July 15, 2019

Inspiring Stitches Block of the Month Quilt Project ~ June 2019

One of these is not like the others, but at least they're finished!

I haven't posted all the blocks I've made, but I'm caught up on both years, through June2018 and 2019.  Now to work on the July blocks for both years. 

Traveling and a jammed up machine delayed this finish.  I pick the repaired machine up tomorrow and for my birthday, while I was on a Baseball Tour in Cleveland, I ordered a new sewing machine and that's what I've been stitching on.

May your bobbins always be full,

A new tutorial for the Bow Tie Block

My quilt guild, The Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild, has a 12" Block of the Month program.  A different member presents a block each month.  The guild asks each member to donate a BOM block each month and we then incorporated the blocks into Charity Quilts and donate them to a worthy cause.  We've been donating the quilts to Jacob's House Temecula; they do really good work in our valley and fulfill a need.

This month it was my turn to present a block, I decided on the Bow Tie Block and I wrote a new tutorial.  There are a million Bow Tie block tutorials on the web, but some were pretty weird or confusing, so I did my own.  You can find it here if you're interested.

May your bobbins always be full,

May 6, 2019

Curved Log Cabin Quilt Top.

A while ago I decided to make a red and white quilt.  I started acquiring lots of different red fabrics with no idea what design I was going to use.  In April, I came up with the idea of a Red and White Curved Log Cabin quilt, and the fun began.

After cutting the fabric, 2.5" strips for the red fabric and 1.5" for the Kona white, I got busy chain-piecing.  Building those blocks was time-consuming and a lot of fun.  I trued them up as I went.

Since I didn't do any careful planning, I ended up two blocks short!  I made those two, plus one more for insurance, and played around with the layout

I played around with the layout and decide on this one.  One of my friends sees PacMan and another sees bikinis!  I love how it's laid out and stitched it together.

I used lots of leftover FQs from this project to piece the quilt back.  You can see that Frisco is a big help, as usual.

I kept finding other things to do instead of calling my local LAQ and setting an appointment to bring this to her.  I decided that my subconscious knew this quilt needed custom quilting!  So I contacted someone who has done custom for me in the past and shipped it to her.  Yes, it will cost more, but I think this quilt deserves custom quilting.  I'll have it back in June after I return from my trip to Tuscany, Florence, and NYC.

May your bobbins always be full,