Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jenna's Blocks

Stacked Block for Jenna
These were so much fun Jenna. I didn't use too much of your fabric so I will send it back in case you need to use it for something else. I dug around and found more than I thought I had. I was just afraid you wouldn't like what I had.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June Block Tutorial

OK, here's my nice stack of Kona cotton in Bone, all folded and ready to be placed in mail this afternoon!

What I'm looking for is two 12.5-inch blocks in the "stacked {whatever}" pattern as seen on The Sometimes Crafter. There is a downloadable PDF that can be found at the post with complete instructions.

You will need various scraps from your stash that measure 1.5 inches by {whatever} length you choose.
I am providing the Kona cotton in Bone - everyone is getting 10 inches by the 44 inches, which should be more than enough for two blocks. Please keep the rest, I don't need it back.

To clarify a couple of things:
1. I am looking for all the colored scraps to be BRIGHT in nature, preferably designer cottons. The examples on The Sometimes Crafter's page is very similar to the look I am going for. Therefore, please stay away from dark colors like blacks and dark greys. The more BRIGHT color, the better.
2. I know the PDF calls for specific lengths of each colored strip in the block. I am not picky about this... please make the colored stripes as short or as long as you please... just keep in mind, they should look somewhat like the pictures of the blocks pictured (like stacked books).
3. There is no deadline for my blocks. Seeing as how I'm getting this out so late, when you get them done and mail them back, great! I am currently swamped with school, but I will have 3 weeks off in August, so if I manage to get all my blocks back by then, I'll plan on putting this bad girl together then! If not, heck, if I see them all by Halloween, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, I'll be happy.

I am really looking forward to seeing what each of you makes. I love nothing more than great scrappy-ness (having tons of scraps myself), so I will wait with anticipation of each of your blocks.

Thank you for being so understanding and for all the caring e-mails inquiring if I'd fallen off the face of the earth - I do so appreciate them! (Nursing school is tough as a single mom of two little kids!).

Jen (aka Jennadesigns)

P.S. Mamamianks, I've included a bunch of my own scraps for you to use as you mentioned that you hoped you had scraps I liked. Looking through your flickr pool, I didn't see a lot of bright, designer cottons, so I included a bunch. Please feel free to substitute from your own stash if you do have some, and please keep any you don't use of mine. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Partial quilt top

It is starting to come together!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blocks for Margaret

Margaret, I am SO sorry these blocks are so late!

I have never paper-pieced before, and I'm not going to lie, I was a bit scared. But, it was not so bad after all. The only problem I had was getting the paper off the back. It probably would have been easier if my stitches had been smaller, but my machine only has three stitch length settings, so I had to just do the best I could. 

I am going to do my best to get started on the the maze block for Jessica.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another Maze

Perhaps not the most creative maze here, but I messed up initially. The maze paper that was sent with my fabric was a 13x13 grid so I sketched my maze here, and promptly started sewing sections of printed fabrics accordingly. When I ran out of squares, I checked the blog instructions to find it is only supposed to be a 7x11, so the resulting maze was developed from the block sections I had already sewn!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Jessica's Maze

Jessica's Maze Block/May
I mailed this off to Jessica the other day. I hope she got it alright. It sure was a fun block to do.