Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year Random

It's been nearly six weeks since my last {officially} random post, so it's good to join in today. First up is something I've been meaning to share for weeks - a nice little video about Geometric Quilting Designs with Angela Walters. Wish I'd remembered to watch it again before my own recent geometric quilting adventure, but during these busy times it didn't cross my mind. But it's definitely worth a watch.

And speaking of sharing, after showing off my City Sampler grid earlier this week, I just had to share the latest finish from PatchworknPlay. She's made many of the same blocks as I, but in a very neutral palette, arranging them using the "City Skyline" layout. Isn't it something? I just think it's very striking and love that it's so different from where I'm headed.

After discussion here and on Instagram several weeks back, I meant to let you know that I settled on some quilt labels! I wanted to try some woven ones this time around and settled on using a portion of my blog logo. They are from Inked Papers on etsy, and I'm really pleased with them. I found the customer service, turnaround time, and product all more than satisfactory, so just thought I'd let you know that. 

So who hasn't heard about the Economy Block Quilt-Along (#economyblockalong) on Instagram? It's a brand spanking new scrap buster that you might want to consider. Here's the basic block tutorial that begins with 3" centers. I happen to have a stack of 2 1/2" squares - some are novelty prints, but most are not - so I adjusted all dimensions for my first little block.

My block finished to an odd size of 4 5/8", but as long as I'm consistent, all should be fine, and I at least can use those centers I already have. Here's how I cut and trimmed;
  • one center block 2 1/2" square
  • two 2 1/2" squares, cut diagonally for inner triangles; trim to 3 3/8" before continuing
  • two 3 1/2" squares, cut diagonally for outer triangles; trim to 4 5/8"

Another fun new event comes from Amy/don't you know who I am?, who is hosting a Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along based on the book by Katie of Swim Bike Quilt, Faith of Fresh Lemons, and Lee of Freshly Pieced. It begins January 21, and I've ordered the book hoping I can maybe join in.
Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

And lastly for today, I finally managed to create a mini quilt wall in my studio! I've been wanting to do this for ages, and just seeing them there makes me smile.
From top left going clockwise: made by #breepickles/Julie@Distant Pickles, me
Don't Call Me Betsy, Snippets of Sweetness, & kristananne/Doodle Do Designs

Linking up with Really Random Thursday.


  1. Hi Debbie. Yes Susan's quilt is absolutely stunning! It inspires me for sure. I made a couple of economy blocks too. They are fun but I'm not good at the Instagram thing. Your display wall looks great. Will we get a tour of the whole room??

  2. I love Susan's quilt too, and you will love the Vintage Quilt Revival Book, it is lovely. Thank you for the label link, I need to order some too. Your quilts look great on the wall, I have a stack of my mini quilts that I need to hang up again.

  3. Can't wait to see your blocks on the Vintage Quilt Revival (oh I know you're joining there's no maybe about it) ha!

  4. Where did you get your labels printed? I got some and I am not happy with them

  5. I'm still dithering over labels, as more and more things head out the door unlabelled o.O Oh well, yours are pretty anyway :o)

  6. I have been sewing both ends of my labels (bought at the same place) into my quilt corners. It appears you are leaving your edges open. I wonder if they will fray? I guess I should have asked them when I bought them!

    The city scape quilt is amazing.

  7. Love the wall of minis! So, so cool. And thanks for the link to the Etsy shop. I've been dying to try out some labels. Might have to check that one out.

  8. I really like Susan's take on the City Sampler blocks. Very nice! I love, love, love your mini wall!

  9. I love the mini quilt wall! I want one, one day, when I have a sewing 'room' rather than a sewing 'corner'! The variation on the + and x block is cool!