May 31, 2014

Birthday Sampler, Block 9, May

There is only one Birthday in May for this sampler, and this is the lovely block chosen. These are my new yellows, and I love both of them! The dark color is really purple, even though it doesn't look like it. The block came out a tad small, so I think I will log cabin around it with the white to make it the correct size. Phew! Finished just in time!

May 30, 2014

Loyal Union Sampler BOW 30 Two Bears Farm

Every week I am surprised at how many BOWs I have completed. This is number 30.  It was a fairly easy block to sew. Even though I am hand sewing I still make my 1/2 square triangles big and cut them to size. I found myself stitching at gym with my triangles complete, but no way to press and trim! I cut out about half of the cornerstones this week. I have yet to decide if I will put the blocks together in order as in the book or in a different order.

May 27, 2014

Scrappy Sawtooth Progress

14 blocks are completed. 3 sets of 4 are sewn together.  It is coming along!

May 26, 2014

Dance Recital

Ballet and Hip Hop. V was also in the Hip Hop dance after her ballet dance.
Photo Bomb! I couldn't have taken a better picture if I tried!

For those of you coming from Esther's WOW-I couldn't resist this post! For something quilty,  see the Scrappy Sawtooth Progress!

May Flowers

The garden is in bloom.

May 25, 2014

Jane Austen BOW 8, Eliza's Star

This week's BOW is finished! The Y-seams gave me a bit of trouble, but I pressed them into submission. I do feel the need to add more fabric choices to the blocks....

May 23, 2014

LUS BOW 29 A House Divided

This week's BOW from the Loyal Union Sampler is A House Divided. With only 8 pieces the block went together quickly. It took just about one hour to sew.

May 19, 2014

Jane Austen BOW #7-Philadelphia Block

Block #7 of the Jane Austen BOW.  It is another fairly easy block. But I need to check my seam allowances. My seams were off by a small amount again. :(

May 13, 2014

Loyal Union Sampler BOW 28, Abigail's Swing

Abigail's Swing. I am finished early again this week. Woo hoo! There are a lot of Y-seams in this block which makes my center a bit wonky. The block is the right size though! I love this bird, nest and flower fabric. It has been in my stash for quite a while and I am glad I kept it. The motifs are a nice size for the small pieces of the block.
Loyal Union Sampler Book 

May 11, 2014

Jane Austen BOW 6 Empire Star

This week's Jane Austen BOW is called Empire Star. I added a new fabric to the 7 I am currently using for this quilt. In this picture it looks like a light pink, but it is more of a off white with the pink flowers.

May 10, 2014

American Heroes, Quilts of Valor, Family Quilts

At my last local quilt guild meeting, we had a speaker come give us a challenge.
The town we meet in has an annual outdoor quilt show in the month of September. Sheila told us of a challenge to every quilter in the area to make 50 red white and blue quilts to donate to Quilts of Valor, American Heroes, or any service member we personally know to show in the quilt show. So I got to thinking and signed up to be part of that challenge. The block on the right is the first block of a modern red white and blue quilt for my sister. The block on the left is for one of our guild member's daughter. She is leaving for 6 months to watch her daughter's kids while her daughter is deployed. After it is displayed in the quilt show, I will send the quilt as a surprise to our guild member and her daughter. The one for my sister I will send to her when she returns to the states in November. At our next guild meeting, we will be slyly asking members to make their own scrappy star blocks to add to the quilt-while still trying to keep it a secret! I will also ask for the modern blocks, but that doesn't have to be a secret!
Both quilts are to be sewn together block to block without any sashing. I hope to update progress soon!

May 7, 2014

Jane Austen BOW 5-Village Square

I think this was the easiest block so far. And that can be nice sometimes. I have tons of sewing I would like to catch up on (who doesn't?) and this helped give me extra time. This block really showcases that main fabric. The blog post shows a version with a pieced center.

May 6, 2014

LUS BOW 27-Glad Tidings

Ah, such a pretty block. Only 4 1/2 hours. Ugh, it is too big though!!
I am hoping I can add sashing, and trim that smaller to make it the correct size together.

May 2, 2014

LUS BOW 26-Rhode Island

This week's block went together very well, if a tad too big.