Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Easy Wonky Tree for Sew Bee Wonky

This is the July block for Sew Bee Wonky.  It's from the book Modern Quilts in the Blogging Universe

My wishes for this block: 
Background/Neutral - anything from solid white to beige.  Any white-on-white or cream-on-cream or beige-on-beige or solids in white/cream/beige will do. 
Trees:  BRIGHT rainbow colors in modern prints which can include dark pastels (say bright pink but not pale pink, for example). Please do not use black, brown, or any civil war or 30s repro fabric. I'd like my trees to be as bright and modern as they can be. Multicolor trees are fine, too - as long as they're bright and modern.

So here goes.
1. Start with a tree - a triangle shape (wonky or even - doesn't matter) that's no taller than 8" and no wider than 4". 
2. Cut a piece of neutral background fabric about 11" tall and any width from 5" to 8".
3. Lay your tree on top of your background fabric as I did below.

4. Using your ruler, cut the background off the bottom even with the bottom of the tree. Set aside for later. 

5. Slide your tree about 1/" to the left of its original position. Use your ruler to cut the background fabric along the right side of the tree. Set the piece of background fabric aside for later.

6. Slide the tree to the right so that it extends about 1/2" past the edge of the background fabric. Use your ruler and cut the background fabric along the left side of the tree.  Discard the little triangle of background underneath the tree.

7. Lay the tree along the left piece of background fabric as shown. Sew together. 

8. Press the seam allowances open.  

9. Repeat with right side of background fabric. 

10. Press seam allowances open. 

11. Attach the bottom piece of background fabric. Press seam allowances open. 

DO NOT TRIM THESE BLOCKS. I will trim them to shape and size that I need.

Note:  If you'd like to get fancy and add a trunk to the base of the tree, that's fine. It's up to you.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Some scrappy tops I made last month

My own design - I just took a star and elongated it. This uses the split 9-patch technique. All 2 1/2" squares and triangles.

Swoon; uses the split 9-patch technique.  2" squares and triangles.

Using up some 3' squares and triangles.

This one is called "Six Degrees South of the Equator." It's from Scrap-Basket Beauties, but I used 2" strips instead of 2 1/2"

"Lake Cabin" from Scrap-Basket Sensations

"Over and Under" from Scrap-Basket Sensations

Top made using Diamond Ripple block from 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

Monday, February 3, 2014

Things I've been working on lately

I haven't posted in a long while, but I've been busy!

Used up a bunch of low-volume strings - a smaller version of "Sunday Morning" from Sunday Morning Quilts

"Parachute" - inspired by Jacquie Gering

"Fake Geese" - actually pairs of HSTs

Top made from blocks acquired from a swap

Star Struck

"Christmas Swoon" - hanging at my local quilt shop - I taught a class on this one

Baby quilt for my great-nephew

Friday, November 8, 2013

Tutorial - Woven Strings block

I was fiddling around on Pinterest the other day, and saw this quilt.  The artist calls it Ribbon Lattice. I really, really like that quilt.  This month for Stash Bee, the block we did was called Simply Woven, and it's a Moda Bakeshop Pattern.  Here are the blocks I made for Stash Bee:

I figured I could follow the steps in the Simply Woven tutorial but use 1" strips, and come up with a block to my liking.  So here we go, and I'll call this Woven Strings.

You'll need 1 8" square of background fabric, and 6 to 8 "strings" that are 1" wide and between 8 1/2" and 10" long.

1. Make a freehand slightly curved cut about 1 1/2 - 2" from the left side.

2. Add one of your strings. Press towards the dark.

3. Turn the square so that the first string is horizontally across the top. Make another cut - either slightly curved or straight. Try to mix them up.

4. Insert another strip.

5. Turn the fabric again so that the most recent string is at the bottom as shown.  Make another cut.

6. Insert another strip.

7. Keep going - you can make the strings closer together if you wish, to get 4 strings across instead of 3.

8. Keep going!

9. Another one!

10. (I cut before I took the photo...)

11. More...

12. Looks like I have room for yet another string.

13. So make another cut.

14. While this is the last one I inserted for this block, it's possible that you've cut yours close enough together that you can do four across and four down. I'd like any combination - 3 + 3, 3 + 4, or 4 + 4. 

15. If you're keeping your block, trim it to the size you desire. If you're making the block for Sew Bee Wonky or Stash Bee, please don't trim it. I'll do it when I receive it.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Odds and ends

I've been catching up on BOMs and swaps.

 This is a little top called Charlotte - from the Book 3 Times Charmed. I used up some blue charms.

 Star of Hope  - made for Dawnelle - November block for Block Swap Adventure.  She asked for southwestern batiks, with the outside being dark and the inside being light.

 Simply Woven blocks - the November blocks for Alison - Stash Bee

 October Block for Sugar Block Club - Lucky Star

October Blocks for the Sisters 10 BOM.  The one on the left incorporates the label made specifically for this BOM.

Scrappy Split 9-Patch Star

As I'm preparing to teach a class on making quilts from scraps, I decided to make a few class samples. The quilt hanging in the store is the Christmas Swoon - all reds and greens. I made a scrappy star top, as well as a scrappy swoon (picture of that one to come later.)

Two Finished Quilts - Which version do YOU like best?

These are both made from the same block - the X+ block.  The first uses coordinating fabric; the other is scrappy.  So far, I've heard that everyone likes the scrappy one best.  I like them both equally.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Christmas Swoon

I've been making several different scrappy split 9-patch quilts for the community service project in my guild. I decided to make a Christmas Swoon quilt, using Camille Roskelley's pattern. There was a swoon-along group on Flickr (I saw it too late to join), and I got the idea from there. I finished it yesterday, and took it to the quilt show today to give to Kristen. She'll hang it in the shop, and I'll be teaching a class on how to do the scrappy 9-patches in November.

Friday, October 11, 2013

A little of this and that

I haven't posted for a month - but have been super busy cranking out tops and blocks!  And earlier this week, I dropped off four tops to be quilted - so when those come back, I'll have four completed quilts to share. Here are some things I've been working on lately:

Spools blocks for guild BOM

"Boomers" - made for September Block Lotto

 The above block is a double four-patch. Bonnie Hunter made an entire quilt in greens and tans with this block here. I decided it would be a great way to use up my 1.5" squares.  (Bonnie's uses 2" squares for the smallest pieces; I used 1.5")

Here are four of the double-four patch blocks laid out. 

This top is called "Flower Boxes," from the book Scrap Basket Sensations. I donated it to my guild. 

Crayon Box block - October Block Swap Adventure - for Charlene

Crayon Box Block - October Block Swap Adventure - for Charlene

October blocks for Sew Bee Wonky

Stash Bee Hive #4 October blocks for Christy

Chaos Star - Lucky Stars BOM - October