The quilt top for my sampler design is finished!! I even got in a quick photo between the rain showers.
I decided that I would use a slight offset grid in the 2nd row as I wanted the Half Rectangle Triangles to form a flying geese pattern. I am really happy with how it has turned out.
The fabrics used (except for the Kona White) are all from Spoonflower:
Spoonflower Sample Block Tutorials
These blocks are being taught in my Spoonflower Classes, the last of the blocks are scheduled for September. In the meantime, I will continue to post each of the block tutorials, in case you want to make it up as well. Here are the first two:
That is my finish for this week. Linking up to Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.
First off, I have moved Book Review Tuesday for this week to tomorrow, as I have an announcement today that I am so excited about!!
I managed to get my deadline in this month for ALYoF. This is important, as I finished my first blocks for my first Spoonflower class, I am teaching.
Today, the class “Modern Quilt Blocks with Michelle Wilkie” was announced. Can you believe it, the class is free for those that register!! Here are the first 3 blocks for class 1 of the Sampler Quilt.
So, if you are in North Carolina and can come to Spoonflower, May 18th, you can register for the class here or from Spoonflower’s Greenhouse Facebook page. For those that are not close by a tutorial for these blocks will follow.
There will be 4 classes in total, each class covers the blocks in my sampler quilt design:
Linking up for “A Lovely Year of Finishes” (see button on right), as this was my goal for April.
I am loving my new machine. Thank you all, who commented and wished me fun on my new machine – sorry I have not had a chance to reply. I have a good reason though…I have been sewing most nights…
Over the weekend, I finished all my blocks for Carolyn Friedlander’s Mini Aerial quilt. I used various prints of Lotta Jansdotter’s lines (echo, bella, glimma, mormor and sylvia). I plan to finish the top for Friday.
I am pleased with how it is turning out. I think I am going to add some Essex-dyed Linen around the edge and possibly bind it in an eggplant print or teal print from the Lotta Jansdotter lines.
Monday night, I spent the time redesigning my sampler quilt to include the right colors based on the bundle I selected and adding the sashing. I also simplified a couple of blocks.
I then moved on to cutting and writing up the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for making the top row of this quilt. This is the fabric selection (check out this post for details), but I have decided to drop the pink and possibly use it for binding.
Tuesday, I was sewing up the second block of the top row, it turned out fantastic. I am so looking forward teaching the blocks at Spoonflower next month.
The rest of my week, I am planning on keeping up with my great progress:
- Wednesday – last block of first row of my sampler quilt
- Thursday – Photograph blocks + sewing together my aerial quilt blocks and finish top
- Friday – Start 15/30 min. daily practice sessions for FMQ ( I plan on blogging my progress over the next two weeks – 1 month…maybe in a photo a day type style via instagram with a week blog summary??).
That’s it for my week of progress and activities. Keep an eye out for Book Review Tuesday next week – it will be a FMQ special.
Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).
Folks, last night I got to see, for the first time, Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day. Can I just say that it was so wonderful to finally put faces to names of some of my blogging friends lately. We had a great time over dinner in NJ, talking mostly about fabric and quilting. I am sure, my Mum, who gracious agreed to dinner (while I am showing her round NY), was thinking I might have a slight addiction issue. At least it is a “healthy” one, right??
P.S. to Ashley, you do know what we forgot to do though….take a selfie for instagram….what kind of social media butterflies are we ???
I have so many unfinished projects at the moment and these are what I stress about. Not what everyone is doing….the pile that is constantly growing. This week my focus is still on this block which I need to sew up and make one more of:
Finish my Mum’s pillows before she leaves on Saturday – just need to finish the border on the right block and add the back…probably doable on Friday??
Complete at least another two blocks from my sampler quilt….I have this one done thanks to sew down:
Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right).
We got Spring for a few days this week – it was delightful. The blossoms are so pretty this time of year and I managed to plant my tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers this weekend…just in time for the rain.
I have been thinking long and hard about the ALYOF (A lovely year of finishes) goal for this month. Last month was a bit of a bust, as life got in the way….how dare it :-). This month is a very practical goal….I am teaching a Sampler Quilt classes at Spoonflower soon. So, I really need to get at least the first 6 blocks made and the lessons written, if possible the whole 9 blocks.
This is also the project I am taking for Sew Down Nashville’s Open Sew sessions. I am linking up for A Lovely year of Finishes for this goal (see button on the right)
On the goal setting note, I am still trying to decide what my quarterly goals will be for Finish Along Quarter 2….need to do some planning 🙂
Around Christmas, I posted a new design for a sampler quilt. I have decided to move forward with making it up, as I might be teaching it soon locally, as a series of classes. I need to make sure the blocks work as a mini quilt (36 x 36″) and lap quilt (72 x 72″).
First step, of course my favorite part, the fabric selection. I have a open decision to make on the dark blue print….which one do you think, 1 or 2?
Option 1: Route (Alex Morgan)
Option 2: Entangled (Heather Dutton)
Here are the fabrics (in option 2) and the links in where to find them on Spoonflower.com.