Friday, March 30, 2012

A Friendly Twist

I went with the plan I was forming Monday minus the piano keys.  I think they would have made a lovely additon but would have made the quilt to big for where I want to display it, above my stairs like I did this quilt.  I call it Friendly Twist.
As I combined the thank you blocks from my quilt guild with the log cabin twists from my Twist on Tradition blocks.  I threw in the scrap happy flying geese because I'm in love with them right now.  Must say I'm pretting pleased with the results and excited at my chances to win a few fat quarters at my next guild meeting for moving this UFO a little closer to completion.

I almost forget Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is auctioning off 30 of these fabulous feedsack blocks.  They are made from real feed sacks from the 30's and 40's appliqued on sugar sacks. Aren't they fabuous?  A real treasure for sure.  Hop over to Sarah's blog to see all thirty and to bid. 

Sarah also has her Whoop Whoop going on.  Make sure you check out everyones fine work while you are over there.  Always fun to see a little eye candy and get a little inspiration.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wild Goose Chase Block 4

It's another Wild Goose Chase Wednesday.  I hope you are enjoying the chase.  First an overview of the steps.  I hope you don't mind but I'm just giving cutting instructions for the geese.  After telling how to make them for three weeks it seems redundant to keep repeating that process if you need a refresher you can follow this link to the first block.
For this block you will need:
3- 3 1/2" tall geese
3- 1 1/2" tall geese
For the Nifty Notions that means cutting
 from a 3 1/2" strip 3- quarter square triangles for geese and 6- half square triangles for sky
and from a 1 1/2" strip 3- quarter square triangles for geese and 6- half square triangles for sky

Without rulers cut
3- 3 1/2"x 6 1/2" rectangles for geese and 6-3 1/2" squares for sky
and 3- 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for geese and 6- 1 1/2" squares for sky
You will also need to cut:
2- 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
2- 3 1/2" squares
2- 2 1/2"x 1 1/2" rectangles
2- 1 1/2" squares
1- 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle

Using your 3 1/2" tall geese sew a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to the left side of one
a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to the right side of another
and sew the third one between the 3 1/2" squares.

Sew these rows together.
Next using your 1 1/2" tall geese sew a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle to the left side of one
a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle to the right side of another
and sew the 1 1/2" squares to either side of the last one.

Sew these rows together.

Sew the 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle to the left side of these geese.

Sew this row to the top of your other rows.

Your block is done.

Good job!  See  you next week.  Some of you may of go a sneak peek.  I'm going to be out of next week and got the post ready last night.  I must have set up the wrong day.  It's fixed now and will be back next week.  Sorry for the confusion.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Forming a New Plan

These cute little scrappy stars were a thank you gift for me from guild members for the year I was president.  They have been sitting in a zip lock bag
along with these fun pinwheel log cabins.  They are from a bee I was in. 
 I know I had a plan for putting them together, but for the life of me I can't remember what that plan was.  They may have stayed in the zip lock bag had it not been for my list of 12 UFOs I made at the beginning of the year for my quilt guild.  Each month a number gets drawn and you are suppose to move that project a little further along to completion.  Wouldn't you know that this month they picked this one.  I guess I could just donate a fat quarter and not move it along.  But just couldn't bring myself to do that.  I would so much rather have a chance at winning a bunch of fat quarters and have a project closer to being done.  So I came up with a plan.  I sewed the star blocks together.  Put the pinwheels around in a border.  They made a bigger border than the stars needed so I cut out a bunch of bright scrappy geese to fill in the gap.

I hoping to get them done today.  I'm also toying with a piano key border beyond the log cabins.  So although I was not to happy about this one's number getting drawn.  As a new plan forms for it's completion I'm pretty happy indeed.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Honor, Valor, Thanks

My friend, Diane, generously donates her time to quilting many quilts for me for Happy Chemo.  She is also in charge of Quilts of Valor in our area.  So as a thank you for her services I have made this quilt to donate to quilts of Valor.  My grandpa was a vet and served in WW2.  That cute picture with the quilt is of him and my grandma when they were first married.  I am thankful for his service not only to my country but to my family.  He was such a good example to all who knew him.  He passed away almost 12 years ago.  I'm so thankful that my boys got to meet him.
I am also thankful to the men and women today who give of their time and talents to serve their country and protect my freedom.  I hope one of them will enjoy this quilt.  I had fun making it using Valerie's triangles galore tute.

I spent yesterday quilting it.  Well, all but the borders.  I still need to do them.  Hopefully today that will get check off the list and I will be able to give this to Diane who in turn will find it a home among the many honorable men and women who serve so freely.

