Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rainbow Around the Block - July

Here are the blocks I made for Rainbow Around the Block, a quilting project for families in Middle Tennessee who lost their homes to flooding. Click on the icon on the sidebar for more information. I know a quilt may not seem like much when you have lost everything, but it may just be that one touch of love and care, from one person's heart to another, that could make a difference.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Paper Piecing Fun

The girls were in and saw this quilt block.

They couldn't believe it was "do-able" so I made this one while they watched to demo the process.

A sew-along was set up with a quilt top for baby Garrett (due any day) to be the result and these are what we have so far! :)

Lesha did the Monkey Pilot Plane, Kelsi the Owl Sailboat, Marcie the Doggie Patchwork Heart and the Ladybug, Brianna (Garrett's mama), the Chicken and new grandma-to-be, Chris, did the Mousie Green Fish.

Here are some photos of the evening of fun!!!

Paper Piecing Fun, originally uploaded by myfullcolorlife - Vickie.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I have been wanting to finish this quilt, but have been dragging my feet because I wasn't sure how to do it.

But, I finally figured out how to use my walking foot and it worked great!!! :) The binding is stitched to the front and just waiting for me to hand stitch it to the back. I used that polka dot on the yummy chocolate background.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Little Goldfish for Karie

I had so much fun building these liberated blocks around these cute little goldfish.

Meet Andrew and friends. I was feeling badly that I didn't have any navy fabric, but I like how these turned out.

And here is Swimmy!!! (Is it wrong to have favorites??? I hope not!!!)

Meet the whole swimming-pond gang, so far!

This will be one cute quilt for Karie's youngest son. He is the youngest of 4 boys and always has hand-me-downs. Well, no longer!! He gets his very own quilt for a new big boy bed. What sweet times!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Way to Help

One of my favorite designers, Anna Maria Horner, is thinking of families in the Tennessee area that were affected by devastating floods in May. She has organized a project to get as many quilts as possible into the hands of people who have lost everything. I started thinking how I would feel if I were in that position and someone cared enough to do this for me. It is a simple thing to make one or two quilt blocks or give a few dollars. Her info follows or click on the sidebar to get to her site. :)

A quilting project for families in Middle Tennessee who lost their homes to flooding
Our Mission:
Not everyone can be on the front lines of an effort like flood cleanup and rebuilding, but we believe that there is always
a way to help. So many families lost their homes, cars, and all their belongings during the floods of May 2010 in Middle
Tennessee. As they begin their rebuilding process, we hope to combine the efforts of generous quilters nationwide in
order to make as many quilts as possible to distribute to families who are in need of new items for their homes. It is a
simple mission, but its one that we hope will be far reaching and one that will give homemade comfort to as many
people as possible.
How You Can Help:
Just like any good charitable effort it all starts with your very own block! In this case it starts with your quilt block! We
are accepting unfinished 12.5” x 12.5” quilts blocks (12”x12” finished) preferably in a monochromatic color scheme (or
two main harmonious colors, like red/orange, or blue/green etc.) in any patchwork style that you'd like. Please also keep
in mind that just because we are asking for blocks that are relatively singular in color, that we still encourage all shades,
including neutrals and murkier tones, i.e. it doesn't have to be just rainbow brights. There is no limit to how many
blocks you can send. With the help of some local Nashville volunteers, we will assemble your blocks to make as many
quilts as possible. We will also accept donations of completed quilts in any size or style.
Details & Deadlines:
Since not too many people need the warmth of a quilt during the hot Tennessee summer, we have time on our side. But
with that in mind we've set three submission deadlines for your blocks, so that we can begin the assembling process
early and have it all wrapped up by the fall. You can submit to one or all block deadlines which are as follows:
July 1, 2010 - first block deadline, August 1, 2010 – second block deadline, September 1, 2010 – last block deadline
Please send your blocks to: Anna Maria Horner, attn: RAINBOW, 1730 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, Tn. 37027
When you send in your blocks, please provide us with your email address so that we can offer you a proper thank you!
(We will not give out your info or put you on any other mailing list other than news related to this project. Promise.)
Getting in Touch:
* For ongoing updates and a more in depth FAQ page for the project please visit annamariahorner.com/rainbow.html
* Please also visit the Rainbow Around the Block Flickr group to post pictures of your blocks, view other blocks, post
questions, start discussions about the project and more: http://www.flickr.com/groups/rainbowaroundtheblock/
* For any questions, suggestions, or if you'd like to send us info about a family that you know is in need please contact:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Foray into Paper Piecing

I have become enamored with paper piecing and on a whim decided to try my hand with this block. The pattern was tiny, so I had to enlarge it (thanks for the help, Papa-lop!) I dug into my stash to give it a go. It was fun!!!

I learned a thing or two. First, you want to be generous with your fabric. More than once I covered the pattern area, but did not have enough fabric for the seam. It is tricky "working backwards" with the pattern on the back side. You end up with a mirror image of your pattern.

I also learned that ripping seams is not that big of a deal. Thankfully, the seams are short.

Lastly, I learned why you have a 'stash'. Red. I need more red.

If you have ever wanted to give paper piecing a try, go for it! It was so fun and not really that hard. And there are several great internet resources to teach you how. Isn't it nice that everyone is so 'sharable'?

Here it is on Flickr.

Joy to you!