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Look, look!  I had such fun making this:

Hexagon Tree Block

It’s my block for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches, a charity quilting bee.  This month, Ara Jane asked us for tree blocks on white.  My head was spinning with so much freedom until I landed on a bowl full of hexagons that have been languishing in my kitchen…

I arranged the hexagons randomly on a white block and then sketched the tree trunks and branches in between with pencil.  Then, I removed the hexagons and machine stitched the outline of the trunk and branches in medium brown thread.  The idea to fill in the tree with free-form stitching came from Meg’s book “Sew Liberated“.  She makes some cool tree pillows with trunks like these.  Meg suggested free motion stitching using a stabilizer fabric underneath.  After some trial and error, I decided not to mess with stabilizer or free motion.  I stitched this with a simple clear presser foot.  It was quick and fun!  Last I machine appliqued the hexagons in place.

Fun Stitching!

But, guess what, I need to make TWO blocks!  Hmm… what to do next?

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This post is part of a series {Colorbrick} a Beginner’s Quilt-Along.  You can join in anytime, even if you’re not a beginner!  Please see this page for links to all posts, and join us on Flickr to share your questions and work-in-progress!

gutermann thread.

photo courtesy of Brooke/Glory of the 80's

Your finished Colorbrick quilt will measure 52.5″ x 67″.

Materials List

Materials you’ll want right away:

-10 fat quarters for printed “bricks”

-Neutral solid for sashing & binding.  Choose

  • 1 ¾ yard of 59” wide linen (available here) OR
  • 2 yards of 43/44/45” fabric (such as Kona Cotton or Essex Linen/Cotton)

-Neutral solid for backing.  Choose

  • 2 yards of 59” wide linen (available here) OR
  • 3 yards of 43/44/55” fabric (such as Kona Cotton or Essex Linen/Cotton)

Rotary Cutter Setup (cutting mat, rotary cuter and quilter’s ruler)

-High quality machine-stitching thread, such at Gutermann, Sulky or Metler.  Cotton suggested.  I used a solid neutral Gutermann thread for the piecing and this golden/yellow variegated Gutermann thread for the quilting.

gutermann thread.

photo courtesy of Brooke/Glory of the 80's

Materials you’ll need by Oct 26th:

-55 x 69” wool or cotton blanket for batting or twin sized purchased batting that allows for quilting up to 10 inches apart.

-Basting pins or Spray Adhesive

-Walking Foot attachment highly recommended.  My machine doesn’t have a built-in walking foot, so I purchased an attachment that does the job.  Without a walking foot, your sewing machine pulls fabric from the bottom only.  When you’re sewing a thick quilt, this uneven feeding will easily cause puckers and bunching.  A walking foot pulls the fabric from the top as well.  I promise it will come in handy on countless projects!

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Red & Aqua Sampler Quilt Top

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Here’s that finish I so totally needed!  It’s a sewing machine cover for my secret Urban Home Goods swap partner.

Sewing Machine Cover for UHG

I just hope it fits!  This sewing machine cover style allows for wiggle room, but I had a really tough time choosing measurements because of some discrepancies which I shall not disclose for fear of revealing my partner’s identity.

backed in Dolce

After piecing the top, finishing this machine cover was lots like finishing a quilt.  I wanted to use this half yard of Dolce “Rita” print as the backing, but a half yard was not quite enough.  Stitching a solid aqua border around the backing allowed me to use the half yard and provided a wrap-around aqua binding for the front.

rickrack binding

Since I didn’t have matching thread that would hide my stitches, I opted for a zigzag finish on the binding. Zigzag is so forgiving!

I need to keep practicing my quilting....

Hand-stitched twill ties to the back, and it’s done. This was a nice small canvas for practicing machine quilting. I know there are a few wavy lines, but I hope my partner won’t mind.  I did my very honest best.

inspired by Red Pepper Quilts

This is my first time piecing with white. I know, I know, it’s because I’m such a linen lover! When I originally started the hourglass piecing, I went without solids and paired print with print. While the blocks were pretty alone, they looked just awful as a group. Oops. I did start over with the white, which is what Rita from Red Pepper Quilts used as well.  Soooooo much better.  Happily, one of the rejected hourglasses became an easy pincushion.

