Sunday, May 31, 2009

June blocks are breakin' the law

OK, maybe not, but I don't know all the in and outs of quilt legality. It won't be totally square.

Friday, I mailed the fabric packages to all you beauties. Included are the fabrics in the photo and a little instruction sheet. In short, I would like the blocks to be 6.5" x 12" (which is different then what's on the sheet, but I think 6.5" is best) and for them to be wonky horizontal lines similar to Denise Schmidt's Hop, Skip and Jump pattern. Examples here, here, and here.

This will be our grab and go quilt. We plan to take it to the beach, kayaking, fishing, on picnics, bike rides and Volkswagen shows.
The tulips, yellow and white are thrifted sheets. The purple, green and orange were original part of a white thrifted duvet cover, but I dyed them. In case you wondered, when Rid's Pearl Gray is mixed with Dark Brown you get this eggplant/amethyst purple not taupe-y gray. I really liked the color and thought it still worked with the other fabrics, so I added it.
I am concerned that there isn't enough fabric. I sent out even amounts of what I had, but if you don't have enough just make it as close to 12" long as you can. If you want to add in other fabrics from your stash I am good with that.
This is the sketch of how I think the final quilt will look:
{Front and back}

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can't wait to see all the blocks!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Welcome! Welcome!

Yea! We are finally ready to get going and I can't be more excited.

I just sent an e-mail to all the members, so if you didn't get it, check the spam folder then let me know if you still don't see it.

Following is the block schedule and a little intro for everyone. I feel like this is a "new to the area" mixer and I should give a little conversation starter during intros:

June ~ Adrienne This is me, hey. I am in the midst of a zigzag play quilt and a whirlygiggle something.

July ~ Chen is working on a mess of 9 patches and whipping up some great pillows using Mendocino fabrics, which I love.

August ~ Zonnah is working on the Dear Jane quilt. Her hand applique blocks look fabulous. I love that she includes pictures of the backs.

September ~ Lisa just submitted a killer dress to the American Sewing Guild competition. So original. She also has great money saving tips while still stocking up on necessary sewing stuff.

October ~ Nichole posts great photo tutorials and other must-have info on her blog. So helpful in so many ways.

November ~ Gretchen just made a new dog bed for Stuart. I think he likes it, too.

January ~ Robin is working on four quilts including a Dear Jane, Playtime, Mod-Quilt Sampler and a coin quilt.

February ~ Kris recently returned from her sister's wedding and has been challenged to cut up but preserve her sister's (and mother's) wedding gown. She's looking for ideas, if you have any. Kris also created the banner and button for this blog. Thanks, Kris!

March ~ Tina has donated super cute owl themed bedding for her daughter's art program fund raiser.

April ~ Heather is finishing three, count them three, graduation quilts for loved ones. Her spring magic quilt has recently been completed and makes me want to take it on a picnic.

May ~ Rebecca has a vintage giveaway in progress right now. She's slimming down her fabrics and notions while increasing a lucky winner's.

June 2010 ~ Anne recently created a laptop cozy for her daughter complete with a funky elephant applique. I'm jealous.

One little request. When posting anything please try to use the labels I've started. They are pretty simple: first name-month. I think they should come up when you type in the first few letters of the first name. If we can keep the labeling concise I think it will be easier later. Thanks!

Please feel free to tell more about yourself in a post. Let me know if you have any questions. I will be sending out fabric and instructions in a few weeks. Yea!