Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sleigh Bell Block of the Month - Month 9

This month's block of the month for the Sleigh Bell Quilt is an ornament.  It was very easy because the instructions are easy to understand and the pieces of the block are large.


I enjoyed this little ornament.  I usually sew with the television on and I watched the last NCAA March Madness game:  Kentucky vs. North Carolina. I also enjoyed watching the game and sewing my block.  

Three more months to go and all of the blocks will be complete.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Creative Grids - Week #2 - Strippy Stars

This week's Creative Grids class focused on the "Strippy Stars Ruler," Designed by Deb Heatherly, CCRDH2.  The companion book, "Strippy Stars," is a very good book that shows all of the stars that can be made with the ruler and all of the instructions are included.

Strippy Stars Ruler/Tool - CCRDH2

Strippy Stars Book by Deb Heatherly

The difference between these stars and the Ohio Star Blocks is the legs of the Strippy Stars are longer.  On the Ohio Stars the legs are exactly half of the of the center piece.

Jill gave us enough fabric to make one 4" Strippy Star.



We used the 4-inch mark on the ruler to make the block above.  It is an 8-inch square block.


I used the 1 1/2-inch mark on the ruler to make this 5-inch block.

Making the 8-inch block was very easy to make.  Our homework for the next Creative Grids class is to make four blocks again.  I can't wait to do it.

Friday, March 10, 2017

New Class - Creative Grids

Last Wednesday, I started a new class/club:  A Creative Grids Club.  It is a 12 week class and we meet twice in one month.  Our first class was last week and we learned all about the Creative Girds 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool.  



Each time we meet, Carol and Jill introduce us to a new Creative Grids Tool/Ruler.  I was a bit skeptical because I dislike log cabin blocks.  My blocks are difficult to piece because of the fabric and somehow I cannot cut them straight.  

They explained that this tool helped each block to be similar and easy to sew together.

We watch a video on the TV in the classroom and we are given fabric.  Once the video is done we try to make the block:  a 6" Log Cabin.







This is the block we made from the fabric that was given to us.  It was fun and very fast to sew together.  










We were given "homework":  to make four additional log cabin blocks.  I just finished this tonight.  I like the look and I was able to use some of my scraps to complete the homework.

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Mystery Saturday Sampler - Month #2

Month #2 went without a hitch.  I had finished Month #1 quickly and brought it with me to the class last Saturday.  When you show the previous month's finished block, you get the next block pattern and fabric for free.  It is such a DEAL!  This month's block is called "Antila."  It was a fun block, fairly easy to put together and a very pretty block.  As with last month's block, there was the option of making a block out of 1800 Reproduction fabric.  I opted to do it again, as I did last month.

1800 Reproduction Fabrics

Solid Fabric

I apologize for the lighting while taking the photographs of the blocks.  I did not use the correct lamp so the photos did not turn out well.  I will do better next time.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sleigh Bell BOM - Month 8

This month's Sleigh Bell block of the month (BOM) is a Christmas Basket.  I did not add the appliqued Christmas leaves and berry because I really don't like to applique.  I am not successful at it so I chose not to do it.


I finished the block this morning.  It is easy to make and finished it quickly.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Month 6 - Quilter's Joy Mystery Quilt

I just finished the sixth month of Quilter's Joy Mystery Quilt.  It was fun but much more sewing was needed to complete this month's quilt portions.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Baggie A 

This is one of 9 pieces in Baggie A.  I am making the Quaintly Queen-sized Quilt and using the French General fabric:  Madame Rouge. There are baggies B-E, Baggies H-I and Baggie K with parts of the mystery quilt.

There will be two more month's of classes.  The parts that I can see, for example Baggie A is very beautiful.  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Vacation & the Double Wedding Ring Quilt

We planned a vacation last year for our family to celebrate my husband's retirement.  We decided to rent an Airbnb that would fit all eight of us.  It was a blast.  Our children and their "signifcant other" went snorkeling, swimming and ate our way through South Kihei's restaurants.


From L to R: Caroline (our youngest child), Jocelyn (our son's fiance),
Dermet (my spouse), Liz (me), Tom (our son), August (Erin's husband),
Eric (Caroline's boyfriend) and Erin (our oldest).



We went whale watching last Saturday when there was a storm coming in.  The water was so choppy that many of our fellow passengers were green and throwing up over the side of the boat.  Fortunately, my husband had brought "seasickness" patches and we were fine.  We saw many whales from afar.  I enjoyed watching a "calf" demonstrate it's breaching skills.  There were many breaching whales and it was a pleasure to be able to see them.  The crew kept apologizing for the weather.  We wanted the boat to get closer to the whales (within the allowed limits) but it was difficult because of the Kona Winds.

Our son, Tom and his fiance, Jocelyn are getting married this coming October, 2017 in Arizona.  They met while in graduate school in Glendale, Arizona and both are now pharmacists.  I decided to make them a quilt as a wedding quilt.  I decided to make a "Double Wedding Ring Quilt."  I did quite a bit of research and decided to make the quilt from Quiltsmart's Double Wedding Ring using interfacing to make the process go faster and less hassle on my part.  I searched YouTube and found several videos of the technique used and really thought that I could easily do it.  I selected the fabrics and Jocelyn helped me by letting me know that she loved "blues and grays."






The four fabrics in the center were 
purchased from Craftsy:  Boundless Ombre.

The two fabrics were purchased from my 
local fabric shop in Sacramento, Fabric
Garden.  They are Northcut Fabrics by
Deborah Edwards.






I brought these fabrics with me to Maui.  I was hoping to finish cutting the pieces from  2 1/2" strips.  I was only able to do half of them but it was fun just playing with the different shades of each of the fabrics.  Fortunately, Quiltsmart sells the small template on it's website.  



There is a drawing of the template on the pattern 
but as some of you know, it is so much easier to 
use the thick template plastic then make
a template out of cardboard or thin template plastic.

The template was larger then the required 2 1/2" 
strip.  I just "eyeballed" the middle of the
template and cut out the piece that I needed.










The next step is to attach the 
interfacing to the sewn six fabrics.

Sew on the solid line, the dotted line
next to the sewing line is the cutting
line and the other dotted line at
the ends must be inside of the fabric.





I used the "Bow Whip" Turn-it All to turn the 
tube inside out.  It was horrible.  I will have to bring my tube turner and ask someone to show me how to successfully use it.  It was so hard to turn.  In the Youtube video, they used a different tube turner and I just ordered it.  I hope that it is easier to use.


I will post photos of the coming steps.  It has been fairly straight forward so far.  I hope that it isn't more complicated.