Monday, January 26, 2015

Variety is essential

I am the type of quilter who gets bored sewing the exact same project until completion so I needed a break from the 25-patch quilt. Unfortunately I didn't bring much fabric with me nor many projects. 
So being with the scrap quilter Queen of the world, I didn't have to look far for ideas for something to break up the monotony. Not only that but Bonnie has a great assortment of scraps to play with, of course!
She had made this block recently  for Quiltmaker (July/August 2012 issue) and it was sitting on the design wall, tempting me!

So I  decided to make my own sample block:
I did bring a bunch of reds so I was able to throw together these darling 9-patch blocks which will finish at 3". 
However I didn't bring any golds so I hunted in Bonnie's scraps and found a yellow:

On point, sisters next to each other:

Block measures 8" finished; the yellow/blue unit finished at 2x3; 9 patches are 3"

This was the view this morning from the front porch:

Back to the 25-patches

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Bonnie and I met up yesterday at the car rental place at Charlotte. We did a little running around and then picked up Lori after she flew in. After dinner on the road, we finally got to Bonnie's quilt villa! What a fabulous cabin in an amazing location. 
We sewed for part of the day and hiked in the afternoon. It was just the perfect day. 

This is my project: the 25 patch quilt
I have 25 done - lots more to do!

We are having such fun being together again! More to come!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

So happy to meet up with Bonnie

Bonnie picked me up at the rental car place after I dropped off my rental car. We are going to get groceries for our week ahead while we wait for Lori's plane!! More to follow 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Retreat coming up

I have not mentioned yet the details about my upcoming retreat in North Carolina.  My dear friend Bonnie invited Lori (humble quilts) and I to come visit her at Quiltville during a break in her schedule this week.

I flew to North Carolina today after really agonizing over what sewing projects to bring along. I'm going to do a little furniture shopping until Lori arrives on Saturday and we all meet at the Charlotte airport. WOOHOO!!

I did decide on the 25-patch quilt, a kit which packed well and some paper piecing for a swap I'm in.

I'll post pictures on Saturday once we meet up.

Cannot wait!! I haven't seen Bonnie in too long.  And you know that we have been friends for over 15 yrs now, way before she became famous!!

Keep your eyes peeled...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quilts in unexpected places

I spent a few days in Sunriver this week and flew back through Portland. Imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to find a small quilt show in the Alaska Airlines terminal!!
This might be my favorite because of the pieced background!

Even her dress is pieced! Here is a close up:

Here is an overview:

The other side of the corridor had modern quilts:
All these are interpretations of the bridges of Portland, of which there are many!

Finally home tonight in time to have the kids for the weekend! Woohoo!!
Sewing next week and retreat time... Details to follow!! Not going to wisconsin though!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

25-patch quilt and new toy

I'm home watching the 2 youngest grandkids this week so it's nana-heaven. I did manage to take a picture of the finished 25 patch quilt on my bed (taken just before little Jack peed while I was changing his diaper on my bed!! Vbg).
I counted 8x9 blocks with 2" fin sashing all borders

I think I told you that I gave it to our son since it is kind of masculine. He and his fiancĂ©e come over most weekends and leave it on his bed. As soon as they leave, I put it onto my bed. That's when I figured I need to make one for myself. I'm delighted to hear that some others are doing this quilt too! Please feel free to share the instructions I  wrote with your friends!!

It goes together super fast!!

Recently I decided I wanted a black 301 so I put out a message on the sewitsforsale website and was lucky enough to find one! My local sewing machine doctor fixed her up and she sews like a dream! My friend Claire loved using my tan one last summer so she volunteered to buy that one from me!! Whew!!

She's a beaut!!

More tomorrow after I have to return the two little darlings... :-(

We are having very unusual warm weather so the park was perfect yesterday!
And Emma loves to picnic on our deck:
Jack wants to walk in the worst way!

Can't forget Ryan

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Easy 25-patch block

My first project for 2015 is going to be this 25-patch block quilt. I'm making it 9x10 so it'll fit my king bed.

You start with strips that are 2-1/2" wide. A jelly roll is perfect.  Pair a light and dark (anything with some contrast works) right sides together. I cut 2 strip sets that are 16-1/2" long; I also cut one 2-1/2" square from the dark.
With right aides together sew each of these pairs together. Then sew these two sets together, alternating light/dark. You will have one strip set with 4 strips

Press to the dark strips:

Your strip set should measure 8-1/2"

You will now sub-cut this set into 2-1/2" strips. You'll cut 6 of them:

Rearrange alternating the light / dark in the left corner. You're going to sew 5 of these together 

Sew the extra 2-1/2" dark square to the end of the 6th strip set.

You can now sew the 6th strip set to the others already sewn together making sure your order is light-dark throughout.

If you are careful, you can nest the seams. 

Your block should measure 10-1/2" unf 

Note the placement of the dark/light squares.

I'll post the picture of the finished product in the next two days, after I get back to California   

Happy New Year!! Here's to a very healthy and productive 2015!