Monday, February 28, 2011

Alice's Washday Blues has Arrived!

Hello Pieceful Quilters!

I am happy to announce that my fabric line with Blue Hill Fabrics has finally arrived in the shop! Pictures of the fabrics are shown below. We are busy cutting fat quarter and snippet bundles, and we will be starting on the kits for the quilt I designed in the next couple of days.









Call the shop for more information or to place your order!
Thanks for all of your support and encouragement!
Carrie


Monday, February 14, 2011

What's Happening!

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

Just in case you think I have been slacking, I want to fill you all in on a few things I have been working on! This should make you all feel better about your own UFO's!

First - I finally finished the never-ending triangle exchange project:


My Triangle Exchange Quilt Top - Waiting to be quilted....

And speaking of exchanges, here is my project (so far) for the upcoming strip exchange next week. I am doing the Courthouse Steps project from Edyta Sitar's book, Friendship Strips and Scraps. I am plugging away. I might even have a good part of it assembled!


Friendship Strip Exchange - my Courthouse Steps project

Continuing around the fabric dump that I call my sewing room, you will find my 1000 Pyramids project taking up most of my design wall. This is a charm project that I started when we did a charm square exchange in Sarah Club last session.


1000 Pyramid Charm Project

Moving around the room we will find a few more unfinished projects:


A Mini 9-Patch from a year ago - or so, some blocks from a guild Stack & Whack project that I hope to finish, Nine Pineapple blocks - a lot more are started - somewhere around here.....

A fairly organized stash (but I am not showing the overflow), and a few more UFOs that are hanging on the door.

Finally, my next two projects - the papers and fabric for the half-square triangle exchange we are doing in Sarah Club next week, and Alice's Washday Blues Quilt.


So - if you are feeling overwhelmed with your UFOs - this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have more in the closet, more in the guest room, and more in the basement.

Be sure to attend the Pieceful Auction - I will be purging a few more of my UFOs!

Happy Quilting!

Carrie

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

With Sarah's Sewing Circle coming up next week, I thought I should take a minute to outline what we are doing this session. You are welcome to join our club at any time, and now would be a good time! At our meeting next week we are having a half square triangle exchange. If you want to get in on the exchange, there is still time to do the pre-work. It is fairly simple, and it promises to be a lot of fun!

First, I would like to show you what we did last month. As you may know, our projects are intended to replicate antique quilts. The first project this session was based on an antique 16-patch quilt top that I own. It is actually a strip of an unfinished quilt:



Unfinished Antique 16-Patch Quilt

The club members liked the way it looked, so we decided to do it as a runner:


Sarah's 16-Patch Table Runner

We put some extra fabric in the kit so that you will have a chance to play around with the setting. I had enough left over to make a small doll quilt.

As I said, next month we will be doing a half square triangle exchange. We will be reproducing a small quilt that is owned by Sandy Schweitzer. The original was made in the 30's, but our reproduction will be more Civil War. We will be sewing 1" finished Half Square Triangles using Triangulations Software sheets. To make the smallest size, shown below, you will need to sew 4 sheets. We are all using the same setting fabric. If you want to get involved, stop in soon to get the full instrucions. Here is a representative of the quilt we will be making:


Sarah's Kites Doll Quilt

For March we had decided to do a replication of one of the quilts from the book Childhood Treasures by Marikay Waldvogel. The quilt I chose is this cute (and simple) Churn dash:


Churn Dash from Childhood Treasures

Of course, it seemed like a good idea to use my fabric, "Alice's Washday Blues," which will surely be in the shop in plenty of time. So, I designed it using the blues:


Alice's Washday Churn Dash

For April, the club chose to do one of the larger quilt tops in my collection. I don't think we will do it quite this big, but maybe a large wall hanging or lap quilt. Of course, if you want to do it larger, that will be your choice.


The Final Quilt for this session

I just loved the way the quiltmaker did the sashings, with red strips going in one direction and light blues and other colors in the other direction.

As I said, we are always open to newcomers. You will only pay for the remaining meetings in the session. Club members receive 15% off club kits that they purchase at club meetings. Kits are available for sale after the club meetings have taken place.

Hope to see you all at our next meeting!

Carrie