Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sawtooth Stars - Building Blocks Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  I can't believe September is nearly over!  And it doesn't feel like fall here either; yesterday it was 107!!!  I guess I should be thankful that we haven't had nearly as many triple digit days as last summer, and it is supposed to cool down a bit by next weekend.

I'm just looking forward to fall.  It is my favorite season.  The cool breezes, the occasional rain shower, soup for dinner, not to mention the desire to get into my sewing room and make stuff.....Fall!

I made up these sawtooth star blocks as samples for my next commission project.  I find that it is hard for non-quilters to imagine how big the blocks will be without seeing them, so I made up this 12 inch one.

Sawtooth Star

And then this 8 inch one.  The recipient also needs to choose between the two different reds that I have.  I like this darker one best, but it will be up to her.

Sawtooth Star

In other news, I did finish my "Friends of the Forest" quilt in time for the Quilt Walk in Blue Jay on Saturday.  This picture was taken when I finished up that all over leaf design that I was really worried about.  As I suspected, when it was all done and you stepped back a bit, it worked out just fine.  I used a light blue thread that blended well with the animal blocks, but stood out from the navy background.

Friends of the Forest - all quilted

In fact, I wasn't the only one that thought so, because it sold at the show!  My daughter was a little dissapointed, but she knows that I can make her another one.

Participants displaying quilts in the Quilt Walk, like many shows, are given the option of including a price in the discription if he/she wants to sell their quilt.  I usually price my quilts according to what they are worth, to me.  After all, I know how much time and effort I put into them, plus I would obviously like to keep them.  For example, last year I displayed my flag quilt (top left pic in the header), and I put a price of $1500 on it.  I had a pretty good idea that no one would buy it for that price, but I also really loved the quilt.  If I was going to part with it, I most definitely wanted to be compensated for the nearly year-long stitching by hand that went into making that EPP quilt.  I am not one of those quilters that just hopes to get the cost of supplies back.  Now, I will admit that this Friends of the Forest quilt was priced a bit more reasonably because I knew that I could make another and would enjoy doing it.

How do you price quilts that you post for sale?

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,

Jennie


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thistle Blocks - Building Blocks Tuesday


Thistle blocks

These are the Thistle blocks from the Fancy Forest pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (**affiliate link). They were relatively easy and quick compared to the fireflies and hedgehogs!  Yet, of all the blocks, the foxes are by far the easiest and quickest.

I completed the sashing over the weekend and have already loaded it up on the frame for quilting.  I started quilting an all over leaf pattern that sounded like a great idea in my head,  Now that I have the first few inches in a row done, I am highly skeptical that it will look good.  Perhaps Lori Kennedy got into my head recently with her post about Six Ways to Ruin a Quilt with Quilting   Not that she addressed this particular issue, but I just have the "Ruin a Quilt with Quilting" thing stuck in my head and destroying my confidence.  I have decided to persevere with the pattern and see what happens.  I am hopeful that it is just one of those things that doesn't look fabulous close-up but will give a great texture when you step back a from it.  Fingers crossed?

If I want to enter this quilt in the show this weekend, I have to have it completely finished by Friday to turn in.  Say some prayers.  I am pretty confident that I can get the quilting done, but I like to hand bind and that usually takes a while.

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,

Jennie


***This post may contain affiliate links.  If you purchase something after clicking on one of my links, I may be compensated, but at no additional cost to you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fireflies - Building Blocks Tuesday-ish.


Fireflies

Whew, these took a while!  But aren't they cute?

These are the fireflies from the Fancy Forest pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (**affiliate link).  I've only the thistle blocks to go!  Maybe this will get done....fingers crossed.

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,

Jennie


***This post may contain affiliate links.  If you purchase something after clicking on one of my links, I may be compensated, but at no additional cost to you!