Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Houses for June 7 work night

Lately we've been working on group projects at Sew Sassy work nights and it's been great fun! I thought I'd give you a preview of coming attractions in case you'd like to join us!

We're going to be making house blocks on June 7. The idea came from the quilts Barbara J. Eikmeier sews with kids. She demonstrated butterfly and house blocks on Simply Quilts and put the instructions on the HGTV website. The only difference in these blocks is that we're putting a person or animal in the doorway of each house instead of making a door out of the roof fabric. I love the ballons in the sky in this block -- do you suppose this guy is happy because it's his birthday?

Every block will be different. We have some nighttime skies, some with sun, some with fluffy clouds. The grasses are a variety of greens, and the houses are, well, wild! If you'd like to make some blocks to contribute, click the HGTV link above for directions. The cutting directions are a little confusing because the pieces are labeled A,B,C, etc., instead of "house," "sky," or "grass," so I'll give you my notes to help you get started:

Fabric A - Roof and Door*
one 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" rectangle (roof)
one 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle (*door -- but we're fussy cutting people or animals)

Fabric B - Sky
two 4-1/2" squares

Fabric C - House
two 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
one 2-1/2" square

Fabric D - Grass
one 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" rectangle

The block finishes at 12" square (12-1/2" with seam allowances).

Have fun! We hope to see you at the work night. We'll also have string blocks to make and you can always work on one of our kits or bring your own project if you prefer. See you there!

Coco quilts from Gramma Bunny

Gramma Bunny made four more quilts for Camp Coco! Each one is unique, and she puts a little note on the label of each quilt. This is a very colorful one with outdoorsy-themed fabrics. Remember, if you want to look closely at the fabrics, you can always click on a photo to enlarge it.This one ... ribbitt! ... has lots of frogs.
This one is outdoors surfing style.
And this one is bears in the woods.
Thank you, Gramma Bunny!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Camp Coco Quilts

Talese S and Connie L made this Camp Coco quilt, called "Butterflies in My Window," together. Talese did the piecing and Connie did the quilting. The colors positively glow! Talese also wrote a lovely note on the quilt label.Charlene B made this Frogs Fishing quilt from a guild kit. She added that extra touch by piecing a multi-fabric binding.
Thanks to all three ladies for taking the time and effort to donate to the kids at Camp Coco!

Two kits completed

Thanks, Dorothy E, for quilting this balloon panel kit! Talese S. put on the binding. I don't know who pieced it. It's a fun quilt -- such bright colors. Thanks to all involved. Kim L made this baseball easy squares kit. If you click to enlarge the photo, you'll see a few squares of St. Louis Cardinals fabric -- a big deal since they won the 2006 World Series! Thanks, Kim.

4 more preemie blankets

Martha O made four more preemie blankets from the really cute fleece you see below. Thanks, Martha!Preemie blankets are an ongoing need. They are quick and easy to make if you have a serger. Detailed instructions on how to make them can be found here.