Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beginning Machine Piecing–Class Three

Monday night was the third class of the Beginning Machine Piecing and we focused on half square triangles!

First here is the homework of nine patches from last week.

0414 Nine Patch Homework

Then we tackled the friendship star.  Everyone got at least one made.

0414 Friendship Star 

I have been working on my bowties while also working on Scrappy Mountain Majesties and Sisters Choice blocks.  I have made progress on both.  Here are bowties number 371-380!

0414 371-380 

Melinda

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ferris Wheel Fun

My friends and I went into downtown Atlanta yesterday – we usually stay out in the burbs.  A few months ago, a Ferris wheel was set up next to Centennial Olympic Park and we decided to go.  We set up the date several weeks ago and we could not have had better weather.

0414 Ferris Wheel

It is a very large Ferris wheel.  Each of the little compartments is air conditioned and seats six people.  There are five of us so we were all able to go together.  Here is a photo of Jan and me.

0414 Selfie with Jan

and seated opposite of us was Stella, Danielle and Lynda.

0414 Stella, Danielle, Lynda

Here are a few of the photos I took of view.

0414 Atlanta

0414 From the top

See the Olympic rings in the park?  In good weather, there is water spouting from the rings and lots of happy children playing in it.

0414 View

We had a great time.

Melinda

Monday, April 21, 2014

Design Wall Monday–April 21, 2014

I have a couple of things on my design wall today.  At the top are the current blocks for Sisters Choice.  Still have lots more to make.  At the bottom are the first of my Scrappy Mountain Majesties blocks.  I am going to teach this project in Las Vegas this July so need to get a sample made.  I am using various Kaffe fabrics with black and white dots – also mixed.

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The blocks will be mixed up – not set like they are now on the design wall.  Now that I am sure of the size and that I like them, I am going to try to get them all cut out so I can work on them a little at a time.

For more design walls, go to Patchwork Times.

Melinda

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fabric for a New Apron

There is a new selvage fabric out so of course I want to make a new apron.  At the quilt shop, we all wear aprons that we make.  They fit our personality and this one will be perfect for me.

0414 Fabric for Church Lady Apron

Selvages and hexies – two of my favorite things but don’t forget pockets – polka dots!

I can hardly wait to cut into this!

Melinda

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bowties #361-370

I have been doing a little sewing – not much but a little.  As a byproduct of sewing, I finished 10 more bowties.  These are numbers 361-370.  I think I am about half way to a quilt.

0414 361-370

Last night was the Atlanta Modern Quilters Guild monthly sew-in and I took my Swoon quilt to work on.  I had to add one last inner border and then I put on the 2 1/2 inch square scrappy border.  That took most of the evening.  I did get the outside border cut – just another 2 1/2 of the background to finish it off.  I measured for the first two and need to get them sewn on.  I will then only need the last two borders.

I looked at my stash and have started pulling for the backing.  I have several cuts of Authentic that I plan to piece for the back.  I would love to get this ready to quilt sometime soon.

Melinda

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hexie BOM Up To Date

I finished off all my Hexie blocks for the BOM.  Ready for May!

0414 First 4 blocks

Any ideas about sashing color?

Adding this to Help for Hexie-aholics.

Melinda

Sampler Savvy–Class Three

Yesterday was class three of our Sampler Savvy class.  Last week we worked on Churn Dash and Kaleidoscope blocks. Here are the ones that were finished.

0414 Homework - Class 3

After showing off the finished blocks, we worked on spool blocks and then started playing with the Grandmothers Flower Garden block.  We basted the fabrics on the papers (1 1/4 inch hexagons) and next week will start sewing them together.  This is a fun group to work with.

Melinda

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hexie Club

Last night was Hexie Club.  We had a wonderful time if you can imagine everyone sewing, talking and sharing projects all at once.  We put our latest hexie BOM blocks up on the design wall.

0414 April Meeting

As you can see, we all put something in our baskets – most of us added flowers but on the bottom right, Michele put eggs in hers.  We had our usual discussion guessing what the May block will be and the conclusion was flowers of some sort.  As usual, we can hardly wait.

Last month I shared this hexie pouch project with the group and two people finished theirs – unfortunately I only got a photo of one.  Rosemarie found the hexie print in the scrap bucket and fussy cut the small hexies from the bigger print.

0414 Rosemarie's Hexie Bag

 

Melinda

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beginning Machine Piecing–Class Two

Here is the homework from yesterday.  At the first class we made rail fence blocks and they finished them during the week.

0414 Rail Fence

After admiring all the blocks, we trimmed them down to 6 1/2 inches square and moved on to nine patches.

0414 Nine Patches

Can’t wait until next week!

Melinda

Monday, April 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday–April 14, 2014

Today on my design wall I have my Sisters Choice blocks.  There are only six blocks so far but I have several more kits ready to make several more. Bonnie Hunter shows her quilt without sashing but her backgrounds are much more calm – with black and whites, they are much busier and will need some calming down.  I am thinking of scrappy blacks and will have to think about cornerstones.

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For some reason, there is a lot of red in these blocks but the next batch is more varied.  I am using green for the star points but anything goes for the nine patches.

For more design walls, go to Patchwork Times here.

Melinda

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bonnie Hunter Club at Tiny Stitches

We had a great time at Bonnie Hunter club today.  I spent my time cutting for my bowtie leader/ender project and kitting up some Sisters Choice blocks.  I think I need 64 blocks to make the size quilt I want as I am going to add some sashing.  My background fabric is just too busy not to have sashing.  Unfortunately I can’t locate a photo right now.  I will try to get them on the design wall for tomorrow.

Michele brought two quilts to share.

0414 Michele 1

0414 Michele 2

Nancy also brought two.

0414 Nancy 1

0414 Nancy 2

and finally – Marla also brought two.

0414 Marla 1

0414 Marla 2

Lots of fun, as usual.

Melinda

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