Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Small Improv Studies

                                                    (Click here for Harmony Check-in link-up)

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking a Small Improv Studies workshop from Jacquie Gering hosted by my local guild Triangle MQG.

It was awesome!  Jacquie is awesome!

The workshop was 3 hours long and Jacquie walked us through the process of creating small improv pieces starting with a graphic or monochromic print as a starter.  We worked with squares and rectangles to start with before she taught us angles, skinny strips and more.

Before she even set us loose with our fabric, Jacquie showed us a number of her pieces and talked through how various fabric choices and final placement helped define the piece.

Having the workshop on Zoom meant our fabric stashes were just a few steps away.  Jacquie used the spotlight feature in Zoom so she could zoom in (!) and see what each wanted to share.  

I created my first piece during the workshop.  I was happy with my first attempt and like the pop of turquoise but not sure I like the background fabric placement and how it flows through the quilt.

While I started my next piece during the workshop, I finished it the next day.  My goal here was to incorporate the skinny strip and work on better flow in the background.  I had only a 2 1/2 '' strip of this eyeglass print in my stash and was happy to put it to good use!

Each of these pieces is framed in a picture frame mat (or my approximation) and are 5'' x 7''.  I am planning to make a few more using a different graphic black & white print and (hopefully) hang them up together in my home.

Such fun!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, May 3, 2021

Westward Blocks

Welcome to week 5 of the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar 3 Tablerunner QAL.  These Westward blocks are made up of my favorite flying geese blocks.  You can find the pattern for these blocks here.

The table runner can be made with a single jolly bar (pre-cut which measures 5'' x 10'') and some background fabric.  I am using a layer cake - Quotation by Moda - for mine!

Want to sew along?  Pick up the Jolly Bar book volume 3 here (affiliate link)  The book has patterns for 20 different quilts.  The table runner will be a nice sampler of the different blocks in the book.

Find overall information and fabric requirements at the Jolly Jabber blog.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Saturday, May 1, 2021

One Monthly Goal May Link-up

Did you read about the sponsor list for One Monthly Goal 2021!  Check it out!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project, some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post, an Instagram post or a post on Flickr and add that photo to the link-up.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  You can read about the event and the rules on the main event page.

We have wonderful sponsors this month - three (3) winners will be randomly chosen from those who join both the goal and the finish link-up!

Fat Quarter Shop offers a tremendous selection of fabric, notions, books and just about anything you will need for your project. Consider their Sew Sampler box to receive a monthly surprise delivery of fabric and fun.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant.

Aurifil is home to a beautiful rainbow of thread in all weights, perfect for any of your sewing and quilting needs.  My favorite product is the designer collection boxes which coordinate with various fabric lines!  Aurifil will be mailing a thread pack to one lucky winner!

Make Modern is a digital magazine launched by a collaboration of quilters based in Australia. Their magazine is filled with modern quilt designs and a wonderful source of inspiration. Make Modern is offering a 6 month subscription to one lucky participant.

My goal for May is to turn this big beautiful ball of fabric string into a Jelly Roll Rug (affiliate link).  I used leftover batting scraps and scraps of ombre fabric.  I can't wait to see how the colors will reveal themselves.

Make sure you visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags.  Your blog post (or Flickr post) must contain a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and a link back to Elm Street Quilts.  Your Instagram post must include a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and the tag #onemonthlygoal.  (Entries which don't contain the required information may be disqualified.)

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month.   (The One Monthly Goal accomplishment linkup will be available on May 25.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can find the OMG link-up from your blog.  Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post: 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty