Sew.Quilt.Give. Update

Sew.Quilt.Give., the online quilting bee I participate in, is back for another year of charity quilting. January’s blocks were based on this tutorial from In Color Order. Look familiar? I’ve made this block before. This month’s bee leader has asked for brights, so I hope these will blend nicely with all the other blocks. I did use prints, but they are of the tone-on-tone variety, so they almost read as solids. Also, I don’t think the orange is quite this aggressive in reality; orange is tricky to photograph well, I think. While we’re talk SQG, I’m attaching the binding to …

A Most Epic Quilt Project

Ok, that’s a bit grandiose of a title. But wow, this project got big! This is the quilt top for last March for Sew.Quilt.Give. March was my month to request block contributions. I asked for square-in-square blocks in a range of sizes with the vague idea that I could float them on point in a spacious background. I’d this quilt from Canton Village Quiltworks in mind, with a touch of this one and this one. Next time, I really need to bust out the graph paper and turn those vague ideas into something concrete. I started off putting a creamy …

One Crazy Pillow

When Caitlyn was younger and invited to birthday parties, shopping for a gift was pretty straightforward. I’d set a budget, we’d talk a little about a theme and then go to the book store. She didn’t always choose a book for her friends but Barnes & Noble does have a ever changing collection of activity books and small toys; it was a system that kept things fairly simple and contained. No popping indecisively in and out of stores, minimal distraction from other items that maybe weren’t right for the birthday person but just perfect for Caitlyn. Not to say that …

Bee Blocks

I’ve been a bit of a slacker about getting my blocks for Sew.Quilt.Give. posted. So, three months worth, all at once! In September, we did “slabs”, a term I’ve never encountered before for a large, single color block. Our inspiration/example quilt came from Dining Room Empire. This block is 21 inches square… trust me, that’s big. But I don’t think I have any red bits left in the scrap basket! Next up, we made Xs and Os (or Kansas Dugout, depending), with a white background and “boy” colors. I don’t know if these are boy colors, exactly, but it’s not …

A Great Big Red Block

This block is 21 inches square. That’s big! For Sew.Quilt.Give. last month, we were asked to make one block following these instructions from Dining Room Empire. If I ever do something like this block again, I’ll do the math ahead of time and make a 4-patch out of it. Twenty-one inches is almost bigger than my cutting mat – this block may not be properly squared up as a result. Everyone was supposed to make their block one color, out of lots of scraps. We’ll see if my red selections turn out to be more saturated than everyone elses. If …

A Beach Blanket Quilt

Back at the beginning of the summer, Stash was approached by the local portion of the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases for contributions to their silent auction portion of a fundraiser they were planning for later in the season. We put out a call for donations, and I committed to making a quilt. Since the fundraiser’s theme was going to be “Beach Party” (referencing the movies that made Ms. Funicello famous), I attempted to go with a beach blanket theme for the quilt. I’m not sure I’ve quite captured the idea, but this is the quilt that resulted. …