Here is my Craftsy block of the month for July! Tumbling blocks. It was fun to make and pretty easy thanks to Laura’s great as usual explanations. I’m happy it was a simplified version and not full of Y seams as it looks like it would be.
I am using serious scraps for this quilt, so I had to piece together some of my fabrics, but I think because it’s such a busy quilt so far, it will all blend well. It’s definitely pretty crazy and full of prints, but I am really loving it. This block was supposed to help see how important colour value is when quilting – darks and lights. While I know about value (thanks Fine Arts degree!) it wasn’t my main focus. I’m really interested in using challenging colours and prints for this quilt. I’m getting better at matching points and other fiddley things too.
I’m not going to make August’s block, it’s an appliqué basket of flowers and I don’t like how it fits with the whole quilt. I’m going to do the tutorial anyway to learn Laura’s tricks, but do a square from the 2012 block of the month quilt to go in it’s place. As I finish this block and realised the next one was August I thought – AUGUST!!?? Coming already? Nuts…
Well this is kind of awesome! Craftsy, where I love to do many online courses and check out peoples crafts photo’s and get free patterns for knitting and quilting and such, is having a Free Class Day to benefit Donors Choose. For one day only, new members can choose one free course from a selection of favorite Craftsy classes, up to a $39.99 value! If you haven’t taken a Craftsy class yet, Saturday is your chance to sign up for your first by choosing from classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, bread baking, and more!
My Craftsy 2013 BOM’s so far…
Craftsy is donating funds to Donors Choose to fund arts education in public schools across the US. Existing members are not eligible for the free course offer, but will still receive a special treat.
Just so you know I get a dollar if you sign up from my site – but honestly I love the Craftsy online community a lot, so join from wherever you want to, I’m just happy to spread the free course fun! I’ve already learned tons from the classes. It’s a great way to start your long weekend : )
Ahh finally it’s beginning to look like spring here – took it’s time. I got to sew a bit this weekend. As well as enjoy a sleep in and steak and eggs for breakfast. I made the April Craftsy block of the month, which as you can tell by April being almost over, I was kind of dreading. I’ve never done any curved piecing so I was a bit apprehensive about this one. But of course, good old Laura explained everything brilliantly, and it was too easy!
I made it much harder for myself by insisting on machine sewing the inner circle into the block instead of appliquéing it, which I might just have to undo because it puckered so much. I don’t mind appliqué as such, I just prefer to sew it in by machine if I can. In any case – the curved part was easy! Just took my time and followed instructions and voila! Another one bites the dust. The best thing about this sample quilt is that I’m thinking of all kinds of quilts I can make using just one or a combination of any of the blocks so far.
I also started a new little project, beginning to make some little lap/baby quilts for fun and to give away and sell. It was so fun to just piece squares together for a change, I really enjoy just the process of sewing some days. This little pastel quilt is really fun.
I was actually waiting all week for my first ebay purchase – woot! It’s a walking foot for my machine, finally. I hope and pray this will help my little machine be able to at least straight line quilt. I’m planning on testing it out on my Architextures quilt that I recently threw in the corner after my last disaster with trying to quilt it. Now I’m excited to try again with new batting and a new foot.
This quilt is going to be a real learning quilt for me. Which is why I like BOM’s because you get so many good new tips and ideas. Craftsy’s February blocks are sewn using partial seams, which are nothing too difficult, but really good to know how to do. Once again Laura explains them really well. I totally enjoyed making these 3, now I’m just wanting March to come quickly. (Not just for the next BOM, hurry up spring!)
Using some pretty craaazy colour combo’s – Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, Anthology and Anna Maria Horner. These blocks were much easier than I thought they’d be.
I just snuck in on the last day of January to finish the first of my Craftsy blocks of the month from the free Online Quilting Class. I was waiting for some new solids for this quilt, but it’s begun now and it’s so much fun. Laura Nownes, who is teaching this class seems so sweet. I’d like to be in a class of hers for sure. Here’s what my January offset log cabin blocks look like.
Using Kona Coal, Joel Dewberry and Architextures.
I mentioned Craftsy in an earlier post, because I’ve been doing lots of their online tutorials and loving them! Now I am happy to say, I’m an affiliate with them, so if you ever like the sound of one of the tutorials or information I share, you can click the link or ad and join too. Lots of classes are free, but I warn you about spending in the shop – it’s very dangerous! I plan on learning to knit better this year. And the owner of Figgy’s patterns has a class or two on Craftsy, which is really exciting. So I will have some of their ads on the blog, because I really love what they have to offer. Just letting you all know!
Most exciting thing so far this year for me is signing up for the 2013 block of the month quilt tutorial. I can’t wait. Best thing of all – it’s free! You can buy all the fabric you need for it as part of the course materials if you’d like (they’re really cute), but I like a mish mash of fabrics, so I’ll be using my own scraps.
I’ll be starting my January block as soon as I’m back from holidays (a couple weeks)! I’ve already seen lots of photos of people who have finished their first block already! They’re keen aren’t they?! Just what I need – efficient people as inspiration. Time to sort some fabric…
Ahh Liberty fabrics. Aren’t they lovely? I must admit I was a little slow to discover just how lovely they are. But when I first started my hand sewn triangle scrap quilt years ago (inspired and taught by the amazing Pip! More to come on her later!) She gave me some scraps to start my quilt with and many of them were Liberty fabrics. This week I got a lovely little package in the post from the UK.
3 gorgeous fabric pieces I’ve been wanting forever. I need to make a new handbag. I should just buy one, but recently I found an awesome free tutorial on Craftsy with a reversible tote bag I think will be perfect for me. It’s always hard to find the perfect size, I find, big enough to carry lunch and shoes, not too big that your keys take hours to find (although I do tend to have this problem even with a clutch).
These are the fabrics I think I am going to use. Dear Stella Marea Fishscale Blue and Liberty of London fabric Maud blue. With my favorite Anthology raindrops on the inside.
For those who don’t know Craftsy is an awesome site, full of tutorials, projects, patterns, supplies and goodies for sale. A big community of crafters to chat with too, basically a giant craft combination of facebook, pinterest and online classes. You have your own profile and so far, the tutorials I’ve followed have been brilliant.