Happy Spring Y’all! It’s gorgeous here in Missouri, even if I don’t have pics to prove it. I do have this pic of a snowstorm we had on 4/20/2021 though.
Even though it was a lot of snow and coming down real good, it didn’t stick to the streets or walks AND it was completely gone and sunny by that afternoon. If you gotta have a Spring snowstorm, we couldn’t have asked for a better one.
This month I’m starting w/the blocks from a personal monthly sew along I am doing w/my in-real-life-friend Madonna, here in Missouri. We’re making scrappy Cross Plus and Criss-Cross Star blocks. You can see her sunny, cheery blocks on Instagram @sunnybunnyquilts.
Here are mine. I FINALLY decided on a size and plan for my Cross Plus blocks. I’m sticking w/the 15″ block and doing a controlled scrappy w/dark backgrounds. They will become a queen size quilt for my daughter’s birthday in January.
I went ahead and cut out all the corner and background blocks last weekend.
And here are my two Criss-Cross Star blocks.
Next is the Monthly Color Challenge block. April’s food/color is Cherries/Red. This is the 6″ block which turned out waaaaay better than I thought it was going to.
That wraps up this post. Until next time, God Bless & Happy Stitchin’!
A Thread for Life
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Cor. 1:20-22NIV
First up is my Build A Quilt block. After making it, I kinda wished I had used the marigold on these smaller squares, but it will stay as is.
Next up is my Monthly Color Challenge block. March’s color is Red Orange for Yams. This fabric combo brings to mind candied yams.
These first two X Plus blocks are 10.5″. It’s an okay size but I wanted to make a block that uses a lot of 3.5″ squares.
I don’t like quilty math but I actually did it and came up with these 15.5″ blocks. I plan to make my daughter a queen size quilt out of these scrappy blocks and if I use this size, I’ll only need 36 of them! I’m not super thrilled w/either of these blocks but I think when I mix them up w/some really gorgeous ones, I won’t dislike them so much. I felt the same way about some of my Scrappy Trips blocks but when they were all put together, it was total WOW factor!
And last but not least, the 9.5″ Criss Cross Stars blocks. This is a Lori Holt pattern/tutorial. This block is a my 2nd favorite to make after Scrappy Trips.
So that’s all the quilty sew & tell I have for you today. Until next time, God bless and Happy Stitchin’!
A Thread for Life
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2Cor.6:1-2NIV
Here are my last finishes of the year. This small lap quilt is a free-form block project inspired by the book Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah. It’s a kind of a stack and whack, but instead of whacking, you slide your ruler in the direction of your cut to make gentle curves. I had previously tried to sew curves by pinning my pieces together but it was an epic fail. Before starting this quilt, I watched a few videos for sewing curves and found a winner in this video by Sew Kind of Wonderful. Now I can sew curves w/o pinning!
I did organic wavy line quilting, which perfectly completes this organic creation.
I put the extra blocks on the back of the quilt.
This is another book pattern called Fall Frolic from the book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy. It is made primarily with Thimbleberries fabrics which I think are fabulous for a Fall quilt.
And this backing from my stash complements it well.
And last but not least, Urban Grid, in it’s washed and crinkly glory. This was part of Angela Walters’ 3rd Annual Build A Quilt. Basically a block of the month sampler quilt. It was my first time participating in something like this and I quite enjoyed it. I most definitely love the boldness of these fabrics and the asymmetry of this layout.
I quilted this one with a different type of organic wavy lines.
This is the runner I made for my dresser. I did machine quilting (basically stitch in the ditch) as well as hand quilting. Though I may add more hand quilting in the future, there’s enough to call her done for now.
So that’s it for my 2020 finishes, but of course I already have a couple of more projects started. The first being the next BAQ, which is the 4th Annual Build A Quilt. This time around I chose the lowest volume fabric option. It’s called Stay Wild. All fabric and block patterns are designed by Angela Walters. She’s doing it a little differently this year and has not yet revealed the 3 different layout options, but here is what the Stay Wild collection consists of and the 10 block patterns.
We’re already two blocks in, it always starts in November. I decided to add this marigold accent which I think looks fantastic.
And… I’ll ring in the new year with my first ever Bow Tie Quilt. I plan to use 3.5″ squares and I wasn’t sure what size to cut the corner blocks that form the knot. I took a poll on IG using these sample blocks and most people think a larger knot looks best. From left to right I auditioned corner squares measuring 1.5″, 1.75″, and 2″.
These are the blocks I’ve made so far. All of these are made with 2″ corners, however, I plan to mix it up and make the knots varying sizes. Also this background fabric is a dark grey, not black as it appears. This is going to be a fairly small quilt, 48″ x 48″.
This concludes my last post of 2020. Thank you for all of your visits and comments throughout the year. I’m praying for a happier, healthier, and more faith filled 2021 for you all!
A Thread for Life
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14