Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2010 Club Quilt

My group's Club Quilt this year is from the quilt book based on one of the Elm Creek Quilters series of books.  It is Sylvia's Bridal Quilt.  Mine will be 144 6 1/2" blocks!  I really debated about making this quilt.  I also want to start a Dear Jane quilt and I fretted they were too similar.  I am so happy I put those worries aside and signed up for another year.

This block is Sylvia's Bridal Bouquet.  It took about 3 hours to make and I think it is very lovely.  One of my friends almost gave up and I told her she must make this block -- how can it be Sylvia's Bridal Quilt without her bouquet?

I'm using the Wiscasset line from Moda, designed by Minick and Simpson for my quilt.  I guess I'll have another year of a traditional club quilt.  I'll have to mix this up next year.

I have about 30 blocks done so far, my goal to keep up this year is to finish 10 blocks a month.  So I'm on track so far!  I'll keep you posted.  Next month I'll show some more of my blocks.  They are really fun to make.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Favorite Quilt Magazine

It seems I've been showing lots of fabric the past couple of months.  It's time to throw in a little paper.

My very favorite quilt magazine (for many years) is the American Patchwork and Quilting by Better Homes and Gardens.  I've had a subscription for many years.  Many of my finished projects were inspired by this magazine.  They include patterns and great directions.  I find three or four magazines from each issue that "I must make".  This month's is no exception.

I love this quilt pictured on the cover and will have to make it from scraps.

I will make it more of a "planned" scrappy quilt.  It should not be overly difficult.  It's a Shoofly variation inside a Sawtooth block.  The 59 X 69" size isn't overwhelming.  Maybe I could even machine quilt it myself!  The pattern is part of an article about two sisters that design quilt and rug patterns and fabric.  I'm using one of their lines for my 2010 club quilt, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.

There are two more quilts in this issue I just love and "have to make".

They are both traditional blocks (Churndash and schoolhouse) and I'm usually a traditional kind of quilter.  These are quilts I need to add to my body of work.  Do any of these appeal to you?  It's really fun to take a traditional pattern and use trendy fabrics -- it really makes a fun quilt.

Check out this magazine -- it's on sale at most quilt and craft stores.  You won't be sorry!  It will give you many hours of quilt dreams.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April UFO done

Last week was busy.  We were able to get away to Zion National Park for 5 days.  We had a wonderful time, with some beautiful weather mixed in with snow and rain.  I had some time to work on sewing the binding on this UFO.  It's made from leftover scraps from my 2009 Club quilt, Back Home Again.  It's a nice size, 61 X 85".  I started it in November, when my quilting friends and I went to Lake Tahoe for a sew-in.
This is the pattern:

 It was fun and easy to make.  I highly recommend the pattern.  I would use it to make another scrappy quilt.

Here is a picture of a group of blocks.

I think this will be a fall and winter quilt for our family room.  We all love to sit on the couches, cover up with a quilt, and watch prime time TV.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

March UFO done

This is a little wall hanging I finished that was started in my Featherweight Club.  The pattern is called "Brrrrr".  I know many of you are ready for your Brrrr weather to make way for sunshine and flowers.  We have it here and it is so lovely.  But we also get the wind with our spring temperatures. 

We don't actually see snowmen too often here in the desert.  He was fun and easy to make!

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!