Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Marianne had some crosses in her inspiration mosaic which inspired me, but I couldn't manage to get them wonky like I'd hoped. How does one achieve the wonky and still meet the required measurements?
I should also mention how much I loved this line of fabrics, especially the green and blue prints I put in the block.
I'm really quite surprised with myself that I have the May block done and in the mail and it's still April! Let's hope I can keep up this keener attitude for the duration of the Bee!
Edited to add: Here is the answer to my question! So much easier than what I put myself through!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I finished up my first block for the Sew Modern Bee. Marianne set the parameters very broadly - use the fabric that was sent, and she provided a a huge variety of possibilities for blocks.
Marianne liked all of the Quilt along blocks that Elizabeth of Oh Fransson posted on Sew Mama Sew as part of Quilting Month this month, so I took the opportunity to try my hand at a dresden plate.
Hope you like it, Marianne!
It should be on its way to you this week!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Therein lie my first mistake.
I'm not sure if many of you out there have worked with vintage linens much. Sara made a beautiful picnic quilt a while back. My experience was not so beautiful. The materials were all of a different thickness and stretchiness. They were all cotton or cotton blend, so stretch shouldn't have been a factor, but I'm sure some of these things were 30 years old or more! So the back is crookedy as all get out.
So with an assortment of blues, pinks, yellows and green circles of various diameters cut out I decided to take Holly's advice and try spray basting them on to save myself pinning. This did not work! I don't know if it was because my spray baste was on its last legs or what, but I ended up pinning every circle down like crazy. No time was saved, but I mighta cursed a wee bit. (as an aside, for my onesies I used fusible web and that might have been better but I was out).
Does anyone out there have experience with raw edge appliqueing? Is there a better way to have done this? My experience makes me weary to try my hand at a ticker tape quilt. If the quilt is well loved and gets washed a lot, do raw edges not make sense?
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Edited to add - if there is a Candian reader out there (Beth??) who is looking for an All-Canadian Bee, the Great White North Bee has room!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Hope you are all enjoying your Easter weekends. It's a four day weekend here which has been so great. The Easter bunny tapped me on the shoulder while I was sleeping to ask if he could use those easter eggs I made last year to leave a trail for the kids to help them find their easter treats. I agreed; what a smart bunny to think of those little eggs all forgotten in the basement.
That's my story and I am sticking to it. I think next year we'll make a point of putting them out for the Easter bunny to use. I may smell a tradition in the making!
I am working on a quilt that isn't going super well. More of that to come . . .
. . to assuage myself I've signed up for the FQ swap over at Sew Mama Sew. Swap is open until Monday.
Off for a little walk around Hog's Back Falls with the family. Trying to distract M from her easter candy ..I didn't buy very much but the sugar intake has already been quite high this am, topped off with some of my husband's famous crepes for breakfast. Yikes!