Sunday, October 26, 2014

Finally! Blocks C and D for the Winter version of Aspen Glow

Well, it took a while longer than I expected (sort of) to complete the next round of blocks for the Aspen Glow Quilt-along, but here they are:

The C blocks took a really, really long time to get through.  Between selling a house, having two birthdays in the family, and a round of tests and subsequent grading at work, it just seemed like they were never going to end!  The D blocks (squares) were a lot easier to plow through in a spare moment.

I am going to switch back to my spring quilt to make the pointy E blocks.  That one is only twin-sized, so it is always goes much faster.

Friday, October 24, 2014

First ever entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival: Wonky Stars from Minnesota

I am happy to submit an entry to the Fall 2014 Blogger's Quilt Festival on Amy's Creative Side.  This looks like a really great way to share ideas, by seeing others' incredible work.


I'm submitting my Wonky Star quilt.  The original blog post on making this quilt is here.  I bought the fabric in Minnesota after we drove there from Virginia on a family trip.  My husband and I left the teenagers at the Mall of America with aunts and uncles, and took off to look for some interesting rocks an hour west of town.  We promptly ran over a huge metal bracket left in the middle of the highway (ah, construction season in Minneapolis) and ripped all four tires to shreds.  After pulling off into a hotel parking lot, then an impromptu purchase and installation of all new tires, we started on our way, again.

 We did find the quarry with some of North America's oldest rocks.  On the way back, we stopped by a quilt store and I bought some charm packs of PB&J. 

There are some other fabrics in the quilt.  One of the red ones was found in my grandparents' house shortly after they died.  My grandmother always loved the color red, so it's a nice reminder of her.  I bought the backing fabric on an earlier non-vacation trip, the night before I gave a presentation to almost 300 people in Newport News, VA.  It was an incredibly important point in my career - the research ideas I was lecturing about got me tenure. So, this quilt reminds me of a lot of different things that happened in my life.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

D blocks for the Spring: Aspen Glow Quilt Along



Not a lot of time this week to post!  But, here are my various D blocks for the spring version of the Aspen Glow quilt.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Block B for the winter version of Aspen Glow

And here are my completed B blocks for the larger, queen-sized version using the winter setting of the Aspen Glow pattern available from Cora's Quilts:
I'm doing this version in queen-size, and produced a giant pile of blocks during sewing!  This is one of the only times there wasn't a cat sitting on them as well.

So far I've only done mint blocks, so it will be neat to start in on the other fabrics for the next set of blocks.

Blocks C1 and C2 for the Spring version of Aspen Glow

It took all day (in between doing other things), but I finished the C blocks for the twin-sized Aspen Glow quilt I'm making using Bluebird Park:

 Lines of little chain-pieced strips for the C blocks.

The completed blocks.  I'm using the Autumn setting for this quilt, so I actually do have a C1 and C2 version of the block. All of the ones visible in this picture are C1 (green on the bottom).  The C2 blocks have yellow patterns on the bottom.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Block A for Winter and Block B for Spring: Aspen Glow pattern

After I got the flu shot and then promptly came down with a bad head cold for a week, I finally felt well enough today to get a little piecing done for the Aspen Glow quilt along.

These are blocks A for the large (queen-sized) winter version of the quilt.  I really like the background color I'm using for this one.  It's light stone gray, but to me it looks like the color of my morning coffee, which is actually half coffee and half creamer.  The mint pattern is from Winter's Lane.

I also sewed through block B for the spring version (it's actually the autumn pattern, but I'm making it with the spring-y fabrics of Bluebird Park.
I had to use the flash on this one- it is getting darker earlier and earlier every day. :( At least the weather has decided to cool down to something more appropriate for September.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Block A for Aspen Glow Quilt-Along: Bluebird Park

I managed to get all of my squares and rectangles cut for my Bluebird Park version of the Aspen Glow pattern.  There is a little bit more time here in September before things just become totally crazy with my job, so I went ahead and finished Block A for this quilt:
 Squirrel-y block.
I am working with fat eights of material, so it was necessary to use more than one fabric in the line for the "medium gray" squares in these blocks.