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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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Many Mini Moderns Blocks (3MB): Fabric Requirements

Surprise, surprise…a sampler quilt with no clearly defined fabric requirements.  This is an excellent project to dig into your stash.  Here’s the fabric selections I picked out:

Aqua selections: 6 1/2 yard fabric cuts, 5 fat quarters, and a handful of charm squares

Coral selections: 7 1/2 yard cuts, a fistful of charm squares and some leftover binding strips from another project .

Neutral selections: I’ll be using natural linen in most of my blocks and for the sashing, plus I have 4 other 1/2 yard cuts and a couple of neutral charms to throw into the bunch.

Yellow selections: 7 1/2 yard cuts, 5 fat quarters, and of course…a few more charms to boot!

Be sure to post your fabric selections to the Flickr group!  Enjoy!

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Many Mini Modern Blocks (3MB): Picking a Color Palette

With a book chock full of so many great designs from so many great quilty minds, you’re bound to have a large variety of blocks.  One way to add cohesiveness to your blocks is to pick a single color palette to follow for each block you create.  This is what I’m planning on doing, but the great news is…no rules here!

One of my favorite things about quilting is that you don’t have to follow any rules but one: create a quilt you’ll love!  So if you don’t want to pick a color palette…don’t!  Maybe blocks in a wide array of colors suits your style perfectly, so go for it!

Everyone’s designs can be viewed on Flickr so head over to see what everyone is up to!

Already a little overwhelmed with all of the blocks and now in a state of panic that you need to pick a color palette too?  Believe me, I’ve been there.  My husband thinks I’m crazy for putting this together because I may have had a few mini breakdowns along the way in the planning.  I guess if you don’t quilt, 100 blocks seems like a lot 🙂

One of the best sites I’ve found for color palette inspiration is Design Seeds.  If you’re like me, you can spend hours on this site browsing through the beautiful pictures and their corresponding inspired color palettes.  Here’s a few color palettes which pointed me in the right direction to choosing my fabric choices:

With the help of these color palettes and a little inspiration of my own, I created a color palette for my quilt which includes:

Pale Yellow

More on the colors tomorrow in the post on fabric requirements.  Stay tuned!

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The Official Many Mini Modern Blocks QAL Announcement!

So here it is…2012!  They say that the years go faster the older you get and I can certainly attest to that! I feel like it should still be summertime.   Where did the time go?  Hmm…maybe the hours I’ve spent lost in my sewing room and LQS could account for much of it…

To ring in the new year, I’m happy to make the official Many Mini Modern Blocks Quilt Along!!!!

This is the first quilt along I’ve hosted and I’m looking forward to the challenge.  If you haven’t already purchased a copy of this amazing book Modern Blocks you’ll need it for the QAL.  No instructions will be provided, that’s what the book is for.  But I will be posting the adjusted math to make 6 1/2″ unfinished blocks rather than the 12 1 /2″ blocks described in the book.  If you’re like me, doing the math is the hard part…and now it’s done for you!

The finished project will be a sampler quilt with all 99 blocks plus 1 uniquely designed by you!  10 x 10 blocks plus sashing and border will yield a quilt 75″ x75″ just in time for a late summer picnic!

Each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I’ll be posting for the QAL, so we’ll be doing three blocks a week.  What’s 99 blocks when you’re just doing three a week!

So here’s the schedule for this week:

Monday: Official Announcement

Tuesday: Picking a Color Palette

Wednesday: Fabric Requirements

Tomorrow I’ll get the Flickr group up and running and will have the button posted for everyone to grab.

Happy New Year!

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Christmas Crafty Crap Hangover

Okay, so I didn’t exactly blog all about my mad dash to the Christmas Crafty Crap finish line, but…believe you me, did I ever sew…and sew…and sew.  Usually I was sewing into the wee hours of the morning and since I’m not lucky enough to have crafting as my full-time job, blogging gave way to sleep.

