Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Inchy Hexagon Club Block from The Splendid Sampler

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

Inchy Hexagon Club Prairie Sewn Studios

Our book all started with piecing the simple hexagon using English paper piecing techniques. Little did I know that I would return to this simple structure again when Block 36 by Jane Davidson, The Inchy Hexagon Club, was posted in The Splendid Sampler.

Keep in mind that our initial instruction was on a much larger hexagon. In this pattern, the side of the hexagon is 3/8". I did take advantage of using two Sizzix Thinlit dies to cut my paper hexagon templates and fabric, saving much time in tracing and cutting.

Inchy Hexagon Club Prairie Sewn Studios

Two flowers are completed; only four more to go!

Inchy Hexagon Club Prairie Sewn Studios

If you want to learn different techniques and try your hand on quilting different blocks, check out The Splendid Sampler.

Monday, June 6, 2016

The AQS Row by Row 2016 Quilt Challenge

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

Over the past several years, Laura and I have traveled to the AQS Paducah show in April.  It's been a wonderful experience to take classes together, view the quilts, see the town of Paducah with the influx of quilters from around the world, shop for fabrics to add to the stash, visit other craftsmen, eat at our favorite restaurants, and attend the performances at the local theater. However, this year we were not able to attend.

Laura Chaney and Linda Chaney
Paducah 2015
Instead, I issued a challenge to my daughter once I realized that AQS was doing a row by row quilt. Each row represents a different show location throughout the US for the year 2016.  What better way to keep intact our togetherness (even though she lives in California and I live in Nebraska) than by creating the AQS 2016 Row by Row quilt. Thus the challenge begins.

I've selected my fabrics from my stash (one of my requirements for the year is to use fabrics from my stash).

Phoenix Row by Row Fabric

How are you doing, Laura? Yes, we have a bit of catching up to do, but I don't think that will be a problem!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Homemade Coat for Chewie the Puppy

Today we welcome a guest post from my Aunt Meg! When I lived in Indiana  I'd frequently drive to my aunt and uncle's house in Fort Wayne for family gatherings. Visiting the family is one of the things I miss most now that I live in California.

Chewie the dog in a coat

Written by Meg Wilson, aunt

Here is a little sewing project. This is my son Kyle's dog, Chewie....of course my grand puppy. Chewie has a skin condition and needs to wear a coat to help her not scratch.

Chewie the dog in a coat

She needed to have more than one so I made a pattern from her old one and made this for her. Now I can make more from this same pattern any time she needs a new one.

dog coat

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mystery Block of the Month with Leah Day

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

One of my goals for 2016 has been to learn to free motion quilting. I decided to join the year long project, Mystery Block of the Month with Leah Day, to create the Sunshine Surprise quilt.

Sunshine Surprise Block

It would force me to overcome my hesitation to do free motion quilting and to start quilting the numerous quilt projects I have pieced throughout the years. It would also allow me to look at different quilting motifs and how they are used on more traditional blocks.

I have completed Sunshine Surprise Block #1 - pieced and quilted! Yes, I did mark the quilting lines and used them as a guide for my free motion quilting.

Sunshine Surprise Block

It's not perfect, but I was pleased with the results. After all, I won't be able to quilt unless I start quilting! This was also the block that gave me the confidence to complete the Elephants Never Forget wall hanging for Shannon.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Aurifil 2016 Designer of the Month

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

One of my year long projects was found through The Splendid Sampler, which I'm currently doing, and Pat Sloan. Aurifil sponsors a year long project that identifies different designers. Each month a different designer is interviewed and the block presented (usually around the 15th of the month). I fell in love with the designs for the first three months and the colors used.  So, I went down to the stash and found a variety of colors that I'm using the make the blocks for this year long quilt.

Although I like all three blocks so far, my favorite is Lake Life. On my Bucket List is the desire to make a quilt using Lady of the Lake block. This reminds so much of that block.

Check out the 2016 Designers of the Month sponsored by Aurifil. I think it's going to be a fun year!

Swirl Away
Swirl Away by Heather Valentine, thesewingloftblog.com

Improv Star
Improv Star by Christa Watson, ChristaQuilts.com

Lake Life by Kari Carr, New Leaf Stitches