Friday, November 20, 2009

Almost done!

I've recvd almost all the blocks.
A few are not signed and I did not remember at the time to look at the envelope
so i don't know who to remind. I think they might be in the mail..
or if you don't see your blocks in the photos, let me know that they were sent.

Great job Everyone!!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Finished Little Bee

Just wanted to share the finished little bee on my second block for V!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Inspiration shouldn't come from the bathroom when it comes to quilting, but it did. We've been having some bathroom battles with our three year old and we've taken to reading to her while we all wait for her to go.  Her favourite book for this is an edition of Three Billy Goats Gruff that was my Hubby's when he was a kid.  

As soon as I got my package from Victoria I thought of the book.  The colours of the fabric were bright and rich, just like those in the illustrations.  So I took the flowers that are on nearly every page of the book and recreated them with the fabric.  It's all fusible applique with a contrasting outline stitch to echo the notion of illustration.

Now, aren't you glad I didn't say I was inspired by poop?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fiesta Flowers!

So I'm finally getting these done! Aaagh!
Here is the ironed together first block :) It will be raw edge appliqued.
The theme was Fiesta and my favorite thing about a fiesta would have to be the colorful skirts and flowers that are worn, so, I took that idea and ran!
I layered my flower with color in the center but then I decided to mix 'em up a bit just for fun!
My second block will be a bit different but still fun! I'll post as they come along!

I also had some issues with shrinking of the backing but went ahead and just tried to give enough edge space to trim and sew :)
I'm loving all the blocks and can't wait to see them all together, but I guess that means I better stop talking and start sewing!

Almost... finished...

One block down... Inspired by this Flickr photo...

One to go! Just a few more stitches to add tonight... it just needed a little something more buzzing around...

I ended up caving under pressure (deadlines, eeeek!) and falling back on raw edge, fused and machine stitch applique, which isn't new to me although I haven't done a lot of it either. However, this experiment did inspire me to broaden my applique skills in the needleturn department. I'm looking for a local class or considering the Piece O Cake book for that... so thank you V! I will be mailing these to you by the end of the week!

Friday, November 6, 2009


I finally managed to get my blocks done. I was beginning to wonder if I'd make the deadline! I didn't even choose anything that hard . . .

I made both of mine alike . . . I guess my imagination is a bit stalled (too much head congestion). It's a Robyn Pandolph design from a long time ago, greatly simplified. I liked the birds everyone else was doing, so I thought these two would fit right in with them.

So they'll be in the mail soon, and I'm so glad I made it in time. Thanks, V, for including me! It's been fun!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

another week...

Hey there Mr. Postman!~

We have a little more than a week before Nov 14th.

Please try to have your blocks mailed by NOV14th.

Right now only half of you have sent in your blocks. I would like to try to wrap up this project before the holidays, So please make the effort.
They all look great, and know that many are in the mail as I write this.

Also, Check in with Jennifer Paganelli this week, see what cute things she's been up too.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Finally plucked up the courage!

Well I finally plucked up the courage to have a go with the real fabrics. I settled on a raw edge technique.

I started off with a Dia de los Muertos theme, but it just looked wierd and a bit spooky rather than funky and cool which was the look I was going for! So that got turned into this.

And then I was inspired by Upsy Daisy from In the Night Garden, and did this flower.

I thought it would balance nicely with V's dresden plate.

Hope you like them V, they'll be in the post this afternoon.

Hi Ladies,

got my blocks done for the quilts. It was fun to learn something new. I originally wanted to try different types of applique, but in the end...I ran out of time...I found the tutorial for this block at Cluck Cluck Sew. It was a lot of fun. Thanks for the opportunity V. ~Jenny

Sunday, November 1, 2009

From Italy

This are the blocks made by my friends.... both are great appliquè quilters!

The Claudia's ones...

...and the Luciana's ones...

All the blocks are flying to!