Friday, July 25, 2014

Spinning in the Rain BoM

Spinning in the Rain BoM

Spinning in the Rain BoM  at Sew Lux Fabric

In late February,  Sew Lux Fabric shop announced their newest  block-of-the-month...
a pinwheel themed, Moda fabric BoM!  What's not to love?  I love this shop, too.  They carry the prettiest fabrics, gorgeous bundles and have great sales and service!!  

The BoM has two beautiful fabric lines, April Showers and Color Me Happy.  Each has two colorways to choose from!  I fell in love with...

Color Me Happy,   by V & Co.,  with the  blues and greens, grays and pinks!

I  already received all of my fabric for the blocks, and the sashing to put the blocks together.  Each month,  the new pinwheel pattern comes in my email in a pdf file!
 And...  there are two sizes of blocks in the patterns.... a 12 1/2 inch unfinished AND a 6 1/2 inch unfinished!!  {Better cover your ears while I let out a little squeal now!}

So here is Block #1  June: 

Block #1  Spinning in the Rain BoM                     Susie's Sunroom

Block #2  July:

#2  Block    Spinning in the Rain BoM           Susie's Sunroom

Blocks #2  and #1    Spinning in the Rain BoM

And, here are the 12 inch AND the "mini me" 6 inch blocks together!!

Blocks #1  and #2     with the  'mini me's'    Spinning in the Rain BoM
These are so fun to make , and next month, I'll share with you the new ruler that I started using to accurately trim  any HSTs !  

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Patchique' Blocks 25 and 125

Patchique' Blocks 25 and 125

Sewing Along with Amanda, The Patchsmith
This week's Patchique' blocks were enjoyable for me to make.  They do have some tricky parts in them,  but luckily for me, Amanda,  The Patchsmith,  made the blocks first.  She then looks the directions over and  figures out the best way to make each block!  

 Block #25:   Chigai igeta  (Staggered igeta)  (inspired by a family crest)

Block #25  Chigai igeta   from the book    Japanese Taupe Quilts  page 49  

Now when you look at this block in the book, it is very difficult to see differences between the two dark  brown fabrics in this design. Her diagram was not much help on this pattern, either.    But,  Amanda figured out how to make hers,  and then blogged about it.  This is her pretty  Block #25 (  a fusion of  English country and Japanese colors and style):  I love her fabrics!
Block #25    by The Patchsmith
Ahhh,  now I  can see the 'staggering.'  
So I got busy, printed out Amanda's block, labeled the sections so I could sew the pieces together.....

I made my block, laying it  right beside a picture of Amanda's block,  with the blocks numbered in a grid.
I confused myself,  because I made my light fabric assigned to Amanda's dark fabric in the picture. And visa versa.   

 I looked and all of the  edges all lined up nicely.    YAY!
Uh-oh.  Did you see  my  mistake? 
  I didn't put the sections together in the right order.   Boo!

Fortunately,  I could rip out the seams easily on the bigger sections,  and re-join them in the proper order!

Block #25  Staggered igeta               Susie's Sunroom
It was well worth taking the time to fix the design.  

Block #125:    Kano rinpo (means Kano treasure wheel)  (family crests featuring plants, leaves and objects)

Block #125   from Japanese Taupe Quilts   page 107
Amanda's directions made this block a breeze.   I found two Tupperware lids the perfect size of 7 inches and 4 1/2 inches in diameter, to make my donut circle.

I centered my circle onto the block

Block #125  kano treasure wheel
It didn't take long to choose the fabrics for this block. I dug into  my bag of scraps ,left from making the other Patchique' blocks.   

Blocks #25  and #125   together     Susie's Sunroom

32 blocks completed!!

Amanda says we are over the half-way mark now!   
I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Catching Up on Some Blocks

Catching up on June's Sew Kitschy Block

Yes, I know that June has  already come and gone!  But, somehow, I got behind on making  a bunch my regular blocks.

Sew Kitschy BoM   by Kristy  at Quiet Play blog

This is the "late"  June Paper Pieced  Block of the Month:

June's block  Water jug and cups   Available at the Quiet Play Craftsy shop

And here is my own version.....
June's block   Jug and Cups   Sew Kitschy    made by Susie's Sunroom

And here are all six of my blocks so far...

Sew Kitschy BoM             Susie's Sunroom

Come back soon , to see July's block. And I'll be making my late Patchique' blocks, too!   Are you behind at anything this summer?....

I'm off to my sewing room!