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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

Another 10 days gone by…

I’m back!  I was doing so well there for awhile, right?  I just can’t believe that 10 days can be leapfrogged in a blink!

My parents stayed with us this past weekend, so that always makes the weekend move along.  My mom is not one to sit on a couch (like I tend to do), or lie in bed watching reruns of Modern Family.  She is out shopping and …well, mostly shopping.

Anyway, I did get the first block of the Snapshots quilt along put together on Saturday.

I set a timer, but I’m kind of embarrassed at how long it took.  I thought I would be bragging here at the end of it, but …wow … I guess I’m slower than I thought.

I cut all the pieces out on Friday night:

SS B1 laid out

I have lost my “G” Alphabittie.  Hence the out-of-place “Z”.

Do you recognize these fabrics?  With the exception of the white gingham background fabric, these are from the Greg Jones Blogger’s Choice bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  They were all so bright and fun.  It took me the longest to decide which ones to use in the Birthday Cake block.

If I had not stopped along every step to check my measurements, it would have gone a lot faster.  But I have no regrets at all.  It took me about 2 hours start to finish:

SS B1 Done

 

And because I am so lazy, here is another picture – only from my cutting table with a lot more natural light coming in around it:

SS B1 Done 2

Lovin’ It!  I don’t know if I will make all of the blocks, but … you know … just in case … I went ahead and got the 3.5 yards necessary of the white background so I would be ready.

If you love the fabrics as much as I do in this bundle, you could take you chance at a GIVEAWAY by Greg Jones himself!  He is offering a bundle through his blog post HERE until Jan 31st.  Check it out!

Next time I’ll tell you about an early birthday present that may or may not be an old Singer treadle sewing machine in working condition!  :):):)

All the best for a great end to the week!

Jennifer

Those Darn Paychecks!

I didn’t have the willpower to fight off some new fabric purchases last week.  I started seeing all the blogger posts for the Snapshots Quilt Along for charity, and I just got carried away.

snapshotsqk-450

 

To be honest, it actually started about a week earlier, when I came across a new blog site I had not seen before.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a bundle from Greg Jones of the blogsite Grey Dogwood Studios.  It was in the “What’s New” group and I decided to take a look at his posts.

Greg is apparently a huge Fig Tree Quilts fan along with an affinity for Lori Holt projects.  I loved all of his posts!  I love seeing so many projects that I have wanted to do, already done in the same fabrics I would do them in.  You should check him out here or click HERE to view his Blogger’s Choice Bundle at FQS.

Anyway, one thing led to another and although I had sworn off new BOM projects for 2015, but this one seemed a little different.  I wasn’t buying the kit from FQS made with the Daysail fabric – I decided to make my donation to St Judes and I was going to use fabric from my stash.

Well, **sigh**, that didn’t happen either.  First – my stash is still in cardboard boxes and I didn’t have the energy (yeah right) to open them up and look for different pieces.

Second, I fell for some of the bright fabrics I had seen in Greg’s bundle and blogsite and some of the lovely Flower Sugar release by Lecien.  So – payday came around and I went shopping:

FQS Order 1

This was going to be a great start.  I would still dig out some more stash fabric (I have several Lori Holt collections), but come Tuesday – I would have the first block ready to make in the Quilt Along.

Maybe 30 minutes later, I was still browsing the website and I talked myself into another purchase – this time a bundle of Pam Kitty Garden.  And I had to get up to at least $80 so I would get free shipping – because we don’t want to waste a good deal, right?  So I added a few notions and a couple of white background fabrics to audition.

FQS Order 2

And of course, today is a postal holiday, or else I would have these in my mailbox within the next hour or two.

Will you be joining the  Snapshots Quilt project?  Here’s the first block:

Snapshots Block-1

The quilt patterns are free and will be released on the 15th of each month (started in January).  They ask that you make at least a $5 donation per pattern to St Judes and of course, sew along with us.

Click here to visit the blog post from Fat Quarter Shop to get all the details and even a video tutorial for making the first block.  They have the link for donating to St Judes and a PDF for the fabric requirements if you want to use your own fabric as well.

I’ll see you again later this week.  Have a wonderful Monday!

Jennifer

 

Work or Play?

Ok, so I haven’t done any work yet like I should have today.

I started putting together my RFTS center and based on the layout, I wanted to put the opposite corners together first.  Then I was going to stop there, get some work done and – you know – if there was time, put some more together.

End pieces

I even folded these sections up and set them to the side for tomorrow or later this week.  Then, maybe 10 minutes later, I thought … well – I’ll just do a couple more blocks together to have a head start.

Of course, I finished the piecing for the center, with the exception of the outer corners.  Here it is layed out on my queen size design (guest) bed:

Center Pieced

I really can’t believe how easy it came together and how much it looks like the cover photo from a distance like this.  I really, really love it and I can’t wait to get it finished.

I was stitching while watching the GB/Seahawks game.  That was a crazy game, right?  And I don’t normally watch football, but that was a good game to watch.  The other game, not so interesting.

Did you have a great weekend?  I hope you got to do some stitching as well!

Now it’s time for me to work…

All my best,

Jennifer

 

 

 

Clover – FINISHED

Another productive day before we all return to our routines this week.  I decided to machine stitch the binding down on both sides for Clover.  In retrospect, I should have at least tried out a different thread color in the bobbin to blend in with the backing, but it’s all good.

Clover Binding

I prepped the label ahead of time, and stitched it into the corner while doing the binding.  Then I hand appliqued the other two sides.

This one is F.I.N.I.S.H.E.D.!  My friend, for which I meant to give it last year, is visiting this week from Colombia.  I’m so glad to be able to give it to her in person instead of shipping it.

Clover Label

Now that I have three quilt bindings behind me, I’m eyeing my Reach for the Stars project again.  I have two blocks left and then the quilt setting.  See you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Jennifer

 

 

 

Happy New 2015!

Welcome to the New Year! 

I am on a two day roll now with doing at least something quilty every day.  Last night I finished the binding on my GGS quilt:

GGS Bound

And today, I created the label and stitched it down.  This quilt is FINISHED (my word for 2015)!

GGS Label

I have one more quilt to bind and then I’m switching back to some piecework as a reward.

I hope you have had a great start to the year as well.  See you again soon!

Jennifer