I joined in the Jam Jar challenge that is being run with our Quilt U Alumni group this year. The idea of the challenge is to get projects completed or started that have been on the back burner so seeing as I have a lot of blocks floating around, I decided it was time to do something with them. My Jam Jar is full of blocks that I want to get completed for 2015. They will be made into small gifts such as oven cloths, cushions or totes.... or if they turn out really well, perhaps I'll add to them and make a whole new quilt.
I needed some quick easy place mats for a Christmas setting, however these can be made with any fabric for any ocassion. In fact, they are reversible so the back could be used too. More about that in another post.
Today I did some experimenting with photos. Someone some time ago had told me how you could melt plastic over photos to help prevent them from fading when adding them to some sort of quilt art, so I decided to give it a try. I printed out a few photos of my grandchildren to get started.
Martha Washington star is another block in Carol's class Anatomy of a Block and one I was yet to make until today. It uses many of the techniques I've already shown here on my blog. I use autumn fabrics today. I must be into autumn fabrics lately because that is what I used for Clay's Choice block last week too.
Currently I am teaching Carol's Anatomy of a Block class at Quilt U and was looking through the class lesson to see which new block I could make. I liked the look of Clay's Choice block. It looks more difficult than it really is. Some make it using all half square triangle units, but it is actually easier to make using the flying geese unit technique or snowball corner.
Corn and Beans quilt block is one of the blocks in Carol's class "Anatomy of a Block" which I'm currently teaching at Quilt University. This will be the last time this class is running, but I've had a lot of fun not only teaching it but making many of the blocks. Carol gives instructions for 12" blocks, I like making 6" blocks. This proved a little more difficult than most.
Churn Dash is an old time favorite quilt block and most quilters make it at some time. It is fun and easy so quick to make and also looks great. I use it for a beginner's block in my Tote That Mat Class and Carol also used it in Anatomy of a Quilt Block class which I'm currently teaching at Quilt University.
Another free block for Monday. This time I have chosen a brand new block that I designed myself called Fireworks. This block is foundation pieced so real easy to construct. I made a 6" block, but it could easily be enlarged. That will be for another day.
Some blocks are easier to make when you make a full unit and then cut what you need from that unit and discard the rest. This is so with Aunt Addie's Album block, however I have a way to use that wasted section. I'm making a 12" finished block so this wasted section is a reasonable size.
Today I wanted to make some place mats so thought I'd better review what place mat patterns I have. I realized I only had two patterns. One was for Christmas...