Friday, January 29, 2010

Made and Mailed

What a busy couple of weeks I have had. Lots of round robin, exchange and other projects to get finished by today and I did it!

Here are the blocks I made for this round robin. The block is called Sunny Lanes and is pretty easy. I am going with a scrappy theme so dig into your scrap piles!

It is on its way to Lynn in Manitoba!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pinwheel in a Block

I have finally found a block that I liked. I tried one idea and just was not happy with it at all. So searching and searching what I would like to do, I found one!

They are pretty simple to make and pretty fast too. I like the pink, green and blue tied together. So Pink for the edges, green for the 1st square and then blue for the pinwheels. Then I want a neutral colors for the "white" part. I used white as well and a neutralish brown. But I think you can get the idea! Now I just need to send it along.

Which Mary I got your package this week! I have been so busy that I haven't had time to get to it! But as soon as I made some blocks I will post it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Scrappy Rainbow Block

After making several blocks and going back and forth, I decided on my block.
Most of the quilts I make tend to gravitate towards the girly look. This is great for me, but I live in a house of 5 and I am the only girl :) I would like this quilt to be colorful and fun.
My inspiration came from here and here.
I hope everyone has fun making my blocks, that was my ultimate goal :)
I used 4 inch colored squares. The rectangles between the squares is Kona white 2.5 x 4 inches. The sashing is 2.5 x 15.5 inches.
I do ask that you would use Kona white for the background of your colored squares. I get mine at Joann's using the 1/2 price coupon. If anyone needs this, please ask. I would be happy to send you some if needed. I would like 2 blocks, and if possible would like each colored square to be different. All colors are welcomed as this is suppose to be a RAINBOW of colors :)
When I receive all of my blocks I will connect them together with 2.5 inch white sashing. I think it will make a wonderful and fun quilt!

Clearing things up.

I think there is still some confusion out there as to how this all works.

So here is an example:

Lynn fills out her paper and decides what kind of blocks she wants to get. She makes one block and packages it up with her papers and sends it to Pat.

Pat receives the package and reads over the papers learning interesting new things about Lynn and also starts thinking about the block she will make for Lynn using Lynn's preferences and desires as a guideline. She makes the block and packages it up with the papers and Lynn's original block and sends it off to Margaret.

Margaret receives the package and reads over the papers learning interesting new things about Lynn and also starts thinking about the block she will make for Lynn using Lynn's preferences and desires as a guideline. Margaret makes a block and packages it up with the papers, Lynn's original block and Pat's block and sends it off to Carol.

Carol receives the package and reads over the papers learning interesting new things about Lynn and also starts thinking about the block she will make for Lynn using Lynn's preferences and desires as a guideline. Carol makes a block and packages it up with the papers, Lynn's original block, Pat's block and Margaret's block and sends it off to Wendy.

Wendy receives the package, makes a block, adds it to the package and sends to Pam.

The process repeats through Jenn, Michele, Rene, Mary and Crystal and when it comes to me there will be blocks made by everyone but me. I add my block, still using Lynn's preferences as a guide. I package up all the blocks and the papers and mail it to Lynn and she will have at least one block made by each person in the round robin.

It is usually better to wait until you receive a package to start making your block to better match the colors/style that the person is asking for.

Hope this helps clear things up. Please ask questions if you aren't sure about something.


batik leaves

Hello to everyone - I'm excited about starting our round robin, it will be great fun to participate in everyone's design ideas!

I've finally decided on my round robin request. I moved to Connecticut from Washington State 12 years ago. Fall colors are one of my favorite things about New England, and I thought it was about time I made a maple leaf quilt.

This is my inspiration quilt.

Here are the blocks I made:

I have a great orange and green batik which has been sitting in my stash for years which I plan to use for the border and/or sashing. I would prefer mostly batiks, batik-like or tone-on-tone fabrics for the leaves and background, but I am very open to colors. I like whimsical quilts, and realistic accuracy is not important to me in this case. I would like the leaves to be 9.5" unfinished, and a classic leaf pattern can be found lots of places, here is one. However, if you have a different leaf pattern or want to try a free-form leaf, go for it!

I'm excited to see what returns to my mailbox in 12 months!

Friday, January 15, 2010

2nd block

Recieved some new fabric and just had to make another block. I am enclosing it in the package to help with my idea of bright and cheery.
By the way my package is addressed, sealed and ready to go out in tomorrows mail to Crystal Hendricks!
Oh I forgot to add in my directions, could you put me in some of your color scraps that you used, I will be setting these with small stars? Thanks
Ok so i dont know how to add this to my first post.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

So let the games begin!

I sent out an email to everyone (sorry Wendy) this evening with the official information packet for the start of the round robin. Please let me know if any of you have not received it. Also, if you have any questions about how this will work it is better to ask them sooner rather than later. My goal is that everything goes smoothly but I know that this is a new thing for several of you sp there are likely to be some small bumps in the road.

Please check your inbox for my email and let me know if you get it.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pin wheel update...

I deleted my previous post. I never could get the pinwheel to come out the way I wanted it to, so I started over from scratch and created my own paper pieced pinwheel template in EQ6. I will make my block tomorrow and post...Gotta love EQ!
I can sure tell this swap is going to be alot of fun, cant wait to get started, I have my package ready to mail out.
This block is called Double Aster and just happens to be one of my favorite blocks, not only the end results but to make. It is very easy!
I am so looking forward to each of your blocks colors, all colors under the sun. Would like complementary colors to be put together in each block, and yes I will make more than one block , just request it, like those have here and I will do it. Did I ever tell anyone that I LOVE making blocks and sit at my sewing machine nearly all day and at least til 10:30 every night. I had both legs operated on in 2009 which caused me to have to sit while recovering, well what else to do but sew, I discovered block swaps and the rest is history, I am addicted! I am several other swaps with some of you. Love them all!
I will be sending the black background fabric and a individual pattern for each of you, it is on quilterscache, I owe them the credit for this fun block.
Let the block making begin!
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy Trees!!


It's always fun to be doing another swap (as though I don't have enough pans in my fire already!!). Thought I'd just say a quilt "Hi", and show the 4 blocks that I have made to which you will be adding to. If you are willing to make 2 blocks rather than just one, I will do the same for you when I get your blocks. I have just one request of my 12.5" blocks...please send a small scrap of one of the fabrics you used (somewhere around a 4"x4" or 3"x12" or whatever size scrap). I'd like the next people to consider trying to use one or more of the scraps with the blocks so that when I get all blocks back, they really look like they are homogenous.

In case you can't tell, my design for these blocks is fanciful Christmas trees. They may be completely whimsical and modern or very much more traditional in design. I love the variety, but I prefer that these are NOT appliqued. I don't mind some of the holiday prints, but not novelties. I like a red and green only color theme, with bits of white, tan and brown being also acceptable. No beige/off-white please. If you do choose to use whites, kindly avoid the thinner (cheaper) ones which the dark threads show through. I think Kona and Bella are good weight solids. I will sash the blocks in white, so if you use a border, please select a color for it besides white. Have fun!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hi There!

Welcome to our blog! Huge thanks to Rene for getting this set up. I am still waiting for contact information from three of our members. I am giving them until Monday and if I don't hear from them I will open the group up for additional quilters. I have at least one person interested.