Forgive the dreadful photo, but I am one of those unfortunates this week – the pitiful retail employee! Don’t get me wrong, my job is fun, but I’m jealous of people who get three and four days off for Thanksgiving! My job just gets crazier this week! As a result, I have done very little quilting in the last ten days, but I did manage to finish my tree skirt, just in time!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday, if you’re in the US, and I promise I’ll be back to it after I sleep off Black Friday!
You keep using that word… I do not think it means what you think it means!
Do you know those lines? If so, we were meant to be best friends! the Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies! Seriously folks, it ranks up there with The Sound of Music, just ask my mom! Imagine my joy when I opened my daily email from Fandom in Stitches today, and found that they will be doing a Princess bride quilt along starting in January 2014! I think it’s destiny! Who’s with me??
It’s official!! Sheldon’s Fleet has made it home! We hung the rod today, and I’m so pleased with the result!!! (And Sheldon is too, of course!)
It’s a little creased from folding, but that will fall out in a day or two!!
It’s been a while since the last Starstruck block, but there’s been lots happening in the land of MPQ – lots of blog hopping, and handwork projects!
I’m calling this block the Prairie Pinwheel because it’s primary element is called a Prairie Point, and they form a pinwheel!
I love this block, mostly because of the 3-dimensionality! And it’s super easy to do!
I’m not sure a pinwheel necessarily constitutes a star, but I think it will fit in nicely with the existing blocks, so I choose to call it a star! Plus, it’s just fun!!
For the tutorial, click here!!
Sorry if you get this twice! The first post did something crazy…
So I recently joined a program to become an affiliate of Craftsy! Now, Craftsy has been one of my favorite sites for about two years, since I first learned about them at the Houston Quilt Festival. If you haven’t checked them out before, they offer fantastic classes from well-known instructors, and the best part is that you don’t have to scramble to take notes, or worry about information overload, because you can pause and replay lessons as many times as you want, forever and ever!
So, the Craftsy Affiliate Program is awesome because in addition to getting to choose an advertiser that I really believe in, we get notice of their contests and sales, like the pretty amazing flash sale they’re doing this weekend!! Who doesn’t like fabric at 65% off??! And if you’re a yarn person, they have that too, up to 85% off!!!
Craftsy fabric sale! Save up to 65% on fabric for 48 hours, November 15 & 16.
Check it out! And check out the last day of For the Boys, too! It’s been so much fun, and I’ve seen lots of inspiring ideas!! I can hardly wait for the next hop!!
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
From This to That
Monkey Makes Three
Just Quilt It
Life, Quilts and a Cat too
Thimblemouse and spouse
More Stars in Comanche
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Sew We Quilt
Also, making progress on the Blossom coin purse I’m making… Which is especially impressive since it’s all handwork, and I rarely do handwork!
All I can say today is wow!! Yesterday was the day for us on the For the Boys Blog hop, and the turnout was amazing! It actually broke our previous record for page views in one day! And the feedback on Sheldon’s Fleet was overwhelmingly positive, and I can’t thank you all enough for your encouragement! What a joy! I have to say a huge thank you to Amy at Sew Incredibly CrAzy for her fabulous cheerleading and advice, and also to Mdm Samm at Sew We Quilt for hosting such a fun hop!
It’s been SO much fun in fact, that I’ve signed us up to do the January blog hop, Wake Up to KONA! It’s going to be so much fun! All Kona Solids, all the time!!
Time to start sketching! But, in the meantime, there are still a few days of Boy things left, so be sure to check out the blogs for the day!
It’s here!! Today is my day on the “For the Boys” blog hop! I’ve really been enjoying the submissions others have come up with! There’s so much creativity out there!
For my part, I knew I wanted to make something small for my favorite person, my boyfriend Sheldon! He’s a huge fan of all things to do with aviation, and the recipient of the green and white quilt I’ve had so much trouble with! As a result, I decided to combine my leftover sixteen patch units from that project with some classic Airplane blocks, similar to those seen in the 1940′s.
The result is this!
Each of the blocks is 8″ finished The airplanes were paper=pieced from a pattern I found here though it appears to have originated from EQ5, The pattern is for a 6″ block, so I took it to my local office supply store, and had them copy it larger for me! And a word to the wise, make extra copies – I made 12, knowing I only needed 5. If i had run out of templates, there’s no guarantee that the next set of copies would be exactly the same, especially since I had it enlarged!
I wish the greens photographed better, because I absolutely love the colors! They’re very warm and inviting!
I did 1″ finished borders, with 2″ square cornerstones! The whole thing finished right about 29″ square after quilting and binding.
I decided to do all of the quilting with YLI Invisible thread, and did a free-motion meander pattern on the 16-patch units. For the airplane blocks, I decided just to outline the planes so they’d really stand out! I’m really happy with the result. Now, if only the binding would hand-stitch itself!
Be sure to check out the other stops on the hop for today!