Jacob has always loved to draw and so when I won a free class from Craftsy, I chose a sketching class for Jacob. I could have chosen a quilt class but thought he might get some helpful information in the sketching class. Jacob definitely has enjoyed the class which makes me glad I chose it for him. He paid attention and learned about the kinds of sketching books and what pencils to choose and actually did the assignments. We went to Hobby Lobby and he picked out exactly what he needed. After he had been using his sketch book awhile, he asked if he could get a smaller one to carry with him so we went back and he picked out this small red sketchbook.
Jacob’s small sketchbook
I made him a denim bag for his pencils, sketchbook, eraser, and pencil sharpener. He is so happy to be able to carry his supplies with him.
Jacob’s bag to carry his sketch supplies
One day when we were eating lunch at Cracker Barrel (Jacob’s favorite place), he looked out the window and decided to sketch the rocking chairs out on the porch. Because of the class, he now sketches all kinds of things that he sees.
Recently, the library offered a zentangle class for kids his age so I thought he might like to learn that too. When I asked him if he would like to go, he was all for it, so I signed him up and took him to the class. The instructor asked the parents if they would like to try it too and I didn’t even hesitate as it looked like so much fun. As it turns out, it is incredibly fun to do zentangle. It is very relaxing and I found it hard to stop once I got started. My pen finally ran out of ink which made me stop. I plan to get another pen and fill up my page. This is where I stopped. Jacob is still working on his and we will show you that at another time.
My first attempt at zentangle
I cannot even begin to sketch items like Jacob does, but I certainly do love the zentangle… and the good thing is…anyone can do zentangle.
PS–I am sure you are wondering where are the Farm Girl Vintage blocks. I am finally starting to feel better since dealing with this crazy virus (again) but will soon be back to sewing and catch up on my blocks.
Today’s blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along are the Autumn Star and the Baby Chick Block. I am making the 6″ size blocks and they are so cute and just plain fun. Yes, I know my baby chick needs his legs and eye embroidered. That will be done in one of the “sit outside and sew” sessions I like to give myself.
Be sure to go over to Lori Holt’s blog, Bee In My Bonnet, where she will show you how to make an adorable pillow and a heart mini quilt.
Be sure to check Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures, tomorrow as they are once again doing a blog tour to celebrate the new issue of 100 Blocks. My friend Aby will be one of the featured bloggers tomorrow along with several others. There will be a new list each day. Quiltmaker gives away lots of prizes during the week of the blog tour and many of the featured bloggers will also be giving away copies of the magazine or other prizes.
Here is the sampler I made with some of my test blocks from Volume 11.
QM 100 Blocks Vol 11 Sampler
Starting in the top left corner and going down, these are the blocks:
#1061 Americana Bouquet by Mary Ellen Von Holt
#1044 Button Up by Mickey Depre
#1083 Fancy Bricks by Sandi Irish
#1026 Scout’s Star by Jenny Novinsky
Center column from top to bottom:
#1069 Outlined Plus by Cheryl Brickey
#1014 Aloha Flower by Meagan Taylor and Kristi Jones
#1075 Cotton Candy by Deanne Eisenman
#1051 Sunshine and Daisies by Belinda Karls-Nace
Right column from top to bottom:
#1098 Telstar by Anne Wiens
#1093 The Gathering by Pat Speth
#1060 Hannah’s Garden by Paula Stoddard
#1074 Around The Bend by Abigail Dolinger
In addition to the blocks in the sampler, here some other blocks I tested for this issue:
#1019 Hailin’ by Kristy Wolf
#1005 Free in the Sea! By Desiree Habicht
#1094 Fractured Chain by Peg Spradlin
I also thought it might be fun to make a mini quilt using one of the blocks. This little mini features the block #1061 Americana Bouquet by Mary Ellen Von Holt. I think it will be perfect to display in July.
Americana Bouquet Mini
Be sure to get a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I know you will find plenty of blocks in it that you just love and want to make.
PS–Click here to go to Aby’s blog.
Several of my friends and I have decided to make yet another sampler. We decided to join the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along which starts today and continues into October. The Quilt Along is being done by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet and also the Fat Quarter Shop. There are several other bloggers involved who will be showing their blocks too. We are to make the first block today and then each Friday, two more blocks. You need the book in order to join the Quilt Along, but you can use any fabrics. My group is going to make it in similar colors to Lori’s quilt as that is so adorable in her soft, scrappy colors.
Book and Fabrics
There is a choice of making the blocks either 6” or 12”. I am going to make mine in the 6” size. This first block is called Apron Strings. It is very quick to sew following the directions in the book.
