Monday, 26 January 2015

Modern Block Monday - Leggings Block

The moment I saw Elizabeth Hartman's Knee Socks block, I was smitten. It's a block that finishes at 24" though, a little too large to be asking my OMQG Bee mates this month. I decided to do a cross between her Knee Socks block and the blocks I'll be making for this Fibonacci Flow design.

I give you...Leggings. ;)

It's a 12" finished block, fun for stash picking. I couldn't rightfully say stash busting because it just doesn't use all that many scraps, but it is fun.

Wanna make one yourself?

Cutting Directions:

Background fabric (charcoal grey in this case):
A - Four (4) - 1.5" x 6.5"
B - Six (6) - 2.5" x 6.5"
D - Two (2) - 2" x 6.5"


C - Ten (10) - 1" x 6.5"


1) Sew the pieces together in each of the columns according to this layout diagram.

2) Sew the two columns together.

I'll be providing the charcoal grey for my bee mates and asking them to scrap bust the scraps so I can get a good variety of fabrics. I'll also be asking them to keep the columns separate so I can mix and match them with other blocks.

Here are a few designs I've been playing with for this block:

All About Those Leggings: 

I Just Need Some Space - Lap:

I Just Need Some Space - Twin:


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Night Flowers - Quilting Options

I'm playing with quilting designs for Night Flight. First, I picked out the threads. Mmm, yummy! Yep, I'm going to mix it up with different thread weights and brands. I'm such a badass.


Next, I tried some different motifs with dry erase markers on my plexiglass trial quilting sheets.

First up, matchstick quilting with triangular spirals.

That's a lot of starts and stops.

Arrow spirals. I like that flow a lot better and somewhat fewer stops and starts. 

Maybe something different in the negative space though, like this maze.

Or maybe a smaller version.

And then I decided to play with the walking foot quilting style I learned from Heather Lair.

I'm definitely smitten with one of them. Can you guess which one?

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Light As A Feather

Last April, I showed you my test Feather block from Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed Quilt, as well as some directions for doing this block as a bee block.

For this bee block, I provided the solid background (creams and beiges) and grey for the the feather spine. I asked my OMQG Bee mates to use medium value scraps for the feather edges.

I was tidying up my studio the other day and realized that I hadn't shared these beauties and that it was time to start working on this quilt again.

I am definitely "hearting" these blocks! Thanks bee mates!

I think I'll add more beiges to spread the feathers out and maybe make another block or two.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Finishing-Along for Q1

Happy Friday! I'm hoping to participate in the 2015 Finish-Along a bit more than I did in 2014. This year, Adrianne at On the Windy Side is leading the charge. 

For this quarter, I'm hoping to finish:

Project Prism:There's another project that I'll be doing this quarter, but I don't have the fabrics just yet. 

Linking up with the Q1 Finish-Along! How about you?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
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