Wednesday, September 28, 2011

bom block#1


                                                                                                         
Here is my first block of the Bloggers BOM organized by Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works. The designer list reads like a who's who of the quilting world and I really look forward to seeing the block for each month. The first month was created by Sherri from a A Quilting Life. Have decided to make my quilt out of yellow, orange, hot pink and a bit of red Kaffe Fassett scraps with lots of pale blue or lavender polka dots to cool things down. So far am pleased but my block ended up a bit small. My sewing machine is misbehaving and the feed dogs are grabbing the fabric in an odd and aggressive way. I may redo it but more likely will just fudge my seam allowances at the end of the quilt along. It is is not too late to join this fun BOM and you can sign up here!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

across the pond...


Here is the "Across The Pond" fat quarter bundle I so generously received from the Basics Cloud 9 Miscellany Block Challenge. The fabrics are lovely and the prints are abstract yet figurative at the same time. That blue print in the foreground looks very decorative Art Nouveau but up close those curves are made of herons. It is so gorgeous that I may go to the proverbial trough at Fabric.com to buy more as well as some of Julia Rothman's "Miscellany" too. Am not sure what this bundle will become... It may be particularly difficult to cut into. Any suggestions???

Friday, September 23, 2011

i heart harbor freight...


Have tried and bought every gizmo that claims to sharpen rotary blades. At best, these gadgets may extend their life a bit. I've resigned myself to buy new only after a blade is so dull it won't cut the fabric but is still sharp enough to slip and cut an artery or slice off my finger. Inexplicably, I hang on to these old blades in case the next sharpener that comes out that I buy actually works... Am not sure if I'm the last person on the planet to find out about this product as there seems to be a ton of online forum chat about it all dated a year ago. Harbor Freight sells packs of carpet cutter replacement blades regularly 2 for $1.79 and currently on sale for $1.49. Who cares... you say? Well, these blades are exactly like a rotary cutter blade and fit most 45mm models. As someone who is generally thrilled to buy a single blade for $5, this passes for pretty exciting news in my world! Also they ship both domestically and internationally! I can't wait to try them out...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

anita grossman soloman book...


One of my favorite shows to watch online is The Quilt Show. Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims always have such a variety of guests who differ greatly in their patchwork styles from traditional to studio to art. I love learning new techniques and one of the most intriguing ones was demonstrated recently by Anita Grossman Solomon. After the episode, I immediately ordered her book  "Rotary Cutting Revolution". In her Xcentric Quilt (pictured above) striped fabric does all the work. The blocks are basically quarter square triangles. Am thinking for my BASICS quilt I'm going to try my own variation. Am going to scale the blocks up and make my own striped fabric with strips of different widths. Hopefully my take on AGS's technique will be simple to sew but equally visually arresting...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

thank you...







THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Am thrilled... All the entries are fantastic! Thank you so much Victoria, Pat, Julia Rothman and Cloud 9 Fabrics. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The quilting community is such a generous one. Really look forward to seeing the finished auction quilt V makes with all the blocks.  It is going to be a stunner. BASICS is such a great cause. Am hoping to finish my donation quilt on the weekend or the next one. Will post pics of it before it is mailed...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

let's find this...

REPOSTED FROM NEDRA:


Janet Atkins Missing Quilt

Have you seen this quilt?

Craftsy is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of the lost quilt Kaaterskill by Janet Atkins.



Janet has won numerous awards with her beautiful hand pieced, and hand quilted, 4 years in the making Kaaterskill. It was last seen February 16th in the Golden, Colorado office of Quilter's Newsletter after a photo shoot.
The quilt was picked up by UPS, not scanned and now is lost.
It sounds like every quilter's nightmare, doesn't it?
You can go to Quilter's Newsletter's web site to read more about Janet, her quilt and the reward being offered.



Please use what ever social media you are most comfortable with: blog post, twitter, or even make an announcement with your guild to help locate this quilt and safely return it to Janet...


Monday, September 12, 2011

care package...


Here are 2 Kaffe Fassett blocks made and mailed to Sarah for Amy who is going through a very difficult time. I hope these gifts let she and her daughter know how much they are admired and cared for in the quilt blogosphere...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

lost...



A.D.
Our thoughts are with you and yours today... And the others lost with you...

Friday, September 9, 2011

bumble beans basics cloud 9 challenge...




Everyone seems to be posting their entries so I thought I'd show you the block that I made for the Bumble Beans Basics Cloud 9 Challenge. We were given eight 9" x 11"pieces of Julia Rothman fabric. I pieced the background and appliqued the rings. Wanted to pull in a bit of the floral border so I pieced the left over scraps with the scantest seam allowances and sewed this to the fabric before attaching the center ring. Some of the fabrics are close in value which made designing a block puzzling. Kind of like the way the circles fade in and out from the background. I ended up using all the prints. If you look at the minute number of entries on my blog you might surmise that currently I'm in love with all things curvy and all things tile-like. In my real life too I do tend to get a bit OCD. For example I'll eat Japanese food exhaustively for a month and then move on obsessively to something else. My friend's husband describes this phenomenon as someone having "a whim of iron"...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

why quilts matter...



I can't remember where I first read about this DVD set but many thanks to whichever site it was. "Why Quilts Matter" is a 2 disc set of 9 episodes for PBS that is both educational and highly entertaining. It was produced and is hosted by Shelly Zegart. She is a founding member of both The Kentucky Quilt Project and The Alliance For American Quilts. I've only watched 2 episodes so far and have found both fascinating. The series strikes the perfect balance between being scholarly and fun. While primarily about quilting in the US, this series is appealing to anyone who loves quilts. It is the best quilt related purchase I've made in awhile...