I'm also linking up with Sarah, another amazing and generous person,  if you haven't visited her blog make sure you do.  She makes so many wonderful quilts and gives them so generously to others.  What an inspiration she is.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wild Goose Chase Block 3

Welcome to this Wednesday's Wild Goose Chase .  I hope you are enjoying the chase.  Today's block has our geese chasing each other around an empty background square.  I'm sure it has a name but I don't know what it is.  If you do, please let me know, I'd love to know what it is.  First an overview of all the steps.
Next making the geese.  Choose your method and use 2 1/2" strips for both.  You will need 16 geese total.
If you are not using the Nifty Notions ruler cut
16- 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles geese fabric
32- 2 1/2" squares sky fabric
Draw your diagonal line through your 2 1/2" square sky fabrics.

Place your sky and geese fabric right sides together and stitch on the line you drew.

Trim your seam allowance and press open.

Place the another sky fabric on the other side of your geese fabric and sew on line.

Trim seam allowance and press open.  Repeat with remaining geese pieces.

If using the Nifty Notions Rulers cut
16- Quarter square triangles from your geese fabric
32- half square triangles from your sky fabric

With right sides together sew one of your half square triangles to one side of one your geese triangles

Press open and repeat process on opposite side.

Press open. Repeat with remaining triangles

Sew your triangles into sets of two.

Cut a 4 1/2" square of sky fabric and arrange your geese around it to form a nine patch.

Sew these into 3-rows of 3-blocks

Sew your blocks together.

Enjoy your block!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Inspiration from Friends

I wanted to share with you a few of the lovely projects that were made at my retreat.  They inspired me and thought they might inspire you.  Or  at least give you a little eye candy to enjoy.

First from Patty, our lovely host,  this fun flower quilt.  The flowers are wool applique.  Didn't she do a lovely job?  I must say yes not only on her quilt but the retreat.  Yummy food,  comfy beds in cozy cabins, and lots of fun sewing activities and prizes.  Patty throws a great quilting retreat.  Here is a link to Patty's retreats in case you are interested.
Next up is this great quilt from Lorri.  It may be a fave of mine because it is designed around my old high school, Davis High.  So many good memories around that ol' D; games, dances, and incident involving a can of whip cream, the list could go on forever.
Lorri also designed this cute hen quilt to go above her long arm.  Lorri is a great long arm quilter.  Her business, Speckled Hens Quilting Co. has reasonable prices and good service.  If your looking for a good long arm quilter make sure you check out Lorri.

Joan is a speedy sewer.  Sitting next to her can be intimidating.  She whips out projects like there is no tomorrow.  I think she finished 7 at the retreat.  These cute matching aprons are for her twin granddaughters who will turning three in May.

Look at this cozy quilt Ruth made from flannel sheets and recycled jeans.

And this stunning batik quilt from DeLayne.

Hope you enjoyed all this lovely eye candy and that you found a little inspiration to.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fly Like An Eagle

N finished up his leadership requirement for his Eagle Scout.  Now all he needs is his board of review and he will have his Eagle.  So I got busy and finished quilting and binding his eagle quilt.  I'm pretty please with N and his quilt.  It will hand proudly on his wall, a reminder of what he has accomplished and inspiration to aim high in the future.
I quilted clouds in the sky, pebbles in the mountain and his name, scout motto, and oath in the border.

To celebrate we will be linking up with Sarah.  Make sure you visit her and see what others are celebrating in the way of quilty finishes.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wild Goose Chase Block 2

Welcome to Wild Goose Wednesday.  Todays block, Dutchmen's Puzzle is one of my all time favorite blocks. 
 If you are not using the Nifty Notions Rulers you will need:
4- 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle background fabric
4- 3 1/2" squares of background fabric
4- 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle geese fabric
4- 3 1/2" squares contrast fabric
Draw a diagonal line through each of your 3 1/2" squares

Place it on your 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" geese fabric and sew along the diagonal line.

Trim seam allowance and press open.

Next place your 3 1/2" square contrast fabric and sew along diagonal line.

Trim seam allowance and press open.

Make four of these geese.  Make sure that you place the background fabric on the same side of all your geese.

If you are using your Nifty Notions ruler cut
4- quarter square triangles from a 3 1/2" strip of geese fabric
4- half square triangles from a 3 1/2" strip background fabric
4- half square triangles from a 3 1/2" strip contrast fabric

Place your background fabric on your geese fabric, line up edges, and sew in place.  Press open.

Next place your contrast fabric on the opposite edge and sew in place. Press open.

Make four of these making sure that you place the background fabric on the same side each time.

For the block cut 4- 3 1/2"x 6 1/2" rectangles of background fabric.
Sew these on the point side of each of your geese.

Arrange these units in a pin wheel and sew together.

Yeah your next block is done.

Enjoy!  See you next week for another wild goose chase.