Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July and Row by Row

Happy July 2014!
Today there are some 1250 stores all over the USA starting a row by row quilt. Each participating store has a pattern; and if you collect and make a quilt with 8 rows, you can bring it to a participating store to register to win prizes. One of them is 25 fat quarters.
There are other fun things also. Like you can get fabric with your state license plate. It would be fun to have one for each of the 6 states I have lived. Hum...
The link below takes you to all the information you  might need to know. Like it goes from July 1st to September 2nd. But you have until October 31th to finish your quilt.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Patchwork in Valencia-Spain

I was happy to find a couple of cute patchwork/quilt stores in Valencia, Spain.
Both stores have nice fabrics, nice people to help you, as well as some original patterns.

The ones pictured here are:
Nadal Verd Patchwork and Labores
c/ Adressadors, 11 Bajo Derecha
46001 Valencia

Below is a photo of the front only of:
Coser & Cantar taller de patchwork
C/ Conde Trenor 1 bajo-derecha
46003 Valencia

The two photos below are of the kiosks at Plaza Redonda. This plaza is featured in all city maps, so no address required if you plan to get there. Here they sell some fabrics, a lot of trims, yarn, and cotton for lace making.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Creativity is messy

So much preparation and not much finishing going around here. Time to some serious clean up and some serious sewing. Happy month of May.

Benjamin Briggs block 5

Last one for this top

Mrs Billings border 9

Mrs. B last border (15)

Old top prep. for machine quilting

Thursday, April 24, 2014

More Tops Completed

I am on my ever lasting mission of finishing tops. 
This black and gold one is my version of  "Soot&Ashes"  from Quilts by Cheri. It was a SAL (sew along) in October 2010. I did change it a bit. But I used most of Cheri's elements on my quilt top. I do mark my applique pieces with Crayola washable markers; and in this photo, the top has not been washed yet. I will do that after the top has been quilted. 
I usually wash before it is finished; but these fabrics are unraveling just by sitting there.  
Cheri's finished quilt can be found here: quiltsbycheri.blogspot.com, November 3, 2010.

Black and Gold top

Top number 2  is my "Crayon Challenge."
My Bee is making this fun challenge. We each took 2 crayons out of a bag with 100 crayons without looking into the bag, of course. We must use the 2 colors taken and add one more of our own choice.
My 2 colors are: "cerise" and "yellow" as named on my crayons. My kind of colors.
In this challenge, one can use as many fabrics of the same 2 colors as wanted; but I found 2 fabrics of the perfect colors plus a third fabric that I loved at 5 bucks a yard. Link here: www.5bucksayard.com
Full disclaimer, Kelley from "5bucksayard" is a friend; but you have to visit her site and see the amazing fabrics that she has for sale. She is always adding more fabrics, so visit often and sign up to get the updates.
My block is a Disappearing Four Patch. Easy and fun to construct. I will make the back from the leftover fabrics and already cut the biding out of the "cerise" color.
Now back to sewing.

Crayon Challenge

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Star Block Challenge and BB block 4

Some  fun work done this week:
BB block 4
BB block 4 is done. I want to share a tip about ironing your blocks after washing them.
To have the block looking like it was never washed, spray it with a starch of your choice, put in a zipper type plastic bag (Ziploc), and put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. I have left it overnight many times and it is fine. Take from the freezer and iron from the back. It will look great every time.

Your fabrics will look like they came from the bolt if you spray and freeze them before ironing as explained above.
Tennessee Star

I also made my block for the "Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge."
If you don't know about this, it is a challenge put by astronaut Karen Nyberg.
For more information, please go to www.quilts.com. But basically, you need to make a 9 1/2" star block of your choice, write your name and city on the block; and mail it by August 1, 2014.
The mailing address is :
Star Block Challenge
Attn: Rhianna Griffin
7660 Woodway, Ste 550
Houston, TX 77063

To see a video of Karen sewing in space visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0c1CijmH7o.
 It is amazing!

The block I made is called "Tennessee Star" by Carol Doak. From her book: 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars by Martingale and Co, 2000. The stars on her book are 12"; but with a 75% reduction, they finish 9"; therefore, the correct size for this challenge. The colors I chose have meaning to me, so don't mind them.

These last pictures are of donation quilts made by the Boll Weevils group. These are 2 ways of putting these blocks together on a top. We have a few more in progress. 
It is a fun and easy way to make great quilts. We are making the blocks scrappy and with various width of strips; but it can be made with strips of the same size. The instructions can be found in a youtube video by the Missouri Quilt Co; but the original block is by the 3 Dudes Quilting.  

PS. I have not link the last 2 addresses; but you can copy/paste on your browser and visit the sites.