I can’t believe a month has gone by so fast. I had high hopes of accomplishing so much this month but it just didn’t happen. I did manage to get the books and taxes complete. Yeah! I am good for another year. I have also completed the last of the evening gowns that I have been sewing. It turned out quite well and my daughter is happy with it. I used Butterick pattern #5882 and made a few modifications as you can see in the photo.
Bonnie has also been very busy. Besides teaching an eight week long sampler quilt class, a machine quilting class and a binding class at Fabricana in Richmond she has pulled out some of her UFO’s (we all seem to have them) and we have had brainstorming sessions on how to incorporate some of these original ideas into new quilts.
She used the block you saw in last month’s blog for her binding class and here you can see it completed. We are quite happy with the block and are going to develop it into a new quilt pattern. Many of the fabrics used here are Cantik Batiks by Andover Fabrics. We really enjoy working with this line of fabrics and plan use them again in future projects.
Bonnie has also been work on an interesting technique for applique. We plan to develop this further and hopefully it will become the feature of a new quilt pattern. Here is a sneak preview of the block.
And finally, she has finished a quilt top using a Double Disappearing Nine-patch technique. In the photo the blocks have yet to be stitch together but you can get an idea of what the finished quilt will look like. It is fascinating to see how a very traditional quilt block can be manipulated to produce a quilt with a much more contemporary feel.
That is about all we have to share this month. Happy sewing, quilting etc. and hopefully we will have more to share next month.
This month Bonnie and I would like to start by thanking Marina and Daryl Lynn from Quilt Inspirations for featuring some of our quilts on their blog last month. They had a fantastic series on Double Wedding Ring quilts, from the traditional to the contemporary. It was inspiring to see the variety of quilts and the different techniques used to create them. Click here to see more of Quilt Inspiration’s Double Wedding Ring series.
As for what is happening at Fun Easy Designed, we have been playing, experimenting and taking care of business. Bonnie has completed a couple of quilt tops. The first is a free pattern called Lawn Chair Quilts from Moda Bakeshop. It is a good way to use up leftover fabric, something many quilters seem to have upon completing a project.
You can check out the pattern here.
The second is a scrappy triangle quilt, also using up leftovers. All the cuts are made using a 60 degree ruler. Bonnie said that although it was a bit time consuming, she had a lot fun and was very pleased with the results. She felt the instructions for the technique were very thorough and easy to follow.
If you want to give it a try or just learn more about the technique have a look at Magnolia Bay Quilts.
We are also working a a few new patterns. This is a hint of what is in the works.
As for me, I am taking care of business. It is April and that means books, financial statements and tax preparation. Not much fun but someone has to do it. I have also been sewing evening gowns for one of my daughters and am about to put together a bridesmaid gown for another one. Life here is always busy.
I notice the days are getting longer, more time to quilt, so enjoy April and we will update you on our activities again next month.
It’s Happening. Tonight I have been learning about blogging and Bonnie and I are going to give it our best and hopefully you will hear from us at least once each month. We hope to keep you informed of everything we are up to and will try to have hints and tips that you may find useful!
Hello everyone! I’m excited to announce that Bonnie and I are starting a blog on Fun Easy Designed. We’ll be sharing some of our inspiration and quilting ideas along the way.
Click the image to check out our latest pattern, the double wedding ring quilt.
We look forward to sharing our updates with you. Stay tuned for more!