Saturday, September 22, 2012

And the winner is....

The winner is...

Catherine with her comment "So cute! Thank you for the tutorial. Log Cabin blocks are the best!"

I am sending you a congratulatory email as we speak.  Thanks for everyone who left a comment.  I really had a great time with the Dots on Dots Blog Hop.  Thanks again to Quilt Taffy and Madame Samm for putting it on.  

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dots on Dots Blog Hop

Here is the schedule for my fellow dots on dots blog hoppers for today.

Today is my day for the dots on dots blog hop. I have been inspired by all the dotty cuteness going on.  I decided to make a wonky log cabin for my block.  I used a tutorial by quilt dad  at the following:  I will walk you through the steps.

First you need a center block. It can be square or rectangular.  Somewhere around 2.5 - 3".  You add another strip to the bottom.  No need to pin or trim to size before sewing.

Sew the two strips together and trim.  You want to make one side a little wonky.

 Add another strip on the right.  Trim a little wonky.

 Keep adding strips like a regular log cabin block.

You want to keep those slightly wonky angles.

More dotty goodness.

You keep adding strips to the block and keep playing with your slight angles.

When you think your block is getting close to size check it against your 12.5 inch ruler.

You want to make your outer rows of strips a little larger than the ruler so that you can add some final wonkiness to your block.  Quilt Dad added a white strip around the edge but I prefer to keep going with my strips.

This is the final result.  Even the dogs paw prints look dotty.  I have to admit I really had to scrounge through my stash for dots.  They are cute but not necessarily me.  Hope you enjoyed your venture into the wonky log cabin world.

Finally I have some dotty fabric left from my project.  Who does not love big scraps.  Scraps are wonderful.  Just leave a comment in order to win. I will announce the winner on Saturday.

Thanks to Quilt Taffy and Madame Samm for this fun blog hop.  If you want to see more wonky log cabin blocks head over to The Modern Quilt Guild and check out the blocks for September 20.  Modern Quilt Guild members from all over submitted QuiltCon challenge blocks to be used in charity quilts.

Peacock Quilt

I got some Plume fat quarters and I am going to pick up the peacock panel.  I am going to use Sidelight for my pattern.  This is going to be a quilt for my husband.  We have a volunteer garden at the Mayfield Nature Preserve in Austin and they have several peacocks that live on the grounds.  He really wants a quilt to remind him of the park.  It is up at the top of my list after I finish up some of my WIP's.  I got some backing fabric this week and I am ready to get cracking.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Birds, Bees and Butterfly Strands Quilt

I made a sample quilt for our charity block drive for the Austin Modern Quilt Guild.  I used a tutorial from Fresh Lemons called Birds, Bees and Butterfly Strands  I used a color scheme of pinks and greys.  The basic block was a 8.5" square of Kona White.   I did mine as a baby quilt but we are going to do lap-size quilts.

Birds, Bees and Butterfly Strands

So easy breezy to make.  It makes a very bright and modern quilt.  Just perfect for a young girl.

I was in a scrap swap and had to make a homemade item.  I made up a slab of the same fabrics as above.  I used it for a cute zipper pouch which I did not take a picture of before I sent it off.  Hopefully my swap partner will like it.  I am a big fan of slabs.  "Sunday Morning Quilts" spoke to me as far as building slabs went.  

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I am a giveaway winner. Yeah.

I went to a meetup with a sister modern quilt guild a couple of weekends ago.  We met at the Quilt Haus in New Braunfels, Texas.  Deanna, the owner of the shop, was given some charm squares packs and fabric stacks by Jim the Moda rep for a nice giveaway.  I got the grand prize.  It is 40 fat quarters of Simply Color by V and Co.  I am so excited.  I have never had that much fabric from one line.  Hmmm.  Now what to do with it.  I have been checking out queen size quilt patterns and have not found one that screamed out to me.  If you guys have any suggestions please feel free to comment.  Below is a picture of my lovely stack.  I keep the stack by my computer for inspiration.

I finished up my wonky circle of stars from the very berry kerry QAL.  I needed scraps of the very same material for another quilt so I had to get on it.  I think I am going to use it for a wall hanging.  I made the mistake of buying a very cheap piece of solid material because I liked the color.  It does not like to be ironed so I am assuming it is not going to like to go in the dryer.  Note to self:  Do not ever buy cheap solid fabric.  I am going to stick with Kona, Moda, or Michael Miller from now on.  

I have been busy putting charity quilt kits together and cutting up fabric and strips for our new charity quilt for the guild.  Today I am heading to the Austin Quilt Guild Quilt Show.  I heard they have some really fabulous quilts.  Of course there are the vendors.  Yeah.  Then on to another meetup here in Austin.  It is always fun to get together with fellow quilters.  I am hoping to win more fabric.  A charm square pack would be great.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More Quilts

I have had the quilting bug lately.  I am either piecing or cutting.  I am shopping from my stash and coming up with quilts either for friends, family or charity.  I am mostly using my tried and true patterns especially for the charity quilts.  I don't have pictures yet but hope to by next weekend.

I finished up my batik quilt.  Got to love batiks in blue. This one is going to the state charity drive as a silent auction item. 

I am still waiting to get my quilting sewing machine back from the shop.  Bad motor.  Singer is replacing the motor but I have to pay for the labor.  Can't wait to get it back so I can get some quilts done.