Am trying to put my Stacked Squares quilt together. Still have more blocks to finish but I was getting too excited to wait any longer so today I pulled out my design wall and started putting the blocks up on it. I am using almost all of the AdornIt fabric that I had left over from making the granddaughter's outfits from their photo shoot back in August. I LOVE that fabric so much! Have you checked out the AdornIt website? From fabric to scrapbooking to clothing.....just wish I could find their fabric in my LQS! I bought what I have while on the Utah Shop Hop this past summer.
I will probably be changing up some of the blocks but for now will keep them up until I get the other blocks finished. The pattern is free from Moda Bake Shop. You can find it here.
I wasn't able to get alot of pictures of what the other ladies were working on but here are a few:
This one will have the bears in the center of the quilt with all the little 6" bear paw blocks surrounding it. Going to be beautiful when it is done.
Layer cake with the large twister ruler. I need to make one of these!
I didn't get a picture of this finished but it is so much cuter in person than the picture on the pattern package! You use a very tiny twister ruler to make the pumpkin. It was interesting that 3 of us had twister rulers to use on projects we brought!
Notice the nice design wall we had that went across both sides of the room by our sewing stations.
I'm still working on my Grandma's Apron quilt. I don't know why I have such a time embroidering. It is my take along project for trips.
Rain and flash floods took over while we were gone.
Near Name's Hill, LaBarge, Wyoming. This road was closed for a while so the mud could be moved off the highway. That hill in the picture has pioneer names on it. One is supposedly Jim Bridger's. Interesting, since he was suppose to have been illiterate. :)
As mentioned in my last post, I was able to attend a quilt retreat last week. We spent 5 days sewing up a storm inside the house while the real storms moved around outside! At one point we weren't sure we would be able to make it home because a flash flood/mud slide closed our main highway. We have been getting so much rain lately!
The retreat was wonderful! http://www.tetonpatchworks.com/ Each room was decorated in a different theme. The sewing room is set up for 8 quilters. Since there were only 7 of us, we paid $170 dollars for 5 days, 4 nights. I thought that was quite reasonable! We did have to bring our own food but we pooled everything together and cost was about $20 per quilter.
Here are some of the quilts hanging up around the home:
Absolutely LOVE this quilt. The label says it was designed by the homeowner.
I had this cute quilt hanging above my bed.
Another stunning quilt made with gorgeous fall colors! Notice the hangers on each quilt!
Little coasters for your drink.
A bit blurry since I was hanging on the stairs trying to take the picture.
This one in a Hoffman Challenge. Supposedly there is a mistake in the quilt but no one seems to know where it is.
These little bitties are actual fabric minis. Love the stain glass look with them!
Most days were overcast so we didn't get much of a view this time of the Tetons.
I guess it's about time I show our 2013 BOM from our LQS. Again, this year we have the option to make the pieced blocks in 2 different colorways. This is the pink version.
Here is the autumn colorway. The setting is a Circle of Nine with appliqued leaves. Will make a beautiful Fall quilt.
The applique "quilt" is not a true quilt this year. We are making 3 small wall hangings. This is the first one. We have already made the flowers, watermelon and now are making the ladybugs in March. I am still debating on whether I can save all my blocks and make it into a Season quilt at the end of the year. I will have to see what the next quarter's blocks look like before I decide.
Along with how to make the blocks each month, we are given more ideas on how to add to our wall hanging. Here are some placemats, table runner and dish cloth.
Our BOM's are a bargain compared to what I hear about other ones around the country. We only have to pay for our first month's block ($10) and then if we bring it back finished the following month, the next pattern is FREE! It makes being home on each second Saturday of each month a must! If we do miss a month, we only have to pay $7 for the pattern/fabric. We all try really hard to make our quilts be only $10!
I have a new blog post on http://rippinstitchers.blogspot.com/ if you are interested in seeing our quilt guild's happenings this month. We didn't have many show and tells but it has been fun getting to know some new women in the valley.
My daughter-in-law finished her 2012 BOM! She brought it over to show me after she picked it up from the quilter. There was a bit of trouble with the borders but I am so excited for her to push on and finish! It is big enough to go on her bed so she had a lot of fabric to push through her machine. I am so proud of her! The setting of the blocks was something we found online so she kind of winged how to put it all together. No directions at all. I was a big help. I told her to just look at the picture and then decide how big she wanted her blocks and to go for it---after I showed her how the original was pieced together. Her 1st quilt was a BOM too (Noah's Ark). It is such a great way for beginner quilters to learn to sew quilt blocks plus they get a quilt at the end of the year!
What do you do with your pre-cuts? I have several jelly rolls and a couple of layer cakes in my stash that I bought years ago when they first came on the market. I have used a few of the jelly rolls to make sampler quilts but the layer cakes have sat untouched. I did make one block a couple of years ago with a couple of 10" squares but then the rest of the squares have been stashed away. Until now that is.
I don't even remember what this layer cake's name is but I have loved the fabric since I bought it. A few months ago I saw Missouri Quilt Company's youtube video on how to make a Chevron quilt. Looked simple enough so yesterday I pulled out the remaining squares and got to work. The construction is very simple. Take one layer cake square and then a contrasting color that is also 10". Place them RST and sew 1/4" around all 4 sides. To make this process go quicker sew in an assembly line fashion. Sew all squares on one side, cut them apart and then sew the next side until you have sewn all 4 sides. Cut the squares apart on each diagonal and you have 4 blocks. Press and then put them together how you want them to look. It wasn't until I was ready to put my blocks on my design wall that I realized I didn't have has many green blocks as I did pink.
Here was my first attempt at putting the blocks together. Blah.
Next I tried to keep the colors together in the blocks. Again....blah.
Finally I took everything off the design wall and started over by mixing everything up. As you can see, I only had enough greens for one row but I like it.
Now to put on the border and get it to the quilter! A layer cake gone from my stash! Yes!
Here's the youngest member of our new Quilt Guild, Rippin' Stitchers!
After living in this valley for many years, several women got together in November to organize a quilt guild. We have a wonderful fabric store in our midst so it was about time we got the many quilters together around here and formed a club.
I volunteered to make a blog so you are welcome to have a look at it!
I am so excited for our new adventure in our lil' Valley! Any suggestions are much appreciated on how/what to do at our meetings!
Another year has come and gone along with another Block of the Month from our Local Quilt Shop.
2012 applique quilt was Snowmen. We had the choice of making that, the 12" blocks or both. I opted to make just the Snowmen quilt this time.
This is the finish quilt from the quilt shop, Valley Fabric. I'm not sure if it is an original or not. Many years we do make a quilt from a local, talented designer. This is Warm Winter Wishes.
This is the Beige/Black quilt that the shop made as a sample as to how you can finish your quilt. I love this setting. My daughter and daughter-in-law made these blocks. You also had the option of making it in blue fabric which was quite stunning.
Another way of setting your blocks to finish your quilt.
My quilt in progress.
As you can tell, I put my quilt together a bit differently than the original.