Monday, July 26, 2010

Wonky Stars are FUN

After one false start I was able to make four wonky maverick star blocks. Way back when I first saw these blocks, I knew I would love making them, I just never got around to doing so. I am so glad you asked for these, Rebecca. I loved making them. =]

Monday, July 19, 2010

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

This month begins round two for Snip.Sew.Send. Unfortunately some of the ladies had to step out due to life changes but they will be missed! Now there are only seven of us and we will make two blocks so that we end up with a total of 14.

July was Lula Dahl's turn and she requested wonky stars. The sky was pretty much the limit on what we could do with them. I decided to make one a bit normal and one that was not.

First up is the so called simple one. I say that because it gave me a lot of trouble. It is funny how a simple block can be the problem child while the more complex one was easy. The issue with this block was due to me sewing at one in the morning. I know, bad zonnah for sewing when tired. Always a no, no. But for the record I could not sleep :( Also, I had to get creative with the blue fabric to make it fit the block and I used every last piece of it!

Did you notice the star was rotated? I also copied Anne's star block and put muliple fabrics in the points.

Next, is my favorite. I love this block and think it would be interesting to see a whole quilt made out of it.

I hope you like it Rebecca.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

SSS Road Trip

Again, still catching up on some belated blocks. Anne, I have yours all finished and ready to send back to you.

I love road trips. I always have. Growing up we would drive to our vacations whether it was "up north" to my grandparents house or out to Cedar Pointe for some camping and roller coasters. As an adult I still love a road trip. Dirty (my boyfriend) and I have plans to drive out to a big VW show in California.

This block was inspired from my love of a road trip. I used MapQuest to plot out the routes I would take from my house to visit all of the SSS bee members. Each leg of the 7818 mile trip is represented with a different strip of fabric. I wrote our initials to mark each member, but smudged it in the photo. That's why it looks like part of the block is taped together.

The green part was fused on the white background, then the strips were appliqued in place and stitched over a few times. I also added a VW bus (or maybe a camper) from my highly coveted remaining scraps of this fabric.

And did you notice? The person by the bus is holding a map! =]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SSS Quilt I

I finished putting together my SSS I quilt top. It is lovely! Thank you so much, everyone! All your blocks turned out amazing!

I'll post a picture of it when it's complete. It's the perfect lap quilt for cozy nights on the couch. I'm thinking of hand quilting it? Any ideas? What about ideas on what color binding to use?

Also, I have a lot more scraps left over than I anticipated...I am never going to use them all so I offered them all up to you on our Flickr group, but just in case not everyone checks any of you want some scraps from this quilt? They're all usable. If more than one of you wants them, I will split them up. Just let me know! I'll give you until next week to let me know and then I'll ship them out to whoever wants them. :)

Thanks again ladies! I love this quilt and will treasure it for many, many years to come.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A map of my childhood

Anne requested "Map" blocks which we could interpret as loosely as we wanted, and she said the same goes for technique. I really hope mine's okay... it feels pretty loose!

Snip.Sew.Send. June block for Anne
This is a map of my neighborhood as a child. We lived on 40th Avenue South.

40th Avenue South
My house is at the bottom of the cul-de-sac (Jeff is my brother). There were a number of families in the neighborhood with kids-- those names penned in the houses are theirs. There was always lots to do in the 'hood... playing ball, dance parties over at Stephanie's house (thus the music notes), climbing into the treehouse over at LeighAnne and Johnny's, or racing down from the top of the cul-de-sac on our bikes and big wheels (I'm not so good at drawing those-- but I tried!).
treehouse and truck close-up

There was often baseball action too-- home plate was always in front of our house, the pitcher would stand on the blue reflector in the center, first base was the ever-present truck, second was the manhole cover, and third was at the mailboxes. When I was little, we also had a cat named Sammy... she's hanging out near Ben's house.

I used a number of techniques in this one, including some that were new to me.
  • I started by using a Pigma pen to sketch out the cul-de-sac and things I new I wanted to embroider.
  • Then I colored in sections with crayons (using Carrie P.'s tutorial for coloring on fabric as a guide).
  • Next I used fusible web and did the "Sketchy Stitchy Applique" technique, as described at Bloomin' Workshop. I really loved how that worked! The look really appeals to me, and it was so simple to do.
  • Then I went through and embroidered all over the place, mostly with two strands of floss, but sometimes with one.
  • Lastly, I finished the trees. I used two different colors of green thread and threaded both of them through the needle on my machine (so two threads were going through the needle). Then I freemotion stitched the treetops. Using two threads gave it a nice thick look, and the different colors gives them a little more dimension.

Overall, I'm really happy with how it all came together. The only bump in the road was my inability to do math. The block is supposed to be 10.5" x 14.5", including 1.5" borders. Mine ended up 12" x 15". Whoops. I'm really hoping that Anne won't mind it being a little big, or trimming it down and ending up with slightly narrower borders. I blame my baby-brain! (I wonder how long I can get away with that excuse?) :)

I can't believe it has already been a year of Snip.Sew.Send.! I've had so much fun making blocks for all of you fabulous bee buddies, and I've learned a lot too. This virtual quilt bee really gave me a chance to push myself and try some new things. It has been fabulous! I'm looking forward to participating in another, once life settles down again.

Thanks so much, ladies!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tragically Late...

...but made with the sincerest of apologies. I am so terribly behind on making bee blocks. It is disgraceful. Rebecca, here are 3 (well, 2 1/2) blocks for you. I misread the instructions and two of the blocks are only 9". One more was started, but I didn't have enough long strips to finish it.
I received your SSS2 fabric Saturday. The plan is to finish those this week, too. I'm going to send them all together if that's OK with you.

These colors and fabrics are so happy and cheerful together! =]

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Film and Thread

Anne from Film and Thread asked us to make a block with the theme of maps. She said it could be loosely interpreted. My first idea was to do a treasure map but that was quickly vetoed when I thought of this block which plays of her blog title.

Everything but the border was hand stitched because to me inset seems are easyier to make by hand then on the machine.

The block went together smoothly until I got to the end I realized that I made it too big and that adding a 1.5 inch border would make it bigger than asked for. I emailed Anne and she was very nice and said it would be ok. Then when I went to add the borders I once again made a math error and made the border to small! This whole fiasco sums up this month for me. Oh well, in the end I love it. It is so fun imagining something in your head and seeing it come to life.