Sunday, July 24, 2016

Block of the Month

Once upon a time, I swore I'd never do another block of the month (BOM). That resolve only lasted until I saw Edyta Sitar's pattern Stars Upon Stars being offered as a BOM through Homestead Hearth in Mexico, Missouri.

How could I say no to over 100 fabrics being shipped to me over an 18-month period? I figured even if I never made a block, I'd be happy just getting little packages every month in the mail. Win, win! I just received notice that my first installment is on its way. Woo hoo!  I can hardly wait. 

A little confession -- I bought the pattern early and tested one of the eight-pointed stars in the corner of the blocks. I'm glad I did as mine did not come out exactly to size. I know where I went wrong, so I plan to use the Jan Krentz method for making those tiny little jewels. Yes, even quilters who have been at it for over 25 years (!) need to practice sometimes. The finished quilt measures 64" x 74" and will contain about a million gazillion pieces. :)  Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Quilt Conundrum

I've followed Moda Rosie's quilting career for quite a while now and always find her entertaining and informative. I even bought fabric from her one time that was languishing in her stash… and it's doing the same in mine. I think I have a plan for it, but we'll see. (Moda Rosie is aka Carrie Nelson and Miss Rosie of book and pattern fame.)

One of her ideas really hit me, though, about collecting layer cakes for scrap quilts. I thought that was genius!  If a pattern calls for one blue fabric, ten may work just as well.  As you can see below, I've taken her advice to heart. These are all Civil War reproductions that will blend well with other fabrics in my stash.


That original fabric purchase?  

Yes, I've taken these apart several times to play with them. My first idea was French Kisses by tracyjay quilts.

I've had several ideas since, but think I've settled on HappyDance by Me and My Sister. I'm going to add a narrow background sashing between the blocks to make construction a bit easier.

I'm also going to change the number of blocks so this can go to Camp Erin (a free bereavement camp for kids aged 6-17 who have experienced the loss of someone close to them). Each camper also receives a teddy bear with a hand-knit outfit and I plan to donate my quilt and bear as a matched set for the 2017 camp.

But wait, I just saw this Arabesque quilt on Moda Bakeshop:  

 But wait, there's more! How about a Layer Cake Lattice quilt? This is the one, the final one. J

Maybe this is why the fabric is languishing… I just keep finding great patterns!  Oh well, back to the drawing board... or cutting table in my case.