Friday, 12 September 2014

A Block by Any Other Name

Recently, I've been finding myself on Pinterest and online looking at an old familiar quilt block but looking very modern. This block goes by many different names, Churn Dash, Hole in the Barn Door and Monkey Wrench are the 3 names that come to mind, but there could be more!

I picked up some great coordinating fabrics from ConnectingThreads.com that were these gorgeous colours that reminded me of salt-water taffy.  I wanted to do this quilt top without any sashing and vary the blocks, so some most had a white background and some had the colour and white reversed.

This was my inspiration (found on Pinterest, link is lost, but the original comment on Pinterest says it was from Cynthia Brunz's blog "Quilting is More Fun than Housework) I love how she included both large and smaller blocks!
Churn Dash from Quilting is More Fun than Housework
and this one from "We All Sew", a site from Bernina that provides projects of all kinds and a great tutorial for this quilt.:http://weallsew.com. This one stood out to me because of the cool blues and greens, and the mixed backgrounds.
Churn Dash from We All Sew
To prep for this quilt, I sorted my fabrics, and found a few from my stash that had the same density of colour that were in the purchased fabrics and I cut enough pieces to make 3-4 blocks of each colour. These were then put into a pizza project box and when I didn't have anything else on the go, these were the blocks I worked on.
 At some point, instead of being a "between project" piece, these quilt blocks and colours began to grow on me and demanded they become a main project.

I put them up on the design wall as they were completed and just love the way they look together! Without sashing to separate the blocks, it took a little longer, (well, a lot longer), to sew the blocks together into a top that is ready for quilting! Now I just need to piece a backing fabric and this one is off to be quilted by Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts in Chestermere, Alberta.
My Sweet Churn Dash
Pretty colours!
What's your fav traditional block? Have you seen it sewn up so it looks modern?

--Ann
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday Mumblings

Good sunny Monday morning!
I have a huge list of things to get done this week and not sure if I'll actually get anywhere on that list, but blogging seems to be a good way to procrastinate!

American Banner from Moda Coasters - For Sale
Last week we took the RV out for a few days and I took along my sewing machine and a few projects. I've had so many big quilts that I've been working on, and it was a nice change to work on some smaller items and actually see a few finished.
Blue Table Runner - For Sale
This denim blue fabric line is great. I am going to find a pattern for a tiered skirt and get a little more of it and actually sew something for myself from it. Blue is still my fav color!
Blue Table Runner - For Sale
This cute double four patch table runner is an easy pattern to make up and you can make it from fat quarters in your stash or buy some specially just for this. Pattern is here or click on the Tutorial tab above!
Denim Blue Mug Rug - For Sale
And these mug rugs were made from the selvedge edges of the fabric - usually thrown in the garbage, but not this time!
Denim Blue Mug Rug - For Sale
These were quilt as you go, so when the top was done, so was the quilting! I have a whole tub of selvedges, so there will be plenty more of these in the coming weeks!

Piecefully yours!
--Ann

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