Tuesday, June 29, 2010
thoughts on applique from a beginner
Monday, June 28, 2010
quilt along week 4
That's where we will stop for today. Wouldn't this make a fun block to repeat? I love it!
6 more weeks and we will have a completed quilt top!
Feel free to add your progress shots to the flickr group. Thanks for quilting along with me!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
know what i mean?
Friday, June 25, 2010
1. flock block progress, 2. checkerboard, 3. it's a sham, 4. red color study
Trying to write a recap of the retreat last weekend is difficult. It really was oh-so-wonderful, just like everyone says it was.
I got a LOT of sewing done. I only had one project that I took that was left untouched. That surprised me. Of course if I would have slept a little more, things would have been different. I was too excited to sleep! It borders on pathetic, I realize, but it's true. :)
The group of women I was with was incredible. Quilters are wonderful people. Bloggers are wonderful people, too. Quilt bloggers, well, they are the cream of the crop.
I had met Victoria last year, so I already knew how lovely she was. It was fascinating to watch her work. I may or may not have fondled her bin of scrap fabrics more than is socially acceptable. She has a fun (albeit messy) approach to quilting. Her stars are beautiful! She brought her kitchen sink quilt for show and tell. What an impressive work of art. V also brought her Accuquilt Go! cutter so we could try it out. Talk about a slick machine! I'm not normally a gadget girl, but I think I may need one of these!
Heather sewed with us for a few hours on Friday. What a humble and genuine woman. There were bolts of fabric that she designed sitting on the shelves at Gruber's, yet she was still hanging out with us normal folks, sewing quite unassumingly. She is also very generous. She donated a box of scraps to share...and my are they lovely! Thank you, Heather!
Mary is sweet and kind and I secretly hope she adopts me as her 3rd child. Her authentic quilt is stunning! As is her Hope Valley quilt. Her and I had a chance to talk while everyone else went to the MN quilt show, which was lovely and comfortable, despite the fact that we had just met. She's the best quilt model I've ever seen, what a ham! Thanks to Mary, I'm now working on my applique project with the highly acclaimed straw needles. It's amazing how having the right tools helps so much!
Shelly P. has a great sense of humor and she is one persistent quilter! She makes beautiful large quilts with teeny tiny pieces. Then she will say, "it's only a rail fence quilt." No only about it when the pieces finish at 1" wide. Her quilts are very impressive! We got to meet "her cowboy"...they are an adorable couple. I appreciate Shelly because she gets why I don't want my face plastered all over the internet without any explanation whatsoever. Thank you, Shelly! ;)
Shelly S...well she's a HOOT! You gotta love Shelly because you never have to wonder what she's thinking! She may be slow to pick up on teasing, but she's lovely all the same. Just don't smack talk against her beloved batiks or you may end up with your very own bag of scraps to take home. It was fun to pick her brain about machine quilting and to see her amazing work in person.
Rene is sweet and kind and generous. What a wonderful woman! She makes a great roomie, too. She may snore a little bit, but she is dainty while doing it. (Sorry, Rene, I shouldn't be picking on you!) It was fun to get to know her better and we had, as she put it, some interesting discussions about quilting and blogging. She was working on a quilt that had me distracted. It's definitely going on my "to do" list.
Terri is a fellow Wisconsin girl and she sure cranked out the quilt tops! Her fabric choices were gorgeous. She made us laugh! (If you ever lose your bindings, check your quilts!) I loved hearing her approach and thoughts on blogging and weight loss. So inspiring. It was fun to see her cute purse in real life, too...it is even more ADORABLE in person.
Toni is a hoot, too! It was nice having another woman there who has small children at home. I could relate with some of her stories all too well. This woman is AMAZING! She didn't buy fabric for a YEAR AND A HALF!!!! I can. not. imagine. She made up for it over the weekend, but I don't blame her one bit. Gruber's DID have one good sale going on. She was also a wealth of information. Did you know that laughter is good for the health of your liver? That's what I hear, anyway. :)
Doris is a great dinner companion and one meticulous quilter. I could learn a lot from her! Her applique pieces are so precise! Plus, she has great taste in fabric. She made an adorable little baby quilt that made me swoon. It was seriously cute! Her and I are planning to do a little swap on the side that I am excited about. (In contrast to the batik challenge that I somehow got roped into. Sorry, Shelly, I can't stop picking on you!) Doris and I live close enough that we may have a quilting weekend together in the not too distant future. Woo-hoo! You can tell that she is a retreat veteran...she had the slickest little setup with everything she needed right next to her sewing machine.
Last but certainly not least, there is Andrea. What an all around pleasant woman! She celebrated her birthday over the weekend with us. She was my other roomie and my Saturday morning running buddy. Thanks again, A! She told the BEST inappropriate stories and was kind enough to retell them to those of us who missed them the first time. She also dropped some great one liners. What a funny girl! She brought fabric and chocolate to share with all of us. Thanks Andrea!
