Sunday, February 28, 2010

More than a little Wonky

Here is my block! So sorry I'm squeaking it in a the last minute. Life's just been uber crazy busy. And in my defense February is a short month. ;) Hope you like the block, I'm not sure, but it might be falling a bit short of the 12 1/2 inch mark (so I might be adding another row before I send it?). The center went so well, but trying to get it "squared" off to a certain number was very hard for me!!


Hello Ladies,

I'm so looking forward to my month!  Thanks in advance for all the blocks!!

I think this month will be easy.  I mailed out fabric to everyone...even those that said they did not need it...I felt it was only fair to send it to all involved. I mailed everyone a fat eighth of Kona Snow and some pieces of Kona solids in varying colors.  The rest is up to you! 

OK, I have chosen 4 blocks to play with the month.

Friendship Star
Liberated Star
and Flying Geese

I do not have a game plan for the quilt ... I'm just hoping that the blocks you send back will inspire me to put together a great twin sized quilt for my son!  As I said before, I am making 2 twin sized quilts for my son's bedroom.  The first is my color wheel is a picture in progress:

The other quilt will be made by 'us'. 
I feel that all colors should be represented in the quilt, so don't shy away from any color knowing that the quilt is for my son.  I have used all the colors in the color wheel quilt, so I am sure they will all work together nicely!  The color wheel's background is Kona Snow also.  Feel free to use the Snow as your background fabric, or the dominant fabric, anything goes!

I am inspired by the works of Gwen Marsten and for this quilt, I hope to use some of the techniques she and Freddy Moran use in the their book, Collaborative Quilting.

On each of the envelopes I mailed out, i listed a quilt block for you to make.  I think I sent plenty of fabric to make more than one if time allows, and I promise they are so easy!!  If you want to make a 'liberated' or wonky block, by all means, please do.  Here are some links to making these easy blocks: and an example I have made:

Shoofly: from quilter's cache ( I would prefer blocks be 10.5 finished and smaller)

or at Block you can find a wonky version...again, Im looking to stay at 10.5 and under.

Liberated star: a nice tutorial is here at Thesillyboodilly's blog. again at 10.5 and under

Flying Geese...super easy block, and I just love it!  Modify Tradition blog has lots of tutorials one for flying geese and a shoo fly too. (I prefer the traditional version of shoo fly)
another tutorial for flying geese is here.  I easily made 16 flying geese with a fat eight of fabric.  Feel free to make your flying geese any size.
 OK ladies, I think that is all.  Please leave a comment with any questions.  Have fun!
my block...
will be coming late...
I have all the fabric and had every intention of completing this week but instead spent most of the week in the big city caring for my dear friend's children. You can go hear to read her story and pray for her:)
Thanks friends, I will get caught up soon.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quilt for my son - pieced top (by teaginny, courtesy flickr)

Quilt for my son - pieced top, originally uploaded by teaginny.

Just ran across this unusual quilt top on flickr and wanted to share.

Spring's First Flower For Iva!

Dear Iva,

I can't begin to tell you how much fun I had in making this Wonky Log Cabin for you. It has my girls a little excited about maybe doing some sewing for themselves. That is a bonus! Hope you like the fabrics. Since you wanted it springy I had to put a flower as the center. Hope you enjoy and I will get this out for you on Monday.

Blessings, Linda

My Dozen Quilters Quilt Top

My Dozen Quilters Quilt Top, originally uploaded by carmen215.

The only thing left to do is QUILT it!

Now I'm stumped! All my other quilts were little (crib, doll) and I tied them.

Hand quilt? Machine quilt? Where do I start?

Suggestions? please?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wonky Tonky Good Time

Here's my first Wonky Block and it was so much fun. I like the fact that you don't have to match up any corners or points. I made mine a little different and used the Wonky Quarter Log Cabin Block from Quilt Dad. Hope you like it Iva- It was a fun block!! I will get it in the mail tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

for Iva

Iva, if I can force myself to put this in an envelope and address it to you...I will get it out to you by Friday.  Otherwise, I may hold it hostage at my house forever!  Hope you like it half as much as I do!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Iva's Choice

Hi Iva. As I made these blocks, I had one in mind for you and one for me. But now I like them both so much, that I'm going to let you choose. Hope you like one! It sure was fun.

For Gayly, finally!

Hi ladies, I really feel so bad about getting this up late. As Gayly knows I started her block way back and ruined it. I was trying something very special, by doing a paper piecing block that was so neat. It didn't turn out the way I wanted. Sad. Soooooooo, I wrote Gayly to buy some new fabric from her. Then caring for my dad, trying to keep our little business going and then almost loosing my Dad....... need I say more? Life has been very difficult and yet in the midst of it all the Lord has been sustaining my precious family. Please understand I am so sorry Gayly that this didn't get done for you sooner. I am truly worn out by life. Can't imagine if I didn't have the Lord to walk with me.

