Thursday, May 23, 2013

Get your Hex on June!

I can't believe it is already my turn! I wanted to venture out of the hexagon world a little. At first I was going to do a quilt as you go hexagon block, but once I saw these octagons, I decided I wanted to go this route.
So here is my plan...
I've printed and cut 2.5 inch octagons and I am going to send each person one page's worth of hexagons and squares. I've included 3 blocks so you just have to cut 9 low volume fabrics at 3.25 inch square. Use any solid white/cream for the squares and then sew them into this configuration.

Sew the rows of octagons together, add the squares in the corners, then add those rows together.

My definition of low volume for this quilt: it should have a mainly white background but it can have any accent color. I've put together a mosaic of fabrics that are acceptable (and I don't have any of these so feel free to use them)

Here is some more inspiration from Red Pepper Quilts. 

I hope you have fun doing something a little different! If you have any questions feel free to ask :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday

I don't usually have much to say, so I usually just post pictures up on Flickr or Instagram instead of blogging (follow me @cleargirl811 on Instagram and on my Flickr). But wordless Wednesday is a good day to share some pretty pics!

Low volume octagons for June #GetYourHexOn bee
Get your Hex on (Octagon Style)

Staple Dress pieces

Finished to fix the back

Close up (PS Just got a new phone and love the pictures it's taking!)

Friday, May 10, 2013

We have a winner!

 The winner for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day is number 193, Born4Travel. I've contacted her so that she can get her new basket. Thanks everyone for entering and coming to visit my blog!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Special WIP Wednesday

Today is my little one's 1st birthday! He has made a regular appearance in my pictures over the last year.
Actually he is the reason I started quilting--I wanted to make him a cute and cuddly blanket.
Scout Quilt with Les Amis
And after I made one, I had to make more. Then I had to make quilts instead.

So this week I don't have much progress. I haven't worked any more on the scout quilt (above), I've been busy with getting things ready for little one's birthday. The only real progress I have made is on some of my Pillow Talk Swap pillow. Here is the current layout:
PTS10 progress
Well, thanks for visiting today! I am off to celebrate with my little big boy.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

My first giveaway!

It's Giveaway Day on Sew, Mama, Sew! A week long giveaway day to meet new blogs and get a chance to win something fun!

I made this divided basket from Michael Miller's Cosmos for a basket swap, and while it is adorable, I thought of a better idea for my partner. So that means one of you lucky ones will win it!

Some rules:
The giveaway will close at 5PM PDT on Friday, May 10.
I will randomly choose a Saturday and contact you for an address. I will ship internationally to include everyone, and will send the basket off on Monday.

There are two chances to enter:
1. Leave a comment about how you feel about your first quilt or project. Are you still using it? Gave it away? Or hiding it in a closet like mine?
2. Follow my blog and leave a comment that you do.
*Please include an email address in your comment if you are a no-reply reader or I will have to choose a new winner.*

Giveaway closed. Winner announced May 10.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

ALYoF May Goal

First and foremost on my list of goals for this month is a self-imposed fabric diet. I will not allow myself to buy any fabric this month. I am already having to stop myself, but until I start selling more quilts or making money somewhere else I just don't have enough room in my budget. Anyways, I have piles of fabric just waiting to be cut into, and even more piles that are already cut. Let's see...
Already cut up:
1. Bella Hexagons
2. Bella Hexagon scraps/Half Rectangle Triangles
3. Constellations Squares
4. Life in the Jungle Patchwork
Fabric ready to be cut:
1. Chicopee Scrappy Trip
2. Michael Miller Big Stripe Hexagons
3. 50 Shades

For my We Bee With it block this month she is requesting that we use a lot of different grays, so I plan on digging all of mine out and cutting them into 6" squares. I really want to make it king sized with 50 different "shades" of gray fabric. I think I am at about 25 now, so I'm halfway there! And I'm really excited to make my Chicoppe quilt, so I will start that this month too.

So for my goal I am saying that I will:
1. Finish quilting my Les Amis quilt
Scout Quilt with Les Amis
2. Cut up all my grays (and finish that bee block)
3. Not buy any more fabric
4. Cut all my Chicopee strips
5. Finish (and start) my Pillow Talk Swap Pillow (have it planned and most of the fabric pulled)
Updated fabric pull

I think this is a pretty obtainable goal, and anyways, I work better under pressure!