Friday, May 15, 2015

May Stitch Tease Blocks

The month of May belongs to Valerie in our International Stitch Tease Quilting Bee. She chose a fun block that I've never made before: the Jacob's Ladder. She wanted eight 6" finished blocks with low volume backgrounds and a beautiful pallet of black, pink, teal, and yellow focus fabrics. She told us we could do multiple blocks in the same fabrics, but part of the fun for me is picking out and working with different fabrics from my stash, so I chose to make 8 unique blocks. We used a tutorial from Generations Quilt Patterns as a reference for these blocks. 

May Stitch Tease Blocks

A couple of my blocks don't have the best contrast, as you can see. That is a skill I need to improve upon in my quilting. It's nice to see all the blocks together like this, because when I look at them individually I often don't notice the value as much. I love quilts that use value more than anything else to create the pattern. It amazes me how some people have a knack for putting those together, and I hope to be able to do that myself at some point.

We also made siggy blocks using the PS I Quilt method. Unfortunately I have horrible handwriting, but alas - life goes on. I can handle being known as the gal with the wretched penmanship. There are worse things in the world, eh?

I also wanted to take a moment to share my obsession with Bloc Loc Rulers and my rotating cutting mat. I try a little bit not to be gadget dependent (although I'm not fooling anyone other than myself). In all seriousness, though, these tools have greatly improved the quality of my half square triangles and cut the time in half or better. They are amazing. 

Bloc Loc Ruler

My HSTs are darn near perfect. Every. Stinking. Time. They also make Bloc Locs for flying geese, and I definitely see a set of those in my future. 

Happy quilting! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Stitch Tease Blocks

This month's Stitch Tease Bee Queen is my friend, Cindy. She went easy on us and gave us a quick, fun block with easy color instructions. We were to use any bright color for the plus center and low volume prints for the background. This is going to be an awesome quilt!

Low Volume Plus Block

Plus Quilt Block

She also requested that we each make a siggy block. I didn't take a picture of mine (my handwriting is wretched), but we made the type that you can find in this tutorial from PS I Quilt. These look great incorporated into the backing of a quilt, and they're a fun way to commemorate all of the different people who contributed to a bee quilt or other collaborative effort.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

The 1 Hour Basket

There's a basket making craze happening lately on Instagram! Tons of pics of the 1 Hour Basket are popping up all the time. This is a fun, quick, and best of all FREE pattern by Hearts and Bees that you can download from Craftsy.

1 Hour Basket

The nesting bug is really biting the past few days, and I decided that I needed something cute to hold all the bottle parts for the tiny human. Organization is key, after all. To what? I'm not exactly sure. 

Hour Basket

So I finally jumped on the bandwagon and tried out one of these baskets. It did in fact only take me 54 minutes from start to finish - including pressing and cutting. 

1 Hour Basket by Hearts and Bees

I also added a couple of my own minor touches. I wanted the handles to be a little stiffer than what I've seen on the Instagram pics, so I added a layer of Pellon's Shape Flex to those. I also made them an inch shorter, and I really like how they turned out. 

The only other tweak I made was a little extra top-stitching. I really enjoy the look of a double top-stitched seam, so I did that to both sides of the handles and around the top of the basket. 

Hearts and Bees Hour Basket

This is a great pattern, and I think I'll probably make one or two more of these for some odds and ends in the nursery. 

Hour Basket

I tried to get a picture of Keef in the basket, but she was having none of it. She is not a team player. :)