Monday, July 19, 2010

Amy's Simple Sampler Week 5

I came home from work tonight and got right to this weeks blocks. I'm going away Wednesday and didn't want to get behind. I rushed a bit and don't think my sewing was as good in previous weeks, I can always do them over but I think they will be okay.

Block number 1 is a 6-Grid Chain. I really like this block and think I would like to make a lap quilt someday with it.

Block number 2 is a variation a 4 Patch. The triangles gave me a bit of a problem, most likely because I was rushing.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mo Bedell

A couple weeks ago I won a give away at Fat Quarterly of Party Dress by Mo Bedell for Blue Hill fabrics. Last week they arrived ...they are so beautiful. I love, love, love the cheater hexagon fabric. I've never tried hexies before but something tells me I just might have to give them a whirl.

Also included were some notecards that are adorable!!!

Thank you so much Fat Quarterly and Mo Bedell!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Simple Sampler Quilt Along Week 4

Wow ...week four already and I haven't gotten behind's a miracle!!

Block 1 is a Log Cabin block ...

Block 2 is a Mosaic. Amy presses her seams open which is something I have never done, but I think after this block I might give it a try. I had a problem with the way I pressed my seams when it came time to put this block together and because of that my points don't match as nice as I would like them to ...but not bad enough for me to rip out :)

All my blocks so far, I think we are at the half way point.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

May's Tablerunner

Hmmm ..something is wrong with the title of this post. I guess I'm a bit behind on my tablerunners. I am participating in Maria Peagler's Color of the Month and some months I have trouble finding the fabrics I need ...may was one of those months!!

Rather than driving myself crazy looking for fabric I decided to order the kit from Maria. Much easier, but I I'm supposed to be learning how to choose my own fabrics.

Ah well, that's what July is for :)

I had some puckering from my quilting ...not sure if I didn't smooth things out well enough before I pinned, or if I didn't pin enough. Possibly my stitch length ...or tension?? Good thing I realize that this is a learning process.

Amy's Simple Sampler Week 3

Well just in the nick of time I finished this weeks blocks. Amy's instructions are so clear and her tips are making such a difference in my quilting.

The first block is Two by Three and used strip piecing. I have had many failed attempts with this before ..I think due to my cutting but this was much better.

Next was a Snowball Variation which used half square triangles. Again, Amy's directions were fantastic and her instructions on squaring the blocks up was so clear. I have a 1/4" seam allowance along the edges of the block which sometime alludes me.

Here are my six blocks so far.

So far all my blocks measure 12.5"!!!

Click on the button to the right and check out Amy's quilt along ...I'm beginning to feel that I may actually become a quilter one day.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Simple Sampler Quilt Along Week 2

Week 2 of Amy's Simple Sampler Quilt Along were 2 cute blocks.

Often I have heard quilters say that the fabric you buy from a quilt store is better quality then fabric bought in a regular fabric store. I've always disagreed, probably because it costs more buying from a quilt store. Well, I'm a convert now. Some of the fabric I bought for this project is impossible to cut so the pattern looks straight. I wasted a bit of my fabric trying before I gave up this will be my Skewed Quilt.

Blocks 3 and 4 were simple and turned out 12.5" which has me sooo happy. It's such a good feeling to make something that turns out the size it's supposed to be ...something that had alluded me for the past few months.

My four blocks so far.

I can't wait for next week to see what Amy has in store for us.