May 15, 2017

Time for a new challenge

Last year I challenged my fellow guild members to make a quilt, any size quilt, using only solid color fabric.  Those quilts are due at our meeting on Thursday.  At our board meeting last week, we decided to issue another challenge for everyone.  We had a couple of ideas and settled on what we're calling a Mag. Challenge.  I decided I'd do an "example" over the weekend.

For house #1, above, I ran out of the bird print and had to improvise, and one of the windows is too low!

For house #2, I really think the black and white print is too bold.

I love house #3, with the bad hombre's peeking out of the windows.

Here are all three houses together.  Below is the original photo, taken from the NYTimes Magazine of 5/7/17.

I concentrated on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th houses.  I'm very self-critical, but I think it's OK.  I don't have any plans for this example, and it may end up on a quilt back.

May your bobbins always be full,

May 8, 2017

Playing Catch-Up

I just realized that I've made two sets of  TVMQG BOM and not posted them.  I just made another set, so I'm playing catch-up and posting three sets in one post.

First, here are the blocks for March, the Four-Leaf Clover Block.

Next were the Modern Movement Blocks for April.

And finally, the Double Pinwheel Block for May.

All of the blocks are 12.5 inches square.  As I make the BOMs, I'm making 2 for our guild and 2 for a future quilt.  I'm always planning ahead.
May your bobbins always be full,

April 30, 2017

English Paper Piecing

While I was on a 3-week cruise, in March and April, there were a number of sea days.  I took some fabric and EPP supplies to occupy myself on the sea days.  During past cruises I had Bob to occupy a lot of my time, playing card games and Scrabble; and we were both voracious readers, so we read, too.  I still read, but I didn't want to read for 8-10 hours a day; so my solution was "slow-sewing" otherwise known as English Paper Piecing.

This was my progress, I made a "star" on each sea day.  I will use the plaid fabric for the diamond shapes between the stars.

We had 11 sea days, and I made 11 stars.  Hand sewing is not my favorite thing, it's almost my least favorite thing.  Someday this quilt will be finished, but not anytime soon!

May your bobbins always be full,