Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Caught up with Month #4 - Star Spangled in Blu

This month's block of the month is the Secret Drawer.  It is a 10-inch block and so easy to do.  This was so fun to sew together.  I loved it.  I am a fan of the blue and white color scheme.

The Star Spangled Banner, the middle of the quilt has four points that are sewn to the middle of the block.  The kit for this month included only the blue fabrics, two of the four points.

     This is the top left corner of the block.  I have not 
     sewn it together yet because the instructions did
     not instruct us to do so.

       This shows the middle of the block and where            the top left corner and bottom right corner will          be sewn to the middle.

     This shows the bottom right corner of the block.         I have not sewn this together yet.

I am assuming that next month's fabric kit to pick-up will include the two other points in brown.  It has been difficult because of the small pieces but I am willing to try.  I do like the look of the quilt.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Star Spangled in Blue - Finished Banner - Month #3

This portion of the Star Spangled Banner was difficult.  There are lots of small pieces and trying to sew it all together with all of the bulk in the seams.  Well, it took me a while but I just finished it this morning.

This is the center of the banner.
It is 8.25 inches square.

Here is the photo of the entire block, Star Spangled Banner.  

22" Block

The portion that I just finished is in the center and it is on point.  I peeked at the next month's instructions and we are sewing some of the 3-part point corners.  I am not looking forward to sewing these small pieces together.  It's the sewing them together which is a pain.  As I stated before there is a lot of bulk to sew through.  To be honest, I would try to make it as perfect as possible but I gave myself a maximum of three tries to fix the "visible imperfections."  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Star Spangled in Blu - Finished months 1 & 2

Well, I finished the first package of the BOM, Star Spangled in Blu.  I sewed together all of the navy blocks of the Star Spangled Banner.

This little portion of the Star Spangled Banner is only 4 7/8 inches (unfinished) probably closer to 5 inches without the rounded ends from corner to corner or each side.  Ugh!  I really dislike these small pieces.  I had to make eight of them but sewing both both parts together was difficult.  I like to keep the papers on until I am finished joining them but there was too much bulk.  I found it far easier to remove the paper and join them together.

Here is the Star Spangled Banner block that the eight navy pieces (the first photo above) will be sewn together with eight of the brown little blocks.  The reason I decided to show this 22 inch block is I just peeked at next months packet and that is what is in store for me to do with a nice larger block!  Yes to the larger block!

I was able to finish the navy blocks because it was Saturday.  Sunday will quickly come to a close and I will probably not have much time to make the brown bits until later in the week.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New BOM - Star Spangled in Blu

This new block of the month started two months ago.  I am catching up and just started to work on the first two months.  

This is the cover of the new block of the month.  It is by the same designer as the Flock of Feathered Stars, Carolyn Cullinan McCormick.  I love her designs and was so happy that my quilt store, Fabric Garden chose this quilt to have as a BOM.  I forgot to mention that this quilt is totally paper-pieced.  Some quilters like it and some hate it.  I love it!

The first two months were in the same packet we pick-upped.  I did the easy and larger block first:  Ducklings.  It would have been easy to just cut the pieces and sew together but I think it was selected because it is an easy block to paper-piece.  It is a 10 inch block.

If you look at the quilt on the cover you can see that there is a medallion block in the middle, the Star Spangled Banner.  We will be sewing parts of this block every month.  Here is this months part of the block that we sewed.

These were very small pieces to sew together.  I disliked sewing all those small pieces but I know that it has to be done.  There were eight of them and brown combined to make that 22 inch star.  

I will work on the next month's "Star Spangled in Blu" block and part of the Star Spangled Banner.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Summer Sampler Quilt - Assembly

The twelve blocks are sewn together.  I opted for the dark background (navy).  The blocks are arranged on point.

The fabric is a "colored" solid muslim.  I enjoyed using the solid fabrics.  I LOVE solids so this was so enjoyable.  The measurement of this portion of the quilt is 51.5" x 68.5".  There are four borders to add to the quilt.  Border 1 is 2 5/8" wide (top and bottom) and 3" wide (side border).  Border 2 is the pieced border.  Border 3, top/bottom and side borders are 2 1/4" wide.  The 4th Border is grey and is 4" wide.  I will post a photo of the quilt as I finish each border.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday Sampler - Month #12

This month is the last of the Saturday Sampler Quilt.  The block is called Columbia.  it is an easy and colorful block to sew.  As I always try to do, I make a solid muslim block and a 1880's reproduction fabric block.

Saturday Sampler - Solid Muslim

Saturday Sampler - 1880's Reproduction Fabric

I have been sewing the inner and outer borders.  It is a very colorful quilt.  I have never made a quilt with a dark background before now.  I am excited to compete it.  I will post photos of the progress of putting this quilt together.  The quilt is on point with a dark background.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Saturday Sampler BOM - Month #10 - Perseus and Month #11 - Dorado

These are the next two months of the Saturday Sampler BOM in the two color ways:  Solid Muslims and 1880's Reproduction fabrics:

Solid Muslins
Month #10 - Perseus
1880's Reproduction Fabrics
Month #10 - Perseus

Solid Muslins
Month #11 - Dorado

1880's Reproduction Fabrics
Month #11 - Dorado

There is one more month left to complete this Block of the Month Quilt.  I also received the finishing kit two months ago and haven't started it.  Hopefully, it will not be difficult.  I hope to have it finished SOON!