Saturday, February 20, 2010

Paintbox Quilt a Long blocks week 6

I had Monday off for the President's day holiday, so I went a little crazy with the catch up for the Paintbox blocks.  Elizabeth is on week 6, which means I should have 48 blocks.  I knew that I'd be busy this week and next, so I made an extra week's worth (in addition to just catching up to the 6th week).  So here are some pictures of the various blocks I finished this week.

Paintbox quilt along blocks--reds
I really like these pink/red ones.

Paintbox quilt along blocks--grey

I really love the grey on the far right. It's hard to see here, but the print used is this gorgeous geometric print that has a lot of blue-greys in it.  I really like the combo and might end up doing more quilts with that color in it.

Paintbox quilt along blocks--purples
Some purple blocks. 
I got my husband a new camera for Valentine's day, so I am trying out all the different settings.  I think they are better than before but it's still a work in progress.

Paintbox quilt along blocks--blues

And some blue ones. I realize that people are getting up close and personal with my floor a lot. I really wish I had a design wall I could use, or lay out a sheet, but if you saw my apartment, you would understand!

That being said, I've realized that you do not need lots of space and design walls to create great work. Paula Nadelstern, whose amazing solo show I saw at the American Folk Art Museum, did all her work at her kitchen table in Brooklyn! Of course, it wouldn't hurt, but if someone can do what she did, then certainly I can't complain too much.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild first meeting

I am so excited! We are having our first meeting next Sunday, February 21st at 2pm.  It will be at the Park District of Forest Park.  Everyone is welcome.  It will mostly be an organizational meeting, to figure out logistics around what we're all about, how often we'll meet, etc.  If you aren't already part of the Ning group, go here to sign up.

All the details are there, as well as photos of other people's quilts, and a forum.

I'm looking forward to it!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Paintbox Quilt-Along Blocks

Some of you may have heard of Elizabeth's Quilt-Along for her paintbox quilt.  I've always liked this quilt and it's been on my list to make for awhile now, so when this came up, I figured why not? I've just finished a few quilts so I get to start another one.  I haven't kept up because life has been pretty busy lately, but here is what I've done so far.
Paintbox quiltalong blocks

I know that most people do the blocks in some sort of color order, but they're all going to get mixed up anyway, so I just pick up the next fabric in the stack and get to work on them.  I'll be posting more as I make more, but here's my first few.

This is my favorite pair so far.
Paintbox quiltalong blocks

They are the same size, just the perspective is a little off.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February Hip 2 Bee Square blocks

This month Nicole wanted star blocks according to a specific pattern.  It was very easy and the fabrics were fun to work with. She gave us enough white fabric to make two blocks. She also said that we were free to make the center square pieced if we'd like.

February blocks for Hip 2 Bee Square

In the block on the left, I saw that flower print and just couldn't bear to cut it up.  It needed to be a centerpiece.  After making the first block, I had these little triangles left over.  I made the center of the second block using those leftovers.  I really like how both blocks turned out.  It's an easy pattern and a great way to use up scraps.  I just might make some more of these for myself!

I hope she likes them!