Monthly Archives: January 2012

Many Mini Modern Block 5: On the Fence

Today’s block was designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr who blog over at Craft Nectar.  You may know their names if you’ve seen the book Transparency Quilts.  I saw this book recently in my LQS and I’m hoping my dear sweet husband is kind enough to pick me up a copy for Valentine’s Day (look honey: you can get it on Amazon).  But seriously, their quilt designs are amazing.

My original thoughts on choosing the order for the blocks was to first select designs that would require only straight line piecing and/or minimal piecing.  This block is deceptively not simple.  How hard could it be to sew a few strips together?  Have you ever tried to sew pieces of fabric that finish at just a 1/4″ each?  I won’t mention how I had the brilliant idea to shrink those strips down even further…

Just be warned, precise piecing required!

Here’s the adjusted size dimensions:

Fabric A:
(2)          1 5/8″ x 6 1/2″
(5)          7/8″ x 6 1/2″

Fabric B:
(6)          3/4″ x 6 1/2″

And here’s the finished block:

Fabrics I used:
Kona solids in white and buttercup

Note: The width of the Fabric B strips were not adjusted.  Extra adjustments were made to the Fabric A strips.  I also had to trim my block down by 1/8″ on each side.

See you on Thursday for the next mini modern block!

An old wives’ tale + Ruby, the Farmer’s Wife

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sky (which is rare in Ohio during the winter):

But then the old saying, ” Red at night sailor’s delight, red in the morning sailors take warning”  came to mind and makes me wonder what this Monday has in store.  Bad weather ahead or not, you can’t deny the beauty of the sun rising about the treeline.

The first thing on my agenda for the day is an update on my progress in the Farmer’s Wife QAL being hosted by Lindsey @ Happier Than a Bird Quilts.  I’ve been having so much fun with these little paper-pieced darlings and even though I got a late start on the QAL, I’m happy to say that I’m all caught up (and even working on next week’s blocks)!  It would seem that what I’ve read is true…these blocks are addictive!

So here’s  what I accomplished since the last Farmer’s Wife post:

Block 15: Buzzard’s Roost

Block 20: Churn Dash

Block 31: Evening Star 

Block 39: Friendship

Block 58: Mother’s Dream

Block 73: Rainbow Flowers

And I’ve given my quilt-in-progress a name: “Ruby, The Farmer’s Wife” which I know is not too creative considering it just mixes the name of the fabric collection and the book, but I love old-fashioned names and I’m sure there were many a Farmer’s Wife by the name of Ruby.

Head over to see what everyone else has been working on:

Happy Monday Everyone!

Many Mini Modern Block 4: Links

Today’s modern block was designed by one of my favorite quilt bloggers: John Q. Adams (aka Quilt Dad).  If you haven’t seen his blog (is that even possible?!?) you must must must check it out!

The links block was super easy to piece and has a lot of potential.  It’s perfect for fussy cutting or create an I-Spy quilt using this block pattern.  Hmmm….I just might have to try that with some I-Spy charms I expect to be receiving in the mail in the near future.

Here’s the reduced cutting dimensions for a block that is 6 1/2″ unfinished:

Fabric A:
(1)          3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Fabric B:
(2)          1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
(2)          1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
(2)          1″ x 2 1/2″

Fabric C:
(2)          1″ x 4 1/2″
(2)          1″ x 2″
(2)          1″ x 4″

Here’s the finished block:

Fabrics used include:
Natural Linen
Kate Spain Terrain
Deb Strain Cherish Nature

Be sure to add your blocks to the Flickr group and stay tuned for the next block on Tuesday!


Today will be the day that I finish getting my sewing room in order.  I can’t take it anymore!!!!  It looks like a tornado blew through here and I barely make it from the sewing machine to the ironing board without tripping over something.

This will happen…

Many Mini Modern Block 3: Pogo Stick

Block 3 for the 3MB is here!

Pogo Stick was designed by Jessica Brown who blogs over at Just Give it A Go but since having a very adorable baby girl, there hasn’t been a lot of activity.  Well, activity on her blog that is…I’m sure she’s got her hands full!  Jessica has some great tutorials on her blog, including this one for state luggage tags…just too cute!

Here’s the reduced cutting dimensions for a 6 1/2″ finished block.

From Fabric A cut the following:

(1)   2 1/2″ x 3″ strip
(2)   1 1/2″ x 4″ strips
(2)   2 3/4″ x 3 1/8 strips

From Fabric B cut the following:

(2)   1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ strips
(2)   1 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ strips
(1)   1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ strip
(1)   1 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ strip

Here’s the finished block:

Fabrics used include:
Lizzy House- Castle Peeps
Kate Spain- Fandango

Be sure to add your blocks to the Flickr group and stay tuned for the next block on Sunday!

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WIP Wednesday: Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along

Alright, I’ve committed to trying many new things in quilting this year and one of them that I’m trying out is WIP Wednesdays hosted by Lee over at Freshly Pieced:

Being a newer quilter I’ve been eyeing the Farmer’s Wife quilts that are popping up all over and have been debating on whether or not to join in on the fun…so 2009, right?  I’m just a little behind the time, but then voila! Lindsey over at Happier than a Bird is hosting a Farmer’s Wife QAL that just began this month.