Here’s the run-down of the rest of the week’s projects:

Day 8:Tick-Tock  Ticker-Tape Doll Quilt

I love love love this doll quilt!  Inspired by the book Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts

Day 9:  Wish Upon a Wonky Star doll quilt

Also from the fantastic book Pretty in Patchwork, this design is featured on the cover.  It was also my first experience working with linen and I really liked it.  I love the thickness you feel in your hands when sewing.

Day 10 & 11: Picnic Placemats, Napkins, & Quilt

So this gift was broken up over two days since there were so many parts.  Napkins, placemats, and quilt top were made one day, then the quilt was quilted the next.  Yes, that’s right…an entire quilt in two days.  (Notice the simple simple design.)  I was really pleased with the results. The fabrics are from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom collection, which I adore, and it just so happens that they work great as feature fabrics…minimal cutting and piecing here I come!

I used laminated cotton for the first time to create the placemats and I really liked working with it…certainly there will be more projects like this in the future!

Day 12: Everyday Reversible Shopper

A few weeks ago, I bought the newish Amy Butler book Style Stitches but hadn’t gotten around to making anything out of it.  I started perusing blog land for inspiration and quite frankly was a little intimidated by the comments on some of the patterns.  But, since I’m quite possibly certifiably crazy, I wan’t yet dissuaded.

Then, I found this great sew a long over onMy Crafty Crap (<= a girl after my own heart, eh) and I took the plunge.  I figure Christmas was a great opportunity to start the sew-a-long, even if it is a few (okay like 9) months late.  Anywho…the everyday reversible shopper (pattern 2) seemed like it would make a great Christmas gift!

I loved this bag so much I didn’t want to give it away as a gift…but at least I know it went to a deserving home!  It definitely has me energized to dive into the sew along!

And now you know why I have a Christmas Crafty Crap hangover, why my husband thinks I’m crazy (he may or may not have been cracking a “whip” behind my back on Christmas day as everyone opened their crafty gifts), and why I’m late for work today.

Official announcement about the Many Mini Modern Blocks QAL coming soon…tonight or tomorrow I promise!

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Day 7: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

Well, here we are…past the halfway point and I haven’t gone crazy yet.  I’m really excited to share Day 7’s project with you.  It’s my Charmed Prints QAL finish!  Gen X Quilter has hosted this great QAL and it’s finished just in time for Christmas!  Too bad I don’t have anyone in mind for this sweet little quilt, so it’s headed to the linen closet until the next friend’s baby shower rolls around.

I learned several new techniques on this quilt and was surprised just how tricky some of these blocks were to make on a miniature scale.  I’m particularly pleased with my choice of quilting, a simple zig-zagged stitch-in-the-ditch style. (Note to self: find out if this is in fact a “real” quilting method, or I did I just make that up…I am really good at making stuff up!)

Here’s the finished quilt, made mostly with fabrics from the Remix collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman fabrics:

And here’s a few close-ups of the quilt including the new-to-me technique of flange binding, my favorite part of the quilt: the star blocks from the center, and a close-up of my made-up zig-zag quilting:

I had so much fun completing this quilt-a-long!  Thanks again Gen X Quilter for putting this one together!

Speaking of quilt-a-longs, I have this crazy idea…

Have any of you seen the new book Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods?  It’s full of amazing quilt blocks and I had such fun looking at all of the blocks, I knew I just had to have one…of each.  Yep, that’s right…all 99 blocks.  The more I looked at the book, I came to the realization that I couldn’t possibly use 99 12″ finished blocks.  So, what’s a girl to do?

Make mini blocks of course!  My husband thinks I’m crazy but I want to host a QAL and I think shrinking these awesome blocks down and making a few at a time will fit the bill perfectly!  But if you’re interested in the full-size QAL, the folks over at SeamedUP have just the thing for you!

Watch for the official announcement soon!  I’m planning to start the QAL on 1/1/2012.

Until tomorrow….

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