Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fabric Center Block of the Month

Mom and I are taking a second block of the month class. This one is more "normal". The ward one is the simple. This class is with the local quilt shop, Fabric Center. The blocks are being designed by one of the ladies who kind of owns the shop. She did have a quilt made up. They used whatever fabrics they had that weren't selling so it's not the prettiest thing in the world but it get's the idea across.

I haven't started on any of the blocks because it took me a little bit to get the fabrics and then I got distracted by other projects. I think I have all the blocks designed and colored so I really have no excuse other then lack of time at this point in the game. So let's start off by showing you my fabrics.

The fabric I choose for this BOM is from "Emma's Garden" by Patty Sloniger for Micheal Miller Fabrics. It is gorgeous fabric! I always liked the reds since I discovered this line. So I played around and thought about which fabrics to use. This what I came up with.

For the focus fabric, which is the main fabric in the center there, and the backing I chose this awesome, big, bold, print. It is way more awesome in person and I absolutely LOVE it. I am also fussy cutting some out for the individual blocks if I feel like the block lets me.

Originally I was going to include this next fabric in the blocks too. After many discussions with Mom and her making one of her blocks using the background fabric in it we both decided not to include the background fabric in the blocks. It will let the blocks themselves pop and not blend into the quilt. It is also a gorgeous bold, but subtle, fabric. I think it works great as a neutral for this quilt.

The next fabrics don't go anywhere in particular. I got enough to go in the blocks as I see fit.


I also didn't like the on-point blocks. It makes this quilt look huge and I feel like there is a lot of dead space. So I have been reworking some math around. I still haven't figured it out completely but I can worry about that at the end when we are putting it together.

That's it for now. I'm really going to make an effort to catch up and sew sew sew.

And I'll post "real life" pictures of the fabrics later as well.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Block One

Block One for the Black and White Pop quilt is a simple four patch. But it's huge. Each square is 9". It is big, loud and awesome. And I really like this black and white idea.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Black and White Block of the Month quilt

Mom's friends from church are doing a beginner quilt along. Ladies get together every month and learn about sewing. We had our first meeting the other week. We got the quilt pattern that we are going to do. While they were discussing quilting and sewing and picking out fabrics I was online via my phone looking at fabric trying to decide what color scheme to go with. I decided on doing a black and white quilt with some pop of color. After going to the fabric store on Saturday I ended up buying three bright yellow, six different black and six different whites. I also found the perfect backing that is black and white. That fabric got me really excited about doing this sampler quilt in black and white. Mom seemed hesitant about the whole black and white quilt idea. But it's my quilt and I think it is going to be awesome.

The quilt design.

The quilt we are doing is called "Pioneer Sampler" designed by TK Harrison for The pattern has directions for two different sizes. The baby quilt finishes to 36"x45". The finished blocks for the baby quilt are 9". The twin quilt finishes to 63"x81". The finished blocks for the twin quilt are 18". I decided to do the twin size quilt. I am not going to put the border on my quilt. I'll bind it right after putting the blocks together. So my quilt will be approximately 54"x72". That's 4 1/2 feet x 6 feet. It's a nice size quilt.

So fabrics ...

This is my backing. I LOVE this fabric so much.

Isn't it a lovely pile.
All of my fabrics are geometric patterns. I think that will work best with the quilt.

The Whites.

The Blacks.

The Pop of Yellows.
With the yellows I was looking for the base color to be the pop of color in the fabric. But I stumbled upon that white/yellow in the top left corner and it fit so well. And I need a third yellow.

Today I sketched out the blocks on graph paper and colored them with my color scheme. Now I have a better idea of what fabric colors will go where in my quilt. And I really do love this b/w/y idea so much. It's going to be awesome!

FMS 2015 Week 03

week three

I didn't take the others because I got busy. Hopefully, I can stay on top of week four.

Monday, January 12, 2015

FMS 2015 Week 02

week two


currently reading




i see ...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Aviatrix update

This past week I've been close enough that I have been squaring up blocks for my Aviatrix Medallion quilt. But there is one problem. I didn't use an exact 1/4" seam allowance. So the blocks are slightly smaller than they need to be. That has been frustrating. With Mom's help, I decided to still square up all the blocks. And I'll adjust the frame in between with the background gray fabric. I haven't sewn border 6 (butterflies; the last border) yet. Before I sew anymore I need to find the 1/4" seam foot that goes on my sewing machine. I guess I need to start using that when I quilt to get a more accurate seam. I still like this quilt it won't be perfect but it's mine so that's okay.

the original quilt
I was also thinking of labeling my quilts. I need to find a good way for making labels.

FMS 2015 Week 01

Week One

The Sky

Something Yellow

Me Today

I Hear ...