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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Saturday Sampler BOM - 2017 - Month #5

Last Saturday was the fifth meeting of our Saturday Sampler Block of the Month (BOM).  We discussed the block and how to sew it together.  There are quite a few beginners in the class so they need to discuss everything.  

Our BOM is called "Ara."  The block was particularly easy this month.  It is basically a large 9-patch block with five of the nine portions were four-patches.  

As always, I do two versions of each of the blocks:  (1) The solid modern version and (2) the Civil War Reproduction fabrics version.

Solid Modern Version

Civil War Reproduction Fabric Version

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Sampler 2017

About a month ago, I received an e-mail about joining a summer sampler series.  I received three separate e-mails from Faith of FreshLemonsQuilrs, Katie from SwimBikeQuilt, and Lee of FreshlyPiecedQuilts.  I did participate in their summer sampler series a couple of years ago.  It was called the "Vintage Quilt Revival" and it was based on the book that they (Faith, Katie and Lee) had just published.  That was quite a fun quilt to make.  

Anyway, this time we were to purchase the pattern and wait for an e-mail with instructions on how to make each block every Monday.  Of course, I ordered my fabric late so I just caught up this past weekend with the first three blocks.  I basically stayed with the fabrics that were suggested but I added a few more blues.  I received the first two blocks without all of my fabric so I waited patiently until all of them arrived.  The instructions give a 12" and a 6" version of each block.  I am toying with the idea of making both sizes but I have only done the 12" blocks because I am trying to organize my stash, patterns and quilt books to be in one place and not scattered somewhere in four different places in my house.

Block 1:  Millcreek Star

Block 2:  Tilted Star

Block 3:  Celestial Star

These blocks, so far, have been fun and easy to sew.  Fortunately, I like to paper piece so the third block was easy to do.

I also have to apologize that my blocks do not look very pretty.  I am not a good photographer and I can't seem to get the colors to come out looking like the fabrics that I used.  Sorry....

If you have Instagram, you can see some of the other blocks on #summersample2017.

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 Saturday Sampler - Month #4

This month's block is called the "Libra."  It is a very pretty block and easy to sew together.  As I have stated in the past, we are making a 12 block quilt in solids and we have the option to also make another quilt with Civil War Reproduction fabric.  I chose to do both type of blocks.

12.5" block 

Sewn in the Civil War Reproduction Fabrics.

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 Saturday Sampler - Month 3 - Centaurus

This month's Saturday Sampler is called Centaurus.  It is easy and I love the fabrics.  I opted to make a modern block with solids and a 1800 Reproduction Block.

Centaurus Block made with 1800 Reproduction Fabric

Modern Block with Solids

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.