Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Let's start a quilt along modern sampler with traditional blocks and start with #154

In an effort to motivate and inspire myself I am starting a quilt along. 

This is the fabric I am using to inspire myself.  I will be using Kona Snow as the background for the blocks and the main fabric in the quilt.  I don't have a total amount of fabrics you will need, but if you have to buy background fabric, buy 6 yards, it will certainly be enough for the top and the extra can go on the back.   On the table is a good portion of my Amy Butler fabrics and some solids that go with them.  I may throw some other fabrics in from my stash to add some variety and make the quilt not be so matchy matchy.  That is what makes a great scrap quilt.  It needs to have a few zingers thrown in the mix to take the scrap quilt over the top.
I have chosen 4 fabrics from this mix to start with for the first block.  I will make one in each color way.
I will be making one block with the pinks and one block with the blue/green. 
I have chosen these two to make the same block.  However they will go into a new tree skirt for the Christmas tree.

This is the finished block.  In the book it is block number 154, the seesaw block.

For each block you will need 1 - 5 1/4" square, this is the large square print.  4 -  2 1/2" squares of solid color fabric for the small pinwheels in the center.  4 - 2 7/8" background white squares.  4 - 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" background white rectangles.

First we will draw a diagonal line one the 2 1/2" colored squares and on all of the 2 7/8" squares.

Now on top of each 2 1/2"x4 1/2" rectangles place the 2 1/2" colored squares on the right side of the rectangles.  The diagonal lines should be placed so they are in the middle of the rectangle at the top and in the bottom right corner at the bottom.  You will now stitch directly on the drawn lines.

Trim 1/4" from the stitching line and press the seam allowance toward the triangle.

Now place 2 of the 2 7/8" squares in opposite corners of the 5 1/4" as shown in this picture.  Now you will stitch on both sides of the drawn line using a scant 1/4".

Cut on the diagonal line and press so your pieces look like these.

Place one of the 2 7/8" squares on each heart shape piece you have.  Now stitch a scant 1/4" from the draw line.

Cut on the drawn line and press. You will have 4 flying geese units for part 2 of the block.

Lay out your pieces like these are pictured and piece them together.

Lay out as pictured here.  When pressing the pieces, press the seam allowance toward the longer white 2 1/2"x 4 1/2" rectangles.

The final block will look like so.
Check back later on Friday for the next block in the quilt along.  If you just want to make the block, the measurements I have given you makes a 8" finished block.  Let me know if you make a block, I would sure love to see them.  If we have enough interest and participants I can set up a flickr group.  If you have any questions ask them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Overflowing cupboard visit #2

Be sure to check out yesterday post to see how this all started.  I have two more tops to add today.

This top has been sold.  The first is a 36" square grandmother's fan classs sample made with 30's reproduction prints ona white on white background.  I will sell this for $25 plus shipping.  If you are interested email me at bearcreekquilter@yahoo.com

 This top has been sold. The second quilt top is flannel and is 63" x 88".  It would be great on a twin bed or for snuggling on the couch.  I can't find the fabric for the binding so I am selling it without one.  The green border fabric has moose on it.  So the overall top really has kind of a lodge or northwoods look to it.  I am selling this one for $40 plus shipping.  Once again if you are interested in this one, bearcreekquilter@yahoo.com

The second picture is just a close up to see the fabric.

Once again, thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My cupboard is overflowing

In a conversation a couple of weeks ago with Amanda, she asked how many flimsies I had.  To you non-quilters, that is quilt tops that aren't quilted yet.  I honestly told her I had no idea.  I went to my cupboard to start my count.  I found an overflowing cupboard, many of which I no longer have interest in finishing.  So it is time to get rid of some of those tops.  I even have a couple of quilts that can also go.  So I am starting with offering a few of those to all of you.

This quilt top has been soldThis first quilt is number 408 in the book.  It goes by several names, Churn Dash,  Hole in the Barn Door,  Monkey Wrench,  Double Monkey Wrench,  Sherman's March,  and Barn Door.  The quilt top measures 86" x 96".  I do have fabric for the binding that will go with the top.  I am asking $60 plus shipping for this quilt top and binding.  If you aren't a quilter and would like the top completed, I can do that too.  Please email me at bearcreekquilter@yahoo.com if you are interested in the top or the quilt finished.  If you are looking to have the quilt finished, I can let you know what that will cost in a private email.

This is a close up shot of the quilt from above.  Any payments will be processed through paypal.

Next on the chopping block is a wallhanging.  It measures 34" x 50" , I also have the binding fabric for this quilt top also.  The fabrics in this top are mostly left overs from the above quilt top.
I am asking $30 plus shipping for this one. bearcreekquilter@yahoo.com

 This top was from Thimbleberries club a few years ago.  It was designed to be the back of the quilt.  I just couldn't put all thos eblocks onto the back of the quilt.  So now for $60 you can have this along with the fabric for the binding. Below are some close ups of the blocks.  This top measures 83" x 99".  bearcreekquilter@yahoo.com

This quilt top has been sold.  This quilt top is a complete scrap quilt and happens to be #597 in the book, Light and Dark or Sunlight & Shadow.  It measures 80" x 96".  I don't have a binding for the quilt.  You could really use just about anything.  A border could be added to make this larger if you wish.

I am asking $50 for this top.  You may see a close of the top is below.  bearcreekquilter@yahoo.com

Ok that is all for tonight.  Posting these while watching Tv seemed to take for ever.  Stay tuned for more tops and a couple of quilts to be posted soon.