Saturday, March 16, 2019

Block 2, Wyoming Valley (Red & White Star Sampler)

This is another version of Wyoming Valley. You can probably see that I love this block, as I also used it for the center of my Medallion Quilt last summer. The piecing instructions for this one is a little bit different than the block in the Medallion Quilt. For this one, I used a center diamond-in-a-square unit surrounded by flying geese and half-square triangles. Click on the image or caption below for a PDF of the piecing instructions. You can find all blocks by clicking on the Red & White Star Sampler tab above.

Block 2, Wyoming Valley (Red & White Star Sampler)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Block 1, Kansas Star - piecing instructions posted!

This is a 12-inch block that uses a total of nine diamond-in-a-square blocks. My current plan is for a 13-block sampler. At the end, I will make 12 Irish chain blocks for a quilt of about 72 inches.

Click below for a PDF of the cutting and piecing instructions for Kansas Star. All of the blocks in this series will also be available by clicking on the Red & White Sampler tab above.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

New and continuing projects: Block Heads 2 and Red & White Quilt

Even though I haven't posted here lately (I've mostly been on Instagram @elvycrafts), I have been fairly consistent with sitting down at the sewing machine.

After I finished the Medallion Quilt, I wanted to find a filler project that I could work on here and there, so I started the Moda Block Heads 2 quilt-along. This was back in October, and I was quite a ways behind. However, as of a couple of weeks ago, I'm all caught up (except this past Wednesday's block), AND I even began piecing together some of the blocks:


This past month, I also received the first of the year-long Mystery Sampler block-of-the-month by Fig Tree. The collection for this BOM is Farmhouse II. These are the blocks from January:


And, after several starts and stops, I decided to take a new tack on my Red & White Sampler Quilt. Here is the first block, just finished today:


I will post more info on this project later this weekend!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Quilt top finish - 2012 Designer Mystery BOM

I finished up this quilt top a couple of weeks ago, but didn't have time to post it until now. The pattern directions for each block were extremely well written. I only deviated in some parts, for instance, where the directions were for flip-and-trim flying geese, I used the four-at-a-time no-waste method.


I saw that Fat Quarter Shop just posted the 2019 Designer Mystery BOM. So tempted, but I already signed up for the Fig Tree Farm House Mystery Sampler BOM. It was a bit pricey, but I'm glad I signed up, as I see that it is now sold out.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Piecing instructions for final round of Medallion Quilt now available!


I spent today preparing the instructions for the final round of the medallion quilt. The instructions includes yardage information, piecing instructions for the Summer Winds block, and finishing instructions for the final round. You can click on the picture above for the PDF of the instructions, or click on the tab above for the Medallion Quilt home page, which will include all the information you will need for the entire 72" quilt. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Designer Mystery 2012 Sampler Blocks

And just like, autumn is here. It was a dry, hot summer. I think the Portland metropolitan area broke the record for most days over 90 degrees -- I think it was 29 days in the summer of 2015, but I don't know how many days we had this summer.

One of my goals for 2019 was to make up at least one of the quilts kits on my shelf. Thus for the month of August, I focused on the Designer Mystery Block of the Month kit from 2012. Yes, I am almost six years late. I just finished the 12th and last block yesterday morning, so here is all twelve blocks, in no particular order. The putting together of the quilt will have to wait, as next weekend is busy with my only nephew's wedding!











Sunday, August 26, 2018

Finished Quilt - Four & Eight Grid Sampler

Here are the finished quilt photos -- lots of them!

The quilting took me SO SO long to do on my domestic. But the Janome is a workhorse and was up to the task. I finally cleaned it yesterday, and, wow, there were some giganto pieces of dust in there.


Old grey goose:


Border detail:


Hour glass II:


X-quartet:


As you can see, I tried to carry some of the quilting motifs over several blocks to provide continuity. There were many times when I almost quit, ready to put the project away. But I stuck with it, and about 1/3 of the way through, it started coming together, and I started getting excited. So glad I did, because I think it turned out rather well!

Full instructions for quilt can be found here, or under the tab at the top of the page.