Thursday, February 12, 2015

Guild Activities

A few projects for our February Seattle MQG meeting.

First up a Valentine's day postcard for a swap. I scaled down this block by Sarah at No {Hats} in the House to fit a 5" x 8" postcard. It made getting crisp edges a bit tricky. I guess I need to invest in a really good pair of scissors. My Fiskars were not up to the job. Then I appliqued the block with a straight stitch along the edges.

For the back, I added a fabric postage stamp and stamped it to make it look like a postcard. I deliberately left the to and from sections blank, to be filled by the recipient who gets it at the swap.

I also started on the center of my medallion quilt for the BOM. Lately I have been working with dark, mostly masculine colors so decided to switch it up and use some fresh, light colors for this one. Here is the 12.5" unfinished medallion center.

The last time I attempted this block for a bee it ended disastrously. I found it frustrating and fiddly and gave up on the block. However, I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. I recently came across the printed paper pattern while unpacking my quilting papers and decided to give it another try. This time around I went slow and took my time, but it was worth it. I was pretty pleased with the result. A good start to my medallion quilt!
I think I have had my share of paper piecing for a while. In case you are looking for the templates, unfortunately none of my original bookmarks worked. I could not find them on the 'Quilting on the Square' website either. I guess they are no longer available for download. Lucky for me I had a spare set printed out from my previous attempt.

Linking up to: Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Quilting Miscellany

Last few weeks have been a flurry of miscellaneous quilting activities. I was behind on a lot of small items that needed my attention.

Firstly I finished the last two blocks for Stephanie at Quarter Incher for the Scrapbeelicious bee that I was a part of last year. I did not get to these blocks before my move and then got side tracked with other things. Anyway I finally hunkered down and finished them. They are tiny 3" paper pieced geese using a template created by Cath at Wombat Quilts. I love how they turned out. I am sure her quilt is going to be amazing.

That concludes all the bee blocks from last year. Having been part of two bees now I have some thoughts on the block selection for a bee which I will dedicate a separate post to. Here are some of my initial thoughts on collaborative quilts.

As part of Seattle MQG  five year celebration, there is an exhibit of the quilts by guild members hosted at Island Quilter in Vashon Island called 'My Modern'.
I took a trip to Vashon to see the exhibit and for me it was quite an outing. It involved getting on the ferry which is always a fun event. I was the first to board and got a lovely view from the comfort of my car. Here are a few pics from my trip.

My time at the exhibit was a bit hurried as I had to rush to catch the ferry back however Debbie from A Quilter's Table has a good coverage of all the quilts on her blog. Please stop by and check out all the lovely quilts that were at the exhibit. 

There are a few other things I am working on at the moment. Hopefully I will get around to blog about them soon or you can follow my feed on IG (liketosew).

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