Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sewing, news and a winner

Placemat

Let's start with the sewing. I started this project about a week ago. I wanted to play with the little two patch block of two rectangles that you can see in that placemat. That one above is my favourite - it is an "L" block, you know, for Leanne.

Placemat

I knew that this block was a way to get zig zags without using any triangles but had never made it. I like them running up and down instead of the usual horizontal.

These fabrics are Sphere by Zen Chic - which I bought as soon as it was out from Green Fairy Quilts - and Kona White. I love blue, yellow and white - a very Mediterranean colour scheme and since my kitchen has blue accents these will work very nicely as placemats.

Placemat

This mat is another favourite. Somehow a rectangular patchwork grid is so pleasing to me, I wonder why.

Placemat

And pinwheels, again without triangles. As you can see, I gravitate to the blocks with white and a print as the contrasts are more defined. But the pinwheels work for me too.

Different layouts for one block

Here is a mosaic of some of the patterns I found with the two patch - these are not pieced, just laid out on the design wall so you need to imagine them with the tightening up the sewing together would cause. I am certain there are many more too. This whole thing with the two patch started as part of the Decipher Your Quilt series - which you can read about here and don't forget to fill out our survey please.

I need a couple more placemats for the set so I am going to make more blocks and pick a couple more of the designs. These are a relaxing sewing project to have on hand when it is too busy to do a lot of sewing at a time. I need to decide how I will make the placemats the same size -  make some of the mats bigger or trim some down, or make the big ones into runners and make more mats. 

Our winner for the Green Fairy Quilts Bartholomeows Reef layer cake give away is Janet. Congratulations Janet, I will send you an email shortly.


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Today I get to play some more with the she can quilt blogger's bundle from Fluffy Sheep Quilting, which arrived last week at my house from my friend Cindy. Isn't this bundle nice? I'm making pillows, and I will have a short tutorial for you soon too. 

Triangle City 

I have to share that I am thrilled and honored that Triangle City was selected to be in the top 10 of the 390 quilts entered in the Modern Quilt Guild's Riley Blake Fabric Challenge. You can see all 10 beautiful quilts here, and some of my internet buddies are there, including Christa from Christa Quilts and Melissa from Happy Quilting.

QuiltCon 

By the way, the dates for QuiltCon have been announced. I plan to go, maybe I will meet you there?

Aside from the day job work I have to do, it is going to be a fun weekend with all this sewing. Tomorrow I am off to Sparrow Studioz to take a course about using my new Millennium long arm machine.

Best,

Leanne