July Swap Blocks

22 07 2013

I’ve been avoiding projects that are already in progress. I know I need to work on them, but I’m just too lazy to remove hundreds of pins from a sandwich to add necessary inches to the backing. So, I hit a brief period of stagnation once again, with the exception of swap blocks.

Granny Bee Block 23

Granny Bee Block 24

Patricia was our sole queen for July in the Granny Block Bee, due to another member needing to leave. She requested Granny Blocks using the colors turquoise, yellow, green and gray. Shortly after I completed my blocks, Patricia, too, needed to leave the Bee. Since my blocks are done, I’m sending them anyway. Hopefully they’ll bring Patricia a little cheer while she deals with everything life has thrown at her recently.

Because Patricia dropped out early enough in July, our August queens in the Granny Block Bee stepped forward with their requests for the month. I’ve finished those blocks already:

Granny Bee Block 26

Granny Block Bee 25

Julianne requested blocks using aqua, teal, mustard, dark orange, chartreuse, navy blue and red, with medium/dark gray as the background. She was inspired the this Granny Square Quilt, which used Malka Dubrawsky fabrics. I dug into my stash, looking for more modern prints to match the inspiration quilt.

Granny Bee Block 27

Granny Block Bee 28

Sara requested yellow, yellow and more yellow! Nice and easy, as I finally got over my stagnation hump and started cutting blocks for a Granny Block top of my own (more on that later).

So that did it for the Granny Block Bee for June and August, which is really nice. I don’t have to worry about that swap next month, unless the September queens are asked to step forward. I have to admit, I wouldn’t mind if they do.

Next up are my blocks for the Fat Stash Bee. This has been a fun swap to be in. I’ve been challenged quite a bit with this swap, to think outside of my comfortable little box. This month I was challenged to work with text print fabrics, not once, but twice! The first time was for Jane, who’d requested wonky cross blocks, using a solid, or read-as-solid, red for the crosses.

Wonky Cross 01

Wonky Cross 02

Wonky Cross 03

Wonky Cross 04

I’ll be honest. I had two challenges here – wonky and text prints. I’ve never really gotten the whole text print thing – I didn’t even own any before this month.

Due to Jane’s distance from the rest of us, being in Australia, it was cheaper for her to order half yard cuts and have them shipping directly to us. She requested two to four blocks from each of us. I made four, because, well, it’s a text print, and I want Jane to get as much of that fabric back as possible. I will probably even send her the leftovers.

Speaking Stars 01

Speaking Stars 02

July’s request for the Scrappy? Sew Bee It! Swap made me squee a little with giddiness, because I’m a total quilt dork 🙂 Janine asked me if she could use my templates for Swirling Sea of Stars – which just made me super excited to see what she wanted to do with it. I’m even more excited now that I’ve seen her take on it – her blocks are so very different from mine! Janine requested text prints, with white and cream solids for the web portion, and solids for the stars.

I had Kona White and Kona Snow on hand, so that was super easy. What I did not have were the text prints… eBay to the rescue! I bought a bundle of fat quarters of text prints. I used what I needed, and now have a bunch leftover. I have to figure out what to do with them. I’m seeing some swaps or give-aways in my future.

Linking up to Plum and June’s Let’s Get Acquainted Monday Link Up.


Fresh Sewing Day, July Edition

1 07 2013

I feel rather like a slacker. I didn’t really sew at all for the entire second half of June. The exception was putting a backing together for a top, from which I have to rip out a seam that runs the entire length of the backing to add more width, and I did that yesterday. I can’t even mentally count it, because it’s not technically finished.

I did keep up with my swap obligations – YAY! Swaps are a favorite activity of mine. I’m really debating seeing if I can get into other swaps once these end – maybe a paper-piecing one, since I’ve developed some confidence in my block design skills after The Jammy Dodger Block.

Still, a lot of my attention has been devoted to some fiction writing groups that I participate in (because quilting is somehow not enough to keep me occupied). I’m hoping to ease back a bit after the middle of the month and really get back in my sewing groove. I think, really, it’s just got to come down to me truly scheduling my time.