Other highlights of the weekend included meeting up with my long time friend, Linda, for dinner at the Mexican Village. Yum! Both the dinner and conversation were so very wonderful. I also had the chance to take my dad out for dinner on Father's Day, which was great...I don't get to see him often enough.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my wonderful husband. What. a. gem. When I got home he and the kids were happy. The house was CLEAN. Plus, he didn't even flinch when I brought in my huge bag of new fabric. I love that man.
Monday, June 21, 2010
quilt along week 3, and a giveaway winner!
This week's step is to cut all the pairs of strips into 2 1/2" wide segments. I showed briefly how to cut them in last week's post. You will need a total of 490 segments. I'll confess that my hand was VERY sore after I was done, but it will be worth it. Happy cutting!
Feel free to add your photos to the quilt along group pool. And if you are inclined to do so, leave me a comment letting me know if you are caught up or not. Just curious, you know.
Thanks for all the comments on my giveaway post. The winner of the Roll Up is MissBossyPants! (Love that blog name.) Please email me your address, MissBossyPants, so I can send you the fabric.
I had a BLAST at the retreat. I'm a little worse for the wear after all the sewing and very little sleep. My younger son told me at supper that I didn't look quite right. LOL!!! My husband told me a couple times that it looks like I'm getting sick. My voice is a little bit hoarse and I feel worn out, but it was TOTALLY worth it!!! :) But, I'll do a more in depth recap of the retreat on another post.
One last thing for today...Happy First Day of Summer. (Quite possibly my fav blog post ever.)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
a retreat for me and a treat for you
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
quilt along, week 2
sew strips together in pairs, one background and one colored. 1/4" seam allowance will be used throughout this project.
Press the seams toward the colored fabric. Repeat for all the remaining strips.
I was going to stop there for this week, but I was so anxious to get going on the assembly that I worked ahead a bit.
add the 4.5"x 2.5" pieces to the sides of the 4 patch.
Sew together and press.
That's where we will stop for today. We will cut the rest of our blocks next week. I was just so anxious to get that little center done that I had to assemble it right away. It's exciting to see the quilt start to take shape!
As always, feel free to add photos of your progress to the quilt along flickr group. Thanks for quilting along with me!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
a quick fix
taking photos of it was the hardest part.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
the backing....oh, boy! this has to be my best backing find ever. it came from joanns. can you believe it? as soon as i saw it i knew it was perfect for this. i love the simple green polka dot on the binding, too.
Monday, June 07, 2010
QAL #5, week one
Fold the fabric lengthwise and cut into strips 2 1/2" wide.
There will be 2 remaining pieces of fabric. You can set them aside as scraps, or you can substitute some of those for the next step.
All of your background fabrics should be cut.
I wanted to save the selvedges, so I trimmed them off first. Make sure there is about 21" of fabric to work with.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
more quilt along info
(I cracked open my fat quarter pack this morning...I can't wait to start cutting and sewing!)
To answer some questions....
How do I join in the quilt along?
That's a good question. I will post the instructions here on my blog, you quilt along. Feel free to show progress shots, as well as your fabric selections in this flickr quilt along group pool and on your blog.
What size are the squares?
2.5" cut. Which means it's a jelly roll, layer cake or charm pack friendly pattern.
If I am using jelly rolls, how many would I need?
If I am using layer cakes, how many would I need?
How many charm squares would I need?
123 (since charm packs vary in count, I can't calculate the exact amount of charm packs you will need.)
If I am using scraps, how many 2.5" squares will I need?
You will need 490 colored squares. Unless you are cutting scraps, don't cut into your fabric yet, as we will be strip piecing. If you are cutting from scraps, you may want to start now. :)
Does the background need to be plain white?
No, but I would recommend a tone on tone fabric or something extremely subtle.
What fabric are you using for your background?
I'm going to use white Kona cotton.
Thoughts on fabric selection...
Take note of the value (light, medium, dark) of your fabrics. If you use lighter fabrics, you will have a softer, more subtle quilt. If you are using brighter/darker fabrics, the pattern will have more definition and will be bolder. If you are using pre-cuts, try to choose the darks and mediums from the line. Or choose only the lights. If you mix in the light fabrics with the mediums and darks, you are going to lose the pattern definition in your quilt. Most pre-cut fabrics have a mix of values since it's a representation of the entire fabric line. So, to get around that, you could buy more than the required amount to work around the values or substitute in some coordinating fabrics. Scrappy is always good, right? Just something to think about as you are planning your quilt.
I plan to start next Monday, June 7th.
I'm glad that so many of you will be quilting along with me!