Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Basket of Hearts

Happy (early) Valentine's Day!  

I'm sharing several projects today in celebration of winter and Valentine's Day as part of the Fresh Snow blog hop.  The purpose of the hop is to make something in celebration of winter or a winter holiday and use materials beyond just quilting cotton.

My heart sachets are filled with lavender.  So nice!

My be my valentine mini was fun to put together.  I am just in love with the shade of pink thread I used on the mini which finishes 10'' square.

Have you made a rope bowl yet?  These are amazingly addictive to make.  I'd purchased 100 ft of clothesline rope at my LQS years and years ago with the intent of making one of these bowls.  I managed to make 4 bowls, all slightly different!  Not sure why I waited so long - a cleanup of my quilting studio gave me the incentive to try one.  (There are many rope bowl tutorials - this is the one I used.)

This oval shaped bowl is my favorite.  It fits nicely next to my sewing machine and is keeping my seam ripper and small scissors right where I need them!  I was fun switching out the thread color to add interest to the bowl.

For the heart filled basket, I wrapped some of the rope with fabric as I went.

Please enjoy the other quilters who are blogging today as part of the Fresh Snow blog hop -

                                                            Elm Street Quilts  (that's me!)
                                             Resourceful Mama 
                                             MooseStash Quilting
                                             Any Pattern
                                             SeaCoast Quilter

The overall schedule of Fresh Snow bloggers can be found here. Thanks, Marian for the work you do to run the hop and keep us organized!

Visit all of the bloggers as part of the hop and enter the giveaway - see Marion's blog for photos of wooly block prize.

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Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

My finishes will also be linked up with  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy Friday,  Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.   

(The be my valentine mini is finish #5 - all mini's so far - for 2017.)

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, January 20, 2017

2017 - the quilt block

As my regular readers know, I am more then seriously addicted to long QALs.

(New visitor?  Please take a moment to check out One Monthly Goal, a monthly opportunity to set a quilting goal for that calendar month and link up with your goal and then your goal finish.  Great sponsors and such fun to see what others are doing.)  

I am about to start my own scrap quilt project for the year and thought it would be great fun to include a block with 2017 on it within that quilt.  This 2017 block would also work as a label for a quilt.

For my sample block, I used bits and pieces of fabric leftover from making the wedding quilt.   I turned this block into a mini quilt and took the opportunity to practice some fmq.

The numbers are paper pieced and each measures 3 ½ x 5 ½ '' unfinished.

Download a copy of the paper pieced pattern for 2017 here in my PayHip store.  This is available for free for a limited time.

Elm Street Quilts Paper Pieced Pattern

If you make a block, I'd love to see it.  Please tag it as #2017quiltblock and @elmstreetquilts on Instagram!https://www.instagram.com/elmstreetquilts/

Before you go off to make your block, take a minute to check out play, an improv QAL which kicks off in February!  Sign up for the Elm Street Quilts newsletter to get all the news on the QAL.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Block update

I've blocks in progress for several QALs (I am seriously addicted, what can I say!)

Here is an update of the two I am making with American Made Brand solids.  (Make sure you check out play - my new improv QAL announcement also made with American Made Brand solids.)

The first is one sponsored by American Made Brand called My Land.  Block 9 is called Lean Towards the Sun.

I've downsized the patterns to be 6 1/2'' unfinished and paper pieced most of the blocks.

I am just loving the way all my blocks look together.  A couple of the blocks use a different blue for the sky.  At one point I thought I would remake those two outsiders but now I don't think so.  Variety is a good thing!

Next up with the Meadow Mystery QAL from Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.   For this mystery QAL, all I had to get started were really excellent directions on which fabric should be light / medium / dark and some advise on what fabrics would sit next to another fabric so you could validate contrast.

I've downsized such that these HST are 2 1/2 '' unfinished.  (The pattern calls for 4 1/2 ''.)   Here are all my blocks.  The quilt pattern reveal comes in February!

Have a wonderful day! Patty