Friday, August 17, 2018

100 days 100 blocks - 31-40

now in this section of blocks, we have a few things that went down.
first off, we cross in to the section of triangles.  whoot whoot!
secondly, this is when i decided i really needed a third selection of fabric to regularly choose from to balance out my blocks.  knowing that the dimples line of fabric existed in many of the same colors and blended as a perfect accent to the fun of the foundations fabric and the excellence that is moda grunge.  it also help me not feel so "stuck" and relieved the stress of potentially running out of foundations fabric.
and last of all, this section also features the first blocks that i decided to redo before i could ever let them cross the face of the interwebs.  well, that isn't 100% true, since i also let the rejected versions get posted to instagram on the day each one was to be shared as well.  overall, i am so much happier with how the redone versison fits with my other blocks in the quilt so far, so if you're not on instagram, you might just have to guess which one it is ;)
give up on guessing?
or just not wanting to click on over to instagram?
well, blocks 31 & 40 used to look like this for a bit.
i really liked the dark with number 31, but as a whole in the quilt it just felt really heavy and the more i tried to balance them out (like by adding it in to block 40) i just really didn't like it.  my eye kept going to the dark section and not to the fun dancing girls given to me by angelina or the cuteness of winnie the pooh and all his fun faces.  midtone gray is apparently as dark as i can get on this project without it being obvious.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

100 days 100 blocks - 21-30

i feel like it took FOREVER to have this officially start, and now i feel like we are just zooming through them now!  i mean, we've nearly a third of the way through!  this batch of blocks is still working it's way through the rectangles, and includes some of my favorites of the set.  feeling pretty strong about my fussy cut game as well, so that is a plus!  who would have thought i'd find enjoyment in such a thing?  i sure didn't!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

fussy cut sampler - chapter 7

so lets take some time to get real.
these blocks were so close to not being done within the month, it isn't even funny.
i got in the zone with working on my 100 day 100 blocks, and my brain kept telling me to work on my fussy cut sampler.  that, plus my work schedule made it so i wasn't able to attend the scheduled class AND maker monday in july, which have been where i planned the blocks as well as sewed them.  PLUS, these blocks were a little trickier than before, involving things like cutting in to a tossed print and creating a focal point out of them as well as using a solid fabric to eliminate all surroundings to isolate the image.  well... i went through like a bajillion ideas before i hit these finalized blocks that i am now thrilled with.
so yeah... i started pulling the fabric on the 22nd and cutting on the 28th.
when did i finish sewing?  last night, and then i photographed these 10 minutes before i ran out of daylight.  crunch time, y'all.  but boy does it feel good to have these done in time for class TODAY to get ready for the next batch of blocks.  well, without further adieu, here's july's blocks!
i'm still trying to wrap my brain around having 7 chapters worth of blocks done now.
i'm also trying to stop myself from buying more fabric and involve some of these in to blocks again... even though i JUST bought more fabric yesterday... oops!
but at the same time... sorry, not sorry.
i easily have enough cat & dinosaur fabric to make a few different renditions of this quilt.  which is pretty exciting to say the least.  how many dinosaur, cat & cat/dinosaur quilts will there be in my life?  we'll have to wait and see!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

100 days 100 blocks - 11-20

well.... i didn't promise to be on the exact next day, now did i?
things have gotten crazy around here, in the sense that i just delivered 4 quilts of varying baby sizes to my aunt this past week because of deadlines... clearly, blogging these blocks fell to the back burner a little bit.  nevertheless, i am still right on track with my instagram posts, which have been anywhere from quotes to personal ramblings, or straight up angst when it came to the first few in the rectangles section.
with this post, you'll notice that the crosses have made their way out, and rectangles are in!  some of these photographed pretty wonky... but i promise i trimmed my seams straight!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

100 days 100 blocks - 1-10

here we are at the first ten blocks already!
i feel like i just sewed these guys, but in reality, they've been done for a loooong time now.  sewing ahead was probably the best decision i could have made, since i had no clue what was going to hit me this summer... and with all the camps i've been working, my desire to sew had been stifled by the need to sleep.  the first section of the book that these are from are all about crosses... and some of these blocks flew together, while others took their sweet time to get done.  i'm sure you'll be able to pick out the latter when you see the checkerboard ones!
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Friday, July 6, 2018

