Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Free Block of the Month: February Blocks

It's time for a another two blocks for your calendar or calendar quilt. This month we have a valentine's theme. I hope you like them. 

Click here to download the instructions. I will be back with a couple of extra projects using these blocks soon.

Monday, January 23, 2012

What's on My Design Table

It's still Monday here. Yes, about as late as you can post on Monday before it becomes Tuesday. What can I say I've been caught in a riveting book. So while there is still time here's what's on my design wall. It's a baby quilt for my 9 month old grandson. I cut it out last summer, then it got put on the back burner until I finished a bunch of other stuff. I've made him some other quilts so he has not gone without!
And here's the pattern I'm using(kind of).
  I don't seem able to follow a pattern without making changes and this one's no exception. I'm going to make it square instead of a
rectangle. I've also made the blocks larger because I want to put other modes of transportation in the blank blocks. My son requested a transportation quilt and I think this fits the bill. I found this pattern in this book.
 My Mom gave it to me when I first started quilting in the nineties.
Oh, by the way, the riveting book I was reading was "The Yellow House" by Patricia Falvey. It's an Irish historical novel and I had a hard time putting it down.
You can check out other design walls at Patchwork Times.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Some Additional Projects for Calendar Blocks

I haven't been doing much sewing as yet during January, but I have put all my Christmas stuff away and mostly have my house back together. I say mostly because we are planning to change out our kitchen floor for some new lighter laminate. The old floor was flooded by an improperly installed dishwasher and although we hired a disaster company to dry it out, it's deteriorating and looking pretty bad. We have purchased the laminate and just have to get brave enough to install it. 
While doing all this other stuff I've been thinking it might be nice to have some other uses for the BOM blocks, so yesterday I sat down and designed a small project. Today I wrote the instructions for a 
22 1/2" square project that you could use as either a wallhanging or a table topper. I have not tested these patterns but have done my best to make sure everything is accurate. Please let me know if you find anything wrong or if you find everything right. Good news is welcome too! I hope you enjoy the patterns.

 Click here for the instructions. Also you may notice I have added some tabs to my blog. You will find the 2012 BOM blocks there as well as a tab for additional projects using those blocks.

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Saturday of the Month BOM Blocks

As I have mentioned before, I belong to a group sponsored by a local quilt shop. We meet the first Saturday of each month and are supplied with a fabric kit for one block and instructions for two blocks. This year I am making both blocks each month. I decided I was going to try not to get behind, but then Christmas happened and I was behind. I'm caught up again and hope to stay that way. Here are November and December's blocks.
 The top two are the November blocks and the bottom two are the December blocks. If you would like to see the other blocks I've made for this group and read a bit more about the blocks, go here and here. I'm loving making these blocks. They are just so straight forward and go together like a dream.