Saturday, May 12, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Block Collector's Edition Vol. 5

I WON!  Quiltmaker's magazine had a 5 day blog tour of their 100 Blocks Vol. 5 collectors edition. The blog tour was the first week in May so all the giveaways are closed. However, you can start here with day one to check out the designers that participated in the tour. Be sure to look at all 5 days! Wait, I'll make it easier for you, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5!

I so enjoyed following the tour and learning how the designers came up with the block name or the design. Some gave tips and had lots of pictures showing the blocks in various colorways, and layout setting options.

Quiltmaker's and the designers were giving away the Vol. 5 edition if you left a comment on their post. Sherri at A Quilting Life drew MY name/comment!! Sherri's awesome block is #484, Summer Garden Dream, and is found on page 65.

The magazine is available now, so be sure to pick up a copy you will definitely be inspired. All the blocks finish at 12 inches. There are applique blocks, foundation pieced blocks, mixed technique blocks and pieced blocks, something for everyone! There's also a designer and a tester gallery of photos. Of course there is a pattern pull out section found in the center of the magazine!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm off to read, look through, try to decide which one to make first!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Denim/Jean Quilt

I've been saving my 2 son's jeans for quite a while to make a quilt out of them! I bookmarked this super great tutorial to go to when I was ready! They were taking up a lot of room in my youngest sons closet and I finally decided it was time!

In the tutorial, Natalia says to rip the jeans because it's much easier on your hands than cutting them with scissors. I don't know why I was skeptical, maybe I thought I couldn't rip the jeans. However, I snipped the bottom of the leg to get it started, and then I ripped, and WOW she was right! It was quick and easy!  Here's a picture of my stack of ripped jean strips!

I used my rotary cutter to trim them to the desired size. Actually, first I sorted them by size... by the width of the strip. Some of the jeans were boys size 8's and I could get a 5.5 inch width by length of jean. Some are larger boys size 12's that I could cut a 7 inch width strip. Some of the knees had holes in them, so I cut the knees out and those are the shorter strips, which worked out great to help offset the seams!

This quilt is so easy and would go together in no time but that's the problem.. lately I have no time to sew! I am managing to get a little time in here and there and actually making progress!

Here's a picture of the top and I love this picture.. look at those indigo colors! It doesn't look this blue when it's inside!

Since this picture was taken, I added 2 more rows to make it a little longer. It measures 50 x 55.

The picture below shows the flannel backing. I had a hard time finding a flannel I liked.. well that I liked for the boys. I found pinks, purples, florals and young kiddish flannels. I really like this one with the owls!

Currently, I'm straight line quilting it and it's heavy! I'm really excited to get it finished and start another one! 

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday. Be sure to check out what everyone else is working on!

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Thanks for stopping by!