Tuesday, December 6, 2016

After a brief hiatus - Building Blocks Tuesday

Welcome back to Building Blocks Tuesday!

I apologize for being missing in action the last few weeks.  Mary, at Quilting is in My Blood, was nice enough to check up on me.  All is well, things have just been a little chaotic around here lately.

Mary also pointed out that the link up for November wasn't working properly.  It appears that I copied the link incorrectly, so it didn't work properly.  Hopefully, this month's link up will work as usual.

Rose trellis blocks for Nita

I had a bit of time yesterday to whip up these Rose Cottage blocks for Nita in the We Bee Canadian bee.  You can find the pattern here.  It should be a lovely quilt when done.  I had a bit of trouble finding rose fabrics for Nita's request, I only had one in my stash and it was very plain.

It felt good to sit down at my machine and piece a bit.  Any sewing time I've had the last few weeks has gone into quilting my Lucky Star quilt.  It is still in process, but I am making progress.  I've got 9 of the 12 blocks complete, although I need to re-quilt at least one of the first blocks I finished.  As I've gone down the quilt, the later blocks have a lot more dense quilting on them than the first couple, and I fear they will look out of place now.  Here is one of the blocks I just finished up.

Lucky Star, quilting in progress

I feel like I have gotten the hang of using the ruler for the straight lines, but anything involving circles or loops is still challenging.  I can't seem to find the right speed.  Too slow and my movements are too jerky; too fast and they are wildly out of control.  It may take a whole quilt of pebbles to find the right pace......next project?

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,

Jennie





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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Black Friday Weekend Sale at Craftsy

I hope the Thanksgiving weekend is treating everyone well.  I just happened to be shopping online last night and I noticed that Craftsy is having one heck of a sale on their classes through Sunday.  It looks like they most are $17.99 or less!  It might be worth checking out.

It has been a while since I've advertised any Craftsy sales -- Please remember that I am a Craftsy affiliate and if you purchase a class after clicking through my links, I do earn a small commission.

I ended up getting the Lori Kennedy class, "Divide and Conquer" and Christina Cameli's class "Wild Quilting".  They look pretty good.



And don't forget, you can gift any class - for those friends and relatives that are so hard to shop for.

Happy Shopping.

Jen

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In a galaxy beyond the negative space - Building Blocks Tuesday

Still no new blocks to share this week.  Now that I have the Lucky Star quilt loaded up on the frame, I'm plugging along with the quilting, usually half a block at a time.  I've got the first 3 of 12 finished, and will probably start on the 2nd row of blocks tomorrow.  I tweaked my lower back at the gym yesterday and don't want to aggravate it today by reaching over the frame.

While I love quilting in the negative space, I often get hung up on what to quilt over the actual blocks in the quilt.  Many of the quilts I've done in the past have little to no quilting over the actual blocks.  Oh sure, it was a "design choice" I made to leave them unquilted.  In reality, I just couldn't come up with a design I thought looked good....this is probably why I still haven't quilted my Swoon quilt.

I love this little trick I picked up in a class I took with Krista Withers at Quiltcon in Pasadenda.  If you have a chance to take her class, please do.  Not only is she a good instructor, she is a delightful person to be around too.  She had us make these nifty trial drawing overlays from a sheet of plastic.  I just use a dry erase marker to draw right on top of the block and see where my creativity takes me.  If I don't like what I see, I can just erase it and start over.  I love it!  I can even keep the overlay nearby to reference if I need to.

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I must admit, I still go through several drafts of my block designs.  Some are easier to come up with ideas for than others. But it is still better than stitching them out, not liking what I see and then having to rip out the stitches.

Lucky Star in progress


What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,

Jennie





***This post may contain affiliate links.  If you purchase something after clicking on one of my links, I may be compensated, but at no additional cost to you!