Anyway, onto last month’s sewing 🙂

Fresh Sewing Day, July1. The Jammy Dodger Block, 2. The Jammy Dodger Block, 3. Elegant Teapot, 4. Apple Blossom Block 02, 5. Apple Leaves Block 01, 6. Granny Block Bee 17, 7. Granny Block Bee 18, 8. Granny Block Bee 19, 9. Granny Block Bee 20, 10. Granny Block Bee 21, 11. Granny Block Bee 21-001, 12. Scrappy Star 13, 13. Scrappy Star 14, 14. Scrappy Star 15, 15. Scrappy Star 16, 16. Scrappy Star 17, 17. Scrappy Star 18, 18. Scrappy Star 19, 19. Swirling Sea of Stars – In Progress 02, 20. Modern Mini

I want, desperately, to quilt up some of my larger tops. I’m running into the issue that even using FOUR tables, Charmed I’m Sure (for which the backing mentioned above was for) proved that the backing was to too big to pull taut, and there was a lot of puckering visible after I pulled it from the table set up. I may yet give it another go, but that would require unpinning an awful lot of pins, and then starting anew, this time with FIVE tables. Can you hear me crying yet?

I seriously need a house, so that I can put a longarm frame in the basement.

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Fresh Sewing Day, July Edition / Scrappy? Sew Bee It! Month

2 07 2012

I’m a day late (for a couple of things). Weekends are just never very good times for me to get caught up on writing. I tend to spend my limited time on the weekends doing things like sewing, cooking, and working at my second job. This weekend, I made Belgian waffles with strawberry compote for breakfast on Saturday morning. For that day’s dinner, I made Southern-style chicken and dumplings from scratch. Sunday was spent keeping kiddo entertained while hubby took the mother-in-law to the emergency room because she’d been dizzy all morning, and then I worked the second job all day. Writing (here and elsewhere) fell by the wayside.

Anyway – last month was a productive month! I made a lot of Farmer’s Wife Blocks, completing the blocks  in the book. I made a swap block, and a block for the Botanical BOM.

1. #033 Farmer’s Puzzle, 2. #057 Morning, 3. #058 Mother’s Dream, 4. #060 Noon and Light, 5. #074 Ribbons, 6. #079 Silver Lane, 7. #059 Night and Day, 8. #066 Periwinkle, 9. #086 Squash Blossom, 10. #094 Tall Pine Tree, 11. #077 Seasons, 12. #065 Peaceful Hours, 13. #082 Spider Legs, 14. #078 Shooting Star, 15. #083 Spiderweb, 16. #047 Homemaker, 17. #097 Waste Not, 18. #099 W.C.T.U., 19. #108 Windmill, 20. #096 Tulip, 21. #032 Farmer’s Daughter, 22. #088 Star of Hope, 23. #035 Flower Basket, 24. #073 Rainbow Flowers Redux, 25. june_log_cabin, 26. Palm Leaf, 27. #100 Weathervane, 28. #024 Country Path, 29. #090 Storm Signal, 30. #036 Flower Garden Path, 31. #110 Wood Lily, 32. #017 Cats and Mice, 33. #019 Checkerboard, 34. #037 Flower Pot, 35. #104 Wild Geese, 36. #008 Bouquet

Photobucket1. #011 Broken Dishes, 2. #016 Calico Puzzle, 3. #021 Contrary Wife, 4. #043 Garden Path, 5. #022 Corn and Beans

Linking up to Fresh Sewing Day over at Lily’s Quilts:

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Speaking of swaps… It’s my month for the Scrappy? Sew Bee It! Swap. I’ve been debating practically since signing up for the swap about what to have made for me. I didn’t want to make it an overly difficult block, but I also didn’t necessarily want to simply end up sashing all the blocks I got and call it a day. I also wanted to keep the block simpler, as we have quilters of all skills levels and experiences in this group, but I  didn’t want to sacrifice visual interest.

Yeah, I don’t expect a lot out of myself, do I?

Then I saw a photo for a pattern on Nancy’s blog,  Blogging Near Philadelphia:


Isn’t that pretty? And fun? I thought so.

So I decided to use that as my jumping off point. Hopefully, this won’t be too whacky a request and will make sense to everyone.

My goal is to end up with several 12″ (finished) blocks that all work along the same theme, though they probably won’t be identical. I want my (eventual) quilt to be pretty big, so the blocks I get will be supplemented by more blocks made by me.

I’m picturing receiving  several fairly simple, very scrappy blocks, each with a gray fabric for the background:

All Examples

The gray fabrics don’t have to be the same – I think I’d actually prefer if I had multiple grays in the quilt. My only ‘must have’ is that at least one colored square in each block be on the outer edge of the block, so that I can ‘link’ it to  another block. Also, the scrappier, the better in this block. I love color!

Make sense? Am I crazy? The more variety I get in these, the happier I’ll be. If someone gets stuck, feel free to use one of the example designs. I made up a PDF with a blank grid for the first page for folks to plan their block.