Monday, September 30, 2013

"Flow Zone" Block of the Month: October

Hi friends! I almost wrote that I can't believe it's the last day of September but my schedule has been so full of home, work and family business that it really actually does feel like it should be October tomorrow! Last week, our Superintendent encouraged us to embrace "flow" and strike a balance between our health, work and personal lives. So, in honor of the "flow zone" block of the month, I hope you will take your mind off of any stress and enjoy sewing this block! Thank you, Karen, for picking a beautiful block for the month of October! It's called the...


Click here for the tutorial. On a side note, I didn't have the link for the tutorial when I made my block, so I challenge you to use what you learned from the August block to make it without the directions!

Here is my version:
So lovely! Don't forget to post your blocks in the Flickr group!
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rhombi in the Sky Quilt

Remember the equilateral triangle quilt progress I posted about last month? Well, although this quilt has been finished for a few weeks, I did not want to post any other photos until it was given to its owner which was Henry's dad, Henry! I'm pretty sure he liked it! I decided to name it Rhombi in the Sky. In my opinion, there are two fronts to the just depends on what you are in the mood to look at!
How many rhombi do you see? How did you see them? A little subitizing (the ability to see a group of objects without counting) practice for you! Here we have 3 large and 6 small rhombi. I placed each rhombus on my design wall to match one of my sketches and voila! Rhombi in the sky was born. 
This is the second front of the quilt and it has 12 rows of equilateral triangles with 17 triangles in each row. Can you mentally do the math to find out how many triangles are on this quilt top? Try it now and then see if you did it similar to me. I thought of 12 x 12 and that is 144, and 12 x 5 = 60 (that 5 was left from the 17) So, 144 and 60 is 204 triangles! The finished dimensions were about 54" x 78". I'm estimating because I don't remember and the quilt is gone. If each side of the triangles are 6 1/2 inches, does that seem reasonable? (Last math question, I promise.)
Close up of the quilting. I tried my best to make some sharp angles but they ended up looking like STARS! I think it matched quite well with the rhombus side of the quilt.
Besides my Bettina DANGER tag, I don't have any custom quilt labels but I do like to quilt a few words and numbers. I smile every single time I hear those words above.

Thank you for reading!
Peace, Love and Happiness to YOU!

stitch by stitch

Sunday, September 1, 2013

"Flow Zone" Block of the Month: September

Blink! September has arrived. I hope everyone enjoyed the August block: The Zigzag! This month is Jeananne's choice...

*Castle in the Air*

Here is the link from The Quilter's Cache/Marcia Hohn.

Word of advice: Don't forget to look at Page 3 for the cutting list! I didn't realize this page was included  at the end. Livin' and learnin' over here!

Regardless... I do love how my block came together.
Can't wait to see your block in the Flickr Group!

Next up...It's Karen's choice for October! :) Only 3 more to go!