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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Guild meeting

When I walked into the guild meeting yesterday and saw a lot of people bunched around a table, I just knew something was in the air ...
Quilt seeds!  A member had sent in two large bags of strings and chunks and hunks of quilt seeds, ready to be planted into 30 or 40 new quilts!

We had wonderful show and tell at the meeting.  

One member challenged herself to finish a block from her applique class ...

Another member made two quilts as a thank-you for a neighbor who takes in terminally ill dogs ...
T-shirt quilt

A cute cartoon dog quilt

A new member shared a medallion quilt she made from her deceased sister's fabrics...

A new quilter shared a very pretty disappearing 4-patch ...

Nine patches - set on point!

A scrappy quilt - love it!  The blocks were pieced onto phone book paper.

And last but not least, a fabric embellishment demo...

As usual, it was a great meeting and we all had a great time; sew forth and sew on til later ...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Guild BOM

I had totally forgotten about the BOM's my guild is doing this year until yesterday morning.

This is January's BOM - 1930's Square. 

This year we have three choices of the blocks we want to do - beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

I took the middle of the road just to get them done quickly, so I can show something at the meeting.

February's BOM - Castle in the Air.

I need to do the dark corner squares and two more of the combination blocks (two were cut too small).

My thoughts for these blocks are to use that one background fabric, and blue/green batiks.

March BOM - Arkansas Cross Roads. 

All the blocks are from Quilters' Cache and they will all be 12".

When working on these blocks I realized how accustomed I am to working with smaller sizes!  I felt really clumsy slapping four 6" slabs together to make a block, geeez!

I don't like the corner cutouts on these, I might replace them if I don't run out of the background fabric.

That's it for now, guild today - sew forth and sew on til later!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Setting decisions

My little flower baskets are all ready to be sewn together, but I should have auditioned more fabrics for the setting and corner triangles!

The fabric on the right has words swirled in different directions and it looked okay with all the blocks laid out on top of it.  But when I sacrificed cut it to get the setting pieces, it looked more like a one-way design as you can see above.

Not gonna work!

I think the fabric on the left has more potential because of the random polka dots that run through it.

I spent my sewing time yesterday adding the setting triangles, it's starting to look pretty good.  Just have to sew the rows together, trim it and add the final borders. 

I've always shied away from setting blocks on point because I just assumed it was too hard, but it isn't.  I found a chart online at Generations Quilt Patterns that has all those measurements figured out for you; all you have to do is cut and sew!

Things are looking up!

That's it for now, have a great Thursday, sew forth and sew on...