Saturday, March 15, 2008

Fire and Ice

I took a Mariner's Compass Star class from Carol Doak at the Hershey Quilt Odyssey in July 2007. Some ladies on the online quilting group I belong to have recently taken the class and have been posting pictures of their projects. That just motivated me to dig mine back out and put it on the list to sandwich and quilt. Sure would be nice to get last year's project done before I'm off to the Quilt Odyssey this year. This quilt is called Fire and Ice but mine is more like Sun and Sea. The center star is actually the Iceland star, block no. 12 from the Mariner's Compass Star book. My husband picked out the colors and some of the fabric, so this is another one for him.

March BOM

The latest challenge on the Carol Doak Online Quilting Group is to make the March Block of the Month and post a picture and everyone who does this before the end of the month will be entered into a random drawing with a chance to win 60 fat quarters in Carol Doak fabric. I'm using the BOMs to make a quilt for my son. He asked for Red, White and Black so that's what I'm doing. I need to make a bunch of extra blocks (besides the 12 BOMs) to make it bigger so I'll be working them soon too.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

3000 Hawaiian Memories

The owner of the online quilting group I belong to designs a new block for the group to commemorate different milestones. While I was in Hawaii, the group hit 3000 members and the owner designed a special 3000 member celebration quilt. I decided making this quilt with fabric I bought while on vacation would be a good way to remember my trip. Traditional Hawaiian quilting is a special kind of applique using solid cotton fabric. So .... I went to Anne's Hawaiian quilt shop in Waikiki and bought the fabric I needed for the quilt. Since I'm not too fond of solid fabrics I had to get a print for the border that looked Hawaiian and matched the colors in the blocks. I had to wait for my hubby to send me the fabric by mail and then had to find the time to sew. I finally got busy cutting the fabric so I would be ready to sew and ran out of three different colored fabrics before I was done. Turns out I had counted wrong and didn't need as much as I thought so I was able to finish the quilt today and now I have enough cut to make 3 more. It came out really good, now all I have to do is sandwich it and quilt it. It'll be a wallhanging for my spare bedroom that has bright yellow walls. Plus, it'll help me remember the best vacation I had in 20 years.