I joined Jane's Rainbow Block challenge and because orange is one of my colors I'm enjoying I chose to make my blocks with luscious orange. I don't have a lot of this fabric but I was able to pull from my stash to make my blocks for this exchange. I picked this mini bow tie block shown above for making my 9 blocks.
And they are done! It was a fun block to make and I really found enjoyment using orange.
Not only are they done but mailed to Jane! I rolled them all up and shipped them this morning. I'm in group 1 so you other gals ---->get busy!
I also offered to make a block for Sandi's "Emma's Hope" quilt. She told me red white and blue were the colors and she let me make the block in my cottage block pattern. I even used some paper doll fabric Sandi sent to me for the little boy in the window on the right. I used some of the fabric Terri gave me for the teacup in the other window and plaid for the roof. I've been using those fabrics here and there Terri. They have been perfect for some projects. Thanks to both of you.
My local quilt group, in my little town, is celebrating 20 years of meeting together. Many of us in the group didn't belong back 20 years ago but we have been welcomed with open arms as additions have been made. I so enjoy our group. The learning and exchange of ideas with wonderfully talented women is surpassed by none. To commemorate the 20 years we are making a sampler quilt. Each month 2 blocks are presented by several of us. We can choose our own color palette. Mine is heavy in red and turquoise but with some other colors too for contrast. I wanted to show up to our March meeting tonight with my blocks caught up to show-n-tell. And I made it. The block above is a log cabin. My favorite part is the strawberry, of course.
Janice's double block represents the little red church were our group has always met. I had fun using my whimsical colors and fabrics to make my red church.
The "deputy" Paula (thats a long story) likes to make teeny tiny blocks and she's wonderful at them. Me not so much. And trying and failing at Dear Jane has made me shy away from anything too much under 2". I know myself and I know my limits. So when another member of our group made her own Paula block - signifying mountains - I thought I could stray from the suggested block and make my own mountains block. See above. And see Paula's pattern next to it. It would have been painful for me. But I enjoy seeing others precise and small blocks. At this stage I just don't have it in me. I may at some point! Until the time I get better with itsy bitsy, I will just do my own thing. And those of you that know me, know I do that anyway.
Laurel gave us the Sheriff block to make above. It was really fun. We get 2 new blocks tonight at the monthly meeting and my fabric for this quilt is already on my cutting table so I might as well get cracking on them right away. Yeah I know I should have fussy cut the little items in the 9 patch at an angle, oh well.
Natalie and her fiance (yes I said fiance not boyfriend - but I'll leave the details to her) recently went on a short trip through Las Vegas to see friends and then down into Arizona to meet more friends and Justin's family. They had a good time except for the bad weather they encountered on the way back. They did take pictures (which she will show once the camera is fixed - hopefully soon). Natalie brought me back a few little treats. The little notebook with the birdies on them is one I will use to jot down ideas and keep track of things. The little pot is filled with a cucumber lotion that is wonderful for my very dry hands. The last and cutest is the hexagon pencil box. Or in my case, hexagon sewing tool box. I love it. What a great gift for a quilter. Something to keep my hands soft, something to keep track of quilts and things to do and .........
A sturdy box to hold notions or items for a class or applique pieces or bits of fabric. It is so cute. Thanks Natalie. I love them
It is such a treat for me when I get a picture showing one of my quilt designs. This Easter Egg above was made by Millie. Go over to her blog for better shots. She made it so springy cute. Thanks Millie.