Mmm plaid. I never really wore much plaid, mostly flannel pajama bottoms. I'm thinking of incorporating more plaid into my wardrobe, but more of the cotton plaid as opposed to the flannel. I think some plaid and gingham shirts would be fantastic. I can't imagine my family wearing plaid to a reunion though. The majority of my family comes from Indonesia, and I don't think plaid is popular over there. It does make me laugh to imagine hundreds of my Indonesian family milling around a park in plaid...
This block was chain pieced and the fabric was a fat quarter from the Granary.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I'm pretty proud of this blocks. The points line up reasonable well, and there were SO many little pieces! My sister bought me a new iron for my birthday, and I love it. It's a panasonic cordless iron, and it's fantastic for piecing little pieces for these dear jane blocks.
This block uses fabric once again from my cousin's stash, but I can't remember what it was. The block is freezer paper pieced.
I love cherry blossoms. And plum blossoms. I think they're gorgeous. One of my life goals is to go to Japan in time for the cherry blossoms. I think it will be gorgeous! I also would like to see the maple leaves in the fall, and Mt. Fuji in the winter. I've already seen fireworks in the summer. One down, four to go!
The fabric is another bit of fabric I stole from my cousin's stash. I'm not normally a pink fan, but really, who doesn't like cherry blossoms? The block is freezer paper pieced, and a little bit of hand applique for the set in squares.
This block was fun! The fabric is Loft 1800 Bloom from Erin Michael's line for Moda. Also fabric from my cousin's stash. The block center and outside are machine pieced, and then connected by hand applique.
I'm really amazed to see that my hand applique is much faster now. I find it enjoyable. Maybe all that wishing on stars for better quilting skills helped! :p
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I think this block turned out really well. The fabric, which was from my cousin's stash, adds a lot of movement to the block. Hopefully the yellow chalk lines will come out with the wash! The block was hand appliqued and then machine pieced.
I do like the title of this block, especially because Jane Stickle made this quilt during the Civil War. It's always important to remember the people who gave their lives for their beliefs.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Whew! It's been busy. And I haven't even been sewing or knitting!
Chris and I went on a lovely trip to Portland. I love the city. We didn't see very much of it, but just walking around was pretty fantastic. We ate a lot, walked a lot.. and probably most exciting...
We're engaged! We got engaged at the Japanese Gardens and it was all pretty fabulous. We've been dating for 8 years now, and everyone who I called responded with something like "FINALLY". Here are attempts of taking photos after we got engaged... We were in a rush and I had the wrong lens on... whoops!
And here is a better photo of the two of us.. after dinner and on the Burnside Bridge..
Portland, you're great! Thanks for the fantastic weather while we were there!!
This triangle was interesting to make. Most of the block was hand appliqued, with a little bit of machine applique to make the tip of the needle. The fabric is Amy Butler's Peony in Lime from her Lotus line, also from my cousin's stash.
This block reminded me of Maui and the 'Iao Needle. It's a natural rock pinnacle in the West Maui Mountains. The green of the fabric seemed to be a perfect match to the green needle.
Hmm, looking at my scan of this block, I am not sure what those gross marks are. Hopefully they'll wash out! Looks suspiciously like pizza sauce. In any case, this block was freezer paper pieced, and the fabric was stolen from my cousin's stash in LA. Chances are you recognize it, it's Denyse Schmidt's Ribbon Flowers in Azure from her Katie Jump Rope line.
While making this block, I was trying to decide if Duff has either a seaside cliff house with a bluff, or made a big lie to someone. I'm going to say he has an awesome view, and chose the blue fabric as a result.
I love this fabric too. Something about polka dots make me so happy! This came from my foraging through my cousin's stash on my trip down to LA. The block was freezer paper pieced.
This block makes me think of the Paul Revere poem. "One if by land, two if by sea..." I used to have the whole thing memorized, but now I can only remember one or two lines. I remember being VERY excited when we went to Boston and walked the Liberty Trail and we walked by the bell tower where the lanterns were hung. History is so fascinating!!
Ah. It's nice to get back to sewing. This block was made with Valorie Well's Little Rose in Teal from her Olive Rose line. I love this line of fabric! It was freezer paper pieced and went together surprisingly well.
This block does remind me a bit of a church steeple...