Sunday, February 28, 2010

Welcome to the Neighborhood

February was Kris's month for the Snip.Sew.Send bee. She wanted little trees and houses and, I must admist, I was totally intimidated by this block! That's why I kept putting it off. It was silly of me, though, because it was a lot of fun to make.

The tree is based off of the flower tutorial that Kris posted on her blog a little while ago. I didn't have enough fabric to complete the block, but Kris can add more fabric to it when it arrives.

The house is my favorite. It's a dog house! And just in case you couldn't tell it was a dog house, I appliqued a little dog onto the block. So there you go. If you recognize the colors, I used the scraps from the fabrics I used to make the Zakka pillows. I love these colors. Love them. Hopefully Kris will like them too.

This was fun fun fun. I think I need one of these neighborhood quilts now!

Friday, February 26, 2010

House party!

I really loved the idea for Kris's Snip.Sew.Send. blocks this month. All of the examples she put together in her flickr gallery are so fun. But I was a little worried because this kind of block is just so not my style (or so I thought) and rather out of my comfort zone.

I knew I wanted to make some trees (because every neighborhood could use trees!). But then I was stuck. Fortunately, the deadline loomed ever closer helping me to get off my duff and just do it.

neighborhood blocks for Kris
These were so much fun to do!!! I actually ended up making 3 blocks (well, nearly 3... I ran out of background to frame out the tree blocks-- hopefully Kris won't mind finishing them up). I'm sorely tempted to keep the little house, I'm so happy with how it worked out.

Here's a close-up of one of the trees:

kitty tree
I think the little kitty may have spied a birdie up there!

Based on the blocks I've seen so far, this is going to be a really fun quilt. I can't wait to see how they all come together.

I hope you enjoy your blocks, Kris!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pink and Green headed your way, Mama

Robin's idea for her quilt blocks was awesome. I got to make the green and pink blocks. The goal was to make one straight log cabin and one wonky.

For the straight green cabin I tried to put the fabrics in shade groups light, medium, bright and dark. The middle block is a faint-ish floral that I really liked. It had all the shades in it and was perfect for the center square. Then I spiraled out using one strip of each shade as I went around. I put a star on the fabrics from my stash.
The final strip on the right is a fabric Chen sent me at the beginning of this bee. I thought it was a good addition.

Next, I worked on the pink block. This one was going to be wonky and as soon as I opened the package from Robin I knew the bunnies were going to steal the spotlight of this one. They are so flippin' cute. I LOVE making wonky log cabins and didn't really plan ahead much other than the bunny in the center. The dark pink stripes are from my stash. I didn't notice them jumping out quite as much until I cropped the picture. I hope it settles in.

Robin~Although I made these last weekend they are still in the envelope addressed and ready to go. I kept forgetting to take them to the post office with me. They are now in my bag and (as long as I don't space out again) they will be on the way to you tomorrow. I'm not blonde, but I sure can act like it sometimes. =]

Monday, February 8, 2010

Floating Bee February Block

I was so proud of my little February block! It was difficult and challenging for me. I had to rip a few seams, I'll admit. So, when I asked my old roommate if he wanted to see my quilt house and he said, "The only House I want to see is Dr. House MD on Hulu tonight." I couldn't help but roll my eyes. So, I told him I'd give it some Vicodin and a shot of vodka before I took its picture. After I showed him he said, "Well you weren't lying about it being crippled and needing Vicodin." See if I ever show him a quilt block again.

I then showed my boyfriend and he asked if the bee was a flag. When I explained that it was a bee, he asked why it was floating in a block of green. Boys have no imagination! I told him not to sass me and went back to cleaning up my sewing mess.

I'm never showing them my quilt blocks again.

I like it anyway! And I hope Kris does too! :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

This month for Snip.Sew.Send was Kris's month and she wanted small houses. Well the first thing that came to my head was a barn. Even though I think this barn is cute, it is far from perfect or exactly what I imagined it would look like. I do need to warn Kris that it is very thick and I am sorry for that, call it poor planning.