Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WIP - Teacher Leader Vision Quilt

Yep...still geeking out triangles! This is still very much a work in progress, but here is the beginning of our Elementary Math Teacher Leader Flag!
All of the math team selected a shape that represents them as a Math Teacher Leader. The three sections represent our district vision for all students to Make Sense of Math, Do the Math and Use the Math.

Next step, zig zag stitch around all of the shapes. More to come!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Fabric from the Austin Shop Hop!

The Austin Fabric Shop Hop this past weekend was phenomenal! There were 6 stores participating (2 are usually exclusively online) and they all stock amazing fabric. Seriously...eye candy all day long! Click on the link above to see all of the stores that you can support if you need fabric!
Some of the items I bought are for my living room like the gorgeousness to the far left and the geometric print in the center. I'm itching to spice up that room with a floor pillow and/or cushion. The light blue, purple and orange fabric toward the front will be a perfect background for the future math teacher leader quilt flag. Annie Kitty is sitting to the right of some fabric that will become bags! And of course, do you spy the hexagon earrings? Math favorite! They will go perfect with my hexagon slacks I snagged up during tax free weekend.
I already made my mama an iPhone sleeve from some fabric she picked out. *Feeling blessed* Birthday month is turning out to be awesome! 9 more days of my twenties! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

WIP-Tumbling Blocks

In May, I started messing around with some three-dimensional designs. I found this video explaining tumbling blocks by Marci Baker. Although there are some excellent tips for a beginner like me, there aren't too many measurements to follow (and I don't have her book), so I guesstimated my best estimates and tried something out. Last week, I realized that The Craftsy Block of the Month for July by Laura Nownes discusses 60 degree triangles and tumbling blocks! After watching it, I couldn't help but wonder why this wasn't the May or June know...before I sliced up some of my fabric! ;-)
I've taken the top right design and made it into a wall hanging. The quilting is done and I'm working on binding that today.
Contemplating a larger quilt...
...and trying to decide on what that will end up looking like! Any ideas out there?
Have you ever used isometric dot paper? Perfect for sketching out three-dimensional tumbling block ideas! 

In other news, I've finished the Equilateral Triangle Quilt I posted about last week and photos will be up on my blog soon! 

Have a beautiful day! :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Flow Zone" Block of the Month: August

This is my favorite month of the year! BIRTHDAY MONTH!!! What a coincidence that it is my turn to select a block. I went back and forth on a couple of different things but I chose the...

*Zigzag Triangle Block*

This block is based off of this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman (love her!) for the Sew Mama Sew Blog (love this blog!). I followed the instructions, but in order to stay within our 12 1/2 inch finished block, there are 2 cutting adjustments that you want to make: (don't worry...I did the math for you even though I know you can figure it out!)

1. Cut the squares (16 squares total) so they are 4" x 4" instead of 5" x 5".

2. Once you make your triangle blocks, trim each one to a perfect 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" block.

These few modifications with give you a perfect 12 1/2" finished block! Please comment below if you have a question or hunt me down and I'll be happy to help!

Here is my finished block. I hope to see everyone's block in the Flickr group!