Blocks Blog

I really have been keeping up with my blocks of the month and the week, but I haven’t been keeping up with blogging about them!  I will do better, I promise!  But here they are all of July and half of August:

Austen Family Album – Barbara Brackman’s block of the week blog gives us a free block every week and some wonderful details about Jane Austen’s life and times.  I have six blocks finished that I have yet to share.

Block 15 – King’s Crown

Block-15-King's-CrownBlock 16 – Lucky Pieces

Block-16---Lucky-PiecesBlock 17 – Waterwheel

Block-17-WaterwheelBlock 18 – Indian Star

Block-18---Indian-StarBlock 19 – Cross Patch

Block-19---Cross-PatchAnd Block 20 – Best Friends

Block-20---Best-FriendsThe fabric I’m using is called Modernism designed by Barbara Brackman.  The flowers and stripes certainly lend themselves to some fun fussy cutting!  There are 16 more blocks in the series; I sure hope I have enough fabric!

Threads of Memory – another Barbara Brackman freebie – this one is a Civil War block of the month.  I only have one to share – Block 7 – Oberlin Star.

Threads-of-Memory-7---OberlCarol Doak’s Scrap Scramble – August is the last month for this paper piecing project.  In September the instructions for finishing the quilt will be supplied.  Here are my August Scrap Scramble blocks:

AugustI’m looking forward to putting these together!

Last but not least is block 4 of the Le Jardin block of the month:

Block-4These blocks are so pretty but very time consuming!  I need to get cracking on block 5!

So those are all my blocks to share – I started a fun and easy Christmas quilt yesterday.  I hope to have it ready for show and tell very soon!

Have a GREAT day, y’all!

 

BOMs Away!

Blocks!  I’ve got lots of blocks!  Blocks of the week, blocks of the month and even an itty bitty miniature quilt with 2″ blocks!

Let’s start with the Austen Family Album block of the week. The patterns can be found on Barbara Brackman’s Austen Family Album blog.  Each week information about Jane Austen, her family and England during her era are presented.  The history associated with each block is fascinating, be sure to check it out!

Here is block 10 – called Good Fortune.  I’m loving this swirly stripped fabric and am using it every chance I get.

Block-10---Good-FortuneBlock 11 is Friendship Square.  This block lends itself to some fussy cutting.

Block-11---Friendship-SquarBy the way – the fabric line I am using is called Modernism, by Barbara Brackman.

Block 12 is Waves of the Sea.

Block-12-Waves-of-the-SeaHere is block 13 – Crosses and Losses.

Block-13-Crosses-&-LossesAnd finally, today’s block is called Home Comfort. I went for the swirly stripe and fussy cutting on this one!

Block-14-Home-ComfortI have three blocks of the month going.

Barrbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory Block of the Month patterns can be found on her Civil War Quilts Blog.  This is block 6 and is called Salem Star.  Once again, I went a little nuts with the fussy cutting, but love how this block turned out.

Threads-of-memory-block-6-SNot all my projects are based on Barbara Brackman blogs (just most of them) :-) .  I’m also working on the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble block of the month (which can be found at her Yahoo group web site).  Every month there is a paper pieced block (or 2 or 3 or a dozen or so).  Here is July:

JulyFrom paper piecing to hand applique – I’m trying out all kinds of methods with these projects!  Here is block 3 of Le Jardin.

Block-3This puppy was time consuming!

One more show and tell!  A friend gave me a pattern she found on the free table at our guild meeting (thanks Linda Sue!). It was for a paper pieced miniature.  I don’t know what came over me last week, but I was suddenly consumed by this little 13″ x 13″ quilt!  I’m calling it Tiny Tulip Tip Toe:

Tiny-Tulip-Tip-ToeEach flower block is 2″ square and the cornerstone log cabin blocks are 1″ square!   This was a super fun tip toe through the tiny tulips!

I hope you keep cool in this sizzling summer heat!  I know, crank up the AC and pull up a quilt to stitch on! Have a great week y’all!

BOMs, BOWs and Blooms

While I was on our wonderful bee retreat this week, I worked on several projects including the Carol Doak Scrap Scamble Block of the Month (BOM), a new Barbara Brackman Block of the Week (BOW) called Austen Family Album and a very bright flowery churn dash quilt.

First – the Scrap Scramble BOM.  Actually, it is once again more than one block – but very cute and scrappy:

AprilThe Barbara Brachman Austen Family Album just started this past Sunday with the first block called Bright Star for Jane Austen.  I decided to use Barbara Brachman’s  Modernism line of fabric.  It is simply gorgeous and I love that she has brought us so many BOMs and BOWs with thoughtful related historical context.  Here is block 1:

Block-1---Bright-Star-for-JAnd, now for something completely different – this churn dash quilt made with a Kanvas New Bloom layer cake:

cookie-bloomsThe pattern came from a Better Homes and Gardens publication called Perfect for Precuts.  It was such fun to work on each of these blocks during the retreat and put them up on the design wall for all to see.

I also worked on some hand applique and a new quilt using my hand dyed fabric, however, neither of those are ready for any kind of sharing – yet.  Stay tuned!

On the way home, I had to stop and get a picture of this hillside covered with bluebonnets – spectacular!

bluebonnet-hillHave a great weekend, y’all!

Easy Peasy March Scrap Scramble

No whining about the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble block this month!  Yes, it is a large block but it is basically one block not thousands like the last couple of months (I’ve never exaggerated in a million years!).

Here is the March Scrap Scramble:

March-blockI’m using 1930’s reproduction fabrics, but had to add in some dark greens from other fabrics for the trees.  The house definitely needed some whimsy, so I have kitties playing in the windows:

March-HouseThis was a super fun block to make!  Can’t wait for April – even if there are thousands of blocks instead of one!

Snow Day = Sew Day

Snow in North Texas is rare so when we get barely an inch of white powdery stuff – we officially call it a “Snow Day“.  And for me, that means a good chance to sew all day!  No grocery shopping, no running to the gym, no errands, oh, and no housework either!  ;-)  A “Snow Day” is a holiday!

So Thursday I sewed all day – and since there was still a bit of snow out in the woods on Friday, I sewed all day Friday too!  The biggest accomplishment was the February blocks for the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble.  I’m no longer calling this a block of the month, since this time there were 9 paper pieced blocks…

February-BlocksThere are eight 6 1/2″ heart blocks and one large 12 1/2″ block.  Can you see why I needed two whole “Snow Days” to get these done?

Here is a close up of the large block:

February-Big-BlockI also worked on the hand applique Album quilt.  I started on my second block but I don’t think I’ve shared my first block with you yet:

Block-10---1st-blockThis is actually block 10 but had no stems and I wasn’t quite ready for stems when I started.  But thanks to my friend Barb, I’m ready now…

stemsBarb told me about this clever gizmo – the Clover bias tape maker.

Clover-Bias-Tape-MakerSo, I’ve been busy making the perfect stems for my applique.  I could make stems all day!  They are that much fun!  Thanks Barb!

So today – the snow in the woods is gone, the pantry is bare and my “Snow Day” holidays are over.  I hope you have some time to carve out a “Snow Day” now and then!

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