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Many Mini Modern Blocks: Higgledy-Piggledy

Today’s installment of the many mini modern blocks comes from Kate Henderson who blogs away from the other side of the earth, Australia, at Two Little Banshees.  Ahh to live in far off exotic sounding places. <<Insert dramatic sigh here>>

Something tells me the folks from down under may not consider Ohio to sound so exotic.  And don’t you worry your pretty little heads…it’s not.  Corn fields, cows and football…yep that’s what Ohio is made of.  And I digress…

Anyhow, today’s modern block has a great fun name and it was lots of fun to make.  Adjusted block measurements:

From each of your four different fabrics, cut the following:

(3)     1 1/4″ x 2″

(1)     1 1/2″ x 2″

(1)     1 3/4″ x 2″

(1)     2″ x 2″

And here’s the finished block:

In hindsight, I wish I would have used fabrics with a little more contrast but I just love the yellow and aqua together.  I’d love to see this block made into a whole quilt, maybe alternating blocks with a 90 degree turn?

Stay tuned for the next block on Thursday!

Many Mini Modern Blocks: It’s a Stretch

When I originally picked this block to be earlier in the line up, I didn’t realize that it required paper piecing until I looked at the directions to complete the block.  But, given my propensity to paper piecing as of late, thanks to the Farmer’s Wife, I decided to leave it on the schedule and give it a go!

This block was designed by Angela Pingel, who blogs over at Cut to Pieces…she’s also one of the “stars” of Modern Blocks.  Her block “It’s a Stretch” graces the cover of the book and I’ll be featuring several of her designs throughout the QAL because she’s got lots of great designs included in the book!

Since I’m using a particular color palette I didn’t follow her variegated color styling that’s pictured in the book but I’m bookmarking this one to return for later projects.

Without further ado, here’s the modifications for a 6 1/2″ unfinished block:

1. Print out the template found in the back of the book at 100%.

2. Cut your fabrics into 1 1/2″ strips

3. Get a glass of wine (or two…or three)

4. Make sure you have a bit of time for this one. (It was my first run at the block but I have done a bit of paper piecing and this one took almost 2 hours to complete…yikes!  Wait until you see the results, they’re so worth it!)

5. I also really recommend using an Add-a-Quarter ruler to make trimming your pieces.  It makes for perfect results!

In order to keep all of the pieces straight (there are 28 little bits of fabric to sew together!!!) I colored the back of my paper piecing to template keep everything straight:

And two hours, 28 trips to and from the ironing board later, here’s the finished project:

See you on Tuesday for the next block!

Have you tried a Block of the Month?

I’m still reeling from the idea that January is already over and it didn’t really set in until I looked at the calendar today and realized that it was the 4th of February already!

Then, I realized I hadn’t done my two Blocks of the Month (BOM) that two of my local quilt shops are hosting.  This made for a perfect Saturday morning activity.  Not only did I learn to use “Thangles” (seriously, those little bits of paper are AWESOME!!!) but these blocks are also taking me out of my comfort zone for fabric choices.  One of the finished quilts will likely become a gift and the other a picnic blanket.  And the best part, they cost only $1 a month to do!  Who can’t pass up a bargain like that…entire quilt tops for $12?!?

Red, White & Blue BOM:

I heart Chocolate BOM:

Have you heard of an Amish mistake?  Well, I made a big one in one of these blocks and the first person to correctly identify it by commenting on my blog will receive a pack of 3″ Thangles!  Happy Amish mistake hunting!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s many mini modern block…it’s pretty sweet!

Many Mini Modern Block 6: Just Passing Through

Another design from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr (so many great designs from them in Modern Blocks).  This one required much like focus and concentration to execute.

Warning:  I’m not thrilled with my fabric choices, they’re just not as contrasting as I would have liked.

Adjusted block measurements:

Fabric A:
(6)          1″ x 1 3/4″

Fabric B:
(4)          1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
(4)          2″ x 1 3/4″

Fabric C:
(3)          1″ x 4″

Fabric D:
(4)          1 1/4″ x 4″

And the finished block:

Fabrics I used:
Kaffe Fasset Spots, kona white, Riley Blake Daydream, Deb Strain Cherish Nature

See you next Sunday for another week’s installment! 

WIP Wednesdays!

Really, Wednesday already?  Wait….really, February already?  I don’t understand…where does the time go?  Yeah, I know where it goes…time flies when you’re having fun (or at least it seems to fly when you have many many things to do.)

So the run-down of what I’ve been working on this week:

Progress on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt:

As I mentioned last week I started working on a Farmer’s Wife QAL hosted by Lindsey over at Happier Than a Bird Quilts and I’m happy to say that I’m all caught up now thanks to this week’s progress in paper-piecing.  I think I’ve said this like a million gazillion times now…but I really do love these little blocks (so much so that I’m sharing the images again):

A few weeks ago I “tumbled” upon the Tumbler Party Flickr Group hosted by yolanda and it was such fun! We picked a color palette (this round was yellow, gray and aqua), sent 12 FQs to yolanda who so so generously die cut them all, sorted out the stacks and sent everyone back an assortment of tumbler blocks.  How cool is that?!?

Over the weekend I was able to piece together my quilt top and decided to let the colors “flow” from one into another: grey> grey + yellow>yellow>yellow + aqua>aqua and here’s the completed quilt top:

Crud…I just busted myself on the works in progress.  Just went back in search of last week’s blog post to get the list of last week’s in progress projects and I realized that my tumbler party quilt wasn’t listed…oops!

Here’s the skinny:

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 (2)
9. Amy Butler Charm Clutch

Some Progress
1. Many Mini Modern Blocks QAL
2. Farmer’s Wife QAL
3. Tumbler Party I quilt

Happy sewing 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…

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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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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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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