Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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
Monday, June 28, 2010
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.
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:
Blessings to all you Dozen Quilters ladies!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Is the black OK? I don't mind doing it over if you don't care for the black!!
Let me know!!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
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.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
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.