Monday, September 27, 2010

Spikes, Smiles, and Other Silly Saturday Happenings!

Hello Everyone,

Remember this post, just a few days ago. Well, my heart just couldn't take it, neither could my mind. So all week, in preparation for my Saturday Sew A Thon with my friend Karen, I gathered and measured and with all my design senses at attention, I was ready to go!!!

Here is a peek into our absolutely fabulous day!!


I started with my arcs and spikes. These were all paper pieced according to the templates in Quilts With A Spin. Great book! And they were ALL done with scraps. Do you see a little Kaffe in there??


My Whirly Gig circle was not done from the book. The book called for reverse applique. If I can find a way to machine piece it, I will! I used the template, shown in the photo, to rotary cut them. But I did have to trim the circle smaller so the arcs would fit. The template was from the Sue Ross BOM, but I know that John Flynn has similar templates available, just click here.


Yay!! All four spikes segments completed! LOVE it!!


Karen was working on a Kim McClean pattern and chose to do hers in repros. Karen loves primitives and is also a very talented rug hooker!!


Here she is happily sewing away. Don't you just love the Sue Spargo block behind her?


Karen has two dogs who kept us company throughout the day, but little old Rocky here is definitely a fabric lover. Karen likes to spread all her fabric choices out on the floor, but she can't see them all, because Rocky jumps right on into his new soft bed!


Karen decides to take a break with Rocky. Whew! Sewing really can tire you out. See the brightly colored rug Karen hooked in the upper left corner... I love it! Now hold on for the BIG finish...


TA DA!! Yes, I was able to complete two blocks and start a third. You can see that each whirly gig will be a different bright color and my backgrounds are all different black and white fabrics.


And look at Karen's finishes for the day. She is truly an applique queen both needle turn and machine applique. Karen has them down pat. She also began prepping her next block.

So that was our Saturday... F. U. N!!

Tomorrow, don't forget to come back here for Pat Sloan's Ruler Blog Hop. You could be the lucky winner of this...


a COMPLETE SET of her new Cutting Edge rulers and possibly a prize from me too!

See you then!

Until Next Time...

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53 comments:

Stephanie said...

Fabric and friends (and the furry ones too) equals a lot of fun. You ladies are very talented. LOVE your vivid blocks and her lovely applique.

Oops-Lah said...

Everything looks just fabulous. Can't blame the dog for wanting to be part of it, can you ;)?

Minka's Studio said...

Beautiful projects! What a fun day! Quilting friends are the best!

Tine said...

Your circle blocks look fantastic!! I had tried to put that quilt out of my mind...but now it is on my list of things to try ;)

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Sounds and looks like a fun day!
Your blocks are very nice, I like this pattern. Something to try one day...
BTW, the fabrics I ordered from you arrived here safe and quick. I love them! Thank you Jackie! :-)

Jodi said...

Jackie, those are beautiful! Somehow the first picture reminded me of a casino, the other day, too, when you posted. Nice to have a wonderful friend to sew with!

Terry said...

Love you blocks! Those are going to make one fantastic quilt! :0)

Cathy said...

What an amazing day you guys had, and what gorgeous blocks you have achieved. i adore your colour and black and white pinwheels, wheeee! Thanks for sharing all you girls got done, loved it. Will be back to check out Pats new rulers! xo

deborah said...

A day can't get any better than to spend time with a friend and fabric! Your color choices and those blocks are fabulous!

karenfae said...

lovely blocks from both of you, I think those whirly blocks in those colors would get me dizzy after awhile though! You guys sure got a lot done.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Very, VERY cool blocks, Jackie! Glad you had a great time---

Anya said...

Love your blocks!

Lisa said...

Beautiful whirligigs! I made one once- just fused and machine applique. Love your pieced ones. This is going to be a fav of mine- and I like a LOT of what you do.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jackie!!! I LOVE LOVE your blocks -- they look fabulous. Looks like you girls had a wonderful day!!!

Madame Samm said...

oh la la...now that has got to be one of the greatest blocks, or rather circle I have ever seen.. a kaleidoscope at it's very best..
blessings msamm

Quilter Kathy said...

Fabulous! Love your blocks! Love Love!

WoolenSails said...

That is such a fun design and I love the reproduction fabrics in Karen's quilt. I have a few of those myself and need to make something with them.

