Monday, May 31, 2010

Creativity 101

I was at Quintessential Quilts the other day, buying fabric for the sashing for my 7th graders quilt, when I saw their buck a block (it's a block of the month kind of thing). It's being done in black and white, so that is what caught my eye. You can make two blocks from the strips. There is enough left over for a third block, but what I'm going to do is make two more by adding a color from my stash. I'm trying to decide if I want the accent color to be the same throughout the quilt, or if I'll use different colors each month. I'll use my hand-dyes. I'm thinking lime green would be fun.

I always have to put my own stamp on patterns, etc. That way I can make it my own. It's creativity 101! Just change a little something and yours is different than anyone else's. So, see how easy it is. With the buck a block, all I'm doing is adding my own color and it's all mine. Everyone can be creative with just a little effort. You can do it! Change up the pattern and make it yours!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

My 7th Graders Blocks

Here is a picture of some of the blocks my 7th graders are making. I call it Wonky Nine Patch. I posted a picture of a quilt I made from that pattern in an earlier blog. The kids are really having fun with it. Now, I have to buy some fabric for the sashing, border, and backing. I really enjoy doing this with the kids. I think I'm going to make this a yearly tradition with my students.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Boys like machines

Today, my 7th graders started to make a quilt. They did their own cutting and sewing. The boys were first in line to use the rotary cutter and sewing machine. They really did a great job. The quilt we're making will be donated to our church's fall festival for the auction. I'm hoping it will bring in a good bid. I'll take pics and post them later.

Still doing at least 5 mins. a day. I'm proud of myself.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Middle School

I really do love my middle school students. Wednesday and today, we were went on an outdoor education field trip to a county park near here. Wednesday was cold and miserable, but the kids were outstanding! They dealt with the weather and schedule changes and lived to tell about it. Today was much better! We found a frog that was as a big as a baseball cap. The kids had a great time, being in touch with nature.

Last night, the 7th graders and I slept overnight in the school gym. They were really good. I got a good night sleep, even with them getting up for an 11:30 pm cold pizza in the fridge run.

One of my students took a picture of me in a funny, furry hat on Wednesday. Once I get a copy, I'll post it.

Last night, my five minutes of quilting was actually just looking at my latest copy of QNM.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


So, I'm done now with being president of the quilt guild. It's been quite a year and it will be good to be able to sit back and just do some handwork at the meetings.

I went to the Woolen Mill Gallery here in Reedsburg tonight. They have a crafting night every second Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm. You have to do a portable craft, so my GFG fits the bill. Hopefully there will be more people there next month. It's a good way to support an local business.

Not much else to report except that I'm still keeping up with my challenge! I'm proud of myself!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tacoma Loves My Quilts

I was trying to lay out a quilt, but apparently, Tacoma needed to be between me and what I'm doing! A 90 lb dog is pretty much an unmovable object!

The first month of my challenge is over and I have managed to quilt at least five minutes each day. It takes about five minutes to sew a hexagon onto my GFG quilt, so there have been a few days that's all I did. But for each one sewed on, that's one more closer to being done.

I think I have to add some organizing the sewing room time into my challenge. It's almost to the point that I can't walk around.