Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pics from our PPP Class Yesterday And Ramona's Back!

Sandy Simester's Block featuring Kaffe Fassett and Phillip Jacob fabrics

We had a small turn out yesterday, but much fun was had by all!  Our dear Ramona was back in class and it was so good to see her getting around so well.  She has kept up with the class and brought all her blocks to share!  Well Done!!!

Ramona's Blocks

Her blues are beautiful, she has two more blocks in process right now, but I have no doubt they will be every bit as lovely.  This is going to make a soft and pretty quilt.

I am working out how I am going to get this pattern Woven Star Block, scanned into the computer for you all to enjoy.  It has to be printed out on legal paper to make the 12.5 inch finished block.  My scanner is only letter sized.  Leave a comment if you have any suggestions on the best way to accomplish this.  I was thinking about cutting the pattern in half and posting the PDF with the two halves which you would have to tape together.  And that may be what I do, because I'm thinking that everyone probably has letter size paper to print on and not legal.  I'll get after that this afternoon, check back here for a link to the pattern on our PPP link page.

Ramona and Teri working away

The American Fire has been burning away now for a week up here and we are all choking with smoke, especially in the mornings.  The fire is now up to 10,000+ acres with only 30% containment as of last night.
American Fire photo from Yuba Net

The fire is burning up canyon from us about 10 miles as the crow flies...and as the inversion takes place the smoke drops down the canyons and we wake up to...
Smoke in the mornings

The picture above was taken on the second day of the fire, we are now a week into it and the smoke is much thicker and more choking.

Anyway, back to fabric and sewing fun!  Here are a couple more blocks from class.

Teri's Block

The trick to this block is to have some color crayons with you when you are first laying out what you want to do.  Figure out what colors you want and where you want them.  On the pattern, you will circle the number 1 on one segment of your block with your red color crayon.  Now look to see where the tip of that or the corresponding #4 will fall in the next segment and circle that with your red crayon also.  Now you know, what ever fabric you are putting in #1, will also need to go in #4 on the corresponding segment.  Don't worry, when I post the pattern, I will also post photos of how to do this.

My block, The Woven Star

It's a very easy block with not many pieces but if you don't pay attention while you are sewing it, you will not have the results you want, it can be tricky at first.  I will post hints and tips with the pattern.

You all know by now, that I love to play with the mosaic maker at  so here are some mock ups of these blocks, so you can see what it might look like in a quilt.

Three completely different looks with the same block, just changing up the fabrics.  Isn't quilting fun!  Well, I have a day of sewing ahead of me, finishing up Andrew's costume, some BOM's I'm working on and I will probably start another project, just because...LOL.

The Woven Star will be the last block in our PPP class this year, the meeting next month will be to finish up any blocks that need to be finished and to start your quilt top or what ever you plan to use your blocks for.  Perhaps a table runner with matching place mats???  Your call, your creation.

The October meeting will be a pot luck to see every one's work and enjoy a lovely brunch together!

Check back this evening or tomorrow for the PDF pattern and instructions for our final block, The Woven Star!

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