Summer Mystery Quilt Along

Have you decided to play along with the summer mystery?  By now you should have your fabrics chosen and cut as today we are going to start sewing.  If for some reason you have not chosen your fabrics yet,  you can still find some and get caught up.  For those who do have fabric ready, grab your bag #1.  You should have two colors of 3-1/2″ strips in there.  You can find the information for Clue # 2 here.

 

I am working with pieces of fabric that are leftover from another project and instead of strips, I’m having to cut the squares as I can.  Here is what my 4-patches look like.  As you can see, I did not have enough of all one color so I had to use two different fabrics of similar coloration.

Clue 2

Clue 2

Click here to see Aby’s great tutorial on the whole process of making Clue 2.  You will see that it only takes about 15-20 minutes from start to finish.  And then scroll down to see the fabrics of a few more who are playing along.

Now stop reading and go get your 4-patches made and put them back in the bag to be ready for next month when you will get clue #3.  See you then.

Fun with Jacob

It is so much fun spending even more time with Jacob now that he is out of school.  We decided to make him a pillowcase that he is going to take along when he stays with his dad this summer.  We also have twin young ladies that are coming over this summer for quilting lessons and thought they might enjoy making the easy pillowcases too.  Jacob and I went to the store and I let him choose his own fabric.  He is so thoughtful in making his decisions.  Finally he found some “Sponge Bob” fabric and that is what he picked out.  Then he looked and looked for the fabric to go along with it to make the cuff.  Eventually he spied the solid turquoise which I hadn’t even seen and we thought that would be perfect with the other fabric.  The yellow accent was very easy to choose so we were set.  But then Jacob saw the “Wolf” fabric and decided that I needed a pillowcase too.  Sure, why not.

Spongebob pillowcase

Jacob wanted to look like a rectangle body with a head and legs.  He was thrilled that the picture turned out looking like that.

Wolf pillowcase

This is the pillowcase Jacob wanted me to have.  It goes well with my other wolves.

The girls also chose their own fabrics and they chose Tarheel fabric, cowboy boot fabric, bandana fabric, and horseshoe fabric.  I didn’t get a picture of the pillowcases they made but they did turn out very cute and the girls are ready to make more pillowcases for Christmas presents.  Jacob is also thinking about what fabric he should choose to make pillowcases for his three brothers.  Good thing they are so quick and easy to make!

Threads

Applique threads

Applique threads

 

I do not take many pictures so I was surprised a few minutes ago when I came across this picture.  This morning I have just finished a Quiltmaker 100 Blocks test block for Volume 10 and was deleting the pictures off the camera when I saw this thread picture.  I had to stop and think about why I took a picture of thread.  These are the threads that I used for the applique blocks in the Volume 9 test blocks and I thought they looked so pretty together.  I was going to show them to you along with the sampler but since I did not even think of it at that time, I have to say, oh well—it’s still a pretty picture.  These are also the colors of fabrics I used in that sampler and I am thinking that the solid color of the threads would be a good way to put fabric colors together.  I’ll have to try to remember that.  Ok, lost picture found, shared, and now I have to get back to work.

PS–Be sure to plan on getting a copy of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10 when it comes out in the late fall because there are some really fun blocks and some pretty ones too.  You will love the new blocks!

Sampler Quilt

My friend Liz sent me a McCall’s magazine called “America Quilts Together”.  The magazine is about people quilting with friends or together in a group.  There are lots of pictures of the quilts the groups have made together.  This is a picture of one of the quilts in the magazine.  This one is  called “America the Beautiful”.  What a great sampler.  It seems to have been very popular as there were pictures of many that had been made when it had been a series quilt-along in the regular McCall’s magazine.

 

As seen in the magazine

As seen in the magazine

Liz thought it would be fun for our sampler group to make this quilt together so we presented the idea and we agreed to do it.  First everyone had to purchase their own copy of the magazine.  Once everyone had their magazine, we got started and posted pictures as we went along.  We each could use any fabric we chose and it didn’t have to look like the original.  I used a variety of  scraps from my Thimbleberries collection for the blocks.   I made a few little changes in the blocks here and there, and this is my finished version of the sampler.

America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Birthday Celebration Sampler

 

Marcia's Summer Camp

Marcia’s Summer Camp

It has been awhile since we have had a new block.  You might remember that the Birthday Celebration Sampler blocks will be posted randomly throughout the year.  This block went together very quickly so grab your project bag with your fabrics and other blocks, get this one made, and then set the bag aside again until later this summer.  This block is to celebrate my friend Marcia who is an incredible blessing in my life.

