House Building

Moving right along here… I sat down this weekend and worked out my School House block for the gift quilt using some graph paper and traditional block designs.

House Building

I was pleasantly pleased that it all came together as planned!  Completed at a 8″ finished block size.

As a reminder – here is what the general idea of the Arkansas Crossroads pattern will look like in my fabric choices:

Arkansas Crossroads Start

Now… I am taking out the center section to insert this School House block, and then playing with ideas on how to surround it…

UHCS Center

Here’s one idea – to block it off with flying geese.

I’m not sold on it yet.  I need to make a few more geese and see it develop…

Then I have to figure out how to inset a On-Point block into a straight set quilt.  I have some math and trial-and-error coming up.

UHCS Center Closeup

What do you think, if you don’t mind sharing a comment with me?  Smaller geese?  Different design that looks more like the Arkansas Crossroad block?  It’s hard to picture it still because the entire quilt is twice as tall and twice as wide as my design wall.

So – that’s my progress.  I’ll be taking the blocks to school next Monday for the kids to sign.  I just couldn’t pull it all together yet.

Have a great end to the week – see you soon!

Jennifer

Vacation – Day 1 Progress – Put the Kettle On!

I am on a short vacation from work to close out Spring break with the kids.  They have been enjoying the grandparents thoroughly (I know my Mom is not having any problems with her insomnia tonight).  We spent half the day cleaning up my parents house before we could head back home.  Once we got here, they were happily into their electronics that were left behind to ensure quality time while visiting.  That left me to decide on which project to do….

Hmmm…..

Many choices for sure, and although I have plenty that I should probably tackle first – I decided to knock out Block 3 from the Snapshots Quilt Along, called “Put the Kettle On“.  It was released last weekend and I was trying to tell myself that I don’t have to do all of them … but that just made my OCD kick in a little harder.

It certainly isn’t too late to join in and sew along – even if you just pick and choose the blocks you love.  Click here for a link to the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog for this block and you can get all the information about this project to benefit St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Block-3

 

Since I’m not using the kit (because, again, I told myself I was going to do this quilt) – I am pulling together bright and happy colors from many different collections.  Therefore, it took as long to decide on fabric as it did on making the block…

SQAL Block 3 Prep

I knew I really loved my new additions of colors with this purchase of Fresh Cut by BasicGrey:

SQAL Block 3 Prep 2

So, it didn’t take long for me to select my main fabric for the teapot, then go with accents of the blue and green:

SQAL Block 3 selections

I little bit of Daysail, a bit of Flower Sugar and the Fresh Cut fabrics got all cut out and ready for sewing:

SQAL Block 3 Cut

Here is my finished teapot by the light of my Ottlight lamp at midnight:

SQAL Block 3

I’m lovin’ it.  I can’t wait to stage a picture of all three blocks together tomorrow when the sun is shining.

My project tomorrow will be to construct a school house block for the center of my gift quilt.  I don’t have an actual pattern, but it should be easy enough to figure it out with the pictures from Pinterest and some graph paper (I need a particular finished size).

Hope you are looking forward to a spectacular first weekend of Spring coming around the corner.  Have a great Friday!!

Jennifer

Change up in Design

After playing with my growing stack of blocks and browsing Pinterest and other blogsites, I have settled on the Arkansas Crossroads pattern instead for my school gift quilt.

I have a perfect layout in mind that will give me just the right number of signature blocks for every child and faculty/staff member.  Total number is 156, if I remember correctly.

Arkansas Crossroads Start

The kids are on Spring Break next week, so I’ll work to have all the blocks ready to take up to the school when they get back.  I’ll also work on putting together the 16-patch blocks during the break.

I am adding in some cuts from my layer cake of Prairie Gathering by Pam Buda, which really enhances the red variety with some deep saturated colors.  It mixes great with the Crazy for Red collection by Minick & Simpson.

Prairie Gathering

I didn’t even realize I had recently seen this same pattern done up in “Halloween” colors.  You can check out the latest blog entry from Ms Carrie Nelson to see a really great example.  I remember reading her post and loving that quilt too!  I so want to make one like it.

Lori Holt did a post on doing up a Scrappy Crossroads block also.  Very detailed tutorial when did she a sew along back in July 2014.  Check it out here.

But the one that got me started down this path was a post by Cathy (aka Mrs Main Street).  She does a border treatment that I plan to copy shamelessly.  Take a look at her wonderful blog too!  Click here to see her post about the Go Four It quilt along.

I know I have seen them on other blogs, but some of them don’t have search boxes for me to look them up again.

Anyway – I’m off to get home and do a little more sewing time.  My layer cake of Bella Snow came in yesterday – so I should be all set now.

Be well and have a great weekend!

Jennifer

Are you kidding me?

I need to get an eBay seller site set up.  This is craziness…

Ruby eBay

This is a $40 layer cake people!  I know, it’s an old out-of-print, hard-to-find, very rare, etc… collection by Bonnie & Camille …

I did really like that one though.  I have a couple of kits with it in my stash that I should be able to get at least $1000 for online based on this interest.

Hmmm….

Go Four It! Progress

I had a unique opportunity this morning when both of my kids got up at 5:00 am to do a little quilting.  I don’t know why they woke up so early, but it got us all off to a good start regardless.