Debbie

Nedra said...

I LOVE the whirley gig block. In fact, when I first saw it on Sue Ross' site, I ran right out and got John Flynn's template. The project is still on the to-do pile, and I'm so jealous you have completed yours. I would have loved to join you on your sew day.
(When I make mine, there will be Kaffes)

Cindy said...

I absolutely love your whirligigs! I adore black and white with pops of color. Looking forward to seeing the completed quilt!

Terriaw said...

What a fun day! I love seeing how much you accomplished. Your spikes and whirly gig projects are so gorgeous and whimsical with those bright colors on black and whites.

Peach Rainbow said...

I love the colors in your first block and Karen's applique is lovely too!

Exuberant Color said...

You really made great progress on those blocks. they look like a one a day to me but I suppose they go together faster after you have done the first one.

Annette said...

I just love coming over here and seeing your designs. They are awesome!

Vicki W said...

What a fun time and your quilt is going to be spectacular!

Vickie E said...

Jackie, those blocks are stunning! jealous.

Sherri said...

Wow...those spin blocks are absolutely amazing...love them! And do you notice your rotary cutter really being sharpened...that would be wonderful if these rulers really do that!

Anina said...

What a fun day Jackie! I need to arrange a little "sew-in" with my friends.

Pamela said...

Love those blocks! Another thing to put on my "should try" list!

dutch sisters said...

The blocks are so pretty! I can see you had a great time.

azuree55 said...

I love sewing with my girlfriends. We are having a quiltathon starting Wednesday until Saturday. It's at our LQS and we just leave our stuff there and come home to cook and sleep and start all over again. It's one advantage of retiring! I was referred to your blog by Pat Sloan. I am so excited to see so many gifted and inspiring people!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh my! I love your blocks!!

Cathi said...

Your blocks are stunning!! They're just like my Farmer's Delight blocks made using Inklingo which I think, having seen your blocks, must move up on the "finish them off" list! :-)

Zlaty said...

Fabulous blocks! Looks like you girls had a lot of fun!

PunkiePie said...

Those are some VERY cool blocks you created!

Cindy said...

The thing I love most about quilting is that I've met so many talented people that are so willing to share. I always wanted to try a applique but didn't have the confidence expecially with a sewing machine.

Cindy

jahogan said...

Your whirly gig blocks are absolutely gorgeous. Love your fabric choices.
Karen's applique blocks are beautiful as well. What fun to spend a day with a friend just quilting!

belinda said...

Looks like you gals were on a roll....a very creative one....what a great day with such wonderful results!!!

Cardygirl said...

Looks like a great day...love your blocks!!!!!!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That is a cute pic of you with your blocks. So amazing. I love them. I can't even imagine creating something so complex!

Vivian said...

Gorgeous! Everything! -- the fabrics, the blocks, the progress you made, and the smiles all around. A dog relaxed on the floor -- that's the equivalent of a dog smiling, isn't it? You got so much done with those challenging blocks.

pratima said...

Your circle blocks are gorgeous and the applique' is beautiful! What a fun day with your friend, Jackie! Rocky is adorable!!

Munaiba said...

Gosh thanks so much for showing us your whirligig blocks and Karen's applique. They are all so lovely. And your whirligig blocks look like they are floating on that black and white background. Well done!

Lee Ann said...

I'll be back :-)

lisa said...

wow! look at you go!!!

Kim D. said...

Looks like you both had a great day Jackie. Love your blocks and Karen has some beauties too.

Patty C. said...

This Blog Hop is too fun - Your Quilting abilities are pretty impressive - Thank you so much for the eye candy :)

Janet said...

Your blocks are awesome, I think you'll end up with a spectacular quilt. What fun you guys have had together.

ROBIN18447 said...

I'd love to win, Thanks for the chance!

mascanlon said...

Love both these projects and the spokes are going on my "to do" list...oh wait its out the door already LOL!

Rose Marie said...

Fabulous blocks that the two of you worked on .... and a furry friend to help .... a great way to spend the day!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Gorgeous blocks!! I love the mix of the black and white with the vibrant colours...works so well!

JRSAY said...

Luv your colors, sounds like you put this all together quickly. Luv your fur babies, looks like they get to help you alot!

Melinda said...

Your blocks are wonderful. Love the colors with the black and white.

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