Sunday, July 17, 2016

New - Sleigh Bell BOM

I neglected to mention that I joined a new Block of the Month (BOM).  It is called the "Sleigh Bell BOM."  It has a total of twelve blocks and it is coincidentally a twelve month BOM.  Every month the participants pick-up fabric at Fabric Garden (my local quilt shop) in Sacramento.  We follow the instructions from the book:  "Winter Wonderland."  It looks fairly easy so I thought it would be fun to do.  

I like the book as I thumbed through it last week just before I signed up for the BOM.  This is fairly easy so we do not have a class but just a pick-up of the fabric and take it home to sew.  The book, "Winter Wonderland" is written by Sherri Falls of "This & That Pattern Company."  It has quite a few quilts to make and they look easy.  The instructions are very clear.  The Sleigh Bell pattern is the last one in the book.

This is block one, a Pine Tree.  It was fast and easy to sew.  The middle of the block is 8.5" x 8.5" square. Total measurements of the block including the borders are 10.5" x 10.5" square.  

River Rock BOM - Month 7

I just finished this month's River Rock BOM.  I just love sewing the blocks.  I think I mention that fact every month but I enjoy sewing them because they are large pieces and they are beautiful batiks (my favorite fabric).  It is so relaxing knowing that there is a little leeway so I am not stressing when the seams are not perfect!  I will be sad when this BOM is over...two months from now, September.  Very sad indeed but I will put this together and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Block B - 20.5" x 20.5" (UF)

Block A - 13" x 13" (UF)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Flock of Feathered Stars - Month 12

Wow!  I can't believe that it has been twelve months since we started the first month of Flock of Feathered Stars!  There are only six more months of this BOM.  It has been fun and I have enjoyed sewing most of the blocks.  I love paper piecing but the ones that are small are a bit more difficult just because of the small size.  This month's block had larger "feather" pieces.

12.5" x 12.5" (UF) - The Hour Glass

Three border blocks - 6.5" x 6.5"

When I said that the "feathers" of this block were large, I meant that the squares to make them were 2.75" squares and cut on the diagonal.  Fun, Fun, Fun!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along Part 1

Today is our first triple-digit temperature in the Sacramento area.  I think I will sew all day, turn the air conditioner on to a comfortable temperature and watch television all day while I sew.  The temperature is supposed to reach 100 degrees today by 3 PM.  Ugh!

I just wanted to show you what supplies you need to start this quilt:

I purchased: two jelly rolls of "Little Ruby;" 3 yards of the background fabric "Aqua Little Bliss Dots" and an extra yard of Bell bleached white fabric from my local quilt store.  Just in case I purchased the incorrect white jelly rolls.  I had two junior jelly rolls in my stash.  I love having the white as background.  It reminds of clean white laundry.

I purchased the two rulers from the Fat Quarter Shop:  a 4 1/2" Double Strip Ruler/Equilateral Triangle and a 4 1/2" Hexagon Trim Tool.  I hope to use them often in the future.  They are not cheap.

Little Ruby Quilt Along - Continuing - Part 2

I have a few notes to add to the completion of the "stars" from Part 2 of Little Ruby.

I forgot to mention that the makers of the colorful quilt (shown below on the left) added that another quilt can be made from the leftover fabric (quilt on the right).

The instructions want us to make only one top and one bottom of the star block. I easily made two tops and bottoms from the two strips.  I am thinking that I might be able to make two of the colorful quilts and maybe one large quilt with the lighter top and bottom star blocks along with the left over colorful blocks.

Additional tips:  I used the small rotary cutter, 28 mm to cut the triangles.  I felt like I had better control of the rotary cutter.  It was easier to trip around the template.

I also noticed that the fabrics used in colorful quilt were not the light blue or aqua fabric.  I just assumed that the aqua was too close to the background fabric.  In other words, there was no contrast between them.

My last tip is to heed Kimberly's advice: heavily starch the two pieces before you start cutting the parts for the star.  The bumps can make the fabric shift and cause inaccurate cutting.

I am almost done with the making of the tops and bottoms of the stars.  I will take photos of them this afternoon.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt - Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

I subscribe to the Fat Quarter Shop's blog, the Jolly Jabber.  I read the blog and was immediately interested in one of the Quilt Along's:  Little Ruby.  The pattern was designed by Camille Roskelly.  The fabric used is called Little Ruby and was designed by Camille and her mother, Bonnie Olaveson.  They design fabric and are known as "Bonnie and Camille."  I always buy at least a layer cake or jelly roll, sometimes both of their just released fabrics.  I love almost all of their fabric lines!  Camile's patterns are sold under the name, "Thimble Blossoms" and Bonnie's are sold under the name, "The Cotton Way."  They are a very talented mother/daughter team.

Kimberly mentions that you are able to make two quilts with all of the fabric purchased.  I love that!  It just seems remarkable.

This quilt looks like fun and the instructions seem fairly easy too.  There are four parts to this quilt along:  
                Part 1 - Getting Started was released on 5/30/2016, 
                Part 2 - Star Blocks was released on 6/13/2016,
                Part 3 - Quilt Assembly will be released 6/27/2016, and
                Part 4 - Finished Quilts will be released 7/11/2016.
The two parts that were released has a printable instruction sheet and a YouTube video on the Fat Quarter Shop's channel.  I am assuming that the last two parts will have the same instruction sheet and video.

I ordered all of the supplies from the Fat Quarter Shop:  2 -Little Ruby Jelly Rolls (55130JR), Background and Binding - 3 yards of fabric (55134-12) and 1 - Creative Grids Hexagons Trim Tool (CGRJAW4) and 1-Creative Grids 60 degree Double Strip Rules (CGRDBS60).  I already had two White Bella Solids Jelly Rolls (9900JR-98) in my stash.  The white jelly rolls were Junior sized and I noticed that Kimberly had two regular sized rolls on the video (I purchased two junior rolls from the instructions on the supply list) so I went to my local fabric shop and purchased one yard of White Bella Solids yardage just in case I did not have enough white. 

Most of the items arrived while we were in San Diego.  I had to do my BOM's, Flock of Feathered Stars and River Rock first.  So now I will start following the instructions from The Jolly Jabber blog.  I could post photos but you can watch the YouTube videos because they will show a better quality of photos/videos than I can produce.

          Part 1 - Little Ruby YouTube Video:
          Part 2 - Little Ruby YouTube Video:  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

River Rock - Month 6

I have been sewing the two BOM's that I committed to finish for months now, the Flock of Feathered Stars and River Rock.  I am close to the end of River Rock so I want to keep up and not fall behind.

I finished the current month of River Rock.  It is a fun quilt with large blocks and very colorful batiks, which I love.  

Block A
13" x 13" (unfinished)

Block B
20" x 20" un(finished)

Spacer Block
8" x 13" (unfinished)

The final part of the instructions is that I am to sew the spacer block onto the top of Block A.