I love block of the months. Just love them. I think its because I like the structure deadlines. Maybe its the lawyer in me. I thought I would share with you all my research in case your interested. I haven’t decided which one I am going to do.
This one looks interesting. By Amy Friend. You can find it over at Craftsy. Modern alternative grid quilt, paper piecing, $49.99, and finished quilt of 60 x 72. No kits available.
Another is a block of the month by Byran House Quilts called Stargazer. Modern triangle quilt, different size quilt available 80 x 80, 60 x 60 or 40x 40, fun geometric shapes, $70 or $8.00 a month. Kits available.
Sarah Fielke’s Coming Home is nice. Applique, foundation paper piecing, traditional piecing, It’s a big one 88 x 88, $70 or $5.84 a month.
Do any of these interest you. If so visit their site for more information. Please note I am not affiliated with any of these programs and any misinformation is my mistake. I am just sharing my research. I will be posting more block of the months programs in the next couple of days. Stay tuned for The Quilt Show’s Sizzle, Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery, and Freshly Pieced Perfect HST.
I wrote a while back about how I entered an EQ8 design challenge. Well I entered again in November. This challenge involved fabric designed by Amy Friend called By Hand (scroll down) for Benartex. There were three prizes. One of them was an honorable mention picked by Amy Friend. If you won you would get the fabric needed to make the quilt.
Here is my entry
And I’m sure you all guess it. I won the honorable mention award. I love this fabric. It kind of reminds me of street art.
I can’t wait until I receive the fabric. If you EQ check out the blog called Behind the Mouse. I think they do the design challenge once a month although I don’t know if the prizes are always the same.
I am so honored and blessed to have been selected by the designer of the fabric.
I have EQ8 that I do not use as often as I like but I have been trying to fit it into my busy schedule. Well EQ8 had a challenge. You download the Ki-Coo Gardens fabric collection by Laura Berringer for Marcus Brothers and design a quilt using that fabric line.
You can see the fabric selection here.
Here is my submission.
I rally like it. How about you?
I did get a little behind on my Patchwork Barn blocks while I worked on my house up north. I have now caught up.
Here are the June blocks.
My favorite is the one on the far left. These blocks were tricky.
July blocks are up next.
I love the basket block.
August oh August.
The one on the left is my favorite. The one in the middle gave me a run for my money.
Its now onto the middle barn block with its applique for September and then the borders.
I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.
Over the Labor Day weekend, I gave my Brother 6000i to one of my daughters. That left me without a machine up north. So I did a little research and decide to buy a Husquvarna Viking Jade 20 sewing machine. Now if I was a little more nevarious I could have gotten this beauty for free.
How you might ask. Well let me tell you. My husband and I drove up to the Joann’s in Escanaba, Michigan on Labor Day. I knew they had this machine. We bring the box up to the check out. If you can picture this the check out counter is on one side and a cutting table is on the other side. The clerk works in the middle. So the clerk is on the cutting side talking to what I believed to be a friend of hers. She doesn’t ignore us long but it was a minute or two before she turns to us and says “We don’t sell those machines here.” At first I think she is kidding because she had ignored us. I start to say something and she says, “We don’t sell those here you can’t return it.” Could have, would have, should have said okay and walk out the door. But, of course I would never do that. So I tell her yes you do. Do you think she check us out then. No my friends. She has to check with someone to make sure they sell the machine. Twice. Needless to say she finally checked us out. I couldn’t wait to get home to try it and I am happy to say I love it. Quiet. Beautiful stitches. Jade and I will spend a lot of time together.
I will be posting some Patchwork Barn blocks shortly. In the meantime here are pictures of Hunter’s quilt.
I quilted it with a pantograph from Urban Elementz by Natalie Gorman called Bossa Nova.
It’s funny how life gets in the way some times. I have been very busy trying to get the place up north ready to move in. If all goes well I should be retiring in 364 days.
The kitchen is coming together nicely. Here are some before and after pictures.
I did get some time though to work on my blocks. I got my May blocks done and some of June.
May blocks are as follows:
The bottom one is my favorite for May.
I also was able to finish Hunter’s college quilt top and its on Ava as I write. I should be able to post June’s blocks and Hunter’s quilt soon
Hope you are getting time to quilt this summer.
It has been a while since I posted and I must admit that May’s blocks are just a distant thought in my mind. I’ve been busy updating my future home in the U.P. So I went from this
Then I set up my own little sweat shop in the Moosefeathers (not to worry bar was still open)
And the finished cabinets. I just love them.
A side by side comparison.
Now to add a black splash on the wall behind the stove and on the bottom by the sink. I am thinking of using this
Then to paint. It will be a busy summer as the whole house needs to be painted and I will be ripping out all the carpeting and installing wood like floors.
I have done some quilting though. I am working on a graduation/off to college quilt for my granddaughter Hunter as she heads of to Madison. Couldn’t be more proud of her. Will post pictures when it is done.