Friday, September 26, 2014

Wool Inspiration

Ann shares her hooked foot stool at wool works this past Friday. It's beautiful!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

Another new block!  This week's block may be a little challenging, but it's worth the effort!


I used a different fabric (from my stash!) for my center honeycombs, but these are the fabrics you will use for this block.


To get your plaid fabric to line up right, you will definitely want to use the techniques I shared with you for the last block using a grease pencil to mark lines on your acrylic template for cutting the fabric and marking lines on the honeycomb papers for proper placement when basting the shapes.
To review the techniques, click here.

Send pictures of your blocks to littlequilts@mindspring.com.  We want to see your progress!
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This Blog Along started on April 3, 2014, and posts every Thursday.  Click here to go back to the beginning.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Show and Tell from Sept. Second Saturday Sampler - Part Two

  Jennifer found the cutest pincushion on a trip to Tennessee. It was made from two log cabin blocks! 
In January, during the ice storm, Julie decided it was time to use up some of the 2½” strips she’d been collecting in a laundry basket. There’s nothing faster than a Jelly Roll Race quilt and this is the quilt Julie made totally from scraps. You can find lots of tutorials on the internet for making your own version – just Google Jelly Roll Race. It’s a great way to use up some stash. 
Julie also finished a quilt she worked on in a quilt camp in Missouri. There is no pattern for the blocks – just keep adding scrappy pieces until the block is the size you want. Julie’s quilt is a gift for her great niece who just bought a new house. 

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Show and Tell Second Saturday Sampler - Part 1

  Melissa finished a “Penguins On Ice” Advent calendar from one of our kits. Finished in plenty of time for Christmas!
  One of our new quilters, Sarah, finished the cutest quilt top for her cousin’s baby. Love the bright contemporary colors!
This is what this month’s Second Saturday Sampler block was supposed to look like. This is what happens when some of the blocks get sewn in backwards! It’s still a great block, but doesn’t even begin to look like the original block!

 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Row by Row creativity

  Faye shared several of the rows she’s finished for her Row by Row Experience Shop Hop quilt. Two of the row patterns came from California shops. The hexie flowers and tulips row is from Little Quilts. Looks like it’s going to be a fun quilt!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

As you know, I've been reading the children's books written by Lucy Boston.  I was so excited to find a DVD, "From Time to Time" based on the second book, "The Chimneys of Green Knowe"  (or "The Treasures of Green Knowe" if you're reading the American version).  The movie was written and directed by Academy Award winner, Julian Fellowes, who was also the writer and producer of Downton Abbey.  The cast for the movie is superb, but my favorites were Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame.
The movie actually mixes parts of both of the first two books and is a haunting ghost story spanning two distinct worlds, two centuries apart - two distinct worlds linked by a single family and the house in which they live.  In the movie it is 1944 and 13 year old Tolly Oldknowe is sent to spend Christmas with his grandmother (played by Maggie Smith) while his mother searches for news of his father in wartime London. In the house, Tolly discovers he can mysteriously travel between time and he is witness to events during the Napoleonic wars eventually being slowly drawn into participating in the drama.
He's invisible to most people in the past, yet he's able to move among them and, so, is able to unravel a mystery of missing treasure that has bewildered the family for two centuries.
Even if ghosts and time travel don't seem to be your cup of tea, I would encourage you to watch this DVD.  It's more historic than science fiction and it's a fun story.  The costumes, the house and the scenery are fabulous, true to Julian Fellowes form!
The movie was filmed at Athelhampton in Dorset rather than at Hemingford Grey which is the ancient Manor house Lucy Boston lived in and based the books on, but the topiary and the statue of St. Michael are still in the movie.

My favorite parts of the movie were the scenes of Maggie Smith quilting.  Look at the close-up and you will see she was working on a Patchwork of the Crosses quilt!
The movie was produced in 2009, but wasn't available in the U.S. until 2010 (I think!).  It's still available on Amazon at a very reasonable price.  












Tuesday, September 16, 2014

School colors in a quilt. Rah Rah!

Diane made this fun quilt for her granddaughter who is a 4th year Biomed major at Georgia Tech.