Friday, July 1, 2016

July's Monthly Goal

This month is going to be challenging to get some quality sewing time due to a big family vacation but I'm really hoping to get my Pulse quilt top put together.  This is what I have so far:

Once I have these put together, I think I'm going to add some words above and below.  I also have a few ideas of what I want to quilt in the negative space in the center. Now I just need to execute what I envision in my head.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Quilt Math Makes My Head Hurt

So it's been a busy month -- making heart blocks for our #QuiltsforPulse quilt drive, making more heart pillows for our Hearts for Hope charity, and cutting up all my fabric for the queen sized bed runner that I'm making for my parents. Hooray for completing my one monthly goal for June.

The Missouri Star Easy Cathedral Window tutorial is, in fact, easy. That is until you need to figure out exactly how many squares are needed for the base, the windows, and the clever curves. I originally wanted to make the runner 30" x 84" so that it would be a layout of 10 squares x 28 squares, with 3" finished squares, but then realized that I didn't have enough fabric. Hmmmm.... maybe I could reduce the layout to 9 x 28... but no, I needed to stick with even numbers since the blocks are made with 4 patches. That's how I settled on an 8 x 28 layout.  Whew.  Now that I had that figured out, how many squares does that really mean? There are the bottom squares that make the foundation, all those background squares that are folded in half that will eventually make the curves, and then there are window squares that overlay at all the intersections!  It was enough to give me a headache.

The only way I was going to figure it all out was to put pencil to graph paper so I could visually count everything up.

As you can see in the photo above, there are lots of things crossed out, and my rendering was my original layout of 10 x 28 (even though it's written correctly). After lots of head scratching and counting of fingers and toes, I've come up with this:

Bottom Foundation Colored Squares = 224
Top Window Colored Squares = 95
Background Cathedral Curves Squares = 380

Since I'm using 6 different colors I'll only need 53 squares of each color (+1). No problem there. But those background squares (some of which I've already pressed into cute little triangles)... I've come up short. Thanks to all this quilty math I now know that I need to purchase another yard and a half of Bella snow. I guess it makes the headache worth it. Better a headache now than tears later.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Little Gift Maker

June came in with a whirlwind of activity and before I could blink the school year was over.  In my haste to get things done, I completely forgot to take photos of the basket my son and I made for his teacher.  This is the only photo I took.

I was so proud of him. He sewed the handles and the lining all by himself and then I put everything together. We lined it with teal paper grass (leftover from Easter) and filled it with some homemade muffins, homemade vanilla extract, an apple, and a handmade card.  Darn it for not remembering to take a photo!  

(This was also the last project for my 2nd quarter 2016 Finish Along, but I'm not sure if this counts without the completed photo).

Friday, June 17, 2016

Classroom Quilt Project

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Way back in September, I started on a quilting journey with 106 fifth graders at my son's elementary school. Our goal was to make a large wall hanging with the school's motto on it by the end of the school year and present it to the principal as a surprise. We had to work around holidays, field trips, and the dreaded FSA testing (mandatory assessments) but we finally finished it.

I was so proud of the kids and it gave me so much joy to see how excited they would get when they would come into their art class to discover it was a sew day! You'll notice in the photo above that I'm nowhere to be seen. The quilt was presented in conjunction with the fifth grade awards ceremony and it was the one day that I was out of town for a wedding. That's why, on the last day of school, I got a photo with it and some of the kids.  

I look forward to seeing it hanging up in their media center in the fall.
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