Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday 4/27

New week, new project.  Every couple months my quilting buddy and I get together and make a quilt together.  Usually we have the same pattern and different fabrics.  It is fun to see how the design can be so different just based on the fabric selection.

On Saturday we did our latest quilt day and make scrappy house blocks.  I used scraps left over from a BOM I finished last year.  In fact the quilt is in the mail coming back from my LAQ.  I was able to finish the 20 blocks and started to set them yesterday.  I should be able to finish the top next weekend. 

Be sure to check out other design walls at the Patchwork Times.

Friday, April 24, 2015

New Leader and Ender

I love leaders and enders. I have said it many times, but it is sooo true.  I posted the Log Cabin I finished a few weeks ago and it has taken a while to decide what the new L/E would be.  I kinda putzed on a few other things in that time. 

I have a drawer full of scraps and pieces of hand dyed fabrics that were left over from a number of quilts over the last 8-9 years.  They all come from different dye batches and don't really match perfectly, but we are not going to worry about that.  I pulled them all out and decided on a braid pattern quilt.  Actually, I am not using a pattern but it is pretty simple.  So far I like the results.  I should have enough for a good sized lap quilt at least.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

And we have a winner!!

Thank you again for the wonderful donation of a gift certificate to Dakota Cabin Quilts!  I love how the blogging world is so full of kind and generous quilter (and people in general).

Our winner this month is NANCY G.

I was excited to have another quilter join us.

The next block will be up on May 15 and the prize will be posted then.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Design Wall 4/20/2015

Monday....again.  Another work week in front of me.  This past weekend was fairly productive.  I did finish a quilt top that I had been working on since March 2011.  It  is nice to have it to  the flimsy stage and about done.  The back is made and it will head off to the LSQ in the next few days.

This quilt is from the quilt along posted by Barbara Brackman on her Civil War blog. Some of the blocks were not to my liking so I replaced them with others that I preferred. 

Pool season is here so I made towels for all the grandkids.  They turned out cute....but.....I guess I got carried away with the letter L in Lillie's name.  I suppose it isn't that big a deal as these towels are just going be thrown around the backyard, but I will make a new one. 

Check out the other design walls at the Patchwork Times.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Military BRAT quilt along Block #4

April is the perfect month for our quilt along.  It is the Month of the Military Child.

This month our prize was so kindly donated to our quilt along.  We will have a gift certificate from Dakota Cabin Quilts.  They have a load of GREAT stuff to add to your quilting supply closet.  Be sure to have your March block linked by April 22 to be in the drawing.  There is the link below for you.

So what about the military child?  Most of our lives revolve around the base or post we are assigned to.  We often live on base, we shop there, and we have our celebrations there.  I have many memories of picnics and parties on the base.  This is especially true for those of us overseas. 

This photo is me in 1967.  I was about 18 months old and lived on Hanscom, NH AFB.  Note the base and military vehicles on the background.

This month our block is a result of my doodles during meetings.  I know there is a name for this block and I have probably made it before, but I don't know what the name is or where I saw it.  I always doodle quilt blocks during (boring) meetings.

Our block this month is pretty simple.  In fact, this block looks complicated but whips up in about an hour and half, start to finish.

You need:

Background:  (4) 3 1/2 inch squares
(2) 4 1/4 inch squares cut twice on the diagonal

Color 1 (red): 7 1/4 inch square cut twice on the diagonal

Color 2 (black): (2) 2 5/8 inch squares
(2) 3 7/8 inch squares cut once on the diagonal

Color 3 (camo): (6) 2 5/8 inch squares

Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.

  1. color 1:  (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips
  2. color 2:  (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips
  3. color 3:  (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 strips 

You will make the following segments:

Make fourMake one

Now you can construct in a nine patch.  Just remember your nine patch is on the diagonal.  Follow the image below:

This is the finished main block.

This is the finished alternate block.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

My sewing machine misses me

Two weeks of travel, work, school, and stomach flu.  M poor sewing machine misses me.  I just know it does.

What do I have to show for those two weeks?  Well, I did accomplish a bit of work on my Celtic Knot blocks.  I finished two more and have started on block #4.  This is the second block.  I need to press the third before I take a photo.

I can only hope I get a few minutes for sewing time in the next few weeks.  That is the plan an way.  I will have the next block in the BRAT quilt along up on the 15th.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Purple Up!!!

April is the Month of the Military Child.  

Within the military services there are "Purple Units."  They are purple because they include all branches of the service.  For example, Air Force is blue, Army is green and so on.  Purple is all.

When we were in El Paso, TX at Ft. Bliss we were in a joint unit with all branches represented.  That was our purple assignment.

This year support our military children by wearing purple on April 15!!!