Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Parts department

I am part of a group of quilting friends who get together and play. We sometimes choose a book and work our way through the exercises and learn new techniques. Sometimes 1 or 2 people will teach us something that they have learned or discovered or created. We are very loosely organized (like not) and we don't really have a name. We are sometimes the Saturday Study Group and sometimes Sewing in the Basement; it depends on who is sending the email.  We play, we encourage one another, we learn from each other and we have wonderful lunches.
We are presently working on a challenge using a Sewing Diva panel and parts from 2 books, "Beyond the Block" by Linda K Johnson and Jane K. Well a.k.a. Crafty Ol' Broads and "Collabrorative Quilting" by Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston. Both of these books are fun, fun,fun but doing this with a group is friends is even more fun.

I can't show my Diva section but these are some of my parts from the "Parts Department" as they are called in the book "Collaborative Quilting". These won't all be in my challenge piece but this is what I have been working on .
The top row is 4 1/2 inch 16 patch blocks. They were my favorite yeterday when I was working on them.
The second row is 4 x 4 1/2 inch log cabins.
The third row is Gwennies Pinwheels.
The fourth row is Liberated Stars.
The fifth row is 2 inch 4 patches on point
The 6th row is 2 1/2 inch HST's  and a "Chunky Churndash" from Bonnie Hunters website and  a Birds in the Air block.

These are a few more parts.
So far I have been using up mostly short strips and small pieces. I don't know why I have so many bright scraps; maybe because I save everything. Yesterday my cutting table was covered with a big tangle of strips but I used a bunch and sorted the rest in manageable bunches.

This is an "I Spy" quilt that I am quilting. I stopped when I folded under a corner and quilted it down. I never got back to it after  I took  out the stitching. I think I made these blocks after I got the Collaborative Quilting book but I am not sure. The blocks are the same as the liberated log cabins but they might have been crazy pieced. I made about 100 blocks using I Spy patches that were too small or odd sizes for other I spy patterns.

This is a quilt that I finished using those same blocks. I know I got the idea for the dividing strips from the Beyond the Block book.There was one more quilt pretty much the same as this one with lighning bolt dividing strips. All three quilts are for our new baby shelf at church.


Anonymous said...

You are quite amazing. k

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Friday and no new post since Tuesday!!!! I need my shot of Ruth inspiration. Get to it.