September 2011

Key Lime Pie for Deanna

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I received these fabrics from Deanna in our Bee Unique, Bee Knotty bee.

Deanna requested that we make her a traditional block (stars, pinwheels, card trick, flying geese, etc.). I really liked the black floral print she sent and decided to use it as the focus fabric, and the yellow and green as secondary prints because they helped highlight the flowers in the black print. I also decided to use the white on beige print she sent as the background because it would help bring out the white in the focus fabric.

I looked through a lot of patterns and selected “Key Lime Pie” as the block for these prints.

This is a simple block but I like the way the black floral stands out, and the yellow and green prints support the dark center. I decided not to use the brown prints because I like the light/dark contrast between these colors. I really hope Deanna likes the block!

Until next time,
    Joan

Farmer’s Wife – Week 17

I was a little late finishing my blocks for Week 16, so Week 17 got here in a hurry. I have finished three blocks this week. As you can see, I am still playing around on Picnik.com with my photos.

This is what I get for trying to fussy cut a block late at night. I was absolutely certain I had placed the center circle squarely in the center of the medallion in this block. Nope.

?Yesterday, I received these fabrics in the mail from Deanna in the Bee Unique, Bee Knotty bee.

She has asked for a traditional star pattern for her quilt. I love the process of picking a block for someone, using their fabric for inspiration.

If you are interested in joining an online bee, go to http://www.quiltingbeeblocks.com/ for a list of new bees that are forming. There is also information about how the various bees work. I encourage you to give it a try. You are certain to make some new quilting friends.

Until next time,
    Joan

Farmer’s Wife Quilt-along – Week 16

Life has taken me out of my sewing room for the last two weeks, as life will do once in awhile. One week was spent with a case of stomach flu. I rarely get sick and I have never had the flu this early in the year…word to the wise, get that flu shot.

I spent some time playing on Picnik.com this afternoon. It is a photo editing/printing/sharing site and you can do some really fun stuff with your photos. I used this week’s Farmer’s Wife blocks as my experiment. I have placed the name and block number on the individual photo and then used a color filter on the outer edges.

I have to stop here a moment to comment that “Flower Basket” is not one of my favorites. The handle is squished into the upper one-third of the block and the two half square triangles on the bottom of the basket seem too big.

Here is a mosiac of the 36 blocks completed so far:

And here is a super fun feature I found on Picnik.com. I imported the image above (which I made at Bighugelabs.com in their Mosaic maker) into Picnik.com. Picnik has a feature that allows you to put two borders around your photo, and you can color those borders from an amazing color palette. I was able to preview potential inner and outer borders for the blocks so far. How fun is that?

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Until next time,
    Joan