Friday, August 27, 2010

Sorry about this tiny little picture.....but click on it to see a great commercial. And by the way...... don't do this at home. NEVER let your dog hang out of the window like this without wearing Doggles. Something could hit their eye and cause blindness or serious damage. OK....with that warning being said....I can't help but chuckle every time they play this silly commercial! Enjoy!

As I continue designing my Jo-Ann fabrics quilt, I decided to use disappearing 9 patch blocks (DNP) along with the log cabin blocks. If you aren't familiar with the DNP block, it's a really simple, yet deceptively complex block. And easy, easy to make.

Just start with a 9 patch block. I wanted a plain block with only the purple center for my splash of color. (Again, the center block is a true purple, not a blue-purple.) Obviously, you could use as many as 9 different fabrics, which would give you lots and lots of setting options.

Cut your 9 patch into quarters. Cut the block in half, rotate, and cut it in half the other way, making four smaller blocks. Your basic 9 patch has now disappeared!

This shows two 9 patch blocks that have been cut into DNP blocks. I now have 8 DNP blocks made from two 9 patch blocks (they multiply like rabbits!) and I just lined these up without any particular planning. You can see how the setting possibilities are almost endless. And also try to imagine how complex these settings can become if you were using more colors in your original 9 patch.

I hope you'll give these a try. You can really complete a quilt top pretty quickly using this method. My DNP blocks are 4", just like my log cabins, so it will be fairly time consuming to make boatloads of these, but normally, you would be making larger blocks and building your quilt very fast. Have fun!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today was my monthly fellowship with some of my quilting friends. It's always wonderful to see what projects they have been working on and catch up on their lives.

Joyce brought this beautiful, hand quilted quilt that will also be donated to the Mennonite Hunger Relief Auction. She and her Sister made all of the blocks.....which, by the way, are only 6" blocks, set them in this beautiful arrangement, then sent it off to the quilter. The blocks are very complicated with lots of pieces in each of the tiny blocks. The hand quilting is just excellent with small, even stitches. The blocks represent women of the Bible so each block has a story to tell. My picture does not give you a very good perspective of the quilt and it doesn't show the binding, which was made up of the colors of the quilt blocks. Oh, and the back is a wonderful purple! I'll let you know how the auction goes......this quilt is a real beauty and I hope it goes to an appreciative home.

This next quilt (top only) was made by Fran. Again, my picture does not do it justice. She used a wide range of beautiful Batiks and the colors are just fabulous. The pineapple leaves are composed of many, many shades of green. I love the way the keyboard border blends from shade to shade to shade around the perimeter. This is one that you should see in person to really appreciate the beautiful colors.

So......another wonderful day with my dear friends! Can't wait until next month!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Look out! It's time for one of my soap box posts!

I joined a student mentoring program last year and it's time again for me to be matched with a student and guide them, via email letters, as they read 5 different genres of books throughout the year.

There are thousands of students, all looking for a reading mentor, and it could be you! Click on the logo above and see if you think this could be a ministry for you. It doesn't take that much time and you will, as always, receive much more than you give. Joining is simple. Your only cost will be for a police background check. I found all of the books that my students chose at my local library, so I didn't even have to buy any books. I ended up with two students, as they are always short on mentors and the program significantly grows each year...... they really need you! In2Books has won many awards and the program continues to improve as they work out the kinks. All of the details can be found on their website.
Please think about joining this great organization. It won't take that much of your time and you will thoroughly enjoy the letters that you receive from your student as you discuss the latest book and get to know each other. on that link and check it out!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Here's the first batch of blocks using the Jo-Ann fabrics. I've always loved the Log Cabin block and thought they would work out pretty well for the overall pattern that is growing in my mind. Initially, I was going to use paper foundations, then decided that it would be much quicker to just chain sew them with strips. Since these strips were going to be cut at 1", I figured it would be just as precise to cut and sew these the quickest way. After sewing, these logs are 1/2" wide. The center block is a true purple, not the blue purple that my monitor shows.

This block shows the scale of the blocks. They are 4" finished.

And the backside. If you press as you go, your seams will be nice and neat. I pressed toward each piece that I attached, to get them to all face away from the center.

And here's the finished stack of blocks. There are 27 of them and making them took the entire afternoon....about 6 hours. Had I gone with the paper foundations, I would still be working on them. Now I have tons more to make of different color combinations. They are a bit tedious to make, but I still like a good ol' Log Cabin block and the setting possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A room with a view..........actually, this is the view from all of the rooms in my house this morning. The high humidity combined with air conditioning produces this greenhouse effect. I'll sure be glad when the high humidity and the high temps break for the freshness of Fall!

Monday, August 9, 2010

These are the fabrics (most of them) that I'll be using for the Jo-Ann quilt contest. There's a link for this contest a few posts down. I don't have a total plan or layout yet, but I do know the size of the blocks and the pattern of the blocks that I'll be using. As usual, it will just evolve as I sew. Whether I get it done in time for the contest or not, is yet to be seen. It's OK if I don't get it done, it's the process that I enjoy. One thing for sure, it will be a bright quilt!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Here's the 12th and last BOM of this series! I left all of the fabrics alone and put the block together as the quilt shop intended. Now I'm ready to set the series into a quilt. I bought some fabric for the sashing and one border, but I may change my mind on the original plan. We'll see.....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Here's a link for you to check out. Jo-Ann Fabrics is having a quilt contest and they are giving away some great prizes! The only restrictive condition is that you MUST use Jo-Ann Fabrics.
Good Luck!

I picked up our charity quilt that had been off to the hand quilter for quilting. The following pictures show the front and back sides of several different sections so that you can see the patterns that the quilter used. She did not quilt this the way that I would have quilted it, but it still looks pretty good overall. Her fee was very reasonable for over 35 hours of hand quilting and she got it done in a timely manner. So here you go;

Braided quilting on the sashing and the key board border, front side.

Backside of same.

Front side of one of the pieced blocks. She hand quilted all of the pieced blocks with the same crossed X kind of pattern.

Backside of same.

Front side of one of the applique blocks. Each applique block was simply outlined around the shapes. Because the appliqued pieces were all fused, our quilter was unable to needle the appliqued pieces themselves.

Backside of same.

I'm going to work on the binding today and will, hopefully, have a full sized picture of the quilt soon. I will be glad to have this behind us and delivered to the auction in September!