Saturday, February 25, 2012

I Joined a Local Guild!!

Finally I got up the courage and joined a local modern quilt guild. I don't know why I was scared at first, because everyone is friendly and encouraging!!

Check out the guild's blog Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild

Friday, February 17, 2012

QAL with Sew Happy Quilt Blocks 6 and 7

I was a little behind what with work deadlines - don't you just hate it when that pesky thing called work gets in the way of your sewing time?!

Finnaly I can update on the Sew.Happy.Quilt. QAL I joined at the first of the year.

Block 6 is an 8-patch block made up of HST (half square triangle) units, squares and triangles. I was happy with the way my color choices turned out but my block was slightly off size and I was not able to square it up as good as I wanted, but all in all it's a very pretty block.

Block 7 is a block made up of triangles - or flying geese blocks. I haven't really made many true traditional flying geese units and this was a fun block to play with. Some how this block reminds me so much of the Nederlands (Holland) and maybe just maybe its because this block's name in another form is 'Flying Dutchman'. :)

Here are my blocks 1 thru 7 in all their glory. I need some advice please! The Friendship Star block has a yellow print background and I am wondering (really it is bothering me quite a bit as you can tell) if it is visually distracting? This is not my choice of a layout, but still I think I may need to re-sew this block with either white or pale yellow as the background. Please and thanks!!  

It's funny about this quilwhen I first purchased the fabric I was excited and happy with my choices, then after a few blocks I started to question these colors and prints. Now seeing them at this point I am starting to really love the colors and prints again, it's just funny ya know?!?!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Something, at least something...

I know, I know I am late posting. And I know excuses just are a waste of time and I could be posting something, at least something....

What has been going on? So far I have completed two more blocks for the Sew Happy Quilt QAL and taken photos, but they alas are still on the camera. I joined a local modern quilt guild the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild - and have to say I am very excited to meet new people with modern quilting interests and learning from them.  A new project that I am working on is a Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge with the local quilt guild. The challenge is to make a quilt no smaller than a crib quilt using one kona brights charm pack and one solid for the background, no prints on the front of the quilt and you can use a another solid for the binding. And I have made 172 hexagons and still need to figure out if I want to applique them on by hand or machine. Would love any advice/opinions!!

(please excuse the blurry camera phone pic)

This picture shows the layout I plan to use. I wanted to create movement and hope this is translating that. The background fabric is kona eggplant and I cut my background squares at 26 inches because I figured this would make it easier to handle if I decided to hand applique. I also plan on making two whole designs and one half or a quarter of the design and then piece the background squares together. Each one of the 'swirls' has 37 hexies in it. Wish me luck getting it done by March 30th.

Work deadlines and family travels seem to have taken all my free time. We visited our son at school and had a wonderful time on a mini vacation. Really enjoyed seen Evan and spending time with our little family. It is just amazing how fast time passes. 

And today I felt so special this morning, see it rained heavy all night and this morning. But the minute I walked out the door to go to work the rain let up and even the birds were singing to me as I got in the car. With this I felt like it was going to be a wonderful day even if it did start raining after I arrived at work this morning!!!

Hope your day smiles upon you!!!

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