May Swap Blocks

12 05 2013

I got home on Friday evening, with the intention of making all of my swap blocks. I didn’t quite get all of my blocks done that evening.

First up were Granny Blocks:

Granny Block Bee 13

Granny Block Bee 14

Christina requested blocks using reclaimed vintage bedsheets. I had nothing on hand, so I ended up ordering a fat quarter bundle on Etsy. After having gone through and made blocks with these fabrics, I honestly can’t say that I see the appeal. It was very like working with voiles, the fabrics were so soft and and thin. They’re pretty, but I much prefer the consistency of quilting cottons.

Granny Block Bee 15

Granny Block Bee 16

Ginger requested red, white and blue blocks. I had red, I had blue – I didn’t have much that would bridge the gap between the two. So I went shopping once more, buying the flag-themed fabrics. I suppose into each quilter’s life a few flag themed fabrics must fall. The remainder of these fabrics are going to get buried in the back of the stash, on the off chance that someone else make a similar request. They’re far too novelty for my taste.

Once those were done, I moved onto My Fat Stash Bee obligation. Deidra sent a fat quarter of a brown background Christmas fabric and requested wonky log cabin blocks. Accompanying the fabric was a small square of purple, which was to be incorporated into the block.

Christmas Wonky Log Cabin 02

Christmas Wonky Log Cabin 01

I made the first block, including a darker red in the block. Stepping back from it, I wasn’t very happy because of that red. Since I still had so much of the Christmas fabric left, I whipped up a second wonky log cabin block.

I decided that I would spend Stitch ‘N’ Bitch working on my string star blocks, so I made my Scrappy? Sew Bee It! blocks Sunday morning… It would have been Saturday evening, but I ended up going to bed early. What I had taken for allergies turned out to be the beginning of a cold. Since finals weeks is this coming week, I decided that nipping the cold in the bud was the best plan.

For her month, Jess requested Winged Square blocks with low volume prints in the background, and red, yellow or orange for one ‘wing’, and grey, charcoal and black for other ‘wing’. I ended up needing to purchase the low volume prints, since I don’t purchase these normally.

Winged Square 01

Winged Square 02 Corrected

Now that my sewing obligations are out of the way, it’s time for me to get myself and the house cleaned up. We’re hosting my mother-in-law to dinner for Mother’s Day.





April’s First Sewing Session

4 04 2013

Yesterday, I had an evening without kiddo – he’s at Grandma’s through tomorrow because Daddy’s going on another business trip and someone needs to be able to shuttle kiddo to and from school while I’m at work. So, obviously, I sewed.

Because that’s what I do.

Last night was a swap block night. I needed to make two more granny blocks for April, and at least two blocks for the Scrappy? Sew Bee It! swap. I ended up making the two granny blocks, and four blocks for the other swap.

Granny Bee Block 12

Granny Bee Block 11

Liz requested blocks in which the center-most square and the outer blocks were comprised of solids or read-as-solids fabrics. They should coordinate with the print used for the middle ring.

I worked slightly backwards, and pulled my solids first, using some of what I have leftover from Technicolor Fields. Then I found multi-color prints that coordinated with those solids.

Nicky Block 01

Nicky Block 02

Nicky Block 03

Nicky Block 04

Nicky requested blocks based on instructions that she posted on her blog. Since I cut from yardage, I didn’t follow her instructions. She also requested brights fabrics, a total no-brainer for me. I decided to go half and half with these, as to how the values laid out.

I still have one more block to make for the month of April. I’m hoping to get that churned out tonight, and then get more progress made on Frankenstein.





Swapping Fool

16 03 2013

Because I apparently don’t have enough to sew for myself (ha!), I like to join swaps. I like the fun and challenge of sewing for someone else every now and again. I love that it’s a way for me to break from my project monogamy without committing to another full blown project, at least until it’s my month. And even then, the blocks are done. I can let them percolate until I’m ready to assemble a top and get to quilting.

For most of the last year, I’ve been participating in the Scrappy? Sew Bee It! Swap. This one has been a lot of fun. The vast majority of my fellow swappers are on different continents from me. Getting to see their work is enlightening and inspiring. For the month of March, Debra asked for water-themed blocks, like boats, lighthouses and bridges.

Boat Block

After browsing the internet, and Debra’s inspiration photos, I decided to draw up my own blocks for Debra. This boat block is a spin off several traditional blocks. I decided to give the sails some masts and made the boat itself a little bigger. Still, it was a nice and easy block to put together, with basic shapes throughout. Everything but the white was pulled out of my scraps.

Lighthouse

Coming up with the lighthouse was a little more difficult. This is actually a riff off of a machine embroidery image I saw online. With the exception of the two prints making the house attached to the lighthouse, all of the oranges came from my scrap bin.

This past month, I’ve joined two more swaps. The first of the two is the Fat Stash Bee. This one is cool – each month’s queen sends one fat quarter or two fat eighths to the rest of the participants. She then posts to the group her guidelines for what she would like made with these fabrics. For the month of March, Jenny requested flying geese, in blocks ranging from 8″ to 16″. Being the glutton for punishment that I am, I decided to see how many geese I could get in a 16″ block. A Flock in a Block, if you will:

A Flock in a Block

The second swap that I joined this month is the Granny Block Bee. Yes, I finally drank the Granny Block Kool-Aid.

It’s my own darn fault for cutting my scraps down. I now have tons of 2.5″ squares that are just begging to have something done with them. Thus, Granny Blocks. The Granny Block Bee uses the tutorial posted at Blue Elephant Stitches, and there are two queens a month, which means four blocks a month for this bee. I started late, so there was February and March to make for.

Each queen makes specific requests regarding their desired colors, though we’re all using Kona White as the background fabric to provide some uniformity.

Granny Block Bee1. Granny Block Bee 01, 2. Granny Block Bee 02, 3. Granny Block Bee 03,
4. Granny Block Bee 04, 5. Granny Block Bee 05, 6. Granny Block Bee 06,
7. Granny Block Bee 07, 8. Granny Block Bee 08

I’m very pleased with how quickly these go together, and I might start piecing some for myself in between blocks for other projects. Yes, I’ll be receiving some when it’s my month, but I think I’d like to end up with a couple of lap-sized quilts when all is said and done. My mother-in-law is moving to a new apartment at the beginning of April, and I think it would be neat to finally gift her with a quilt. Also, I have some friends that I’d like to give a quilt to.

Apparently self-discipline is a thing in the Grey Cat Quilts household now, because all of the blocks are done and stuffed into envelopes, and arrangements have been made for JohnPaul to ship them out for me. I’m all caught up, which is just crazy.