Friday, August 2, 2013

Too Hot....

The heat here has made it too difficult to quilt.  I have been spending too much time on pinterest, but that has allowed me to find great patterns I want to try.  My latest obsessions are mermaids and super hero's.  Actually, they are not that different!

Pinterest led me to Quiet Play's shop at Craftsy.  She has great paper pieced patterns, many of which are free.

Today, I braved the heat and made this:
I hope all of you know who this is with out me telling you...
Wonder Woman!
I have plans to use her other patterns and add a few of my own.  Now that I said that It
will never happen!
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Modern Sampler Block 1

I've been gone way too long.  Working full time has really put a cramp in my quilting.  I have lots to tell but first I want to show what I made today.

A few weeks ago I was rearranging the clump of blankets on my bed ( I won't lie and say I was making the bed) and realized that my main quilt doesn't cover the entire king size bed.  I made it when Sweetie Pie and I married and it's a tad short on the sides.  So I decide I want a new bed quilt, last one made 8 years ago or more :) 

I sat down and decided to make a Modernish sampler quilt with blocks of different sizes.  I sat down drew up a few details and tried to make size requirements for blocks.  Then decided that was too much work and I would just wing it!  Well, I guess we know how this may end.

I had 2 charm packs of 5 in. squares of Quilt Blocks,  3 yards of white, and assorted yards of solids and prints.

Today I made my first block:  Box  it's a traditional block.  Don't know how it got it's name.

BOX, finishes 12 inches

4 -5 inch grey print charm squares
4- 5 inch yellow solid squares
1- 4 inch yellow solid square

Take 1 grey squarer RS up and 1 yellow square RS down.  Draw a line from point to point and sew 1/4 inch from both sides of the line.  Make 4 of these.  Cut on the line to make 8 half square triangle patches.

Now, Line the squares up and trim them down to 4 inches square.
I match the center seam with the diagonal line running across the cutting mat.
This, is how the patches should look:
Sew patches and rows together using a 1/4 inch seam.  Hopefully, your corners will match better than mine!  I have one little corner that's a little off.  But I'm happy.  Now I have to iron the seams into submission!
Happy Quilting

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

AAQI Update

Most of you may know I make quilts for AAQI.  I started about 2 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it. It's a great organization that is helping find a cure for Alzheimer's.  But all things eventually end.  The following is an email from Ami Simms the founder of AAQI.

hope all quilters who have not made a quilt for AAQI, to make one now.  Help us reach $1 million.


The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will most likely reach the $1,000,000 mark in money raised for Alzheimer’s research some time in 2013! The work of your hands and the compassion in your hearts has brought us to this milestone. I will be forever grateful to each and every one of you for your support and dedication.
Ami and her mother, Beebe, in 2006 shortly after the AAQI began.
What began as one person’s response to sorrow and frustration has grown into a national charity embraced by a large portion of the quilting community. More than 13,000 quilts have been donated, turning sweat equity into over $883,000 for research so far. For many donors these quilts were healing works of art which helped them grieve as they stitched for the greater good. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the AAQI’s two traveling quilt exhibits about Alzheimer’s. Through this artistry came the realization for many that they were not alone on this journey of heartbreak; others understood, perhaps for the first time, what a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s really means. Together quilters have funded 11 research studies at six universities and a medical school. Three more studies will be funded this month and hopefully more throughout 2013. Because of the AAQI, scientists know a little bit more about Alzheimer’s than they did before. Hopefully this understanding will bring us all closer to a cure.
When I created the AAQI back in 2006, I never expected it to become so successful! I also never imaged how much work it would take to keep it going. As the AAQI blossomed, board members and core volunteers have had to increase our hours and pace to keep up. While I find enormous satisfaction in nurturing the AAQI, I much prefer sewing to administrating. I miss just being a full-time quilter.
For this reason, 2013 will be the last year of fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I hope you will help the AAQI reach our goal of One Million Dollars for research and then at the end of 2013 celebrate with everyone who made this tremendous achievement possible. Please review the important dates below:
February 15, 2013: All bookings for the traveling exhibit “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” must be finalized.
March 1, 2013: First online auction of quilts from “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” traveling exhibit. Twenty-six Name Quilts will be auctioned during the first 10 days of March, April, May, June, July, August, and September. Payment will be required at the conclusion of each auction with shipping in October 2013 after the exhibit retires. The 54 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts from the traveling exhibit will be auctioned during the first 10 days of October and December.
July 2013: Last month to participate in the Quilt-A-Month Club.
August 1, 2013: Last day to register Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. Quilts delivered to scanners after August 20 will be refused.
October 29 – November 3, 2013: International Quilt Festival. We hope to be invited back one last time to sell quilts in Houston, TX.
November 1-10, 2013: Celebrity Invitational Quilt Online Auction
December 30, 2013: Last day Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts can be purchased online.
December 31, 2013: Quilts For Sale and Donation pages will be removed from the AAQI website and all solicitations will cease.
2014-2015: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will monitor research grants awarded in 2013. The AQQI web page will be left intact for at least six months. Any funds not needed to sustain the AAQI’s final expenses will be donated to research. Remaining assets will be disposed of according to IRS regulations after which time the corporation will be dissolved.
There is still much work to this year as we sprint to the finish line. I hope everyone who reads this will join in, either as a seasoned veteran or a first time quilt donor or quilt buyer. We will continue to make a difference until the very last quilt is sold. Let’s make 2013 the best year ever!
Thank you for your support,
Ami Simms
Founder & Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative