Monthly Archives: April 2013

April Block for Design Camp 3

This month we were sent fabric swatches from Amy Butler’s Love fabric & were asked to make a wonky log cabin block.
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The sample block posted by this month’s recipient was framed in white, so thats what I did with this block. I think my favorite of all the fabrics is the dark blue floral. There is something so appealing about the contrast large floral designs provide when set against solids & smaller prints.

Very fun block to make, and came together very quickly—less than an hour! A win-win combination.

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March block for Design Camp 3

Its been a while since I’ve posted in regards to the flickr quilting bee, Design Camp. The girl assigned February is/was so behind getting her blocks finished & posted to other members that she felt guilty asking people to make blocks for her, so February ended up being a sort of catch-up month for anyone running behind. I’ve only received about half of the blocks from November, so I’m convinced she wasn’t the only one running behind from last fall! For march, we were given gray fabric along with 3 shades of pink, and asked to follow a rough outline to create a 12.5″x12.5″ block reminiscent of tube socks. IMG_9866 This block gave me a lot of trouble, more than I’ve had for a bee block for a while, mostly because the fabric stretched in bizarre ways when I pressed it. I’m not sure if it wasn’t shrunk before getting mailed out or what, but I ended up picking out half the block & resewing it in order to reach the proper dimensions. I think the finished quilt will look very fun, but I’m glad my contribution is finished & safely on its way to its new home.

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Baby Gift

One of my friends is having a baby girl, due about a month after mine. Her baby shower was this past weekend, so I made her a baby blanket & teddy bear to match.
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I sewed around the edge twice to add a little more of a finish to the edge than a simple turnover would give it.
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To be clear, all I did with the bear was sew on buttons & the bow, but I chose colors to match the strawberry blanket. IMG_9869I think this duo turned out quite cute!

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Fruit Salad Quilt Complete! (at long last)

Remember my Fruit Salad quilt? I received most of these blocks back in 2011 from the Long Distance Quilting Bee members, plus a couple from myself and my mom. I made the quilt top a while ago but never got around to finishing it. Last week I quilted the top, batting, and backing together. Yesterday I finally made and attached the binding.
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I love the flannel I used for the back. Originally I was thinking of using the banana fabric for the back, but the quilt is so much more snuggly with flannel on one side. The polka dots were originally white, and I prewashed it initially for my sister’s Christmas quilt, but since it was bleeding enough to turn the polka dots pink at the time, I used different backing on her quilt. I think the polka dots look so cute on this fruity quilt. The quilting around the individual blocks just gives the back a hint of interest so your eye doesn’t go crazy staring at all the dots.
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I love the look of the yellow banana binding contrasting with the red flannel as well. Maybe I just love bright colors?
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I sewed around the borders 1/4″ away from the seam on both sides for each border. Its simple, but thats okay. The differences in block colors & pattern are busy so I’m okay with straight forward borders & simple quilting on the borders. I’m really glad to have this unfinished project finally finished!

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