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Saturday, February 13, 2010

February Blocks

The fabrics from Kim arrived last night, just in time for me to make her blocks before packing up my sewing room this weekend for our move.  There was so much fabric that I made these two blocks and I think there is still enough for a whole 'nother block.  Kim, I sewed all the strips up at once, so if you want to make that extra block, the first step is already done.

Here are my blocks:

I just loved working with this fabric.  It is so lovely and it felt really nice. 

February Block Instructions

Hopefully everybody is starting to receive their fabrics for the February Block. Inside the envelope you will find a copy of the email with some instructions.

Here is a link for Oh Fransson's instructions for this block, but will also explain below as I have slightly adapted this block.

Included in your package you will find various strips of material approximately 9 inches long by 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches wide. There are a variety of patterned and striped fabrics.

Start by sewing together 9 strips sets of four fabrics. Although the strips are cut straight, I sewed them together slightly (please, note the slightly) wonky. You may be short a fabric or two here so feel free to add from your stash. I just ask that you keep within the color scheme of the fabrics provided.

Once the strips were completed, I cut the strip sets into three or four pieces of variable sizes. Again, cutting slightly wonky. Again, slightly goes a really long way on this block. I made the mistake of getting too adventurous on my first attempt and it didn't turn out so well.

I then sewed up three slices different slices together and squared the edges, slightly wonky. So I now had nine blocks.

Finally sew together the blocks together to make one large square (or rectangle). This time square the edges properly. I ended up trimming my block to 12 inches square. See what you can do. If it's smaller, that will be fine.

It can be a rather time consuming block, so although I have provided you with enough fabric to complete two squares, it will be fine if you feel like just doing one. Please just return the unused fabric to me.

One tip: I pressed my seams open! I found it a lot easier to work with that way. It also provides a nice flat block. However, if you feel strongly about not pressing seams open, that's fine.

I'm excited to see what you gals come up with.

Friday, February 5, 2010

more January blocks

Seeing these blocks popping up in my mailbox is so exciting!
These ones are from Kathleen
and they are just so merry!
I love the feel of them :)
This one is all her fabric except the tree.

I sent the tree and the red and white polka dot fabric for this one... She said she enjoyed making them so much she made me another!
So sweet!
love the shimmer to these fabrics!
thanks Kathleen!

The next blocks were made by Judith.
Aren't they fabulous?!
The main fabric of this block came from my winnings from Sweetwater of their Make Life fabric line!
I love it!!
And this one is just dazzling with the twinkly gold snowflakes/stars!
When I got Judith's package it smelled so good when I opened it...
and then I saw why!
thank you Judith...
as you can see I couldn't hold off from trying it before I took a picture!
when I'm pregnant I don't drink caffeinated beverages so these were perfect!
I'm such a tea granny :)
thank you ladies

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

blocks from Betty

I have received a couple block sets and am so excited to start putting this quilt together!
I don't know what I was envisioning so
I'm not going to be disappointed either way!
All the other blocks have been posted so far
However I received these from Betty the other day.
I love how it looks like it's snowing from the top!
and this one is just a snowy wonderland!

Betty's were the first blocks I received and it was so exciting!
thanks Betty!

Now here is the train wreck I came up with on my own!

those trees are tricky....
I'm not giving up though!
Can't wait to see what everyone else has up their sleeve!
and I'm Rarin' to go for FEBRUARY!
How about you?