Little extra
See, I just sewed the sides of the square block together with raw edges exposed.  Matching sewing machine cover and pincushion… I like it!  I hope she does too!  And now that my work is done, I’m glad to be anticipating receiving my own surprise package sometime soon.  Yah!

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Wanted – a few good quilters.  By “good” I mean, good-hearted, generous and passionate about helping others.  Ok, it helps if you’ve made a few quilts too (I’ve only made 3 myself).  This one will be my 4th…

Red & Aqua blocks

That’s the collaborate effort of the Love circle, which is the first virtual charity sewing bee that formed at do. Good Stitches.  We’re doing a red and aqua sampler quilt and only about 1/2 of the blocks are represented above.  I’ll be piecing and quilting this beauty next month, after all the blocks arrive!

So, back to you.  Are you interested in stitching for children in need?  Two new circles are forming right now.  The Hope circle benefits Piecing Hope, which is funneling quilts to an African orphanage for aids victims.  The Faith circle benefits the local needy through our local Christian churches.  Both of these groups are in need of quilters.  Quilters are those members that plan, assemble and quilt each month’s project.  They are not responsible for providing materials for the quilt top, as each member pieces blocks from their own stash.  You need to be an active Flickr member to participate.  And, quilters, do need to be located in the US.  If you’re interested, please visit do. Good Stitches to request an invite or just comment here.

At this point, I am {sadly} having to turn down those sweet souls that are requesting membership as a stitcher for these groups.  If you cannot commit to quilting, but do want to participate, you can join now as a “member” and be on the waiting list for a future charity circle.  I anticipate that another will open before the end of the year!

Come quilt with us!

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Shhhhhhhhhhh!

Is there anyone looking over your shoulder?  This post is top secret… my project for the {Urban) Home Goods swap.  Of course, I can’t name my fab secret partner, because it could be YOU, so let’s just call her Mrs. X.

Mrs. X included a list of sewing ideas for me, her blind swap partner.  She implied that she’d be happy with anything, but I know what she really wants – a sewing machine cover!  How do I know this?  Because that’s what I really want!!! Oh, and she did include it on her list and in her inspiration mosaic…

Mrs. X has a style that’s light, upbeat and eclectic.  Fortunately, I had on hand these lovelies that I think we’ll suit her very well:

Secret project for {Urban} Home Goods Swap

At first I thought I might make a sewing machine cover like this one, but in the end I decided to mix it up.  I’ll do the same cover style, which allows for a margin of error in the fit, but a different patchwork pattern.  What do you think of this?

Work in Progress

Completely fabulous, right!?!  It’s a quilt made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.  If you don’t know and love her already, I dare you to click.  Her work is so precise!  She also has a light and upbeat style, so I thought of Red Pepper Quilts when I imagined what Mrs. X would like.  This Hour Glass quilt has been one of my Flickr favorites for a while now.  What a perfect opportunity to give it a go.  And, quite happily, on a small scale.  I’ll be using Rita’s  Hour Glass Block Tutorial.  Wish me luck!

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I about jumped out of my skin in surprise to discover that I sold my Meadowsweet Baby Quilt through my natural baby store EuphoriaBaby.com.  It’s my very first handmade sale ever, so please forgive me for this little party!

Meadowsweet Quilt for EuphoriaBaby.com

But, I have something to share besides my good news.  I’ve been saving a few pictures of the finished quilt to share with you when/if it sold.  This one showcases a hand embroidered tag I made to identify my work.  I used Epson printer transfer paper to transfer “Stitched in Color” and “handmade 2010” to a plain piece of cotton.   Then, I embroidered over “Stitched in Color” and hand stitched the tag to the quilt back.

Handstitched Tag

This was my first go at embroidering in the Dauphin font script.  I hadn’t quite figured out how to alternate between chain and back stitches.  It came out all right, but the practice served me well for my later work on the patchwork Christmas stockings.  The continuous chain/back stitch is definitely quicker than what I did here.

Warm & natural for baby

The angel who bought the quilt found my blog and Flickr account after making her purchase.  She was so kind as to leave this comment in Flickr

Your work is beautiful, and I’m so pleased to have something handmade with such care.  My baby girl is due in early November, and I’ll be sure to send you a photo of her wrapped in this amazing piece. I bought it because it gives me a “treasure forever” feeling. I love it. Even the front. 🙂

I am soooo thankful. Her comment really made my day! Wishing you all a  most wonderful start to the new week!

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