Friday, June 25, 2010


Here are my submissions for Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around the Block. I used scraps that I already had to make these. The green seersucker is from a pair of pants of Phil's that I turned into shorts for him. He seemed pleased to see me use it! It was a lot of fun to make these. I used a pattern for the plaid one, but for the house I just kind of free form pieced it. It obviously didn't turn out as I would have liked...notice the tip of the roof had to be cut off. Oh well, I learned from it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Rainbow Around the Block

I haven't even finished my first quilt (which I have put aside until I resolve some tension issues I'm having while free motion quilting) and I'm thinking about what quilt project to do next. I really want to work on my block construction skills since I just used easy 4x4 blocks for my quilt.

I was so excited when I came across this on Anna Maria Horner's blog! If you haven't ever heard of Anna Maria Horner, then you probably aren't a sewer or a quilter. Anna Maria is a fabulous fabric designer, textile designer, quilter, seamstress, etc. I have yet to use any of her fabrics, but have been drooling over them for some time now. Anyway, Anna Maria lives in TN right by where they had all that horrible flooding. In an effort to help the the families who have lost their homes, she has put together Rainbow Around the Block. She is asking for quilters to send her 12.5x12.5 squares that will be used in quilts and given to the families. This is perfect for me to practice my piecing skills and help others along the way.

I'm off to the fabric store today to choose some fun fabrics for this projects and some others! I will post pics of my blocks before I send them off to TN.

Oh and on another exciting note (well, exciting for me to say the may roll your eyes if you choose) I made my very first skirt yesterday! I cheated a little bit and used an old pair of jeans that don't fit me, but I'm pretty proud of myself. It ended up being a really cute dark denim pencil skirt! I think I even impressed Phil a little bit with my skills! But I really can't take all the credit. I used THIS tutorial. I'm not pregnant, so I didn't even touch the waistband. Anyway, I'm pretty excited about it and I've been patting myself on the back since last night! I will post pictures when I decide to get the camera out...Lately I haven't been taking too many pictures because I'm really unhappy with my camera. Oh well, I'll have to suck it up until we buckle down and buy a new one.

Happy Saturday!