Friday, January 29, 2016

February Block

After much contemplation, consternation, and agony, I finally chose my first ever Quilting Bee Block!  Of course, my confusion really stems from Pinterest and all the lovely quilts that 
I want to make! 

So, I settled for something relatively simple...an Ohio Star inside a modified Log Cabin!  I did see this on Pinterest, but it didn't have any instructions. You can see my pin here:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/218143175676095948/

Having a few computer skills, I decided that I could figure it out.  My first ever pieced quilt was a log cabin, so it shouldn't be to hard, right! 

I chose "Lady Slipper Lodge" by Holly Taylor and Moda. I love the dragonflies, little flowers and especially the muted greens and purples.  Shari will tell you how much I love purple, just ask her!  Actually this fabric just made me think of being bundled up by a fireplace...with a good book...
in a cabin...away from the world!


So here it is... my block instructions!  (Again, I am just winging it here, if you have an easier or better way, please feel free to adjust where needed.) All seams are 1/4 inch and white or off white thread is fine.  



Take the two green rectangles, and two lavender rectangles, sew a small ivory block to one side on the diagonal, trim and press open. Then sew another small ivory block to the other side on the diagonal, trim and press open. These are the points of the star. 













Sew a green rectangle to one end of the large ivory block and a lavender rectangle to the opposite end.





With the remaining lavender rectangle, sew the small green square on the end that will match up with the green on the base of the star. Then sew the small lavender block on the end that will match up with the lavender on the base of the star.  With the remaining green rectangle, sew a small green square to both ends.  








You now have your Ohio Star portion done.  It should be unfinished 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 6 x 6 when finished. 







Next we add the log cabin frame.  
I chose to put the green around the lavender star portion, and the purple around the green of the star. Just sew the strips on in the order I numbered, press and move to the next.  
Unfinished block size should be 12 1/2x12 1/2, finished, 12x12. 

Easy, breezy!

You should be getting your fabric pieces in the mail this next week and Thank you in advance...I am excited to put this quilt together! As for your question...when did you create your first pieced quilt?

Tamara


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Strings for April

I finished the January block last week, but haven't had time to post the picture.  I want to tell April that I am seriously wishing it were Spring now....I love the colors and the flowers and well, everything about this fabric!  Of course, now I have added the String block to my bucket list of quilts! Another on my bucket list (besides everything I see on Pinterest) is the Farmer's Wife Quilt.  maybe someday...when I can settle down into a color scheme!
April, you should be getting your block soon! Oh, and if you have any left...I would love a whack!
Tam  

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Simple String and my finished Mama Hen quilt

April sent me a whole whack of 2 l/2" strips from her fabric line!
I thought the beautiful floral in the middle would be a great focal point.
Since it's so pretty, I didn't want to cut it too narrow.
I auditioned the rest of the fabrics, you really can't go wrong with such a great selection!


Here is the finished block, sewn with little stitches onto cardstock.


I'm really looking forward to seeing your finished quilt April :)
My bee month was September 2015.
Here is my Mama Hen quilt close up, pinned and ready to machine quilt.
I used Nedra's hen block and put it in my Farm Girl Vintage "Country Fair" quilt because it matched perfectly.
I replaced it with the aqua hen and the orange/pink star.


Sinta was so kind to make two hens for me, I really appreciated that as I was pressed for time!


I made the quilt for my son and his family.
They have a chicken coup in their backyard :)
Jordan and Kimalee and their two adorable little girls, Reagan and Paisley. 
They are expecting another little girl at the end of February :)
Thanks everyone for helping me with my quilt!




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