Friday, March 22, 2013

Vacation quilting---Utah edition

I've been in Park City, Utah, right outside Salt Lake City, for the past few days on a ski vacation with my husband and youngest son. We took one day off from skiing to go into Salt Lake City so my husband could visit a client, and I grabbed the chance to visit a quilt shop I found on the internet called Pipers Quilts & Comforts. It was adorable! Here's a photo of the shop:

One of the most charming things about it was that they'd hung quilts outside in front of the store, and inside the store's front porch. Here are photos of a couple of them that I really loved.

 I only had a few minutes to shop, as I had to drive back to pick up my husband from his meeting, but I spotted a fantastic book that I've already found really useful. It's called Tile Quilt Revival, by Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley. Here's a photo:

 I think I may try to make one of the quilts from this book during a quilting retreat I'm going on in May. It's all applique, which I'm struggling to get better at. I'm working on the Dear Jane quilt, which requires a fair amount of applique, and mine always looks pretty lame. (But I know, better done than perfect!)
Anyway, this book also had clear and good instructions on how to applique, so I've been studying it. I tried to use what I learned while making these two Dear Jane blocks when I was not out skiing. Here's a photo:
For you Dear Jane followers, these blocks are B8 and G1. These aren't perfect either, but they are a bit better than the earlier ones. They'll look better too when they're trimmed and well-pressed.
That's all for now. I'm heading home to Brooklyn tomorrow---I'll be glad to see my other son and my dog, but I'll miss having time to relax, ski and sew.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cheerful log cabin blocks

I made these bright log cabins for a member of  String Thing Along, the blog where string quilters can show their stuff. Once in awhile we make blocks for a charity quilt that one of the members is pulling together, and this time the request was for l2-inch log cabin blocks with a yellow corner. I've only finished these 2 so far, but I'd love to make a few more if I can squeeze it in. These are easy and fun to make and great stash-busters!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Block Lotto: March

I love these blocks! Whoever wins them will be able to make a smashing quilt!
As always, I hope it's me, but as I just won a heap of mug blocks it's a little selfish to be hankering after these as well. ;-)