100 Block Give Away!

That’s right friends, I am giving away all of my recently completed 100 Blocks!

If you follow my Instagram or Facebook feeds, you’ll know that I have been participating in Gnome Angel’s 100 Days 100 Blocks challenge. This is a challenge to complete all 100 blocks in Tula Pink’s City Sampler, 100 Modern Blocks. The rules for the challenge are as follows: sew the blocks as designed in the book and post them as per the schedule set by GnomeAngel. I decided to give myself a couple more rules: 1. Use the fabric I already have (which is a lot!), and 2. There is no endgame, no plan for a quilt at the end of the challenge. My reasoning for the second rule is the fact that I tend to over-think things; in my quilting and sewing, and in other aspects of my life, too. I over-think the fabric choices, the color choices, the binding & backing. What will I do with the quilt when it’s done, should I write a pattern for it, will I have time to hand quilt or will I machine quilt? If I machine quilt, will I do it myself, will I be happy with, or who will I hire to machine quilt and what design should I pick….. There are times when I think of a quilt I want to make and go through these motions / emotions and then never even start in the first place. When I look back at the quilts I have completed, which is actually not too many, I find that the ones where I am really enjoying the moment, the sewing, the designing, just the being in my space, those are the times I am happiest with my sewing. Hence, rule #2, no end game. Now here I am at the end of the challenge and I need an endgame. Well, I could make a big scrappy quilt - but that would have to get in line behind current projects - which at this time of impending holiday craft shows - the current project list is long and demanding. I had thought of making several small projects to give as Christmas gifts, but again, my calendar is booked! A friend of mine suggested giving a few of them away. I let that idea percolate… I know some quilters and thought, maybe they would want them and sew them into one of their projects. Then, thinking some more, likely over coffee, I thought.. I know a lot of wonderfully creative people. And not just quilters and sewers, but woodworkers and painters and skillful organizers, scientists and mathematicians... and great folks who love and appreciate design and color and fun fabric. So, here is where I landed: I’m giving them all away. If you want a quilt block just tell me and it’s yours. I have a request, my own little challenge: do something with it and take a picture. You could do anything you want: sew it into a quilt, sew it onto your jacket or your pants, tape it to a wall, make a cape for your chihuahua, cut it into 20 little pieces and collage it onto paper. Get creative and share your creativity with me and the community.

So, fill out the form below, you can request a certain block - but it will be first come first serve, so maybe list a few, just in case. If you’re happy with a random block then leave that blank. I’ll open up the requests at 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, the 15th of October, 2018. Any emails received before that time will be left unopened (except if you gave birth to me - yes, Mom, you can request yours now :)

When you’re ready take a photo and tag it with #carriepalmerquilts on Instagram (or email it to me and I will post it). I’m really excited to send these blocks out into the world and see what comes back.

Cheers,

Carrie

DAY 99

DAY 99

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Carrots

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These little carrots are so fun to make.  You'll need orange & green felt (or whatever fabric you have on hand!), stuffing, needle and thread, and, for the horizontal accent lines on the body of the carrot, I used pearl cotton, you could also use embroidery floss or a thicker thread.  First cut the triangles - the large one is 8 inches by 5 inches, the small one is 7 by 3 (these numbers are adjustable - make them any size you want).  Fold in half length wise and blanket stitch from top to bottom.  These are stuffed with polyfill, but you could use wool roving, or even lentils or split peas for a heavier weight.  Stuff until half inch below the top edge.  Sew a running stitch around the top of the felt, a quarter of an inch down, then pull tight to close the top.  Do a few whip stitches to secure the thread.  I attached the greenery starting with one corner in the very centre of the top, and then kept sewing the bottom edge to the carrot in a spiral form, then push it all up to hide the center.  For the accent lines, I tied the end of the pearl cotton into a knot and started by pushing the needle straight down through the top center of the greens and then out on the side of the carrot.  Hold the thread over, horizontally, to see how you would like it placed, then push your needle in at that point and angle it down to come out lower on the carrot.  Repeat a few times until you reach the bottom and reverse and work your way back up the carrot.  When you reach the top, push the needle out through the centre of the greens and tie off the thread.

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So, number one goal: kids + crafts + veggies = fun.  I think I'll try some parsnips next weekend.

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Linen and Blue

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Why has it taken so long to take my love of linen from my wardrobe and into my quilts?  I just don't know, but it's here now and it's here to stay.  I found this linen on sale one day and bought 5 yards with the intention of making a shirt dress.  It sat in my stash for, maybe a year.  Then I happened upon a charm pack of Aubade by Janet Clare (in my Mom's stash - Thanks Mom!) and I knew I wanted to put the two together.

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100 Loaves

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Inspired by the 100 Day Challenge and all the beautiful makes I'm seeing on instagram I thought "I'll bake bread!  That will be my 100 Day Challenge"  Wait a minute... "Do I have time to bake bread every day for 100 days?"  better yet "Should I be eating that much bread?"  So, I modified it in a couple of ways.  First, there's no time frame.  I'm going to bake bread 100 times, and it definitely won't be in 100 days, likely closer to 100 weeks, or more, no pressure.  Second, I'm going to share this with my daughter.  What a great way to spend time together and what a great life skill for her to have.