Polka-Dot on the Brain

I will be out of my sewing room for a few days, so I thought I better finish the floral pet quilt. This was a fun quilt to make because I designed it as I went along. Following the project process posted by Melanie of Catbird Quilt Studio, helped in making this an enjoyable project.  Thanks again, Melanie!

I made heart blocks for the corners.

One of my friends and I are making blocks from the book, Modern Blocks, compiled by Susanne Woods.
We take turns with another friend, choosing a block to make for the month. Making the floral pet quilt has left me with polka-dot-on-the-brain. I used my leftover polka dot fabric, and the Kaffe Fasset remnants, to make the block chosen for March.

Modern Blocks and Patience

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.
Elon Musk

When my friend bought me the Modern Blocks~99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers, I knew it would be a fun project. Marti makes everything fun! But, I also set a goal for this project. I want to practice and learn different FMQ designs. I knew this project would also give me the opportunity to learn patience! I have been trying to learn FMQ for some time now, and it has been a bit difficult. I know that it takes practice…and patience. I am not a very patient person when it comes to learning new things.

Today, I completed the Everything Equal block designed by Louise Papas. I liked the simplicity of the design. The fabric I chose is the same fabric I used on the Birdsong quilt block. I am planning to have these two blocks facing each other when I make the signature for the fabric book. I was planning on working on the fabric journal tomorrow, but I will be celebrating my birthday instead.

I practiced making the Crazy Eight FMQ design today, and I actually had fun with this. The results are a bit uneven, but it is a start. The thread kept breaking on me. I thought it was the an error in threading the machine, because the thread had slipped out of the threading alignment. But after the third time the thread snapped, I started wondering if I was pulling the fabric instead of guiding. I eased up the hand motion and it seemed to go better.

Everything Equal designed by LouisePapas

I plan to have these two blocks facing each other in the book signature.

Sunday Sewing

My friend and I are making blocks from the book, Modern Blocks~99 Quilt Blocks by Favorite Designers Compiled by Susanne Woods. We plan to make twelve blocks and compile them into a fabric book. As of yet, I do not know exactly how we are going to put the book together. This is the third block that I have completed.

I chose not to try to embroider a butterfly, and used a butterfly button that I found in my button jar.
I also created my own bird and flower appliques.

Birdsong Block designed by Rachel Roxburgh

Green Monday

This afternoon, I spent time looking through the book, Modern Blocks, Favorite Designers compiled by Suzanne Woods.

As much as possible, I would like to make these blocks using my stash. I have about two bins of fabric shop quality fabric. I found a block designed by Yvonne Malone, called Checkered Fields. It just so happened that I had similar colored fabric, so I made this block today.

It has been a green kind of day. I found this adorable frog that was too cute to pass up.
It has been a happy and green Monday.
Hope you had a great day.

Another Project…Yay!

Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.
Stephen Schwartz

After days of not being able to work in my studio, I am now back to working on different projects.
My friend had given me a copy of Modern Blocks, a book of designer blocks compiled by Susanne Woods. She found it at Half Price Books for a good price.

Our plan is to make these blocks together, when we meet for craft day. Since I am still not going out just yet, we are working on two blocks on our own. We will meet later to continue this fun project. She also has a friend in Florida who is making these blocks along with us.

The designs in this book have great texture and color. The blocks are all unique…and they encourage more creativity and uniqueness with your own interpretation of the block.

The block I made today is Boxed Up ,by Angela Yasten. Her fabric color choice included a green word print fabric with two different texture gray fabrics. I had a brown/gray word fabric in my stash, along with two different gray textured fabrics.

I am  still trying to find the right combination of fabric for a block called Birdsong, by Rachel Roxburgh.