much.  No strip-piecing for the nine-patches and if you're not paying close attention (like me) this can happen:  
oops.
Several blocks together?  I'm not so sure.  Granted, this is the same block copy-pasted.

Scrappy blocks of different colors? Scrappy colors but single-colored background?  Multiple colors within a single block? Would the secondary pattern emerge?  Would it just be chaos?  Hmm.  More coloring pages perhaps.

For now, the scrappy aqua block is looking more and more like pillow material.  Although I'm not ruling out a single-block quilt yet with large borders.  The red block will be retired to the "dead block files".  For now.


Find the tutorial for a single block here.

Saturday, October 18, 2014



october bee blocks.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


on the wall.

I've had to put my rainbow cards top on hold while I finish up my August bee blocks.  A few aqua units made a break for it while I was distracted (I think the cat might have helped with their escape), but I'm hoping they can be rounded up without too much trouble.

My bee mate requested Arkansas Traveler blocks in yellow/grey.  This block combines traditional piecing  for the central diamonds with paper-piecing for the grey border.  There's a great tutorial and downloadable template at Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Making progress. 

Based on the Play a Card pattern by Zen Chic, but a tad smaller.  There are 112 different fabrics, all from stash (scraps mostly), save six of the pale violets and a few Botanics prints.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I relocated operations to the deck temporarily so I could join in with Rachel over at Stitched in Color with my own Purge of sorts.  Only I'm not limiting myself to just those "meh" prints.   Most everything in my scrap bins was fair game, including my beloved scottie dogs, some original FMF, favorite Mingle prints and more.  I think the only fabric spared the blade was some prize Tula Pink scraps that have their own fate in store.

I cut rough charms from all of my scraps, joined them to white strips, and cut them in half.  The plan is to pair them up with a second half from the leftover pile and assemble into two baby quilts.

But in the meantime, I've been enjoying my rainbow piles.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!