Monday, February 20, 2017

SWOONING OVER A STAR DESIGN

 My hat always goes off to the pattern designers out there...
even the unspoken ones from 100 years ago.  

Take for instance, there is a block called "Swoon" 
by Thimbleblossoms
 I have the pattern and this is the block... 

Image result for swoon block layout pics design

Sometimes the tiniest change in color placement or
cutting a piece of fabric to place in a design
makes it new!
I have to chuckle when I see all the excitement

over a block that has been around for years 
like this...

Star of Bethlehem

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I decided to give the "Swoon Block" a try
by making a mini quilt using my  
Charley Harper stash fabrics.

 I studied the pattern, did a little math (I hate math)
and my process began. 
Diagram A - Original pattern - cut pieces
Diagram B - My pieces - some one large piece vs 2 small pieces



Diagram A - Swoon cut pieces - Several HST
Diagram B - My cut pieces - 2 HST

The Chickadee birds fit the center
and some coordinating HST
 Zen Chic "Comma" mustard and dots plays well!

 
The dark teal flower print was up next...
I just began building it out as I went...
using more of the Zen Chic with it.


Here is where my stash FQs decided 
how to finish the  "white" area.


 diagonal corners are different and now my deign. 
I marked the sizes I had to cut to make my fabric work


I made four sections sets using the 
Charlie Harper leaves and Gray flowers



The Kwilty Pleasures "hack" uses fewer HST 



I sewed it all together, added a small blue border then
quilted it with an elongated serpentine stitch.

In the end....I like it and not sure what I will call it...
other than done!
 





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

BASKETCASE

 If you know me...I can be a basket case...
  I can get behind in my posts but my intentions are good.
Maybe if I stayed home a while...nah I like my adventures!

One of my favorite swaps in 2016 was 
The Basket Case Swap sponsored on Instagram.
My partner, Janet Smith (@bayleebarkley) 
loves Tula Pink...found this in my stash.


I decided to make a one hour basket...



added some simple quilting...


The finished basket turned out great!


She also mentioned Cotton and Steel was a favorite fabric...
I did a little research and found she enjoys paper piecing.
So I made a paper piecing tool pouch.







Here is the entire package I sent.  
With paper piecing tools in the case.
( small cutting board/rotary cutter)
 and a fun flying geese pincushion.



and of course my partner Jaia @handmadebyjaia
 NAILED.IT
Sending me all this Ghastliness!


I should have made a resolution for 2017 to keep on top of my posts...
but I am not a resolution kinda gal...
better late than NEVER
and hopefully you enjoy them regardless of the timing!




Monday, January 30, 2017

HOME GROWN and HOME SEWN

Cincinnati, Ohio has something Home Grown and Home Sewn! 
 A local quilt shop that you should check out!  
They are located in Western Cincinnati and you can find all
there information here, on their website.

Its a family affair with Diane, Tom and Abbey running the shop.


A nice mix of traditional and modern styles and fabrics.






Yummy Christmas / Holiday fabrics




Here is a quilt finished with some "traditional" prairie points 
and big stitch quilting using "modern fabrics
Mini charm packs were used to make the prairie points.



and here it is in a more traditional fabric and style
but you get the idea!


Its a happy place and definitely deserves a visit!