SNTM Virtual Quilting Bee : August

Sew New to Me - August

August was Lisa’s month for our quilting bee. Her theme was “birds, branches and bungalows”. (She has an adorable bungalow.) She sent some great fabrics that really started getting me in the mood for fall. I decided to make a branch modeled after Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson’s Birch Quilt. Are you seeing a theme here? When in doubt for a bee block, refer to Elizabeth Hartman. LOL

This block was a lot trickier than I had anticipated. Even after marking all the pieces, it was still like jigsaw puzzle, figuring out the layout again. I should have taken a photo of the design first. Then, I really had to plan the order I needed to sew the pieces together in order to avoid any pesky Y-seams. But isn’t that what bee’s are about? Push and challenge ourselves?

Lisa, I hope you enjoy your block!

Far, Far Away II

I finished the Far, Far Away II quilt on Saturday. Yesterday my husband was a trooper and we packed up the kids, dog, and quilt to go take pictures in the rain. Luckily it was pretty wooded so we didn’t get too incredibly wet!

I’m pretty excited about how this one turned out. This quilt consists of three types of simple blocks. One set with 3″ centers, one set with 4.5″ centers and one set with 5.5″ centers. There are 42 in total, 14 squares from each of designer Heather Ross’s colorways.

The fabric is a linen blend so it is a bit heavier in weight than quilting cotton. I think this makes for a perfect fall quilt. I have visions of draping it over the kids on wagon rides once the temperatures cool off.

I wanted the back to be a soft palate and let the designs really be the main focus. After much deliberation, I settled on Kona Peach, Butter and Ash. The binding is Kona Ash as well.

Since the linen is not as soft as the fabric I normally work with, I decided to loosely quilt this with diagonal lines. Can you believe I’ve never done diagonal quilting (I think…)? I really like the look and will definitely be quilting more that way.

The final size is 42″ x 50″. I used Dream Cotton Request Loft batting, my usual.