Monday, June 24, 2013

Urban Owls BOM - more pieced blocks

Before you look too closely at the blocks please understand that to take the photos I had to stand on a kitchen chair and try to hold my cell phone very level and still before clicking the shutter.  Even though the blocks look crooked in the photo they are perfectly square.

According to the instructions, this block was the "easiest" followed by the block with the pink center and then the flying geese block.  I didn't notice that any one was easier or more difficult than the others. 

The blocks required me to pay close attention and work slowly and patiently.  I only had to unpick a few inches - which I was thankful for because foundation piecing requires a short stitch length so the paper is easier to remove.

I love the colors and even though it was a challenge for me, the blocks are perfect, which I don't get to state very often when I'm piecing. The next 3 blocks are also foundation pieced and even more complicated. 

I'm going to wait start any more blocks as next week will be busy with out-of-town visitors and the beginning of our 4th of July Celebrations.  For you  followers that don't live in the USA, the 4th of July is when we colonists celebrate our independence from England, over 200 years ago.  It is a big deal here in the States with picnics, parades and fireworks.  Our summer town has a year-round population of about 20 that swells to many thousands next week.  Last year we were all evacuated due to the threat of a nearby forest fire and the events were cancelled, much to our disappointment.  We are all excited about the festivities next week.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pieced Blocks for BOM

I confronted my fears and even though it took until late afternoon to begin, cutting out with templates and drawing tiny matching dots started me on the road to making the Queen of May blocks.

This was really a challenge for me but I took it very slowly, matched all the dots, and carefully pinned.  Everything worked out!  No tears, swearing, screaming or wasted fabric.  Just one little fit when I sewed the circle into the background with no bobbin thread.

The next 6 blocks in this BOM are foundation pieced - never one of my favorite techniques and I haven't done it for years.  They look very daunting but I'm going to jump in with both feet - but, first some relaxing applique for a few days to work up my courage.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


45 years ago my boyfriend, who is now my husband, took me for a ride in the mountains and told me he would like to have a cabin "someday".  A year later we married and there were many things that took priority over a cabin, but we never forgot the dream.  It only took 40 years of planning and saving to finally realize the dream and now we spend most of the summer here, high in the Utah mountains.

I told my husband that it was my turn to fill the back of the truck with my stuff and I brought my "better" sewing maching and projects that have been waiting for me these past months.  First up is a new summer purse.

 On the way to Quilt Market in Portland last month, we stopped at the Fabric Depot where I found this great Home Dec fabric.  I used my Lolly Purse pattern for all the dimensions. To make the front pocket, I fussy cut this flower motif and bordered it with an Echino dot fabric.  Strips at the top and bottom of the pocket are Diamond Textiles cotton embossed dots. Bullion Knots were stitched around the flower using Midsummer Vineyard Silken Pearl.

One large flower was fussy cut to center on the back of the purse.  The lining is the Diamond Textile dots and pockets are the Echino dots.

Are these handles just too cute?  Purple leather with leaves - perfect!  The leaves were pre-punched which made stitching them on easy with Wild Violets Silken Pearl. 

Today I'm going to work on  blocks for the Urban Owls Block of the Month from Material Obsession.  I'm quite intimidated as this looks like complicated piecing.  I'm always fascinated with the Australian quilts I see in Quilt Mania and love the many colors and varying prints used in their quilts.   I signed up for this BOM last year to learn these techniques and because I'm afraid of the piecing, there are 6 months of kits calling my name.  Today is the day to get started.

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