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February’s Block of the Month

This past Monday we met for February’s Block of the Month.  This month’s block was “Dutchman’s Puzzle” where we learned flying geese.In prepping for the class I debated teaching several different methods & finally chose to teach the old fashioned method.  We get to play with flying geese again, so I’ll teach another method then- but I think that since this is really a beginner’s class- it’s good to start with the basics & grow from there.

The blocks again came out great!  I love the variety of color schemes!

One lady just joined our class & this is her Grecian Square:

Another great month!  I can’t wait for March!

Block of the Month

In January I began teaching a Block of the Month class at A Quilting Place.  It’s completely designed by me and it’s really a skill building quilt for beginners.

The first block was the Grecian Square or Greek Cross.

Didn’t everyone do a great job?  I think all the blocks look outstanding!  Several of the ladies were nervous at first, but once the assembled the block, they gained confidence.

I’ll post February’s block in a few days.

Stay at Home Round Robin, Part 1

My quilt guild is having a “Stay at Home Round Robin” challenge this year.  This month our center block was due.

I decided to give myself some additional challenges (you know, b/c there’s nothing else going on in my life at the moment) that included the entire quilt had to be made from my stash.  So I decided to use my some of my enormous stash of batiks.

It was actually more challenging to come up with a center block than I anticipated.  Let’s also add in I did this under some pressure as our meeting was Tuesday evening at 7pm (an hours drive away for me) & I started at 3pm that day.  And when I say started, I mean I started thinking about what I was going to make……(and yes, a dear friend predicated that was going to happen & she nailed it.  Again. :)

Given that I didn’t know what the remaining borders were going to entail (we would draw a different one each month from a pot of suggestions), I wanted to do something that kept my color choices open.  That meant something with a lot of color.

After trolling my modern quilting board on Pinterest, I ran across the flying geese in a circle paper piecing template.  It was perfect.

I really like how I was able to make a color wheel out of my stash.  Who knew I had so many different batiks!

Next month’s challenge is to use some half square triangles.  I’ll just think about that in June. :)

Batik BOM, Block 12

We’re here, this is it!

And we have, starting in top left, moving clockwise:
– Pinwheels
– Shaded Trail- must keep this block in my near memory- would love to make a quilt of these squares!
– Single Irish

Now all I have to do is the borders! Wohoo! I always get incredibly excited at this moment in a quilt like this. After all this work, it feels like the borders will be nothing. However, I know that’s not true. Borders are never as easy as they are made out to be. This one especially. I’ve been tossing it around in my head the best way to tackle this beast- I believe I have a workable plan now & can’t wait to share it with you all!

Batik BOM, Block 11

I can’t believe I’m already at Block 11!  In some ways it seems like the journey has been looooong, in other ways, I’m shocked it almost over!

Here are the blocks, starting in upper left, moving counterclockwise
– Indian Plume- what a different block for this quilt!  I can’t wait to see what it will add to the whole picture!
– Clay’s Choice- didn’t I already do one of these?  Ah, yes, I did, back in Block 3.
– Flying Geese
– Boxed Cross
– In a Pinch- what a name!
– Flying Geese (variation)

Batik BOM, Blocks 9 & 10

I’m back working on the Batik BOM quilt top!
Month 9:

And the blocks, starting with the large block on the left, then moving clockwise.
– Gentleman’s Fancy- I messed this block up royally & had to purchase the brown & the orange due to some bad cutting.  Only a few of my corners match, but at this point, I really don’t care.
– Flying Geese- Oh look.  More flying geese
– Whirligig- at least it’s a variation of a pinwheel block!

Here’s Month 10:

This is my favorite set so far- I love all the blues, greens & yellows. Sooooo pretty together!
Here are their names, starting top left, moving clockwise
– Marlene (uhhh, yeah, wasn’t sure that was the “traditional” name for this block & it turns out in Judy Martin’s 501 Rotary Quilt Blocks it’s a Crystal Star.)
– LeMoyne Star
– Pinwheel (oh yes!  We can’t have a month without them!)
– Marge (Again, looked this up in Judy Martin’s book & she calls it a “Mosaic.”)

