Sunday, July 24, 2011

Couldn't continue sewing on the "disappearing 9-patch" top I am making from my Kaffee Fassett stash, that is until I made a new pin cushion today. I have discovered the need for a pin cushion, needle threader and thimble in every room..... how many of  you feel way?
Spent the day with my friend, Vicki, last Wednesday. We sewed all day except for the couple of time-outs to have a piece of strawberry yogurt pie and take a trip to the quilt store. Vicki shared a new (to me) piecing pattern called "disappearing 9-patch". Here are a couple of great links that explain how to do this fun and fast block:  
I have been stashing away some of those wonderful Kaffe Fassett fabrics for a few months, but was feeling intimidated  thinking about what to make with them. Thanks to Vicki, this particular pattern seems to be perfect for those colorful fabrics. I am using Michael Miller's solid jet black fabric along with 3 Kona fabrics (a dusty lavender, a teal and a bright orange) for the center block on the 9-patch. If you haven't had a opportunity to use this "rich black", you should... it is lovely and reminds me of the rich black I would build in my computer programs for graphic design projects. Just delicious!

Butterfly|Moth wall quilt finished!
I recently finished quilting the butterfly|moth quilt I started last summer. This quilt was a "collaboration" project with Vicki. We each  appliquéd butterfly and moth blocks using batiks that we selected for the project, then embellished the blocks with embroidery and/or beads, buttons, etc. Before piecing our 12 blocks together, we traded each other 6 of our blocks. Up to this point, we had not shared much of our handwork on this project. So, it was a pleasant surprise at this juncture of our collaboration. Here are the finished wall quilts. This top image is of Vicki's quilt. There is a slight difference in the fabrics and treatment we chose for piecing the borders, other than that, all the fabrics used are the same yet the difference is in how and where we used them.
This is my finished wall quilt.
I'll take some close-ups of the blocks to share later. You can see the progression of my quilt in my earlier blogging:
It's Sunday evening about 8:50 p.m. here and the temperature outside is 100º... YIKES! 

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a very creative week.