Our quilt guild is having their annual retreat in January. Each year we ask participants to make a 12.5″ block (finished size – 12″) for a raffle drawing on the last day of the retreat. Last year the theme was black and white blocks. We had enough blocks for 2 winners of 12 blocks each. This year the theme is “sea glass” colors. Mary and I are excited about this theme because we really love these colors – reminds us of the beach that we live near. Last year it was hard to find 12″ finished block patterns on the internet that we liked. Last month we were visiting with our 2 quilting friends and talked about block patterns.
Carolyn loaned us a book with 1000 quilt blocks – all 12″ finished size. What a great book. The book has 4 different categories of blocks: appliqué, foundation pieced, mixed techniques, and pieced blocks). There is a cd included with the patterns. The book also includes setting ideas and yardage information.
The book is published by Fons & Porter: “Quiltmakers 1000 blocks”. This book is a great resource. We plan to buy our own copy of the book. So Mary and I completed 3 blocks so we have 3 chances to win. Hope we are lucky at the retreat later this month. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna and Mary
I am trying to work through my stash. LOL So I started cutting 2.5″ strips of different lengths to make a quilt for a gift – needs to be finished by May. I used white strips to break up the colors. Right now the quilt is about 66″ x 72″. I added a narrow border and plan to work on an 8″ border using a 4″ kite die cut that I got for Christmas. I am planning to make the border during my quilt guild’s retreat in mid- January. So I will keep you posted on my progress. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Last month my daughter in law was looking at my collection of fabric art bowls. I decided to try making a small art fabric bowl using an 8.5″ diameter circle instead of a 14.5″ – 15″ circle. I thought that my daughter in law could use the smaller bowl to put her keys or jewelry. I chose black and white prints and some red prints to create the bowl. It was more challenging to stitch up the sides of the bowl because of the smaller size. But I got it done. Hope my daughter in law likes her Christmas gift.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
We exchange handmade gifts with a couple of our quilter friends. This year, I made 2 things that would remind them of our wonderful quilting tour to Iceland that we all went on this year.
One was a hotpad with a map of Iceland and an appliquéd Puffin.
The Puffin was fussy cut from a tea towel that I purchased in Iceland. I do love puffins and was very excited when we saw them on the cliffs in Iceland.
The other is a paper pieced mug rug. I found the puffin pattern online and purchased & downloaded it.
Making the mug rug rectangle made a good fit for a mug without having to cover-up the puffin.