Alrighty, must get back to the quilting machine now!

Farmer’s Wife!

Probably a year ago or so, I picked up a copy of the Farmer’s Wife.

If you’re not familiar with this book, it’s based on a contest held in 1922 by The Farmer’s Wife magazine asking its readers the question: “If you had a daughter of marriageable ago, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?”  About 80 or so years later, the author, Laurie Aaron Hird, designed 111 blocks inspired by these entries.

Since I live in Nebraska, it’s an understatement to say this quilt has been popular 😉  A LQS is hosting a BOM & I joined in towards the end of the program so I could get all the months at once.  (Even though it’s not even possible for me complete this or any BOM in one month, or two- I dislike BOMs- I’d rather get the entire kit at once.)  Well, needless to say it just sat in studio until my friends (who are actual farmer’s wives) gave me the push I needed to get started!

We’ve been getting together every now & then to work on the blocks.  They measure 4″ finished (so yes, that’s small.  Really small)

Here are the 1st 9 blocks:
1- Attic Windows (this was deceptively easy- I should have known…..)

2- Autumn Tints (Didn’t have my book with me when I did this, so my 4-patches are actually off!)

3- Basket (Darn machine applique- that handle was not fun!  Need to improve that skill this year!)

4- Basket Weave (Amazingly enough with all my piecing experience, I seem to be incapable of following a pattern- thus, it’s my own version of a basket weave)

5- Bat Wing (Need to read the letter that inspired this block.  It’s got to be a story)

6- Big Dipper (That’s a lot of quarter square triangles friends.)

7- Birds in the Air (Just when I was gaining my confidence on doing 4″ blocks, they throw this at us.  Yeeash.  All I can say is there was a lot of nasty language.)

8- Bouquet (Easy peasy after that last block!)

9- Box (And suddenly I forget how to do half square triangles…….)

That’s the first “month!”  Stay tuned for more tiny block goodness!

Batik BOM, Block 8 & Update

Remember the Batik BOM I was working on in Texas?
It kind of got put aside when I got back home, but I pulled it out (before it officially became an UFO (UnFinished Object)) & am now working on it in bits & pieces.

Well, here’s the quilt so far:

Isn’t that breathtaking?
I can’t get over how fun it is & it’s only halfway done!
Here’s Block 8:

And we have (from top to bottom in columns from left to right):
– Flying Geese
– July 4 (are they serious?  July 4??  Am I the only one confused here?)
– Fair and Square (yup, that’s a good name for the block)
– Flying Geese (huh!  Who would have thought we’d see another flying geese……)
– Flying Dutchman (I’m speechless.)

Alrighty, off to work some more at the quilting machine.  I’ll be showing off some customer quilts shortly!

Batik BOM, Month 7

So I believe if I followed my schedule, the quilt top should have been completed today.

Yeah, that didn’t happen. (big surprise). This was a pretty busy week of errands, halloween fun & pumpkin patch, so basically at the end of the day, all I wanted to do was sleep. That and I really messed up one block that required me to buy replacement fabric….

Anyways, here’s block 7:


– flying cross
– king’s crown
– flying geese

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Batik BOM, blocks 5 & 6

Been having some Internet issues- but have been steadily piecing along! Here’s a post from earlier (Monday):

So it turns out that when a 4 yr old is around, only a small bit of quilting happens. Thus, over the weekend, I only did 1 block & today finished another.

Here’s block 5:


And we have the following blocks:
– flying geese
– Susannah
– flying geese
– neck tie
– picket fence (this block was a bugger & either I can’t read directions (highly probably) or the directions were written wrong but in any case, I had to add a fancy little border to make the math work)

Here’s block 6:


And we have:
– autumn leaf (I love these colors! It makes me want to make a whole quilt in green/yellow/orange! It reminds me a farmer’s market!)
– flying geese (noticing a trend here?)
– flying x
– four patch

And yes, it is true- we are now halfway through the quilt!!!!

Yippeee!!!

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