I hope you like, Gayly. I will get it out for you hopefully today.

Iva, I will be starting "VERY" soon on yours. Smile. I love all the work that you all are doing for one another. It is so refreshing to see everyones personalities come out! Thank you again Melissa for all your hard work at getting this going!!!!

Blessings, Linda

Monday, February 15, 2010

March is just around the corner...

Hi Ladies,

As I sit down to do my wonky log cabin...I am wondering if you all have Kona cottons in your stash?  My month, March, I will be asking for all solids (no loud groans please...I know everyone is having such fun with Iva's gorgeous color preferences and fabric inspirations!!) 

I don't want to send anyone shopping for my block...I would be glad to send out some fabrics if need be.  The background color is to be Kona Snow...but more on that later...

I'm getting are all going to help me make a quilt for my son's bedroom!!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hooked on Wonky

Okay Iva I think I'm enamored with your block choice...

My brain sure had trouble with wonky

This was my second attempt...the first never made it past the second row. For some reason my brain does not like wonky blocks. Normally I make two blocks...but this time it was all I could do to make one. Don't know why it just wouldn't compute. Hope it's not too horrible!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I LOVE Wonky Blocks!

Thanks for choosing a wonky block! I have never done one before and it's so great to not have "rules". The tutorial on Quilt Dad is awesome and very easy to follow. I did find that having a very hot, steamy iron close by is helpful. I pressed after each addition and it went really smoothly. My sewing machine even cooperated! (somewhat) 8P

The fabric I used was Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey with one little smidge of Michael Miller (I think!)

This will get into the mail on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gayly's Blocks

I went through all the envelopes today as I was packing up the sewing room (well... working on packing it up:) and thought I would post who's blocks I have received. They look more awesome in person that on the blog. I am really excited about this quilt:)

I have blocks from Marie, Carmen, Melissa, Jenny, Tonya and Patty. I know several others posted their blocks, they just haven't arrived late and a couple people mentioned theirs would be late which is ok:) I just thought I would let you know who I have:)


Sunday, February 7, 2010

You Choose Iva

Here are the two blocks for this month, let me know which one you want and I'll get it in the mail some time this week. You said you liked color, I hope these live up to your expectations.  This was a fun block to make, I just sewed and whacked. I must say that I've looked forward to the first of every month this year. 
Happy sewing. :^)

Wonky Block

This took some getting used to. Unlike my sister, Melissa, I am a girl that likes her patterns and exact measurements. I guess it is good for me to just wing it from time to time. Hope you like the fabrics!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Color of Spring (and maybe some Summer too)

To answer Becky’s question about color, I borrowed some swatches from Heather Bailey and Jenean Morrison to use as examples. 

And to answer her second question:  I l.o.v.e. color!  With red, yellow, lavender, green, and melon among my top favorites. 

However, having recently participated in a red/aqua block swap, where I  had to make 25 blocks in these colors, I think I’m over that combination.

Hope this helps.


How's this Iva?

This is my first wonky block. I admit, I had trouble at first and then caught on finally. I hope you like the colors. I thought these represent spring pretty well. I was in between projects and didn't have anything on the sewing table so I thought I'd go ahead and knock this out.

February’s Block

I’ve waffled back and forth on a couple of blocks and contemplated another two or three.  But in the end I’ve decided to go with my original choice…  Wonky Log Cabin.

There are several variations a person could choose from, and you can find tutorials for some of them 
here, here, here, and here.

My particular favorite from that list is the wonky squares-in-squares block, such as the one 
in the third picture here
(by the way, I adore the prints and color combinations in that block – hint, hint ;). 

But please feel free to be creative and choose the Wonky Log Cabin style that appeals to you. 

Now, I don’t know about you gals, but I am very ready for spring.  So let’s make our blocks in happy spring-time colors. 
My only a stipulations are: 
no pastels, no calicoes, and no solids.

My fabric tastes run along the same lines as those
that Christy requested: 
Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, plus Dena Designs, Jenean Morrison, and such. 
You don’t have to purchase fabrics by these particular designers, just use them as examples when making your selections.

Your finished block should measure 12-1/2” square.  My plan is to add a 3-1/2” white-on-white frame to each block so that it finishes 15-1/2”. 

This is an easy peasy block, so just have fun with it
and let your creative juices flow. 
I can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

And I want you to know up front how truly, truly grateful I am to each of you for the time and effort and creativity that you will be putting into the block you make for me!! 
Time is such a precious commodity and not to be taken for granted, so you can count on your accomplishment to be treasured and oh so greatly appreciated.

Happy creating :-)