Monday, March 14, 2011

Sewing....

and some progress to report. It's a sunny Monday in the Valley and warmer temps are promised all week. Rain in the forecast off and on, but that will take down our snow pack. This quilt was made for a Wrapped In Hope child in MI. The Wrapped In Hope project is part of Margaret's Hope Chest. I've signed up for two birthday's this year.
 A close up of the block I learned from Scrappy Quilter. Other than the background(green in this case) it doesn't use much fabric at all. My birthday girl was S, with a birthday in mid February. You can learn more about birthday gifting a child at Margaret's Hope Chest.
 I've been working on the March Rainbow Challenge, green. I had lots of green scraps, and quite a few were larger, so I decided to do the Hourglass block (5"as shown here). I cut my scrap to 6" squares, size to 5", and that gives me a 4.5" block finished. I need quite a few. I've gotten 70 done so far.
 
And since the Rainbow Challenge began, I've also been sewing my MAM(mile-a-minute-tutorial on sidebar)blocks. I like to work with the smaller scraps but it does take longer to get to 6.5". Eventually you need strips that are longer for the outside, or you can piece just that many more small ones together and use those as a "strip". I like the combo of small scraps,odd triangles and slightly longer strings or strips. Making them by any method you choose works just fine. I'm up to 172 in this pan. I stack them in sets of 10(easy to count and to remember), and then stick a slip of scrap paper(that's the white you see at the edge of the block)in between stacks rather than pin them together. When I do put them together, I'll pull from one pile and then a different one. While adding strips,at the outer edges, it might be the WOF. And that gives you the same fabric on several blocks. That's too much same-ness when joining up, so I randomize my "grab and sew" process. MAM quilts are also a great place to stick any wonky stars, house, etc and even an odd letter or to!! OK Finn, back to work!
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16 comments:

Kiera said...

The quilt is beautiful. That little girl will love it! Blessings to you! I noticed the book "Word Play Quilts". How do you like it...I was thinking of getting it?

Kiera

Brenda said...

great donation quilts and I love MAM blocks. I see you have Tonya's book. Want to try making the letter B to help me celebrate a big birthday? email me back and I'll tell you more.

Scrappy quilter said...

You've been busy and you've been missed. Love how your quilt turned out. Love and hubs

jovaliquilts said...

Your donation quilt looks great -- I love the green and blue together. It's a great way to make a classic quilt style and still show off a novelty print.

Greenmare said...

love the cheeryness of that quilt! spring is in the air here, did you hear the birds? hundreds of them and one of my coworkers said she saw a robin on Saturday!

Chris said...

WOW, Finn, you've been very busy.\I love the green quilt. That is one lucky girl.
I just bought Tonya's book, I'm just waiting for it to arrive. Be sure to post photos of any letters you create with it.

Clare said...

Lovely quilt. Cute fabric.

I spy someone's book!

Hugs
xxx

DD#1 said...

The green/purple quilt for your MHC girl turned out lovely!

Angie said...

Oh Finnie, that quilt is Wonderful!! I just love it!! And it's so good to see you back. :D I've missed you.

AnnieO said...

Perfect week for lots of green in a charming quilt! Hope you see some in your landscape before too long :)

All those scraps are turning into great stuff--so glad you're putting energy into creating!

julieQ said...

So much goodness here, Finnie!! Good morning...love the green and purple quilt...lucky child who receives that one!! I really enjoy the hour glasses blocks with nine patches alternately, that is a favorite...and especially love the mile a minute blocks!! They are so much fun, and I need to use up my scraps!

Barbara C said...

I love those scrappy blocks, and your green quilt is lovely too.

Michele Bilyeu said...

You've got the candle glowing and your sewing...awesome! I thought you were still out working on the farm and missing coming here soon enough to catch these beauties hot off the sewing table. Green is perfect!

quiltmom said...

Great blocks Finn,
I can see that you have been busy sewing and playing- what fun.
Thanks for stopping by my blog - I look forward to having you visit again.
I am so looking forward to spring break- I am hoping to get some serious quilting done then.
Regards,
Anna

Scrappy-Quilter said...

love the finished quilt and the Mile-A-Minute blocks you are making too! Nice use of scraps and scrappy quilts are my favorites. I love visiting your blog, you are such an inspiration for me to use up my scraps and get my projects finished!

Purple Pam said...

Love those MAM blocks. I have made 85 so far. I am not sure how many I want to make, but I have a good start. My intention is to make a donation quilt for a shelter with them. MAM blocks are very addictive to me. I make one, then another one, then some more, and I cannot seem to stop until I am so tired I cannot see my sewing machine needle any more! Cute birthday quilt. I agree with Scrappy Quilter - you are an inspiration!