Love Letters

I started another Fat Quarter Shop block of the month this week.  Love Letters by This & That designs.  I know… I am addicted to Block of the Month patterns from there. 

This one runs for 6 months and there are two duplicate blocks each month.  The fabric used is Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda.  I really love the colors.  I think I am a fan of 3 Sisters fabric lines; I seem to be drawn to them and not even realize it until after they are purchased.

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While I love to piece complicated blocks, I think this one “took the cake”.  I worked on the two blocks for three days.  It wasn’t all day, but several hours each day.  Between pressing, cutting, drawing diagonal lines on the backs of tons of fabric squares, it was tedious.  The result is beautiful and worth it though.

The plaid fabric is a woven.  I have never worked with wovens before.  I treated it just like a regular cotton fabric, just starched the heck out of it with my Mary Ellen’s Best Press before cutting. 

Just Like Potato Chips

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You can’t just make just one!

I have heard that before and couldn’t believe it.  But then I have not really been interested in hand projects. 

Last month at my guild meeting, our program was hexagons and how to English Paper Piece.  I have, of course, seen tutorials and such for a while and resisted.  This seemed appropriate to take along with me each afternoon while I am waiting for my kids to get out of school – I usually have to wait an hour each day because of my kids being in two different schools with twenty minutes between release times.

I purchased 600 hexagon papers (1-inch leg size).  I then was trying to decide what fabric to use.  I really didn’t want a “Grandmother’s Flower Garden”.  I decided to cut up my Moda Grace Jelly Roll for this.  I will probably place this in a random order since each jelly roll strip yields 18 hexagons.  I then purchased three charm packs that will yield 12 more for a total of 30 per fabric.  I will have a total of 1200 hexagons.

The last two days that I have been working on them to baste the fabric to the papers, I have done 55 of them.  I will have to admit though I have been a bit under the weather and on the couch  a lot.  This is a perfect project for this.  I can rest on the couch and work on basting hexagons to the paper.

So… for an official hexagon count:

55/1200

Flurry

One of the things that I ordered this month was this kit from The Fat Quarter Shop.

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Though I can’t wait to chop into the fabrics and start the project, I promised myself I would complete two tops before I would do so. Hmmmm… I can’t wait!

FQS 2011 Designer Mystery–Block 1

Well, I got my first block for the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery 2011 on Tuesday.  I completed the block the same day.  Today, Wednesday, I decided that I would go ahead and make the setting block to go with it.  I am going to try and do this each month so there isn’t much to do at the end.

Here it is, even though you have probably been seeing it all over blogland like I have:

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It is kinda cute! 

Star Crazy

Several of us from my Sassy S&B quilters took advantage when Superior threads was offering this BOM kit for half off.  I decided to cut my colored fabric out today (will tackle the background fabric tomorrow).

I put each month in a plastic baggie that I will put with each month’s directions so that when I am ready to work on it, it will be ready. 

As I was cutting the months out, I also cut out 1 1/2” squares from the fabric’s odd pieces.  Here it is:

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I thought it looked really cool all stacked up.  I used the super macro setting on my new camera to get really close.  Even my old “bridge” camera couldn’t take a picture this good!