Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
We laid one set of blocks last night, and Zoe was really excited to help. Imagine our surprise and amazement when she went and found all the bean bags I had made, earlier this spring, and started matching them to the blocks. Tonight, Zoe and I hung out while all the others went to the Twins game. We had some other square out doing something else, and she was matching empty spools and rubber rings to the blocks. There was a very simple joy in watching her be so involved with these activities. I believe that the best part of the quilts we are undertaking will be the joy in watching the kids as they use these "love" quilts. Hopefully before the end of 2009 we will have this round of quilts finished, but even if it takes a little longer, we will follow this up.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
What I really wanted to share tonight is that I went to quilt guild last night and saw quilts that had been quilted with some gorgeous designs. I came home and thought a lot about what I saw and about what designs I use on quilts. I like what I do because I feel my designs are from the heart and meant to enhance quilts that will be well used, "abused", and loved. I know that when I work on some one's quilt they will be pleased with the results because I make a point of sharing what I plan to do before I start. When I quilt for someone, my work is meant to bring out the beauty and love poured into the quilt top by the maker not be the focal point.
Even so, as I looked at what others had done, I also decided that I am going to practice more and take my skills to the next level. I really don't aspire to enter contests or do judged quilts because I am not someone who loves competing against others. However, I am always willing to learn more and continue to grow in whatever I do. Watch for more posts on my progress toward that next level.
I was really not happy with the little tree blocks for my Christmas BOM. I just felt like I could not get them to do what they were supposed to be doing. I made 5 instead of the three needed and chose the best of what there was, but something about each of them really bothered me. The blocks have not been trimmed yet, but I knew I was doing to have to really work to make them fit. Seam allowances were not going to be a full 1/4 inch no matter what I did. Then, while working on another paper piecing (foundation piecing) block, I thought about making the trees that way. I made a practice block and have to say it was very rewarding to have the block actually measure out accurately. This photo does not do it justice, but it worked. So proud of myself that it seems almost silly! However, I do love it when a plan comes together.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
My goal each month is to finish three different BOM for my Christmas quilt. It is only May 9th, and I am already done. Guess that means that I can work on all my other projects without feeling any pressure, but I will probably still work on at least one more block. I think it will be the train block, but there are so many good ones left to choose from. I am having so much fun seeing what happens with each block. I might even turn the little tree blocks (3) into a little wall hanging and then make some more for the quilt. I have plenty of fabric, and there may be other combinations that I love even more. Keep watching, I have 21 more kinds of blocks to share.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Because I want to keep the Christmas BOM out for the full year to help keep me inspired, I had to create another design wall. I needed the other design wall for some other projects. I simply used a sheet of foam insulation board, cut it to fit my closet door, covered it with felt, and hung it with command hooks that simply hook around the board on the top and bottom. Works like a charm!
Back to my thoughts on the Olfa cutters. I do believe that it has one feature that I real like, especially if anyone else is cutting with me. When I release the handle after cutting the blade automatically goes into a safety status. The other one is supposed to have an automatic release guard, but it did not seem too automatic to me. My Olfa cutter is also going to remain my cutter choice for workshops because the straighter, flatter handle makes it easier for transport.