Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Wonky Churn Dash Blocks

I made a couple more of these wonky blocks! 

Check out how they vary from block to block.....and so easy to make!!!

Now go make some and send me photos to post of your blocks!

Have a great day!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday!

Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday dear Kathy,
Happy Birthday to me!!!

For my birthday I am heading here this afternoon....

The cupcakes are to die for!!! It just opened up a month ago in Bel Air, Maryland.
So if you're in town, be sure to stop by!

Check out their far my two personal favorites are the red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing and the key lime cupcake......or is it the double chocolate cupcake and the luscious lemon???

Hmmmmmm, I might need to do a taste test!

For my birthday, I asked my hubby if I could go see this......

It's a special exhibit of over 600 red and white quilts from a private collection......imagine that, owning over 600 quilts in two colors! How do you even store them????

The exhibit is for 6 days only and is sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum in NYC.
Here's the copy.....

For six days in March, the American Folk Art Museum will dramatically transform the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It will be the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event is free. A cafĂ© and a book and gift shop will be open during show hours.

Cool huh!!!! And even better, I am going to stay overnight and catch some shopping and sites in the city!

What great birthday present!!! Thanks hubby Ed, you're the best!!!!

Have a great day!!!!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A breath of spring

I was out food shopping on Sunday and it was a balmy 42 degrees. I might have to break out the flip flops and shorts!!

Then I saw these at the food store.......I had to have them....their scent beckoned me.....

They are now down in the sewing room right next to the machine and smell great!!!!

When I brought the flowers down, I found this on the ironing board.....

Think he has the winter time blues????

I'm working on my wooly flowers and I am down to the final color, orange!!

Made four this past weekend and hope to get a few done tonight. Getting excited about seeing them all together!!!!

Have a great day!!!!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Wonky Churndash

I was playing around and decided to have a go at making a wonky churn dash.
I followed the instructions in Gwen and Freddy's book, "Collaborative Quilting" except I changed the size of the finish block. My block is 9 1/2's what I did....

First I cut out my fabric.....I cut:

Five 3 1/2 inch squares of the background fabric.

Then I cut:

Two 4 inch squares of the churn dash fabric. I cut it again on the diagonal to give me four half triangles.

Then I cut out:

Two 3 by 18 inch strips- one from the background and one from the churn dash.

Then it was time to sew!!!

Place your churn dash triangle on the corner of the background square like so.....

There is no specific points to line up....the whole point is that is looks wonky!

Stitch using the triangle edge as your guide using a 1/4 inch seam.

Press the triangle towards the background square. It should completely cover the corner.

Flip the square over and it looks like this:

Use the edges of the square as a guide and cut off the extra churn dash fabric.

Like this:

Make a total of four of these and set aside.

Then sew the two long strips together. Press the seam, it does not matter which way you press it.

Then it's time to cut again!

Angle your ruler like this:

Again exact placement is not important here, you are just going for the general idea.

After the first cut, it looks like this:

Now cut four pieces that are 3 1/2 inches wide. They look like this:

If the last one is a little short, that's ok......see mine was!

Now flip the section like this:

Square up one side of the shape like so:

Turn and cut the other side so the unit measure 3 1/2 inches square.

Now lay out all the pieces......

And sew them made a wonky churn dash!!!

I am going to make a few more of these tonight and then post them so you can see how none of them turn out the same way. That's the charm to this technique!

Have a great day!!!!!