Sunday, March 20, 2011

With a little help from my friends.

Well, blogging is hard to fit in, given all the quilting I want to do! I have joined the internet quilting community in a big way and I have to say, so far I love it! Inspiration, encouragement, helpful advice, and comedy, all available in quilt alongs and quilting bees. Today I want to share the quilt alongs with you.

The Bloggers Block-a-palooza:
Quilt Dad

This quilt along started earlier this year and many of us are just finishing up the 16th block. Next will be sashing/finishing options and quilting. These blocks were each a surprise, twice a week. I would not likely have made most of them if I had not just decided to give whatever came along a try and I am glad I did. I have learned a lot about more traditional piecing. Here is my favourite block so far:
You are here block, bloggers block-a-palooza

I am excited about Lily's Quilts QAL:
Lily's Quilts QAL

We are making a wonderful dresden circle quilt with 30" blocks and "quilt as you go" quilting. I am having a wonderful time as this group is not only amazingly talented but they are funny!

I cut my dresden blades yesterday. These are a combination of Giselle, by Jessica Gonacha Swift, and Kona solids. This stack is 3" high!

Stack of cut dresden leaves for Lily's Quilts QAL

And I sewed up the trial first plate this morning.
Dresden plate, first one

I am already in love with this. I am planning two different browns and a pink as the background and inner circle fabrics. With the dense quilting involved, I think this is going to be extremely cool when it is done.

Then there is the Supernova Quilt Along, which is just starting:

Supernova Quilt-Along with Freshly Pieced

Lee's quilt has been one of my favourites since I found it on the internet and now she is going to show us how to make it, step by step. I am planning to use Timber by Jessica Levitt, and I just have to find a few solids to throw into the mix:

Timber by Jessica Levitt

I have also joined two quilting bees and I will tell you more about them later, as it is time to get back to quilting today.




Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

I really love your pink dresden circle - I'm not always a pink fan but your pinks are so cool and I love the flashes of brown and cream in there to unsweeten the pink (if that makes sense!)

Rhonda the Rambler said...

I, like Lynne, love your dresden circle. I wish I liked mine as much as I like yours. Grrr.

Manda said...

Your not going to get bored with everything you've got going on! Love the block a palooza block, looks fantastic. I haven't been following that QAL but I might have to go back and take a look! Dresden is gorgeous, lovely pinks :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You are very busy.....have fun with it...the dresden looks great!!

Marg said...

I love your Block A Palooza block, I haven't been following along with that one, so I might have to have a look,I'm glad it's almost finished as I really don't need to join any more quilt alongs.
I love your Dresden plate for Lynne's quilt along, it's a very pretty combination of colours.
I really like the fabrics you have chosen for the Supernova QAL too.

Little Island Quilting said...

I clicked through when I saw I had another follower...I always like to know who people are. And I have to say I like your blog so much...I am going to follow you too!
In a non-stalkerish way OK?!

Amy said...

very pretty colors.