Friday, December 19, 2014

OH MY Dear...!

Dorothy brought in her Dear Jane quilt that she recently finished. She came in to select the perfect binding fabric. Not sure you can see the scallop on the border. The quilt is stunning. We’ll be sending the picture to Brenda Papadakis, the designer of the “Dear Jane” quilt. She loves to see the many variations of this infamous quilt that continues to attract quilt makers around the world! Dorothy said that by the time she finished it she wanted to rename it the D--n Jane Quilt!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

Another beautiful block to work on.  Playing with fabric is so much fun!  
These are the fabrics I used for this block.  There are so many possibilities with this sure to send me pictures of your beautiful blocks so I can post them on our Pinterest Board for everyone to enjoy and get inspiration from!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tote Inspired

Diana was taking Wanda C.’s Project Tote class that was a two session class, these past two weeks. She came to the second class with the tote finished!. Diana added stitchery to both sides of the tote even though she only needed one side with a wool stitchery block. She said Wanda’s original design and directions were so well written, she went home after the first class and finished the tote! Wanda C. teaches the class and facilitates many of our Wednesday Workshops; not to be confused with our Wanda H. who teaches the Baltimore Album classes and designs our Saturday Sampler program. We’re thankful that we have the best teachers at Little Quilts!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scrap Quilt Extraordinaire

Carol Ann was in Muriel’s “Scraps of Life” Class this past Fall and made this quilt for a special niece. The Christmas fabrics all came from her stash, and she sashed it with a neat stripe fabric. The quilt turned out to be queen size, almost king size. What a special gift!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Jo Morton Little Women Club - coming soon - Preview!

A parade of new projects from Jo Morton that will part of the Jo’s Little Women Club for 2015.  Getting excited about these!  Jo’s Little Women Club patterns are available only to club members.  Go to our website to join.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Strips Become Beautiful Quilts....

Joyce brought in her finished quilt from a Laundry Basket Quilts book, Friendship Strips and Scraps. She added lots of additional details. See the lady bugs on the close-up ! Great job. 
 Joyce's house quilt using Edyta’s strip method is done too!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

I've got a large selection of POTC blocks done by now and I was anxious to see how they were going to look in a quilt, so I just had to start stitching some of them together. I thought you might like to see my progress!  I keep laying my blocks out, and, then, as I make new ones I keep rearranging.  But isn't that the fun of the creative process?
The big hold up for me (as you can see!) is stitching the background fabric to all the blocks.  Each block has twenty-four honeycombs which seems very doable, but then there's an equal number of background blocks and they just seem to slow down the progress.  I hope you've been diligent with adding the backgrounds as you go to keep that part of the project from becoming tedious.

Once the backgrounds are on, it's a simple matter to add them to the quilt.  I'm finding that making the little connector squares is very quick and easy and stitching the blocks together using the little sashing squares is also very quick.  As the quilt gets bigger it may be a little cumbersome, but right now it seems to go very quickly.
I've decided to begin setting my blocks four across and five down - that way I'll have a usable size quilt, but, I can easily add more blocks all around if I decide to make it bigger.  Not having to make that decision up front is one of the great advantages of English Paper Piecing!  If you've been following along since the beginning, you should have sixteen or seventeen blocks completed - almost enough to finish a twenty-block version.

I think I need to schedule another road trip - I seem to make the most progress on my blocks when I'm riding in the car.  I love the portability of English Paper Piecing!

Send pictures of your progress and I'll post them on our Pinterest Board.

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