Wednesday, June 30, 2010

1930s & A Summer Flower

Getting so far behind again! Sorry guys! I'll have to come one when I have more time to really catch up on all the posts!

Here is the 1930s block (which has actually been done for awhile, just hadn't taken pictures!). I really had fun with this block and could've gone crazy with all the great prints! Hope you like it Marie! <3

And Linda here is your block as well! It was fun, but I don't think I have the motivation for handstitching, although I think the look is fabulous! :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Another disappearing 9-patch and some flowers I have been working on...

Here is a picture and I have already dropped it in the mail:) I hope you like it,  I found these fat quarters and loved them, maybe because it's getting close tot he 4th!Let me know if you would prefer something else and I'll make another one and send it to you as well!

I have to tell ya'll, I got addicted to those little flowers Linda had us do last month- I have been using up a little Moda Bakeshop Box of 2 1/2 inch squares and sewing them up when I am sitting at t-ball practice, gymnastics practice or when we are driving somewhere (and hubby is driving:) I have about 20 done, here are a few of them out of my Kansas Troubles prints, now I have to decide what to do with them- I am think of stitching them on muslin like we did for Linda but not sure what to put with them. I'd like a throw for the couch in our living room... what do you guys think?

Monday, June 28, 2010

July Block

Hello everyone! I've put July's block and instructions in the mail to everyone. Be looking for it . . . It's a Christmas quilt for my little boy and will follow in Marie's footsteps, a diappearing 9-patch with a twist.

Just want to make a quick note to tell everyone to be really careful how you cut and sew. You can't get the right sized block if it isn't first cut right. I think a rotary cutter, mat and quilter's ruler are essential. Secondly, please watch your seams. Not only do the wrong sized seams make the wrong sized blocks, but too thin seams will make the block fall apart. Too thick make it bulky and lumpy. I'm sending instructions along with your block to make sure the seams you're using are exactly 1/4". Please take the time to do it. We all spend so much time on the blocks to have to try to deal with ones that are way off. I know there are those of you who have had to redo blocks. Or cut them down. Or add sashing. None of these is appropriate. Sometimes it's good to just slow down and make sure it all comes out right. If the finished size is 12 1/2", it should be that exact size. However, it's my personal opinion that 12 1/4" - 12 3/4" is appropriate. Definitely no more off than that. Any opinions?

I hope this doesn't come across as mean. I just want everyone to fully enjoy this experience in our group.

Love, Melissa

Doin’ the Happy Dance :D

Marie, here is your disappearing 9-patch with some Aunt Grace prints.  I have really been enjoying looking at this block for the past couple of days; it has such a sweet vintage feel to it.  But now I suppose I will reluctantly happily put it in the mail to you :D.  I do hope when you see the real thing you like it, too.


It feels so good to be caught up and eagerly anticipating the July block!  My apologies to those who received a late block from me:

Linda, your Grandmother’s Flower Garden block will also be going in the mail today.  I love GFG quilts and have always wanted to attempt one.  But now with this, my very first handpiecing attempt, I’m not so sure I could ever do it justice.  Please excuse my rudimentary handwork.


Although Kim and Jenny already have their blocks, I never did get pictures posted.  Because I’m still trying to figure out how to use the photo editing software that came with my new camera, I have had to give up and download pictures into my original software to get the ones that I want for now.

Jenny’s Flying Geese:


Kim’s Unnamed Star (I’ve had such a time trying to get the colors to show better, but…):


Other than work and my youngest child moving away (I have to tell ya, I am not cut out to be an empty-nester ): here is what has consumed my time for the past few months:

IMG_0939 My beautiful daughter’s wedding dress (and wedding).  She makes it look so much more gorgeous.

Blessings to all you Dozen Quilters ladies!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another late one

Finally had a chance to work on this today.
And it was the perfect size for my poison-ivy covered-ness.
I was really wanting to sew today...on this helped a lot.
I loved the way it looked with the papers still in it, thought it a little bumpy once they were out.
Hope it works!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Disapearing 30's

Here's your block Marie, my first ever disappearing nine patch.
It will be in  the mail tomorrow.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Feed Sacks

Hi Marie and everyone! I've had this stack of old feedsack cuts for forever. So I decided what better place to use some? Your grandma is special to me too. So here it is? Is it ok? I used up the purples since you love purple.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hello Betty for Marie......

This is my favorite fabric of all time. Hello Betty....a 1930's repro fabric by Moda.
I love it. I hope this block will be ok. I didn't trim it.
I added some black so it would go with the last block with black.

A LATE Block for Linda..

Nevermind my horrible picture..........I will get this in the mail right away.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Marie's block

Oh Marie, I'm so glad I saw your post before heading 'back to the drawing board'!
Just finished my block 30 minutes ago!  finished at just a hair over 12 inches square.

Is the black OK?  I don't mind doing it over if you don't care for the black!!
Let me know!!

June Block Pattern Change

Hello everyone- I did not sew up this block before posting and the finished size is more like 12 inches instead of 12 1/2 inches. Christy & Carmen don't worry about your blocks and sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Hope that clears up any confusion.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Marie's Block

I was a little sketchy with the size, I started with 4 1/2 inch blocks but I didn't take into account that when I cut the 9 patch into 4 squares and then sew them back together, I messed up my measurement so the first square I made ended up at only 11 1/2 inches. This square here in this photo I started with 5 inch squares and ended with the 12 1/2 inches you asked for.

Fabric is Robert Kaufman 1930's Reproduction purchased on Etsy from SueLynnsFabrics.

A Block for Marie

I hope this is what you had in mind.  I think this will be a really neat quilt and I know your grandma will love it. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Farm Chicks Fodder

Farm Chicks Fodder, originally uploaded by Trisha Brink Design.

Check out *this* scrappy rug!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June Block

Hi Everyone, Sorry for the delay but here is June's block. I have picked a disappearing nine patch with a finished size of 12.5 in with 1/4" seam allowances. You can find a tutorial here or if you would rather just make a nine patch block measuring 12.5" that is fine too.

Colors: 30's print. I love the 30's print in any color and if you don't have any just send me an email and I would be happy to mail you some for the block.

Here are some of my Grandma's quilts from the 30's for a little inspiration:

Have fun and THANK YOU ALL so much for taking time to sew for me. I plan on making a lap quilt out of the blocks and giving it to my Grandma who is in the nursing home.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I am having a Party!

Hi Everyone, I am having my Blogaversary over at Prairie Flower Farm! Please come and celebrate with me!

Thank you!!!!!

Blessings, Linda