Monday, March 14, 2011

Design Wall Monday

This is my first design wall Monday. I visited Erin at One Piece at a Time and decided that maybe this is something I would like to do. On my design wall or I should say design floor is this quilt I'm making for my grandson. He is due in May. The pattern is Hooterville by Brandywine Designs and the fabric is Bright Quilter's Candy from Connecting Threads. If you have seen this pattern before you will notice that I have substituted the colorful squares with the center dot for the quarter square triangle blocks in the pattern. I can make quarter square triangles but I hate to and I'm really liking the dotted squares. I hope to get the machine applique finished today.
 If you would like to see other's design wall projects please visit here
Now on to other things. In my last post I was hoping to finish three blocks for a block of the month group I belong to. I only finished one before other obligations intervened. Purple is not a color I'm terribly comfortable with but I think this block looks pretty and sometimes even I go outside of my comfort zone. If you would like to see more about this eBOM, please see the post just before this one.
 I was a lucky winner at One Piece at a Time this week and won a Quilt in a Day Flying Geese Ruler. Thank you so much Erin! I'm so looking forward to trying this ruler.

Friday, March 4, 2011

This Years Block of the Month

I belong to a Block of the Month group sponsored by a local quilt shop. It is a great group and a wonderful deal. In September we all purchase a kit for a block(unless you finish the quilt from the year before, then it's free). Each month following, all you have to do is bring in your finished block and you get a kit for the next month's block at no cost. However, if you miss the meeting or don't finish your block, you have to purchase the kit. Each year they choose a theme, last year's was "Along the Oregon Trail", this years is "What's your sign?". We are presented with a short program with interesting facts relating to the theme, then there is show and tell, then we get out kit for the next month. I haven't mention much about this years blocks because I was really sure that I was liking them, but they are finally growing on me! I showed you December's block a while ago but I will show you again.

 I really love this block. We were challenged to do something fancy with center. I have decided to use this block in a central medallion and surround it with the monthly blocks.
Here is my September block.
Now for the November block.
 Lastly, the January block.
Now if you are keeping track you will notice that I'm missing some. Yes, I'm behind again. October is missing and since I'm using December's block as the center, I will need another block to replace it. February's block is due tomorrow, so guess what I'm going to be doing this afternoon??? Here's a picture of all the finished blocks and the fabric's I'm planning on using for the three unfinished blocks.
 Now I guess I'd better get busy. Hopefully I'll have three new blocks to show you tomorrow.