Friday, August 1, 2014

Wishes BOM #8 -- Mrs. Taft's Choice

It's time again for the Wishes BOM! All of the tutorials are still available so join us!

This month's block is called Mrs. Taft's Choice.


I'm already seeing that I'm going to end up with a LOT of extra fabric. I think I might try to make the checkered row on the back side bigger and use up more of my fabric or just piece it together for a scrappy back.

Check out everyone's blocks in the Flickr group!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Scrappy Monthly Wall Hangings -- Starting off and a Snowman

Have you ever seen the set of calendar wall hangings designed my Kim Schaefer?


If you follow Honey, Bunny, and Doll on Pinterest, Our Finished Projects board has the pictures of the ones that my mom made. 


Since my scrap boxes are overflowing and with no particular scrap project in mind right now, I've decided to start making my own to hang in my dining room. I decided to change up the dimensions of the squares so that the finished size will fit better between my windows. 

The original set is rather dusty/country/dull colored, so mine will be much brighter like the ones that my mom made but with my own color schemes. I started working on putting together the background squares for about half of the wall hangings with my own color schemes. 

Here's February, August, November, and December's backgrounds:


Since none of the months had a significant amount of purple and a lot of them had blue, I decided to use all purple for August, which will have bees and a beehive on it.

Here's January with the start of the snowman put on it:


I decided not to do the black background for this one and decided to go with a full snowman instead of just his head. I need to get myself some buttons for his eyes and "chest". There will be lots of satin stitching to do for this project! I need to assess my thread colors and see what I need to add. I'm trying to decide what else needs to be added to the snowman. Such difficult decisions!

Happy Thursday! 

PS. The voting for Block #12 in the QCQAL is WAY TOO CLOSE and we need everyone to keep voting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

July ALYoF Goal -- completed!

My goal for this month (and last month, which I failed at) was getting my blue batik star quilt top all together.

After multiple quilt shop stops and lots of ironing, it is complete!

Here's after all of the blocks and pieced sashings were together and I realized that I actually hadn't made too many square in a square units -- they were also the cornerstones of the sashing. Duh.


Here'st he finished product:


I think that I've decided that I am not going to put a border on this one and potentially give it as a baby quilt. Those white stars really pop out at you don't they?

Happy sewing and don't forget to vote for Block 12 in the QCQAL!

QCQAL Block #11 -- Missouri Star

Just one more block to go -- go vote for it!

This week we are making Missouri Star blocks!


This is a pretty traditional block but a fun one nonetheless because you can integrate quite a number of different fabrics. Check out pin-spiration here!

Download the directions on Craftsy!

I've developed a way to make this block using fast flying geese and I found that it worked GREAT. You don't have to cut the tiny triangles at all! I'm planning to post another more in-depth tutorial on this new method later this week.



Cutting:
One (1) 7 1/4 inch background square for fast flying geese
Four (4) 3 1/2 inch background squares

One (1) 4 3/4 inch square -- this is your center square -- fussy cut if you so desire!
Two (2) 3 7/8 inch squares -- cut each in half diagonally once, yielding four (4) triangles
Two (2) 4 3/8 inch squares in one color
Two (2) 4 3/8 inch squares in a second color


Using your 4 3/4 inch square and your pre-cut triangles -- sew long sides of triangles to the 4 3/4 inch square making sure to trim dog-ears as you go. Trim to 6 1/2 inches if necessary.


Using your four 4 3/8 inch squares, draw lines on two of the squares and make four half-square triangles. It is helpful for these blocks to press the seam open. Trim to 3 7/8 inches.


Draw diagonals on the backs of all four of your half-square triangles perpendicular to your seams. I did not draw over the seam itself.


Line up two of your half-square triangles atop of your 7 1/4 inch background square, just as in a typical fast flying geese method. You'll want to have one color at the corners (like my pink) and the other color at the center (like my yellow).


Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line and cut apart on the line and press.


Line up your remaining two half-square triangle units with the last two background corners with colors oriented in the same direction -- "pink" at the corner and "yellow" at the center.


Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cut apart on the line, and press.


Lay out your block as shown below.


Sew together, press, and trim if necessary!


Aren't you happy you didn't have to sew all those little triangles?

QCQAL Block #12 Voting and BONUS BLOCKS Announcement

It's the end! Click here to vote for the last block!

Little Bunny Quilts

Here are your final block choices -- you know the drill, click on the block for pin-spiration!


Since we WAY over-estimated the fabric necessary for blocks, I will be posting a block tutorial EVERY DAY the week of August 11th. 

You read that right! EVERY DAY! I'll be picking four blocks that didn't quite make it as winners and posting a tutorial for them so that if you want to make more blocks with your fabrics you can! 

Don't forget to follow Honey, Bunny, and Doll on Craftsy and Facebook -- we'll soon be posting setting tutorials on our Craftsy page for free for a variety of different sizes of 12 inch block sampler quilts so that you can start planning how to put your quilt together!

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