This is a 12” finished block.  You will need to cut the following:

Background:

4 squares at 4-1/4”

2 squares at 3-7/8”

Pink:

4 squares at 4-1/4”

2 squares at 3-7/8”

Blue:

4 squares at 3-1/2”

Gold:

4 squares at 1-1/2”

To make the center, start by aligning your blue and cream 3-7/8” squares into pairs with right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the cream.  Sew ¼” from each side of this drawn line; cut on the line; press open; trim the points.  You will have four Half-Square-Triangle squares and each should measure 3-1/2”.

Make 4 of these HST

Make 4 of these HST

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the gold squares and align on the pink corner of the previous HST’s.  Sew on the line; trim seam allowance to ¼”; press out.  I found it helpful to press two of the corners toward the pink and two toward the gold, making them easier to nest together.

Align small square on dark corner.

Align small square on dark corner.

 

Make 4 of these.

Make 4 of these.

Sew these four units into two pairs as shown in the picture.  Sew the pairs together creating the 4-patch center.  This square should measure 6-1/2”.

Sew into 2 pairs.

Sew into 2 pairs.

center square

center square

Cut your pink and cream 4-1/4” squares on the diagonal and without moving them, cut again on the opposite diagonal creating an X with the cuts.  (I like to layer them in pairs with right sides together before I make the cuts so that once the cuts are made, I can just pick them up and sew as they are all lined up.)  Sew the triangles as shown in the picture into 16 pairs.

make 16 just like this

make 16 just like this

Sew the above units into eight squares.  Each block should measure 3-1/2”.  Sorry for the blurry picture—it is a simple hourglass block.

make 8 of these

make 8 of these

Sew these into four pairs.  Each rectangle should measure 2-1/2” x 6-1/2”.

make 4 of these

make 4 of these

Sew a blue square to each end of two of the rectangles.  Sew the remaining two rectangles to the sides of the center square.

make 2 of these

make 2 of these

Arrange your units into three rows and sew the rows together to complete the block.

make 3 rows

make 3 rows

Scrap Quilts

At the beginning of the year my sampler group members decided that since we were not making a new sampler block every week that we would instead get a bunch of projects finished.  It seems we all have quite a few unfinished projects.  Some have decided to not start anything new.  For myself, I decided it is ok to start new projects as long as they get finished and do not carry over as unfinished projects.  I admit I do have quite a few unfinished projects from past years, hence the rule to eliminate adding more.  In addition, I also had planned to make lots and lots of give-away quilts in order to use up some of my fabric collection.

So far, both decisions have been working.  Anything I start gets written down in my little notebook I keep (entitled “What in the world have I done?”).  This way I can easily see how many things I start and what is still in the works.  It is very satisfying to see the items get crossed off and noted as DONE.  I am loving this rule and wish I had thought of it years ago.

These are some of the scrap quilts and I’ll show you more in later posts.

 

Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park

 

Play Date

Play Date

Early Spring

Early Spring

Jacob is making me a list of projects as his selections from the master list.  He thinks I should get them all done when he spends time with his dad this summer.  In looking at his list, it seems he thinks I should be able to make a quilt from start to finish every day!

 

Summer Mystery Quilt Along

Have you noticed it is already half-way through June?  In a few days we will be half-way through the year and you know what that means—in the blink of an eye Christmas will be here!  Maybe you would like to have a couple quilts to give away this year.  If you join in and make this fun mystery quilt, you could easily have a couple (or more) done in time for Christmas giving.  In fact, you would be done early enough to not worry about any last minute stitching.

 

If you are on the fence about whether or not to play along, I’m telling you right now—get off that fence and go find some fabric.  Surely, you have something in your fabric collection that would work.  So far we have told you about fabric selection and have started you on the cutting.  You could still have that done before July 1 when we will be posting a clue that gets you started with the stitching.

 

It is always fun to see what fabrics others have chosen and you can see the great selections on Aby’s blog by clicking here.  I am excited to see all these quilts come together!  I would like to see your quilt too.

 

Recently, we got new phone books.  They are left in plastic bags sitting down at the end of our driveways so I had Jacob go pick it up.  He had never seen a phone book before and he was quite fascinated with it.  I enjoyed watching him go through it as he seemed to really be studying it very carefully.  I thought he was going to tell me how much he liked it since it is all alphabetical and so orderly.  I was a little surprised though when he finally looked up from it and said “Grandma, this is a terrible book!”  I had to ask why and this is what he had observed and very emphatically explained to me — “It gives all your personal information—your name, your address, and your phone number!  That’s just terrible, Grandma.”  I tried to explain to him that is the purpose of the phone book but he wasn’t convinced.  He said (with great disdain), “Well, they still shouldn’t give out your personal information!”