Saturday, February 27, 2021

Quilt News, Finish in Turquoise Improv Plus Blocks, Old Projects Dusted Off, Log Cabins and Orange Triangles

Ornamental Cherry blossoming outside the front door!

Close up finished binding, Turquoise Improv Plus Blocks.

The 1 1/4" binding sewed to the front of Improv Plus Blocks here.

Some extra Log Cabin style blocks from another project, dusted off ready for a new start.

Can't get enough of those cherry blossoms!

Binding machine sewn down, back view, on Improv Plus Blocks.

'Improv Plus Blocks in Turquoise', finished! 15"x 35"

Two projects here, one I'm picking apart; the orange triangles, the squares are being cut out for Log Cabin blocks. 


Quilt News from the valley!
Where it's been sunny but cool and ornamental cherries are blooming around town.

I've been busy helping watch my little grand muffin and doing some spring organizing.
I dug deep into my 'left over' pieces and blocks and found some old parts that looked promising.

Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran in their book, Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again, talk about why keeping a 'parts department' to use for new projects is important. It's how one project can inform and lead to the next project.

I found left over Log Cabin blocks and unneeded pieces of a Half Square Triangle project.
So I've started two 'new' projects, not knowing how I'll decide to finish them up. Maybe I'll put them both into one? Keeping the design momentum up by arranging and making color decisions is something 'my little grey cells' need. 

And as we quilters know, Log Cabin blocks and Half Square Triangles are full of design possibilities. They can be used in so many different arrangements and color choices leading to exciting results.

That Quilt Friends is the quilt news.
Have any of you done any organizing lately or found inspiration in past projects?

Here in the valley, I'm remembering to be thankful and I'll be by to visit.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Quilt News! February Color of the Month! Improv Plus Nine Patch Quilt Blocks in Turquoise, Blossoms

Hawthorn is blooming in the valley!

A new yard of Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz 'distressed' turquoise.

I started these Improv Plus Nine Patch blocks a couple of years ago.

Pieced and finger pressed, blocks are 3. 5" finished.

Hawthorn trees blossoming down the street.

February color of the month, pink! I'm changing it out for turquoise however.

Front of my Improv Plus Nine Patch quilt top, 15" x 35".

Back of Improv Plus Nine Patch quilt top in Turquoise, batiks and solids.

Close up view of back....


Quilt news from the valley where Hawthorn Trees are blossoming and skies are bright and blue!

The blossoms are gorgeous and cheery, spring comes early here.

This week I pieced the final row of my Improv Plus Blocks in Turquoise quilt top measuring, 15" x 35", I started it a few years ago inspired by Irene @  and her YouTube tutorial, "How to Make an Improv Plus Nine Patch Quilt Block. " Her tutorial is fun, inspiring and easy to follow.

After doing some research on Plus Nine Patch Quilt Blocks I realized that my blocks technically are  Improv Plus Blocks.

The blue skies reminded me of those Plus blocks I had stashed away so I pulled them out and pieced them together. Then I pieced the back from scraps and left over blocks. The top and back are finished, layering, basting and quilting comes next.

And my color calendar says pink is the color for February but I'm changing that to turquoise because I finished my quilt top in turquoise batiks and solids and my turquoise 'distressed' yardage by Tim Holtz (for another project)  came in the mail from is, in my opinion, the best online fabric store. They have good prices and selection and your order gets shipped quick. I'm not paid to say that, I'm a satisfied customer.

Also take time to visit Svetlana  @ Sotakhandmade, her tutorials on YouTube are great, she specializes in bags and zipper pouches and designs quilts with a Scandinavian flair. Her tutorials are excellent.

And that, quilt friends, is the news from the valley where Hawthorn blossoms and turquoise skies are 'making spirits light.'

How are your projects and plans coming along? I'll be by to visit.