100 days 100 blocks - intro post

howdy all!
consider this the official kick off post to probably the craziest sew along i've joined yet!
since this sew along is primarily on instagram, and i don't want you blog followers to miss out, i figured i would do a quick intro post about the project, what materials i'm using and all that good stuff.
gnomeangel has hosted this sew along in the past, and this year lisa and i finally took the plunge to do it.  this sew along features tula pink's city sampler book, which has 100 different 6.5" blocks in it.  the catch is to sew and post all 100 blocks in 100 days (1 block per day).
there are prizes, festivities, and all sorts of fun to be had!  to read more about it directly from the awesome organizer, click here for her post all about it!  this will be her last year hosting this sew along with this particular book, so why not jump on board?
now, more about my version of the project!
the fabrics
i'm not using tula pink, nor is it even a requirement for the sew along.  i'm sure some people are doing theirs strictly tula (i know lisa has some in hers) but again, not a requirement.  my quilt blocks will be made of three main "blender" fabrics
foundation by sassafrass lane designs
see fabric here
"holy cow, emily.  that's super colorful"
you bet it is.  lisa and i talked about what direction we wanted to go with these quilts, and both of us kept coming back to the rainbow varieties we had seen when searching the hashtag for inspiration.  i saw this bundle pop up on instagram, and after thinking about it quite a bit, i snagged it up from pink castle fabrics and then stared at it for a long while.  i would be lying if i said i wasn't nervous about this coming together.  my quilts, especially the ones i've made for myself recently, have been very simple in color and more darker tones.  now that i've got this rainbow vomit of colors, what the heck am i going to balance it with??
grunge by basicgrey
see fabric here
i. love. grunge.
what better way to balance out those fun, bright prints than with fun, bright grunge?  of course, i had some scraps already, but then i took my fat quarter pack down to the cutest little shop in town, thistle dew quilt shop, where they have a wall of grunge.  i pulled out some of the more obscure colors, like the wonky greens & such and found perfect matches.  having grunge options really helped balance out my fabrics and allowed the prints to be able to shine.
i also had a fat quarter pack of the "grunge marks the spot" varieties, which has allowed for grunge with a little "extra" to be added in here and there.
dimples by andover fabrics
see fabrics here
as i was moving along (here's your first hint that i've already sewn blocks) i was feeling a little off balance with just only having my original fat quarter bundle (which i wanted to have some of in most blocks) and grunge.  sure, i was pulling a few more basics here and there, but my more obscure colors were being really repetitive.  i reached in to my stash and realized i had some of this dimple fabric left over from a previous project, but only just enough for one block.  it was then and there that i decided i would make another trek out to thistle dew, where yet again, they had their walls of fabric and SO much of these dimples.  i grabbed at least one of each color to coordinate, including some neutrals, and as i began adding them in to my blocks, i was able to breathe a sigh of relief as it toned down some blocks in some ways, and allowed my grunge to take a break.
fussy cuts
yes, some of my blocks will be featuring fussy cuts.  some very random, some have a theme, but all are for fun!  they are mostly intended to match with the fabric of the block they are arranged in, so there is some cohesion between it all.  i won't say what they are, so you'll have to wait and see!
the blog
now, as i mentioned earlier, i don't want to leave you blog followers hangin' and not see what gets posted in case you aren't instagrammers (if you are, follow me wereradletshug) BUT there is a catch.  i'm sure i'll be trying to keep my brain on straight just to remember to post on there daily, but blogging takes a little bit more to it.  SO, here's my plan.
i plan to post on here every 10 blocks (ideally every 10 days) for you to see, as well as keep a record for myself.  that way, there aren't 100s of posts to scroll through, just about 10 or 12 between july 7th when it starts and october 14 when it ends (this intro post, plus i'm sure a final round up post included).
I also have a TON of finished quilts coming up, and i wouldn't want them to not have their time to shine as well!
kick off
well, all the fun officially begins tomorrow, with some people being "in the future" living in the southern hemisphere already having their fun begin at this very moment.  it isn't too late to join in, since you post in your own time zone!
i'm super excited about this project, as it is pushing my current set limits by including insane amounts of color, smaller block sizes & hints of fussy cutting all tossed in to a crazy time frame

Saturday, June 30, 2018

fussy cut sampler - chapter 6

whoooaaaa we're halfway there!
whoooaaaa i just fussy cut a squ-are!
can you believe it?  we're at the halfway mark of the fussy cut sampler for the year, and it is all downhill from here!  not in a negative sort of way, since this project has really pushed me to look at fabrics differently.  that, apparently, has come as what feels like a blessing and a curse.  my blocks look amazing (in my very biased opinion) but at the same time if something is a smidgen off, it starts to make me grumble a bit... like all the 1.5" squares you'll see in the first block of this chapter.  those are killing me every time i have to use them!  without further delay, here are the blocks from chapter 6!
i'm not going to lie to you...
i love all these blocks, but the 2nd and 3rd ones make me nervous about blending in with the rest of the blocks.  i mean, that dinosaur face on the third block?  cracks me up, but does it match?  oy!  i'll definitely need to make a 2nd block with that bright busy color scheme as well as the 2nd block's lighter colors just so they at least have one matched counterpart to help balance things out.
my favorite favorite block so far probably has to be space cats and falling stars (4th block shown here, i believe it is block number 24 in the book) i was struggling for figuring out what to fit in those triangles, and then space cats just felt right.  i almost used a navy grunge, but when i remembered i had those falling stars... i knew i had to do it!  of course, late night marco polo videos with lisa also agreed with me.
well, that's a wrap on chapter 6!  i'll leave you with this one final note along with my sorrows that i won't be able to attend classes in july... stupid adulting making me work longer so i can have money to buy more fabric...  i mean food... i mean food and fabric... anyways, starting july 7, you'll see another batch of sewing along fun that will also combine this newly discovered fussy cutting skill... stay tuned, you might see an intro post on july 6th!