Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Simply Solids September Feather block

September is my month in the Cochineal group of the Simply Solids Bee.  Hooray!  I've chosen a modified version of the Feathers block by Anna Maria Horner from the Quilty Winter 2012 issue.  Since I like to sew in a more liberated manner, I was a bit wonky with the barbs of the feather but that adds to the charm!  Here's how I made it:

I gathered a pile of my solids that were already cut into strips of varying widths and then I cut a few more to add to the pile.  Since this is going to be a wonky block, the widths of the strips don't really matter!  Yay!  No measuring!

I then sewed the strips together into a panel.  Using a modified (shrunk to about 80% size) template, I cut several pieces using the template face up and then several with the template face down (reversed).  According to the pattern, you are supposed to line up the dotted lines on the template with the seams in your panel to get the correct angle on the feather barbs, but I didn't really follow this since I wanted it to be more liberated.  Plus, I was just too lazy and I would rather conserve fabric, but that's just me.
Template Face Up
Template Face Down

I used a navy Kona for the rachis (center line) of the feather and Kona Snow for the background  (I will be sending these fabrics out to my bee mates).  I trimmed the block to 16" x 8" leaving about 1" of the background fabric above the tip of the feather and about 1 1/2" of navy quill at the bottom.

I'm asking my bee mates to make two of these blocks for my quilt.  Here are some of my finished feathers. 

I'm asking that my bee mates use whatever is in their scrap bin to create the barbs of the feather and I'll be sending out the fabric for the background and the rachis.  I'm also sending along instructions and the template for the barbs.  I'm looking forward to what my bee mates send me!  I love surprises in the mail! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Scrapper's Delight for Charity Quilt, part 1

I'm going to demo a quilt block at the next Chicago Modern Quilt Guild meeting this month.  We will be creating quilts for the Teen Living charity here in Chicago.  Teen Living's goal is to help homeless teens achieve permanent independence and self-sufficiently while addressing basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing.

I've selected the Scrapper's Delight quilt pattern from the book Sunday Morning Quilts to demo because it's super easy and fast, plus I love how the finished quilt looks!  It is basically a scrappy log cabin that you can slice & dice and re-piece.  I have a lot of greens and blues in my scrap stash right now, so I'll be sewing these up for a boy's quilt.  Here's what I have so far:

Just some scrappy log cabin blocks.  Next I will cut them into 4 equal sections and rearrange....    Hopefully they will end up looking something like these lovely quilts:
by Cheryl Arkison

by BlueElephantStitches

by s.o.t.a.k handmade