Sunday, February 14, 2010

{ Happy Valentine's Day } Freestyle Piecing for A Swap Partner & A Mini in the Mail!

Happy Sunday everyone! Did you have any romantic Valentine's plans for today? I know I didn't. My wife and I decided to keep it low key this year and spend time as a family at home. Those plans were foiled though when my DW got called into work for a PH emergency. She's back now and we just finished up an episode of Big Love on HBO. Aww, how romantic! :P

I did sneak away for a few hours today to get some quilting done for a swap. This mini top was made using batik scraps. No paper piecing involved. I started with 1 center strip and then sewed 2 strips on each side at a slant. Sort of like a modified string quilt block. I was very careful to use the same degree tilt for each strip. That way the blades would meet up when the blocks were sewn together. Each of the blocks finished out at around 3.5 inches. I put 4 of them together to make a larger block. There are 16 blocks total in the top. Waddayathink?




I want to try the same block using Denyse Schmidt's Katie Jump rope line. I think it would make a great pillow! Any ideas on how to quilt it would be appreciated. I'm at a loss so far.

I also wanted to share with you a swap quilt I received in the mail recently. This one came from Diane. We were paired up for a Swap-Bot swap. She must have done some investigating in my profile because she made the quilt using some of my favorite fabric, Swell by the Urban Chicks for Moda. Check it out.





Thanks for the awesome quilt Diane!

That's all for now, I've got a February quilting bee update for tomorrow. Stay tuned. Hope everyone has a great President's day on Monday. Get to the quilt shops for some great sales. May your stash always be overflowing!

17 comments:

  1. Hey, thanks for the mention and pics of my little quiltie. :)

    Your blocks are rockin'. As for quilting, my first thought was a spiral, starting in the center of each black square. And I think I'd use a multicolor thread. Or you could meander in all the colored portions, and do something decorative in the black corners.

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  2. What a cute quilt....those apples are wonderful....

    love your squares!!

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  3. Love the quilt you are making AND the one you received. Keep up the great work!

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  4. Both quilts are great. Spirals are good idea for quilting the Batiks. I'm sure what ever you decide will turn out great.

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  5. I like your quilt blocks. Also, the apple quilt.

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  6. Hello!
    I haven't introduced myself to you yet, but I have been truly enjoying your blog! Thank you for sharing all of this for everyone to read and become inspired! I'm relatively new to blogging, but feel free to visit me at www.myroadtoinspiration.blogspot.com. I hope you and all your followers have a very blessed day!
    Cindy from Iowa

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  7. Love your batik blocks! They are very stunning! For quilting, I agree with poster #1 -- a spiral. That was the first thought that came to my mind. The apple quilt is amazing -- your swap partner did a fabulous job.

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  8. Terrific blocks! Love the strips and the black in the center - stunning. Those apples are cute!

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  9. Hey Ryan,
    Love love love the batiks!! Especially love the secondary pattern when you join them all together - almost like a cart wheel.
    After a long sewing block, I can't wait to get back to sewing - I am currently between houses and the machine and fabric is at the other house :( soon my pretties, soon. the tapestry I have on hand is just not cutting it for creativity.
    Love the colours of the apples - must get me some of the turquoise/ red combination. Oh no, that's right I am supposed to be DOWN sizing!! Oh well.

    Have a great week
    Lush
    Sydney Australia

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  10. Love the quilt top you are making with the batik scraps. FABulous!

    joan

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  11. I LOVE the batik blocks! Are they on foundations or just free-pieced? Would you consider a tutorial, please? They're amazing.

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  12. Love the blocks with the black centers! Awesome!

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  13. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Lucy

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  14. I like what you did with the batiks, I think your onto something. Apple quilt is a keeper, turqoise and red are classic in my eye.

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  15. Both are beautiful quilts Ryan.. Love your batik quilt, batiks are my all time favorite.

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  16. Just found your blog thru a friend at the KC Modern Quilt Guild. Love your style! I'll be following you!

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  17. wow I love the batik scrap squares. Any chance of a tutorial.......

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