February do. Good Stitches block

For the February do. Good Stitches Love Circle quilt, Natalie chose a scrappy strings block for us.  She was inspired by this quilt which is featured in the Scraps Inc. book.  Natalie asked for one 18 inch block from each of us, and she chose a palette including warm yellows, orangey-reds, coral/pink, teal, and navy.

Having just recently been inspired to create "made fabric" by Luke Haynes and Victoria Findlay-Wolfe at Quiltbeach, I was excited to put together this block.  It must be said that I don't have a terrific pile of scraps yet... I haven't been saving them for that long, and I've used quite a few for little projects. I guess it's a good thing to not have so many, but when you read books like Sunday Morning Quilts, you find yourself longing for a big bag of scraps to make some of the projects. It just doesn't feel right digging into yardage to make a "scrappy quilt".

I did manage to put my block together mostly using scraps. Strings, or long strips of fabric of varying widths, are one of the most common types of scraps created from sewing projects, so it's usually something that everyone will have a stash of.  I did cut into yardage for three of the prints though.

I'm very pleased with the result, which will be sent off to Natalie shortly.  I have seen some of the string blocks made by other Love circle members for this quilt, and I'm sure it's going to be a beauty.

South Florida Modern Quilters

As we turned the corner into 2015, I was as determined as ever to find "my people" here in Florida. In January, I hunted down a local quilt guild, the South Florida Modern Quilters, that meets in Boca Raton once a month. They meet at Stitchcraft, an independent fabric store. I sent an email to the organizer about attending and she replied that the guild is very loosely organized and has no dues, so I could "join" simply by attending a meeting. I was instructed to wear a name badge and bring a few things for show and tell and for the topic of discussion which was "favorite fabric (the one you can't cut into)".  

Stitchcraft is a very friendly fabric shop, they have a wide range of fabric including a large section of batiks, a big corner of Kaffe Fassett prints, and good selections of reproduction cottons and modern designer prints. They are a Babylock dealer and have good range of sewing notions, thread etc too. They do some classes including project classes on general sewing, and introductory classes for quilting.  

I brought the blocks I was working on for do. Good Stitches' January quilt with the Inside Addition pattern. I talked a bit about joining the charity bee. 

That's me, blathering on.  

That's me, blathering on.  

It was really nice to meet the members and spend some time with fellow quilters.  The group works on round robin quilts for Project Linus, so I took a partially completed quilt top to add to.

The February meeting was yesterday and there were fewer members in attendance this time (largely due to Quiltcon I think!).  We talked about the upcoming Broward Quilt Expo which some of the members are involved in organizing. The discussion topic this month was hand embroidery. Charlotte talked about redwork and she had made up some little kits and instruction sheets so that everyone could try it. There was also a Babylock rep giving a demo on free motion quilting.  Lots of quilts for the show and tell this time, I think we are all getting our sew back on after the holidays.  Patti and I both spoke a little about attending Quiltbeach last month.

Every month the group has a block theme and everyone who makes a theme block puts names in a hat to win all the blocks. Being near Valentine's Day, the theme this month was hearts.  I made a block using the Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial., then combined four small blocks together and added a border.

There were some beautiful heart blocks!  Sadly, I didn't win the lucky dip, but I am sure the winner will be able to make something really lovely.

Next month's block theme is texture, which is a bit of a mystery for me, but I'll figure something out I'm sure!

There are a few other quilt groups down this way and I will endeavor to look into them in the coming months.

Happy sewing everyone!