Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Blue So Blue [block for Boston] Tutorial

I have been thinking of making this block for a few years now. Back in 2011 I had the good fortune to be in NYC while there was a Sonia Delaunay exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. The show, Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, was immensely inspiring. I thought they might have ask me to leave the museum for drooling on the exhibits. Fortunately that didn't happen -- but this did!
Blue, so Blue Block
Blue So Blue Block
The original artwork that inspired this block was this  Pochoir print from the 1930s. I thought the best way to approach this design was to paper piece the smaller blocks. I don't have much experience with paper piecing, so it was a fun challenge!
Sonia Delaunay Pochoir print
When I saw the call for blocks for the Boston MQG Quilts for Boston project, I thought of this block and knew I had the perfect reason to make it! Here is the template and a quick tutorial for the block. Enjoy!
Print four for each finished block

Steps 1-4 (from left to right)
 1. Place the center blue [a] strip right side out on the back of your paper template. Place a white [b] strip over one side of the center blue strip. Stitch on the paper side (this takes some getting used to and feels a bit backwards at first). Trim off excess seam allowance. Flip your template over and press the white [b] strips out so the right side is facing up. Add the blue [a] strips to each side of the white strip the same way, stitch together, trim and press.
2. Add the second set of white [b] strips and the last blue [b] strips in the same manner.
3-4. Trim the unit to 6.5" square.
Steps 5-7 (from left to right)
5-7 Carefully tear off the paper in each section.
Voila! Now make three more and sew them together to form the block!

For a more detailed tutorial on how to paper piece check out this:
Paper Piecing Tutorial - Fresh Lemons Quilts

Originally I had added in the extra white sashing between the 6" blocks but then took it out so it would work for the 12" finished measurement for Quilts for Boston.

I am going to make a a whole quilt eventually using this block. It will be fun to collect blue fabrics and throw in a few prints here and there. I would love to finish it by summer for our PMQG NW meet up. Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

and the winner is...

Congratulations Stephanie at Quarter Incher! You won my giveaway! I will be sending you the Stitch with Style magazine and the three quarter yard cuts of the three Kaffe Fassett stripes that I used in my High-Low Chevron Skirt pattern featured in this issue. Thank you EVERYONE for your fun comments and for participating in this giveaway. I loved reading about your favorite era of retro fashion - hands down the 1950s win!

Next week Quilt Market is in Portland and I will be posting lots of good stuff about that! I will be there working with Pendleton, and representing the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, and I will have another exciting announcement to share by next Wednesday.
Happy Mother's Day!
Thank Sew, Mama, Sew! for the fun giveaway!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Happy happy joy joy -- it's giveaway day on Sew, Mama, Sew! There are so many fantastic blogs and giveaways that I have no idea how I will get any work done today!
In honor of worthwhile distractions, I am giving away one copy of the latest Stitch with Style magazine and three quarter yard cuts from the Kaffe Fassett Wovens collection by Westminster Fabrics from the fabrics I used to make the High-Low Chevron Skirt (in this issue!).
giveaway day goodies
Stitch with Style 2013
To enter, please leave one comment telling me what era is your favorite for retro style. I think I would have been happiest in the 1920's as a performer in a Wild West show. I dig those long split skirts, satin western blouses and gigantic brim hats!
hem powder
Best hem powder ever!
One winner will be chosen on May 10th, 2013 at 5pm PST. The winner will be contacted by email, so please make sure to leave your name and email address in your comment if you are  'no reply' or anonymous. The winner will be chosen using Random.org.
High-Low Chevron Skirt
I will ship internationally. Good luck! Thank you for stopping by!

Have machine, will travel


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Boston on my Mind (and Machine)

Sometimes It is always important to put aside time to do the projects that really matter to you. When I started to see the posts about making flags and quilt blocks for Boston, my second thought was, I have no idea when I am going to fit that in. My first thought, of course, was I can't wait to do that! Guess which thought wins today!

Top of my WIP list was to make a pair of flags for The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's To Boston with Love project. I was hoping for company and was so excited when my friend Tanya said she would love to help out. Did I mention that Tanya has this cool Phaff embroidery machine and lots of great embroidery designs? (Don't worry T - I adore you for more than your machines!)

Bee wip

First we stitched out a Bee ('B' for Boston, get it?) on a piece of off-white cotton. It was from a red work design she had and she isolated the bee from the design and enlarged it quite a bit.

Bee Flag wip

I brought over some fabrics that I wanted to work with. I took a little liberty with the color palette because I was really feeling the red, orange and grey thing for some reason. Oh well, gotta go with the inspiration when it strikes, right?

Heart Flag

Then we embroidered this Scandinavian-esque heart. Tanya has that Danish-design flair and this heart was just was so her that I insisted we use it. We played a bit with the layout of the piecing: I sewed the flags together and Tanya did all the pressing (she has a magic touch with an iron, I swear!)

Flag pair finished

Here are our finished flags! I am going to work on my quilt block next for the Quilts for Boston project. I think I am going to use a paper piecing pattern I designed a while back based on a blue Sonia Delaunay painting.

I'll end on this note today: I was franticly trying to finish a quilt at the beginning of the week. My sewing machine was was acting like my dog when he doesn't want to come in from outside (are sewing machines like dogs? who knew...) It seemed like the feed dogs (aha! you knew that pun was gonna happen!) were not working quite right, so I opened it up and took a look inside. About twenty minutes later, every machine part was on the table as well as a gigantic pile of lint (Monica from Happy Zombie acurately called it a 'lint harvest')

Spring Cleaning

I think I am also going to take my machine in for a full spa treatment. After WIP wednesday, though. I have a few things to sew first...

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
#98 on WIP Wed today :-)