Sunday, June 30, 2013

Love Entwined Part 1

Esther Aliu posted her first BOM for Love Entwined on Friday. Up until today I was pressing fabric, and dreaming about which ones I would use in the center of the quilt. Today I took the plunge and started piecing, next will be appliqueing or piecing the ring around this 7 1/2" Mariners Compass, then appliqueing 32 tiny dots on that ring. Stay tuned, that will take a few days!

BOW 44 - Star of Hope

This week's Grandmother's Choice BOW is Star of Hope celebrating the French Suffrage movement. One of the other ladies doing this quilt used a French flag in the center, I copied as best I could (I have no red in this quilt!) See my version here

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Out to Sea progress

Working on these Ocean Wave blocks in segments, got one done as a guide, and now all of the centers are bordered with HSTs. Next up, the corners, then everything left can be put together as HST units

Grandmother's Choice BOW 43

Keeping up, but running out of several fabrics. Last bits of a couple more.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fourth of July quilt

I have been wanting to make a quilt for the Fourth of July for a while. The shop hop by the bay 2013 is going on right now. Yesterday I thought about doing it, and actually made it to five shops. At the last one I saw a wall hanging made from a Judy Martin block, Star Spangled Quilt. As it happens, I have that pattern. So I dug around in my stash and came up with this:

It still needs borders, which will be a red star print, large fun stars.
Twas a short break from lots of half square triangles, but during this I found more strata bits! Maybe I won't need to cut any more, time will tell (after I cut them and count what I have).

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Out to Sea progress

I have been working away at the next round, although no blocks are done yet. There will be 16 Ocean Wave blocks in the next border. These blocks have a plethora of Half Square Triangles (HST), 40 units per block plus another 16 small triangles, 4 large triangles and a large center square.
I have been using Marsha McCloskey's method for make batches of HSTs, starting with squares, cutting bias strips, assembling strata and then finally cutting out the HSTs.

I am not done. I need 640 HSTs. I have about 400 done.

Breaking up the cutting a bit, I started assembling the corner units to attach to the center squares.

I've been busy, just not much to show for it yet! This is what it will grow up to be, someday!

Grandmother's Choice - BOW42

This week's BOW was Cat and Mice. I've made this several times for various samplers. The first one I had to unstitch because my QSTs were rotated, now I am much more careful!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Shipshewana Sampler log cabin blocks

This time around our Quilt-along has two sections, but the same blocks, eight six-inch log cabins, paper pieced. The quarter square triangles were done earlier.

Love Entwined

Esther Aliu is starting another Block of the Month, and it has captivated me. No details yet, just hints, but I am thinking of using the Michelle Hill fabric I got a while back (Adelaide) for it. No guarantees, but I have it and I want to use it, and this could be it. The fabric in the lower right is the background, and if that won't be enough, will also use the fabric in the lower left. I will also probably add some complimentary fabric from stash, but this is a good start.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Grandmother's Choice BOW 40 and 41

BOW 40 is Art Square - Women as artists have been perceived as not as important as male artists, take for example, art quilts. Because they have been made by women, not art, but craft. When done by a man, ground breaking. Just my perception.

BOW 41 is Contrary Wife - wives should put up and shut up - not as much as times past, in some places, but we still have a ways to go.