Click here to go to Lori Holt’s blog “Bee In My Bonnet” where she does a tutorial, shows different ideas to make with the blocks, has a link to the other bloggers making the blocks, and also information on how you can get the book and be a part of the Quilt Along. The sampler is really cute and I am excited to make it. Lori shows many other ideas and quilts that can be made with the blocks in the book. I like how she has made the blocks into potholders and think I will make some of those too.
Quiltmaker Magazine has once again put together a collection of 12″ blocks from 100 different designers. You may have seen the previous 10 volumes with the 1000 blocks and wondered how there could be so many ideas for 12″ blocks. The creativity continues with this start of the next 1000 blocks and as always, there are many blocks in here that simply need to be made just for the fun of it. The magazines are starting to arrive in the stores so be sure to look for a copy, or you can always get one from Quiltmaker’s Quilt and Sew shop in either the paper edition or a digital edition.
My friend Aby has designed a block that was accepted into this volume which you will see on her blog next week during the Quiltmaker Blog Tour. You will want to be sure to check out the blog tour as Quiltmaker gives away many prizes as do the designers who are a part of the blog tour. Plus, it is fun to visit the various blogs.
I tested blocks for this volume 11 and you will see my test blocks next week. Do you notice the yellow behind the magazine? That is the back of the sampler quilt I made with some of the test blocks. You might remember I have a hankering for yellow lately. Be sure to check back next week to see if I used yellow in my sampler!
Last year for the spring break, Jacob chose a small bag of pre-cut rectangles to sew and over the course of the break, we completed a quilt (which can be seen in a previous post). This year, I again gave him the option to choose anything he wanted to work on. From the Delightful Little Treasure Boxes, he chose the container of “rail” blocks. Jacob thought it might be fun to use up all the rectangles in that box. He loves to pair up the pieces and hand them to me to sew and then he cuts the chains apart. For some reason, he finds this to be great fun. I really didn’t think he would enjoy pairing up the entire box though as there were way more rectangles than needed for one or two quilts. I thought we might as well sew until he tired of it. Well, much to my surprise, he never tired of the project. We would work on it for awhile and then do other things and pretty soon he would be saying, “Grandma, can we go sew some more rectangles together?” Over the course of the break, we sewed and sewed and sewed and sewed some more.
We sewed some blocks with two darks and a light, and we sewed some blocks with three darks/mediums.
Rails and Hobos
I had several drawings of ideas for different quilts using those rectangles, but Jacob chose to make the quilts all similar. We decided on a good size for the quilts and I let Jacob do the math to figure out how many blocks we would need for each quilt. Jacob counted out blocks and bagged them up to have them ready for me to sew into rows. He also figured out how many rectangles it would take to make borders.
Rails and Hobo blocks
We then sewed lots of rectangles together to make borders for some of the quilts.
As it turns out, we are going to be making a total of seven quilts from that container. We decided to call them Hobo quilts. Now Jacob has the assignment of coming up with seven different Hobo names. He cannot use names of anyone he knows. I wonder what names he will decide to use.
We have three of the quilt tops done for now and will finish the others soon. First I need to do some other sewing even though Jacob would prefer I get all seven tops done instead. Actually, there is going to be one additional quilt. Jacob found some strips of wolf fabric in the box and he put all those in a separate pile as he wants me to make a quilt for him with those pieces. He wants to use black and red fabrics.
Rail pieces with wolves
You will have to wait awhile to see all eight quilts completed but at least we used up almost all the cut pieces in that box and we had a lot of fun working together. Next we will figure out who gets all the “Hobo” quilts. Jacob is trying to decide which Delightful Little Treasure Box we should next use. I told him we are not starting any more quilts until all seven Hobo quilts and also his wolf quilt are done. (I wonder how long I can delay!!)
I think there must be a new baby boom happening as there seems to be an abundance of new babies right now, along with several more to be born in the next few months. It’s always fun to make baby quilts and it seems like every time I get one done and erase it from the white board, then I have to add another name.
I had a small bundle of coordinated fat quarters and figured I could get two baby quilts from those fat quarters. First I cut off strips to save for the bindings. I made the first quilt and realized that if I made the second one the same size, there would be a fair amount of fabric left over. Since I was hoping to use up the entire bundle of fabric I decided to make the second quilt into a youth size. Other than the saved strips, I was able to make use of every smidgen of those fat quarters.
Fun In The Sun
Once the two tops were done, I quilted the larger first and put the binding on it. Then I measured what I had left of the strips to go around the smaller quilt. There were still some strips and pieces of strips left which I sewed together “jelly roll quilt” style and used that piece on the back along with pieces left over from other backings. I was happy to have used the entire fat quarter bundle…and there are happy quilts for happy new bundles. It is probably much more fun to have a baby bundle instead of a fat quarter bundle!
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