Friday, February 12, 2010

sew & tell - more quilting bee blocks and some curved piecing

I'm embarrassed to admit that these blocks are from November, I think (so maybe it was October, I'm not telling).  They are for Allyn, and I took advantage of our friendship in real life, because I knew she'd forgive me for taking so long.  I have to admit, I was totally intimidated!  Which is part of why I kept putting it off. (Procrastinate much?)  But once I got going, things went pretty smoothly.

She sent out all the little pieces already cut out, with a link to these instructions for a Grandmother's Fan block, all we had to do was sew them together.

Sewing the little strips wasn't too bad, especially since I decided to try out some chain-stitching (or is it chain piecing?).  But working those curved seams required lots of pins and some stretching and giving.

I chain-stitched while I pieced all four of these blocks.  I'd had people suggest it to me before, but I didn't realize just how handy it was.  It saves time and thread since you just feed the next section to be sewn right after you finish one, without having to clip a thread!
Plus, working assembly line style keeps the work flow more efficient.  These are all chained together.
See?
And here is all of them completed!  This is going to be one amazing quilt.  I hope she shares it on Sew & Tell when she's finished!
Two more bits of exciting news:
1.  My mom's New York Beauty is bordered and almost ready to quilt!  She was totally motivated by all of your nice comments!  We all get to see it soon!
2.  I have a REALLY fun giveaway planned for Monday.  So please, check back in!  You won't want to miss it!

What have you been doing this week?  Did you have a lot of sewing time due to a few winter storms?  We did!
Show us what you've got!

What did you finish this week?
(Following the rules will ensure a good time for all! I have had to delete posts in the past, don't make me do it, please!)
1. Link to your specific post about a sewing related finish you had THIS week.  (email me if you have questions about that.)
2. Please mention us here and link back to this post so everyone can join in.  (You can mention Sew & Tell in your post and have the button on your sidebar or blog, that works too. )
3. Pat each other on the backs in the comments!
 


34 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Mrs Moen said...

Congratulations on finishing those blocks, Amy! They look great. I would be totally intimidated by all those curved seams too:-)

Mary St. John Nielsen said...

WOW - curved piecing - I avoid it at all costs! Busy week. Now off to do my blog post.

nima said...

gorgeous fabric...i cannot even think of a curved piecing...just started to learn quilting...

ivoryspring said...

Wow, that looks difficult. Your blocks turned out beautiful! Love those fabrics.

Lauren said...

The blocks are amazing! I recently figured out how great of a time and thread saver chain stitching was. I love it. Glad I am not the only one who had a rough week. TGIF!
Lauren :)

Nicole said...

Those look hard to make. That's Allyn's right? What's up with her anyway. :) Ha! Good job.

The Tripp Family said...

beautiful! I love the colors, & the piecing is great. It will probably be years before I attempt anything that difficult!

Nina... said...

Those blocks are beautiful! I don't think I'd be ready (or willing or able) to attempt such a project. Great job!

em's scrapbag said...

The curved piecing is wonderful. I love the fabric you have choosen. This will be a stunning quilt.

Rene' said...

Amy, those blocks turned out great. I can see why you would be intimidated - curved piecing!! Looks complicated. You did a great job. Thanks for showing your steps along the way. I did not get much accomplished this week. We did not have snow days, but my kids were out of school for Winter Break. That usually means a ski trip, but not this time because of soccer. The kids and I have been taking advantage of the down time by being lazy. Works for me. Enjoy your weekend.

"Lois Grebowski" said...

awesome blocks and beautiful fabrics... I love how they all work together.

Have a great weekend!

Candied Fabrics said...

Beautiful colors! And I'm so happy I had 2 finishes to link this week! Woot!

Sew It UP! said...

Love all those sorbet colors! It looks so pretty already. Maybe I should give this a try.

ktquilts said...

Love the fans. They are soo cheerful and bright. Much needed in the winter! I did a lot of chain piecing myself. Discovered dust-bunnies living behind my sewing desk!! Gues I have to add vaccuuming to today's doo-doo list!

Kelly O. said...

wow! way to go! I could just pee my pants in fear of doing those!

KQuiltyBee said...

Ooo, beautiful fabrics. I love that block but am too lazy to make it. Good work!

Mandy Noble said...

Love love love those blocks! Great colours!

Michelle said...

Love the blocks Amy!

Mother Huddle said...

Love the colors! So glad to have found your blog!

jlk said...

Don't you feel great after sewing on a curve? When I did it, I thought, "Now I am a quilter."

Dotty Jane said...

Nice job with the curves! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Jenn said...

Oh amy, you are a brave soul! I have tried curved piecing and it definitely is challenging! I really love all those color combinations - it should turn out very pretty!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

You did a great job on those curves. I would love to see that quilt when it's finished.

Kristen said...

Both quilts are beautiful. Orange and pink are wonderful together. Curves intimidate me. But you chain pieced these too! Wow! They look great.

Kim said...

Your blocks look great! I love the fabrics you used.

Suzanne said...

They look really good! I don't think I'll be trying it soon - all those pins look very intimidating!

Suzanne said...

They look really good! I don't think I'll be trying it soon - all those pins look very intimidating!

LuckyStarHeather said...

I think you might've inspired me to try sewing on a curve...Maybe :)

Alisa said...

Nice blocks, and yes I would have been a bit intimidated by them too!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

those are very pretty blocks! I stepped out of my comfort zone with some wild Valentine's fabri and threw togetehr a couple table toppers. I'll quilt them tomorrow while tonight I'll finish binding my airplain quilt. So, should be a good show-off weekend!

Lesly said...

Great job with the curves! I'm so disappointed that this is the second week I haven't been able to show anything for Friday Sew n Tell, but I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's finishes. Ad maybe next week I'll be up there on the list again!

Karen said...

Curved piecing on the machine... I am breaking out into a cold sweat. Brave, brave woman but look at the excellent result!

Aunt Spicy said...

Those blocks are amazing!

I am trying to clean up all my messes from the snowcation, so hopefully next week I will have a finished project to post!

Miri said...

Great fan blocks! I agree-you definitely need alot of pins for curved seams (I've just posted about my Drunkard's Path quilt!).

Glad I found your blog-hope to join in the Friday Sew and Tell soon.

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