Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Moda Skill Builder Blocks

This month's Moda Skill Builder Blocks are appliqued orange peel designs. I've never made blocks like these before . . . hence the beauty of a skill builder sampler quilt. Expanding my skill base is always a good thing.

Technically perfect? No. Graphically bold and pleasing? Yes.

Two months down. I'll revisit this again in April.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Filigree Quilt

My newest quilt is from a pattern from Fat Quarter Shop called Filigree. It's from a series the shop does with Art Gallery Fabrics called AGF Stitched where they put out about four patterns a year together. I've made two other quilts from the series (see them here and here) and always find myself checking them out and opting for the quick make.  I consider the AGF Stitched quilts "quick makes" because they are generally smaller quilts than I normally make (Filigree is 56.5" square) and the construction is always fast.

I like the clever way these blocks are made. I'm not the biggest fan of setting blocks on point but this quilt doesn't do that . . . it just looks like it. And, I love the fabric placement and how the colors move across the quilt.

The fabrics are Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell and denim from Art Gallery Fabrics. And this quilt is soft, pretty, graphic and makes me long for daffodils, forsythia, tulips and apple blossoms.


P.S. Filigree is a free pattern and even has a video tutorial on how to make it that you can find here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Excuse me one moment while I

Excuse me one moment while I brag on this amazing daughter of mine, won't you? At 15 years old she is proving to be a remarkable young woman. One to be remarked upon. Recently friends of hers were at our house. A few are new this year and as I talked to one of them she said that she really wanted to dislike my girl because she is just so good at everything but impossible to dislike because she's just so nice.

Isn't that one of the most wonderful things you can hear as a mother? I've known it all along. I mean, if you've read my letters to my daughters each year that I post here (and here and here and here and others,) you know that I've been talking about her special way with people for years.

Also, she competed at the State Track Meet Finals last weekend.

And that woman you saw plastered against the chain link fence in front of the sign that said "Don't stand in front of the fence" who was snapping dozens of photos and yelling crazy things like "Run! You got this! Go! Go! Go!" who nearly forgot to breathe for the entire two mile race and tore through the crowd to be the first to fist bump you at the end?

I have no idea who she was.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Around the corner

Spring really is just around the corner. I've got ambitious plans for when the weather warms. Painting outdoor furniture. Building more raised beds. Flowers and vegetables and herbs.

But I like winter. Spring can take it's time.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Today I'm

Today I'm ordering seeds for our spring and summer garden. There is something about winter that makes me forget how tired I was of it all after the end of last gardening season. I'm calling it gardener's amnesia.

Today I'm wrapping my head around the 65 degree temperature today and the snow forecast for Thursday.

Today I'm planning a carb loaded meal for Thursday evening so that my youngest daughter is ready for her big state finals track meet on Friday.

And, today I'm carving out time to quilt.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Still stitching hearts

I talked about stitching hearts last week.

Less hate. More love.

Let's be the best version of ourselves, shall we? It seems we currently have permission to be the worst version of ourselves. Let's not do that.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Moda Skill Builder Blocks

Maybe I should have titled this "Why I'm Participating in the Fat Quarter Shop's Moda Skill Builder Quilt Along" because the reasons are many. Back in 2015, I made a 90 block sampler quilt and loved the process. I look back at that and marvel at how much that quilt taught me and changed me as a quilter. The tiny blocks with tons of pieces definitely sharpened my skills but the whole process changed the way I approach quilting, the way I buy fabric and shifted my focus on what I want to make. That huge sampler quilt really was a game changer for me and taking on a new one seems like a no brainer.

Also, this Moda Skill Builder Quilt is an easy commitment. Once a month I have to make a few blocks. February through November. By the end of the year I'll have a new quilt. Easy peasy.

Finally, my oldest daughter chose the fabrics. The color palette is not one I've worked with before and I really, really love it. She chose the fabrics and will see me work on these blocks throughout the year and the resulting quilt will feel like a super cool collaboration that we are both really excited about. That's a win, win!

So, on the first of each month, Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the Moda Skill Builder blocks on their blog for that month. For February, I had to make three total kaleidoscope blocks.

Boom! Done!

I'll revisit this in March.