So, in the spirit of trying new things…I’m in!  I’ve got a little catching up to do, but I made five blocks so far this week.  I’m paper piecing them all (also a new technique for me!) which has delivered some awesomely precise blocks.  I just might be hooked on paper piecing!

Blocks I completed this week:

Block 1: Attic Window

Block 2: Autumn Tints

Block 4: Basket Weave

Block 6: Big Dipper

Block 10: Bowtie

Hmmm…now on to the embarassing part, the works in progress round-up:

No Progress
1. 1600 Quilt…this project is driving me nuts!
2. Quilting of the Bliss quilt: really, it just needs quilted
4. Central Park Sodoku Quilt: needs quilt top assembly
5. Cherish Nature Charm Quilt: needs quilt top assembly
6. Wonky Siggy quilt for sister-in-law
7. Amy Butler Style Stitches Sew-Along
8. LQS Block of the Month

Some Progress
1. Many Mini Modern Blocks QAL
2. Farmer’s Wife QAL
3. Amy Butler Charm Clutch

So there you have it…at least 11 projects up in the air…maybe in 2011 I should also try finishing some things I started!

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Many Mini Modern Block 2: Seeing Double

The Seeing Double block was designed by Yvonne Malone who blogs over at Playing with Fabric.  She has some great fabric shop reviews, interviews with some of the greats in blogland, and even runs her own quilt studio.  Jealous much?  I know I am!

Here’s the reduced cutting dimensions for a 6 1/2″ unfinished block:

From Fabric A cut the following:

(2)   1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ strip
(2)   1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ strip
(2)   1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strip
(2)   1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strip

From Fabric B cut the following:

(1)   1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ square
(2)   7/8″ x 4″ strips
(2)   7/8″ x 4 1/2″ strips

And here’s the finished block:

Fabrics used include:
Jessi & Lauren Jung: Flora
Natural Linen

Be sure to add your blocks to the Flickr group and stay tuned for the next block on Thursday!

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Many Mini Modern Blocks: Where to buy the book

Hooray!  My first of Many Mini Modern Blocks (3MB) was posted today.  Just in case I didn’t mention it…you’ll need to buy the book to learn how to put the blocks together.  I will only be providing the reduced size dimensions for each block, because really…who wants to do math that’s not necessary?

I picked up mine at my LQS but you can pick up a copy many places like from the publisher Stash Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or even your local library!  So grab a book and get started!  I hope you enjoy the QAL!

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Many Mini Modern Block 1: To a T

Drumroll please….here it very first many mini modern block (3MB)!

For my first block I chose To A T, designed by Cheryl Arkison who blogs over at Naptime Quilter.  Cheryl has lots of fresh, simple designs and if you’re familiar with the book Sunday Morning Quilts her name might sound mighty familiar to you.

Cutting requirements for a 6 1/2″ unfinished block are listed below.

From Fabric A cut the following:
(1)     2″x 5″ strip
(1)     6 1/2″ x 2″ strip

From Fabric B cut the following:
(2)    2 3/4″ x 5″ strips

So here’s the finished block:

Fabrics used include:

Amy Butler: Love- Sunspots
Valori Wells: Nest- Birds

Be sure to add your blocks to the Flickr group and stay tuned for the next block on Tuesday!

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I am the world’s worst blogger/procrastinator!

Ok…so, not sure how it got to be the 21st of January (and coincidentally, my *gasp* 28th birthday) already.  If you’re reading (or maybe you stopped because I haven’t posted in a billion years) you might be wondering…what happened to the Many Mini Modern Blocks QAL?

It’ll be back…starting tomorrow…I promise.

What’s been keeping me so busy all this time?  I’ve hopped on the swap band wagon and have been busy busy busy getting all my swapping ducks in a row:

2 rounds of an iSpy charm swap over at Midnight Makers had me cutting up some cute little charms:

Round 1 fabric choice: Tufted Tweets

Round 2 fabric choice: Urban Circus

This is the first swap that Lorelei is hosting and she’s done such a great job.  You can also check out the Flickr pages for Round 1 and Round 2 of the swap to see everyone else’s fabric selections.  I can’t wait to get my charm packs in the mail!

I’ve also been hard at work on the For the Love of Solids Swap.  Here’s the inspiration mosaic I created:

I can’t get enough of these rainbow inspired goodies, but am really into the purple and aqua color palette right now too.  How great is that zig zag quilt in the upper left corner?

The partners for this round are secret, but mine  has given me some great inspiration and is pushing me to create something out of my comfort zone.  My secret swap partner loves warm, earthy tones and has mentioned that they like applique of simple shapes or abstract/simple designs.

Here’s my inspiration for the swap:

It’s Vasily Kandinsky’s Squares and Concentric Circles.  The inspiration struck me when I was looking at some pictures from a recent trip to NYC’s MoMA and I saw another Kandinsky in the background of the pictures…voila inspiration strikes!

Once the inspiration struck, it was time to head to the store (my favorite part, duh)!  Here’s what I ended up with:

More on swaps later!  Stay tuned for the Many Mini Modern Blocks QAL…promise it will happen tomorrow!

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