Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Royal Nine Patch

You may remember my post from February that was titled scrappy nine patch. I started sewing mini charms together, not quite sure where it was going to take me. I am now finished and thought I would show you the results.
I call this the royal nine patch, not as a tribute to Prince William but to my new love of the color royal. This really isn't a new love or a new color for me. My school colors were royal and I am still the proud owner of my R.L. Turner letter men's jacket in the ever so stunning royal color.  What is old is new again, so my love of royal is back.
When I noticed some of the moda designers were adding a bright navy/royal blue to their lines, I knew I had to do something with it. The plan was to make the nine patches with a royal center. Oops, honestly there was no plan. It just developed on the fly. I like the way it turned out.

What is fun about this quilt is each nine patch reads differently depending on the value of the fabric used. I combined Bonnie and Camille with V and Co and some good ol' Fig Tree to get a very mixed selection of scale and colors. See how the second block shown above almost disappears except for the center square.
Maggi Honeyman worked her magic on the quilting. I added a big royal polka dot for my binding to complete the "Royal Nine Patch".

Do you have moda candy ( 2 1/2" squares) or scraps of any kind? I have included the instructions to make your own version.  I can't wait to see your version.

Oh, I just had an idea for another quilt. I can call it "Royal Flush".

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wishes B.O.M.

It is the first of the month so it is time to catch up on my block of the months. on April 1st,  I shared block 4 from the blogger girls BOM and today is my show n tell for the Wishes quilt along from Fat Quarter Shop.

I am on month 4 of the quilt along. These blocks are so fun because they are 18" finished. They get big very fast compared to the blogger girls BOM that are 6" finished.

Time to change my machine needle. See how the seams kind of pucker? Yep, should have put in a new needle. Do you not change your needle until it breaks? Guilty. I have read that you should change your needle every time you start a new project. I tend to work on several projects at once and time slips away.
So now that I have my monthly block obligations caught up, I am putting a new needle in my machine, giving it a fresh oiling and then on to making market quilts. Can't wait to to show you a few peeks along the way.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bloggers Girl's B.O.M. 4

It is that time again for 2 more blocks from Monique Dillard of Open Gate designs.
If you are new here each month Monique posts 1 new 6" block pattern. The cool thing is that she also shares cutting instructions to make an additional color option.

Month 4 block- color option 2

Month 4 block- color option 1

The two blocks lined up right next to each other really show how different they are.

Love them. Check back again may 1st for the next round of blocks.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Granny Square- lost and found

Have you ever misplaced something? Of course you have. Have you misplaced a quilt? Probably not. I made this granny square quilt a couple of years ago. Dragged it to quilt market to submit it to a magazine and never did. We have hauled 100's of quilts back and forth from show to show and have never lost one so I knew this quilt had to be somewhere.
It could have been nicely packed with the show stuff, it could have been in the stack of quilts for trunk shows, it could have been on display somewhere throughout the buildings.

No need to panic. It would show up eventually.
Well surprise, surprise it finally showed up. I had packed it away in a very safe place and completely had forgotten about it. The mind is a terrible thing to loose, right?

I was so excited. It was like running into a long lost friend. I love anything granny square and now that Lori Holt's new book, Great Granny Squared is out I think I want to start another quilt.
My favorite block used to be nine patches or log cabins but the granny square is quickly taking over the number 1 spot. This quilt is made from all kinds of moda candy 2 1/2" squares. I love how each block looks different depending on the color and fabric placement.
The red and white block shown above is one of my favs in this quilt.

Striped binding cut on the bias.... I am obsessed about stripes and the color orange still so it is funny to see that I used this fabric as the binding over 2 years ago.
I am notorious for hiding things so well that I can never find them. I am just sure that i have hidden a ton of money somewhere and that some day my when i am long gone my kids will find it. They better not throw out any of my treasures just in case i have stashed their inheritance there. Is that a good way to entice them not to call goodwill as soon as I am gone......(note to jillian)

Do you have a favorite quilt block that you can just make over and over?  


Monday, March 24, 2014

#APQquiltalong recap

Hello to all, 
 I wanted to share some APQquiltalong eye candy and thank my friends that did this virtual quiltalong with me.
Tone it down main quilt photo
Quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Image from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 Here is my quilt from American Patchwork and Quilting.

 Carrie Nelson's version of the #APQquiltalong

#apqquiltalong - AmysCreativeSide.com
Amy Ellis From Amy's Creative Side

Tone it Down - Finished. by Quiltjane  #quilt #modernquilt
Quilt Jane's version. http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltjane/

APQ's Tone it Down Quilt by Kimberly Jolly is complete!
Kimberly Jolly's version. http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2014/02/apqs-tone-it-down-quilt.html

The greatness of Camille once again. APQ Quilt Along by croskelley, via Flickr
Camille Roskelley
Lisa Bongean's  #APQquiltalong quilt is out of this world!. @Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop
WOWSER !! http://lisabongean.com/2014/03/19/apq-quilt-along/   

Quilt-Along: Oh! No Contrast? (or) OH NO! Contrast! | AllPeopleQuilt.com Staff Blog
Another dark rich version by Jennifer Keltner

Sherri Mc Connell's version using all American Jane.

Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill added applique

 And here are a few more pics of other quilts I wanted to share.

Maggie Honeyman- machine quilt extraordinaire made and actually got to quilt her own quilt.

Apq quilt along
s.o.t.a.k handmade: winter wonderland sewing
 SVETLANA's version  http://sotakhandmade.blogspot.com/2014/01/winter-wonderland-sewing.html

Lynda in Wonderland: Catch Up
classic vintage by  Lynda from NSW    http://lyndainwonderland.blogspot.com/2014/01/catch-up.html
 What is so amazing to me about quilting is that this is a classic Burgoyne surrounded block named after General John Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga in 1777. Nothing earth shattering about the pattern, it is a variation of Double Irish chain, yet the fabrics used make each version wonderful.

One more little bit of info. I wanted to show a snapshot of the pinterest board, #APQquiltalong. Follow me on Pinterest to see the actual board.  There are many more versions to tempt you to make this quilt if you have not started yours yet.

  Now that we have accomplished celebrating the General Burgoyne through this quiltalong, maybe we should move on to General Beauregard from Barbara Brackman's Book, Facts & Fabrications-Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery.

No seriously, moda has so many great indigo's coming, I may have found my perfect project.

Thank you following the quiltalong, as well as my blog.



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