Monday, March 22, 2010

house block for Jen

I had never made house blocks before and though I've seen them around, I never really saw what was so special about them.  BUT. O---M---G!
houses are so fun to make!
So thanks Jen, for turning me into a house block addict.  I just started a house quilt for my sister...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More Fun Blocks

Got two more blocks last week!  Hope I tag them right>>EEEK
Need to iron them all, but wanted to get them up for everyone to see!

 Darling house From Sarah, Love the polka dot roof!

 Super cute house From Tanya, love the off center door!  My husband saw me open this one and he was like" the roof is crooked"  I laughed and said that is the way it is supposed to be WONKY! He acted like he understood, but he is Mr. orderly... so pretty sure he didn't get it!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

First Blocks Received

I received my first set of blocks the other day, from Mary.

They are super cute!  
Too bad the lighting wasn't great when I was taking the pics, the colors look a bit off:(

I love the pathway fabric that Mary added from her stash!
Guess I better Hurry up and make mine!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thinking ahead ...

I managed to finish Jen's block today.  I have a confession to make ...

I am HORRIBLE at anything wonky. 

There, I said it.  Jen, I know you asked for wonky houses, or wonky log-cabin houses, but I'm just not a very wonky person.  I definitely tried though, and this is what I came up with:

So, just for future reference to all my other bee-buddies, when you ask for wonky, expect my block to be not-so-wonky.   *sigh*

I'm also thinking ahead to April since it's my month. 

My husband puts up with a lot of stuff around here.  I'm constantly putting fabric, craft stuff, and various other bits of mess around the common living spaces of our house.  My studio has been in a constant state of transition, and will be finished soon, but in the meantime the rest of the house has suffered.  He's always asking me when I'm going to do something for him ...

Well, I decided that I would be using April as an opportunity to offer him a "peace offering" so to speak for putting up with my junk and disorganization.  April's block will also be a scrap-buster for me, so that I don't have to worry about so many bits of fabric laying all over the place.

I found this block on Flickr about a month ago.  I asked where I could find the tutorial, and there are a couple of resources.  Here are the links:

Nittany Block

Quiltville tutorial

We're actually making the Nittany version, with the white outline that sort of "blocks" the X in from the background fabric.

I have a couple of requests:

1.  Please make sure that your white lines match up well.  If you're not good at points, send me your smaller blocks and I will match them up myself.  Just don't trim them to points either, that way I have the extra fabric in the blocks to work with.

2.  Please add scrap from your stash also.  I don't care what it looks like, I don't care if it's "ugly" either.  This is a quilt for my husband, and it's a scrap buster.  In the grand scheme of things, you probably won't notice a weird piece of fabric or two.

3.  If your scraps that you've received have interesting details (faces, designs, whatever), please fussy cut those details to incorporate into the X design.  See how I fussy cut the goldfish in the bag fabric?  I want to be able to showcase some of the scrap designs.  

4.  As I stated above, I'm not a wonky person.  Please try to be precise with your X's.    ;o)  This is a block about patience and persistance. 

Other than that, please enjoy yourself when you make this block.  The dark green background actually has significance for him ... it's the school color for where he went to college (USF) and he's very proud of it.  I can't wait to present this quilt to him - thank you for helping me with this quilt!!