Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WIP: Spring Break Edition!

I'm trying to use every precious minute of spring break to check some things off my to-do list!

So far,  my "Power of Ten" quilt is quilted!

Tonight, I will begin to sew the binding while watching Wheel of Fortune and Netflix with Henry. Then, I can cross this off my AMQG WOW list!

Remember this "Grass Garden Maze" I created with the awesome grass fabric that Angela and Gina from Bunny's Designs sent me? I'm going to resume progress on this and create some pillows for my couch. Let the "spring puking" commence! ; -)

These were my purchases from the Austin Shop Hop. I made a dress from the top left and I'm going to use some of the others for my spring pillows. (Notice I needed to buy more grass? I'm addicted!)

Lastly, I finished the Laurel dress yesterday! I choose to keep in simple and make it sleeveless. I love it! 

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! :) 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

MQG Riley Blake Challenge Quilt: Rectangle Floor Plan

I've completed my Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge quilt and I'm calling it the...

Rectangle Floor Plan *

When I began sketching my design for this project, I honestly wasn't thinking about anything having to do with math education. (Mom, are you laughing? Stop. I really do think about other things besides math.) Actually, I tried to incorporate some of Heather Grant's modern quilt ingredients from the Austin Guidelines. In particular, I focused on negative space and grid work but I'm not confident that the final product reads those things. Having to actually commit to an ingredient really increased the dopamine activity in my brain. This caused me to have lots of questions and I realize that I have much more to keep learning about. : )

Nevertheless, my math passion found its way into this quilt. I've been learning quite a bit about using open tasks in the math classroom, and think that this quilt could spark some great discussion. A question/task is open when a variety of responses are possible. 

Here are some open questions I thought about:
1. Write a number sentence using one or more of the polygons in this quilt.
2. The answer is 5, what could be the question? or equation?
3. What could be a fraction to represent one or more of the rectangles? 
Don't forget to ask, "How do you know?" Always ask for justification!

If you are a educator, parent, math lover or learner, give these questions a try with friends! Of course, it's got to be with friends so you can appreciate and learn from the variety of responses.

On a side note, I also could have been channeling myself as an 8 year old girl. I would have loved this quilt on the floor when I was playing with my Barbies and Trolls. Henry thought it was a robotic bunny. See how open this quilt is! ; )

I'll leave you with a few photos of the back and the quilting (which was all quadrilaterals until one irregular hexagon snuck in there). If you follow me on Instagram (@bettinadanger) I posted a photo of that crazy polygon!

Finished quilt size is 51inches by 51 inches.

Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful Sunday! : ) Try out an open question and tell me if it was any good!

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Flow Zone" Block of the Month: Photos of the Finished Quilt

January of 2014 has been wonderful! After coming back from my trip to Lincoln, Nebraska for the New Year, I felt refreshed and inspired to finish quilting my "Flow Zone" Quilt. I've been meaning to post photos of the finished product, but just haven't found the time to look through the images and pick my favorites. Today I am grateful for Texas Snow Days! ;-) Thank you, LISD, for canceling classes so I could check this post off my to-do list!

Here are a few of my favorite photos:

I created a pillow to match using Elizabeth Hartman's Cat Quilt Along. The cat blocks were quick and easy to make!

This Crate and Barrel Lounge Sofa was one of my Christmas presents! I think it looks a bit lonely with only one pillow, but don't worry...I've decided that this couch is going to puke spring this year! To be continued with better photos...

Well, this concludes the "Flow Zone" Block of the month! Thank you all for playing along with me! Stay warm and cozy out there! XOXOXO

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Recycled T-Shirt Logos

These are recycled logos in their finest moment! A once stained t-shirt that was worn for many months has taken on a new life and the fabulous, glow-in-the-dark 'Henry + the Invisibles' logo will live again as a brand new tote bag. A once torn up, discarded hoodie is now the center of attention as a useful bucket to hold anything your heart desires.
All items are recycled with love and are sure to live a beautiful second life!

Here was my process for attaching the logo onto the canvas:
I carefully cut out the logo from the old t-shirt and ironed a Pellon Clear Fuse on the back. This way the logo would fuse to the fabric and not shift when placed on the front of the canvas. A zig zag stitch around the perimeter of the logo secures it in place.

For the sweatshirt, I used the same process as above, but I didn't waste the rest of the sweater material after I cut out the logo. It became the lining for the basket.

I'm know I'm not the only one with a favorite t-shirt that doesn't get any more use because of a tear or stain...but if you still love the image, I say give it a useful second life!