Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 Summer Sampler - Block #8

I was finally able to finish block #8 this afternoon.  The block is named: Princess Cut Star.  It took me a little longer to finish because we changed to another cable company and the installer came this morning and had to change out wire underneath our house and out to the telephone pole.  He was finished until this afternoon so I could finally finish this block.

This block was sewn together with paper piecing.  I enjoyed the process because it is fast, easy and I like the technique.  

I received my 9th block yesterday morning so I will begin sewing that tomorrow afternoon.  I have a class at my local quilt store, "Fabric Garden" in Sacramento.  It is on the Creative Grids rulers.  We are introduced to the incredible rulers by designers who think differently than most of us do.  These make our lives so easy by helping us make straighter and more accurate cuts of the fabric.  I can't wait to see which ruler we will be using and learning about tomorrow.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Summer Sampler - Block #7

Woo Hoo!  I finished another block, #7, called the "Turning Star."  The block was sewn together using foundation paper piecing.  It was again, fast and easy to do because of the paper piecing.





Some of the colors depicted above are not correct.  The background is white (not beige) and the center colors are pretty close to the actual colors.  

I have one more block and I am essentially caught up with the 2017 Summer Sampler.  The next block will be in my email Monday morning.  I will try to sew that block together ASAP.  In the meantime, block #8 is awaiting my attention.


Summer Sampler 2017 - #6

I am slowly catching up on the 2017 Summer Sampler by three quilters:  Katie (swimbikequilt.com), Lee (freshlypieced.com) and Faith (freshlemons.com). Their blogs are informative, wonderful and modern.  I receive their blog posts through email and always read them.  I enjoy their tips and looking at their quilts.

Week #6 block is called the "Marine Star."  I love all of the blocks but this I enjoyed sewing it and of course, the paper piecing.  I know that there are quilters who do not care for paper piecing but I can understand you non-acceptance of this technique:  working on the back of the paper, purchasing the special paper piecing paper and sewing through all of the thickness of the fabric but I love it so much.  To me it is easy and quick especially considering the sharp points are really SHARP!  This block is my favorite, so far.




Well, I have two more blocks to complete:  blocks 7 & 8.  I will continue to work.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer Sampler 2017 - Block #5

Once again, I am catching up with these blocks of the week.  I am several weeks behind, four to be exact.  Block #5 is called Alchemy, a medieval slant that reminds me of the Dark Age.

This block was another fun block to sew together.  Not that difficult but you had to be precise in your sewing and pinning (I'm an avid user of pins) to be sure that certain seams would meet in order to look crisp and well sewn.



I don't know what is wrong with me or my camera.  I can't get the correct colors of the blocks to transfer to this post.  I will have to read up on it.

Blocks 6, 7 and 8 still to do!  Catching up.....

Monday, July 3, 2017

Saturday Summer BOM - 2017

Last Saturday was the sixth block in the Saturday Summer BOM.  The block is called the Lyra.  The colors of the original block are very muted and blue/green. I loved sewing both of the blocks.


12.5 Inches - Unfinished

This photo does not reflect the true colors.
I am not sure how to fix it.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Catching up - Sleigh Bell Block of the Month - #10 and #11

I am slowly catching up with all of my block of the month projects.  I find that I catch up and then the month ends and I am behind again. 

Month's 10 and 11 were very sweet blocks:  the Christmas House and the Snow Flake.  I just finished the Snow Flake this morning and the Christmas House yesterday.  I enjoyed sewing them together once they were finished but I must say that I don't like sewing the small pieces.  I feel like I am all thumbs when I try to pin and sew them together.






This block of the month is coming to an end soon.  The twelfth block will be the next one I receive.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 Summer Sampler - #4 - Rosetta Star

Monday of this week, I received the fourth installment of the 2017 Summer Sampler.  It is a lovely block and very easy to sew together because it was paper-pieced.

Week #4 - Rosetta Star - 12" Finished