I just started a group on Flickr for people to use up their scraps. These pieces I'm talking about are actually less than two inches square. I know that you have them! You know those really small pieces that you either toss or stash in plastic bins or cardboard boxes somewhere? Join me as I create blocks weekly with these tiny pieces! Here is the link.
Today I was doing some more quilting and as you can see, I managed to add two more blocks to my string quilt. I think it is turning out good and I am having a lot of fun seeing that I have made several blocks of string quilting but no whole quilt tops or finished quilts. Recently I have been working on a lot of quilts that in past years, I have actually put away and forgotten. It is fun to sort through some old projects and start working on them again! It's kind of like rediscovering old friends!
Also, with some of the scrap fabrics that I received in the mail, I added some hexagons to my quilt. For those of you that have asked, I am not piecing this by machine, I am using a method known as English Paper Piecing and you have to do it all by hand.
And as for my hand quilting, I have been working on and off on it today, doing a few stitches here and a few there... eventually it will be finished! Have a good and quilty day!
First off, here is something that I have been working on. It's a letter quilt and it uses Tonya's technique of making letters. I actually took the idea from her blog, but I am improvising. The whole block is 5 1/2" big and each letter is about 3" square.
And I started the quilt along from John's blog, in which we are making wonky log cabin blocks:
My desk can get very messy when working:
And as promised, here is a picture of the quilt that I finished for my brother Brandon's birthday.
He really liked it!!!
And if you are interested, here is the link to John's Flickr group. I hope to see you there! BTW, I managed to finish the third row of quilting on my quilt and there are about nine rows!! Six more to go!
Sorry that I don't have any pictures but I can't find my camera. :-( Today two packages came in the mail... they were both filled to the brim with scraps! One was an envelope and the other was a shoebox. I was definitely pleasantly surprised! I am so excited to get started using them and I want to really bad! I just about died when I saw those packages in the mail! If anyone else wants to send me some "squishies" or any other type of goodie, leave a comment with your e-mail and I will get back to you.
As soon as possible I want to get ahold of my friend Elizabeth (she's 12 as well) and I'm going to teach her to quilt! Her family has a sewing machine but doesn't know how to use it... then we are going to start a book publishing, quilt making, pattern selling, fabric line creating business!!! I'm so excited!
Thanks again for those packages ladies! I am looking forward to them!
Is everyone purposely avoiding me for some strange reason!! Or are you looking and not posting? Or not even looking? I sorta feel that maybe I've been bragging? I'm sorry if any of you feel that way and I sincerely apologize. Well anyways, my brother's birthday is today and we actually celebrated yesterday. That is the reason I didn't post yesterday. So tomorrow I have a couple of things in store for you guys... a quilt I made for my brother's b-day and a tutorial on how to make a yo-yo. How does that sound to all of you??? I'm very sorry I don't have any quilting related stuff for you guys today but I don't have much time. I'm going to a campfire and have to be there at 6:30 and I have stuff to do. See you tomorrow!
Here is another quilt top that I have been working on recently. As you can see, I am missing a row and I'm going to work on that later today. I Actually designed this one myself too and want to put a solid thin inner border, a square in a square middle border, and an outer border the same material as the inner one. Another thing that I have been thinking about doing is designing my own fabric lines. Would any of you be interesting in buying some if I can actually get it manufactured? If so, what would you like to see on that material?
Do you remember those little stacks of four-patches that I was making as leaders and enders? Well here they are on the design wall with the red squares as spacers. The top three rows are sewn together, as is the bottom one. I have never used red as a background like this and think that it is coming together very nicely.
If you would like to help me with my fabric design project, please answer these questions in the comment section.
1) What are your favorite colors in fabric
2) What are your favorite designs in fabric
3) How much fabric do you normally buy?
Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing your reply!
So today I finished sewing together the quilt top. I think that it would be fine without a border don't you? As long as the binding can calm the scrappiness of the whole thing, I personally think it will be alright.
So I have been using these little squares and assembling them into four-patches as Leaders and Enders. I am pinning them together with safety pins in sets of five so I actually have twenty. And that was just from assembling this one top.
I actually designed this sampler quilt a while back and am now just thinking about how to finish it. I need to decide what color to use as cornerstones as well as what to use as borders. I also need to decide how many borders and then need to get those fabrics.
I thought all of you would also like to see my stash over a period of time so I decided to start with my denim jean scraps! I keep them in a shoebox and then whenever we throw a pair of jeans out, I keep a piece for my box. I am actually trying to save up enough to create a jean quilt.
Also, a few people asked how I was marking my baptist fans for quilting so I decided to show you a picture!! My dad created this for me and it works pretty well! It is just a piece of cardboard cut into the right shape. But if you don't wan't to make a template or even buy one here is an article on how to freehand Baptist Fans.
Also, I would like to thank all of you out there who decided to send me scraps. I really am looking forward to receiving them and if anyone else would like to send me some goodies, I welcome you to post your e-mail in the comments and I will get back to you. One last thing, if you would like to check out my website, here is the link to Jordan's Jewelry. I hope you come and visit me soon!
Hi! Today I have been working on assembling a lot of those odd blocks of mine into a top. Some of them are paper pieced but most are just pieced as normal. Also, some of them are string pieced. Some of the designs I created myself, and those are the ones I am most proud of. The star string pieced block is Bonnie Hunter's Spiderweb quilt. I wanted to create a whole quilt out of those blocks but I ran out of the green plaid and a friend had given it to me... no way to track down more of it. So I ended up with about two blocks nagging at me. Most of the blocks, though, are ones that I just was testing a pattern and I decided not to make a whole quilt of them but I just couldn't toss them out. This is actually just laid out on my floor, though, not actually sewn so it's not really finished. I know all of you out there reading this have plenty of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) so I encourage you to assemble them into a top and get them out of your way!
Here you see the pieces that I am about to assemble into a nine patch. I am just working on random things right about now and these pics are from about a week ago...
And here is the finished nine patch! I really like the way this turned out and am probably going to do something with it... not quite sure what yet though!
Another thing I need to do next time I go to the store is get some piecing thread... I don't have any! I am most likely going to resort to drastic measures... hand piecing with the thread out of my sewing kit! lol! Also, if any of you have any ideas on how I could sell quilts to make some extra money, that would be most helpful. I want to be able to sell quilts so that I can buy more fabric! I don't really have all that much... well, I guess I'll post some more tomorrow. See ya!
Well I'm back and ready to tell all of you out there some more about my quilting life for today! First off, I'm just going to post a picture of myself so that you can see more about my personality.
LOL! Do you like it? And yes, I do wear contacts!!! Ok, now onto quilting...
I have been working on an applique beauty that includes a little piecing. If you enlarge it, you can see that I made a major mistake with trimming it up... well you win some you lose some!
And now I'm actually going to show you a picture of a book that I am going to be making a quilt out of someday when I can actually get the money to get the right fabric! The book is called One Block Wonders Encore!
Sorry that it isn't turned the right way but I can't quite get it to turn! Well anyways, I highly recommend this book. Also make sure to vote on my new poll! See ya tomorrow.