Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July Challenge - Blue & White Quilt

Still working on your little blue and white quilt for July? Two weeks left until the end of the month if you're intent on making one quilt a month with us. Plenty of time to start and finish before we move on to the quilt for August. Although I've already made 2 of these quilts, I put some more blocks together yesterday, just to show you how simple it is. Break it up -  spend an hour or two this week and your blocks will be done. Then you can sew the borders on next week. You need six of these blocks to make the quilt  (each block contains 4 hourglass units, for a total of 24. Check out the pattern in American Doll Quilts for instructions).

In the original quilt, I used a variety of indigoes and shirtings for a sort of mild scrappy look. You may want to make it in 2 prints if you don't have a lot of these particular colors in your scrap collection.

I also sewed some of these tiny tiny buttons in the center of each block. Looks like I used up all my blue ones already. You may want to pick up some 1/8 inch dark blue ribbon if you wish to make the little bows in the corners of the borders and on the pillow.

Next week I'll show you how to make the little doll pillow. We'll also have our next Stencil Giveaway at the end of this month. This time there will be 4 winners.

Thanks for all of your positive e-mails in light of the recent drama in the Yahoo small quilt group. I am sorry to say that I just do not have time to answer all of them personally but know that I do appreciate all of the kind sentiments. I'm still on a break from that as I try to figure out the direction I'd like to take it but I will suggest a quilt for the next month's challenge the first week in August.

It's so darn HOT. The garden is not doing very well. I have to admit I just cannot stand to be out there in the heat for longer than a few minutes at a time so I haven't been as attentive as I had planned. My idea that this was the year I could turn it around sort of fell flat. Oh well, maybe next year.

What flowers looked like last week.

How the flowers feel this week, LOL. Guess I'd better get out there and water despite the sprinkling ban in town. Hope the rain that's predicted comes tomorrow.


Marga (MarPie) said...

You may have sime rain from us, we have had enough now. Love the blue ones.

Kind regards,

Sue said...

I'm still working on mine slowly! I'm way behind...but that's typical for me :D When I get caught up, I'll post them all at once! Just call me 'slacker' :D :D

I have not been visiting my yahoo groups so had no idea of any hardships. I hope they work themselves out.

Wishing you well and a happy week:)


Colleen said...

Love the little blue buttons in the centers. So cute. I haven't had time to work on this one yet. It really is too hot to sew today; with no AC it gets a little sticky!

Betweens said...

Me too I had grand garden plans only to be locked into airconditioning and quilting...I am really not complaining...your incentives keep me hopping!!

subrine said...

Come to England, Kathy, it's raining every day here. In fact so much that some of our shrubs are dying from too much water. We're just hoping for some sun during the Olympics!
Still plenty of time for sewing - my July quilt is made..looking forward to August's!

Elly D said...

You have some beautiful blues Kathy :) I've identified a big hole in my stash where a nice selection of blue shirtings should be ;))
My July little quilt is in progress but, like Sue, I'm way behind! Oh well it's all good fun... that said, I've made a start on October's ;0)

Anonymous said...

I have all my indigos and shirtings picked out. My grandson is here this week, so sewing has slowed down. Will get the blocks made this weekend. Love the buttons and bows. Hope you're having a great time with your daughter.

Barbara Cissne
Garland, TX


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