I feel much better now that I have enough units to throw up on my design wall.  As it progresses, the blue patches will be more dispersed.  I only want to have a hint of them in the final quilt result.  I may even decide to remove them completely.  Not quite sure about them…  Or move them to a border treatment…  hmmmm….

My picture is so muted because it was taken early this morning with only bulb light to be had…

Go Four It Quilt

My intent is to piece a School House in the center of the quilt, to celebrate Dr. Black’s 18 years with the school.  Got to find me a good block pattern, which I know there should be plenty on Pinterest.

The other splurge (in advance of my birthday next week) is to enroll in Fig Tree Quilts newest BOM program!  This is my birthday gift from my husband.  I sent this picture and told him to print it off and put it in a card for me.

FTBOM Yuletide

Last I saw, there were a few spots open through their Shop/Website.

Have you signed up?

Thankfully, there is no homework to mess around with this weekend.  It should be all smooth sailing with the kids and perhaps a birthday pedicure with my Mom tomorrow!

Have a great weekend and see you on the other side!

Jennfier

Another Quilt I Wasn’t Going to Do…

Just like the Snapshots Quilt A Long, I had decided that I was going to enjoy the “Go Four It” bandwagon by living vicariously through all the great blogger posts.  Have you seen my earlier posts with the Cake and Sewing Machine blocks from Snapshots?  ha ha

But, an unexpected life event happened and I had a great reason to make a special quilt for someone at my kids school.  The school has had the same principal since they opened their doors 18 years ago.  It was just announced a few weeks ago, however, that she was having to take a medical leave for surgery and would return to the Office of Education on campus (University of Houston), but they would be seeking an immediate replacement for her in the position she has held all these years.  Dr. Black is a wonderful woman and cares deeply for all of her students (ranging in grades from K to 5).  She is loved by all and will be greatly missed.

We are lucky to be in a small school, with one class per grade.  I thought a signature quilt would be perfect, if I could pull it off before the end of the school year.  I heard that they planned to give Dr. Black a celebration type event in May.  My idea is to get every student, faculty and maintenance staff to sign a block.  The question was then – what block and what pattern??

I didn’t find a lot that suited me on Pinterest, but then I kept looking back at the APQ “Go Four It” quilt along.  One of the three choices of layouts offered in the April edition of American Patchwork & Quilting was a pattern by April Rosenthal called “Buried Treasure”.  You can see a great example of it also by Ms Thelma Cupcake in her post here.

This offered a great size block to do signatures (4 inch finished with corners)!

Go Four It Design

I also picked up a great tip from Nicole at Sisters Choice blog that gave me the idea to iron down the blocks to freezer paper before handing them out for signatures.  This would give a good foundation to write upon where the fabric wouldn’t shift under the pens.  Most of the signers are young kids between 5 and 12.

Signature blocks

The colors of the school follow the University of Houston – which are red, white and dark navy blue.

Go Cougars!!

Go Cougars!!

Perfect for my stash of Crazy for Red and Midwinter Red precuts, along with a scattering of some Lexington blues.  All the collections by Minick & Simpson.

Fabric with Blue

My concern was what solid neutral color should I use to coordinate with Minick & Simpson?  I had a charm pack of unknown color (it was old enough not to include the SKU # on the back of it).  Just to be safe, I ordered several charm packs of different Bella Solid neutrals.  I ended up with SNOW as my choice.  (Does anyone need to buy Porcelain, Natural, Neutral, or Fig Tree Cream?)

Bella Solid Samples

So, I hesitate to talk about making this quilt, because of such a close deadline.  I hope to pull it off.  I won’t even take the signature blocks to the school for signatures until I have all of the four patches done as well.  That way I know I have a great shot at getting it pieced together in time.

I have 65 of the signature blocks half done this weekend.  I have a lot of the four patch units half done.  I’ll have to see how much progress I can make in the next week because Spring Break is in two weeks and I could really use that time to try and do the assembly.

Hope you have a good week lined up ahead of you.  Enjoy and see you again soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer

Snapshots QAL Block 2

A beautiful weekend and an opportunity to do some sewing.  I already had my plan for today … Block 2 of the Snapshots Quilt Along.

Snapshots Banner

The Snapshots Quilt Along is being hosted by Bonnie & Camille and the Fat Quarter Shop during the entire year of 2015.

It is a special Quilt Along in that the patterns are free, but donations are for the direct benefit of St Jude Children’s Hospital.  The initial goal of $10,000 was already reached in the first month, so they have bumped up the goal to a wonderful $20,000!

If you would like to participate, you can find everything you need on the Fat Quarter Shop blog.  Here’s a link to Block 2, named Sew On and Sew On.  The pattern, donation link, material requirements and YouTube videos about each block are available on the 15th of each month.  Click HERE to open up today’s post from FQS.

Block2-01

I couldn’t stop working on this block today, until it was done.  It was really fun and quite easy to make.  Love it!

SS B2 Done

I’m really curious about how the color plan will come out with these blocks.  I have stocked up on a lot of these bright fabrics and I am really enjoying them on my design wall.

SS B1 and B2

Here’s to an easy and relaxing week ahead!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Jennifer