Monthly Archives: January 2011

Block 3 of 16

Three down, Thirteen to go for the 2011 Bloggers; Block-A-Palooza Quilt Along.  This block was designed by Amanda Sasikirana from sasikirana handmade with a mix between shoofly and flying geese.  It was a tad teedious using just triangles for flying geese; however, the result was worth it!

For more details about the Quilt-A-Long, click on the button below.  Also, check out the Flickr group.

Quilt Dad

Block Two: Thankful for My Decoder

Block 2 of the 2011 Bloggers; Block-A-Palooza Quilt Along is complete:

I just realized that there are 16 blocks in this quilt-a-long.  I still have 14 more blocks to go to try to stay on track.  Block two was just posted yesterday by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! blog.  Similar to Elizabeth’s awesome tutorials on her blog, the instructions and level of detail she provided for this block was great.  She included a whole section with color variations and a key to ensure proper placement of each block. With the five different fabrics, I had to make my own key out of fabric scraps and double sided tape.  If you are participating in the 2011 Bloggers; Block-A-Palooza Quilt Along, I would really recommend creating a key too!

For more details about the Quilt-A-Long, click on the button below.  Also, check out the Flickr group.

Quilt Dad

Sliced and Diced

Last Friday, Elizabeth from the Don’t Call Me Betsy’s Blog posted the cutting instructions for the Sliced Coin Quilt Along.  I dug into my stash and selected the following fabrics to be paired up with Kona Coal.

Follow the Flickr group to see the progress, as the fabric selections turn into quilts.

In the Middle of Everything

This week was great, as I had a few finishes with the snowman charity quiltsea turtle project, a pillowcase, and a selvage mug rug.  At the same time, I started two sew-a-longs:

Here is a summary of my current quilting projects.  As you can see, I am in the middle of every one of them.

Click on the link below to explore this week’s Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Block 1: Check

Of my many quilting goals for 2011, I wanted to join the 2011 Bloggers; Block-A-Palooza Quilt Along and keep up!  Block One was posted by Quilt Dad’s blog.   So far my goal is on track – I just finished my version tonight with the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms line.

For more details about the Quilt-A-Long, click on the button below.  Also, check out the Flickr group.

Quilt Dad

Sea Turtles: Take 2

Happy Monday!  This weekend, I finished up my sea turtle project using used McKenna Ryan’s Sea Breeze Pattern.  I attempted applique for the first time.  I created two color variations: pastel and bold colors.  Each 12″ square block was machine quilted and stretched over canvas.  Which version do you like best?

Since this is a more modern design, I am linking up with the Sew Modern Monday Link Up hosted by Canoe Ridge CreationsCheck out other people’s {Sew} Modern Monday links.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Philly Modern Quilt Guild Sewing

Today I worked on several projects for the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild.


Last November, I participated in a Charity Sewing Night with guild.  I just finished up the quilting and binding for a snowman themed quilt.  It was a collaboration with Julie’s blocks and help with Andrew for sashing and borders.

Our guild is also making pillowcases, here is one that I made for our new charity project – Canine Companions.

Lastly, our February meeting will incorporate a Mug Rug Swap with a challenge to try something new.  Here is my mug rug, where I incorporated selvages.

Do you want a similar Mug Rug?  As part of the Pay It Forward 2011, I will send something handmade (this Mug Rug) to the first 3 people who leave a comment. To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog, offering the same thing to 3 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 3 people sometime in 2011.  I will be receiving something handmade from Elizabeth from The Modern Lady Blog.  She received something handmade from Belle + Bee, who received something handmade from Lindsay Sews, and on and on.

Sew In with Sea Turtles

After many nights working with my second version of my Sea Turtle Applique project, I spent the January Friday Night Sew In to finish it.  Well, it is almost finished — I just need to stretch my quilt block onto canvas.

See what others worked on last night, by linking over to Heidi’s blog or the flickr group.

Book Report: Material Obsession

For the January meeting of the Philly Modern Quilt Guild, we had a book review night with our favorite quilt books.  Books ranged from detailed visuals for quilting basics, machine quilting, sewing projects, and three different books based on really creative Japanese quilts.

The two books that I shared with the guild are by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fiekle.  They are Material Obsession and Material Obsession 2.  The books have very detailed instructions and have full pictures of the final quilts.  I am going to be doing a large pineapple quilt, which was one of my quilting goals for the year.  I have enjoyed their books so much, I now follow their blog.

One of the books that I got to preview last night was Elizabeth Hartman’s new book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quilter.  There is a quilt that I can’t wait to start — Kitchen Windows!

What are your favorite quilting books?

Kona Banana 4 Kona Swap

Yesterday, I went shopping for my Kona solid for the Gen X Quilters Kona Your World Fat Quarter Swap.  It was great picking from all of the various colors with no intention of having it flow with any of my current stash.  My swap color will be Banana: