Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Scrap Jar Stars Guild Quilt

Last year our small Modern Guild swapped blocks using a free tutorial from A Little Bit Biased,  Scrap Jar Stars.

Each person was given one color (I was green), they made 12 of that color blocks, then we swapped and ended up with 12 different colors blocks.

I joined my blocks without sashing, creating a simple 4 patch. You can also add sashing a create a 9 patch block.  Trina decided to make her quilt bigger and is making more blocks on her own.

My green block.

There was a little trouble with differing quarter inch blocks (some blocks were up to a half inch bigger or smaller than others. I found I needed to use a very scant quarter inch to make the block square up to the stated size. It might be helpful to make a tester block first.

I machine quilted this one myself as I had easy lines to follow and it wasn't too big to wrangle on my home machine. And yes, one block was put together with a rotated section. I didn't fix it but kept it because it reminds me of the lady who made it.

I recently finished a king size quilt (I will share soon) and there was no way I was quilting that one myself. Heather did a great job and used a new to her pattern that worked out great.

Need a quilt quilted? Heather can also do your binding for you. Check out this page for details and great pricing. I know some people think a king size quilt would cost and arm and a leg but Heather's pricing scale is great.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Finished Modern Building Blocks

I finally finished my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. Today is lovely but very windy. No good for quilt photos. Inside photos it is.
 Under this quilt is an old one in rotation on my bed. The pattern is Hills n' Hollers by Denyse Schmidt. The fabric is an oop (out of print) line called Hope Valley (same designer as the pattern). It was one of the first quilts Heather quilted for me. It is a figure 8 pattern. Its one of my favorite quilting patterns.

Photo with my cat. Cats and quilts go together.
I deviated from the pattern. I didn't use all the blocks. I mostly skipped the biggest ones. I  ran out of steam and large scraps. I really wanted to use up scraps and the bigger blocks required more.
I added in a Lori Holt Bee in my Bonnet Birthday Cake Block (bottom right) to round out my puzzle piecing layout. The cake is a free pattern. You never know when you are going to need a cake pattern. Am I right?

I added a skinny pink inner border and a texty, low volume outer border. The borders brought the size to a large lap quilt.

This January was my third annual Finish All Your Dang UFO's month. I did pretty good, maybe even better than previous years. I will share some more of my finished UFOs. When finished they either go on one of two piles: giveaway (family/friends or charity) or sell. I have reached the point of having quite enough quilts of my own.  This one will go to a family/friend.

Do you have a bunch of UFOs? Maybe a bunch of quilt tops that need to be quilted? You can mail the top and backing to Heather and she will help make those UFO's in to finished quilts. Her prices are great and she has all kinds of batting to choose from. The cost to mail back your quilt is very reasonable too. Check out some options HERE