Tuesday, February 28

Quilt Story Block of the Month

I have once again signed up for another quilt-a-long series. 
I think I have become addicted to these type of projects. 

Starting in March 2012-March 2013, the hosts, at quiltstory.blogspot.com will have a new block to share on the first Monday of every month, and in the end a new quilt! Each month will have a "theme" we will follow, and we want you to join! Below is a type of block which will be included in our overall block. (ex. HST could be a block with any type of design including HST's)
Fabric Requirements for twelve 12" pieced blocks:

1/3 yard cuts of 2 different prints

1/2 yard cuts of 4 different prints

3/4 yards of a solid
Here are the fabrics I have chosen for this project.  I bought them at a quilt show not knowing what to do with them.  I still need a solid to go along with it  These are not normal fabric choices for me which should make this a bit more challenging.  The colors in person are much prettier. 
This has always seemed to be my favorite block, so it only seems right that
I start this series with the Ohio Star.

There is still plenty of time to join in on the fun!  Click HERE to get more details and sign up information.  You can follow the progress and view pictures of the blocks created by those playing along.

Monday, February 27

Yesterday's Daily Deal from Missouri Star Quilt Company was a 11" layer cake. The design was Patternista by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex. I believe they jokingly said something about if you like Pink Flyod you would love this deal!  Yes it does kind of remind you of the psycodelic era.   I had to buy it!  Here are a couple of the patterns in this line.

  I have no idea what I will do with 40 pcs of 11" squares in 25 different patterns/colors.  BUT...
I think one reason I felt like I had to purchase this, beside the fact it was on sale, was because it looks similar to a couple of designs my son drew.  I told him I thought it would make a great fabric print
Here is his designs.  I wanted to get some printed at the Spoonflower website, but just haven't

I am very proud on my son Nathan and all of his artistic talents! I hope he knows that!
Well if he reads this post, he will!  lol

Sunday, February 26

A few updates

Hello Everyone! 

It is a gorgeous Sunday afternoon here in NC.  Perfect temperature, Carolina Blues skys.  I gave our new puppy, Riley, his first bath today, ( or my first time giving him a bath)  Overall he seemed like he kinda liked it.  He is such a joy and a cutie!

Earlier today I was working on my latest project, My boomerang 6 quilt.  In an earlier post, I shared some of the blocks I received in this block swap from The Quilting Board.  I have enjoyed this swap so much, I have signed up for the Boom 7!  I'm gonna do a large group this time.  
I ordered some 1/4 yd pieces of fabric from Connecting Threads to try out for sashing and a repeat block.  It is really hard to see the true color of fabric on the internet.  The sashing I have decided on I purchased at my LQS and it looks kinda like old barn wood that is faded and stressed.  My blocks all have a western theme so I think that fits perfect.  Here is a picture of my blocks just layed out. 

I am at a stand still until I order more fabric!

Here is the finished quilt I did for my Sister in Law. I am really please how it turned out.

Monday, February 20

Swapping! Quilter's Style

I have found a real enjoyment in participating in different "swaps" with other quilter's that all have met through message boards and blogs on the "net".  I first started "swapping" at The Quilting Board and just recently found The Monthly Doll Quilters Swap from one of the blogs that I follow.   

I just joined up with Monthly Doll Quilters , a blog site I just happened to find, and it is just getting started. The first swap is April and the theme is "three colors". Partners will be assigned sometime in March.If your interested in participating, just click on the link and you'll be redirected to their site and you can check it out yourself.  Then, If you're willing, please help spread the word by writing a separate blog post directing potential members to the Doll Quilters Monthly blog.
Like the old saying...."Try it, you'll like it!"

I have met several super ladies through these swaps and we still keep in touch not just on the websites but by emailing and chatting with each other.  With the doll quilt swaps, I try to do something I haven't tried before.  The November swap I tried "cathedral windows" for the first time.  January I tried a "landscape" mini.  February, I did an applique.  Now for March I haven't decided what to do as it is sender's choice.
I may try a mini string quilt as I have wanted to do but just haven't had a good reason! 
All these were done at The Quilting Board.  I can't wait to see who I get partnered with for March and April.

Here are some of the ones I have created so far. And some of the ones I have received.