Tuesday, June 28, 2016

More Orphan Blocks!

I got a whole mess of Orphan Blocks from my fellow guild members as Thank You gifts for organising the BOM program this year!  I have not counted but there's easily over 100 blocks in the pile!  With so many to choose from a lot of possible themes / color schemes have emerged. 

There were a lot of interesting blue and aqua blocks so I've been playing with those.
Here's the first stab at arranging them.
Here's another one.  I usually leave these projects on the wall for awhile so I can look at them and move things around and Hopefully come up with something that works?!
It sounds a bit like I'm whinning, but really it's alot of fun!
Here's another grouping.  This one seemed to grow from the idea of brights and houses.  This one will definetly need more 'massaging'.
Having fun in orphan land!
Happy Tuesday!
Cheers, Claire W.

Monday, June 20, 2016

PVQA June 2016 BOM

PVQA June 2016 BOM-  “Over – Under, Under – Over”                                       10.5“ unfinished

The Inspiration for this months block came from several sighting around blogland.
I thought it would be fun to buy a jelly roll of a particular fabric line and then let everyone pick two strips so all the blocks would be really coordinated.  I found this jellyroll on clearance at Craftsy. It's a Michael Miller line called Melodi by Sarah Campbell. The background is kona white.
(Note:  The instructional pix below were made before I rec'd the jelly roll so they are made with Cotton and Steel fabric line by RJR)

-From the white strip:  cut 1- 2.5” square and 4- 5” rectangles. The strip has just enough length to cover all the pieces so measure and cut carefully.
-Because the print strips have Pinked edges they are slightly wider than 2.5”.   Trim each printed strip to 2.5” wide. (It’s a small amount but it could throw your block measurement off.)
-From each of the trimmed strips: cut 1- 5” rectangle and 2- 6.5” strips.  

Sew / Cut
1- Sew one white 5” rectangle to either side of each of the printed 5” rectangles. Press toward the print.  Cut each of these units in half perpendicular to the seams. Refer to pic. 

2- Sew each cut unit made in step 1 to one of the 6.5” printed strips. Match each strip with a step #1 unit of the opposite print. Refer to pic. Press toward the 6.5” strips. 

 3- Layout the units made in step 2 according to the pic and place the remaining white 2.5” square in the center.
 3a- Match the edge of the white square right sides together with one of the step 2 units.  Sew about half way down the seam and stop.  Finger press the sewn portion toward the print.
  3b- Match the next step 2 unit to the edge of the white center and the short end of the first step 2 unit.
When lineing up the two units to sew; use a ruler bumped up to the seams to make sure the strips will be in line with each other when sewn. refer to pic.
3c- Repeat with the other two, step 2 units.  Working your way around the patch in the middle.  Go back to the first Unfinished seam and sew from the middle to the edge of the block to complete the block. Press all seams away from the center.
      When you start putting all the blocks together you can begin to see the lattise effect!  It's really a
                            pretty easy block once you know the trick of how to sew the middle!
                                                                      Have a great week!
                                                                       Cheers, Claire W.                  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A friend called me recently and said she had a crazy quilt she wanted me to see...I love calls like that they are such an adventure!
And this quilt did not disappoint! 
It 's kind of an interesting version of a crazy quilt.  Not a lot of velvet or silks. This quilt is mostly simple, solid cottons but the embroidery is very extensive. 
And some of the patterns are unusual. 
It was a real treat for the eyes. 
 My friend bought it at a Flea Market in Illinois many years ago but she lent it to her sister 'til very recently.
Handwork takes on new meaning when studying a quilt like this!
I'm thinking it's probably from around 1900 +/- ?!
Happy over the hump day!
Cheers, CW