Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Bee - May Block

Girls, please don't hate me when I ask for this block.  I just love Flying Geese.  I think they are a pretty versatile tool to keep in your back pocket when it comes to quilting.  They can be done with half square triangles because they are generally half as tall as they are wide (i.e. 2x4 or 3x6 or 4x8) but traditional flying geese are not done that way.  There are many websites, books, magazines, etc that will show you how to make geese and you can pick how you want to make them.  The best website - and the one that I've found that includes all cutting measurements for all the ways to make geese is at (click on link).  You can also check out House On Hill Road or QuiltersCache.

My personal method is flippy corner version.  I will sew on the marked seam and then sew a half inch to the right of that seam so that I get ready made hst squares from the corners - just cut in the middle so that there is a quarter inch seam for both the flying geese and the square that is left over. I've also tried various methods to reduce the seam bulk.  Pressing seams on the geese open seems to work pretty well, but there are still going to be some bulky seams where you are connecting the geese together.  I choose to nest those as best I can in the direction that reduces bulk. 

To make this block, you will need eight 6x3 geese and fourteen 2x4 geese.  Just lay them out in this layout:

Now for some guidelines on colors and such....
~ Please do the block in one of two colorways.  There is a "cool" version using blues, greens, (not bright) purples or a "warm" version using reds, pinks, oranges, yellows.  You don't have to follow these layouts exactly, they were just to give you and idea of the colorways.

~ As for the geese part, or the middle triangle, please use something dark.  A tone on tone black print is what I'm using for my block that way there is some dimension to it.
~ I love geometric prints (i.e. circles, squares, stripes, arrows, Greek key), so if you can stay away from overly floral patterns and prints, I would appreciate it but I'm not too picky as I want this to be pretty scrappy looking.
~ You're totally allowed to use the "Make 4 At a Time" method of geese, just try to not put two of the same print next together. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!  My email is and I'm on Instagram on a regular basis under @pommesdeterres

Thank you so much!! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pay It Forward 2014

It is that time of year again!  Let's make it great together!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It is almost here.  I need something to focus on for this upcoming year.  I need to channel my energies.  So, with that said, my word for 2014 is:  create. 

I want to create for me, for my family, for Scarlett Key. 
I want to create a loving environment. 
I want to create a positive place to work. 
I want to create a better me. 

What's your 2014 word? 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Kansas City!

Who knew that I would be traveling more working for a small town grocery store than I did working at the biggest Credit Union in the state?  Well, in July I went to Nashville and in August I got to go to Kansas City.  The Nashville trip was fun but we only were there for like 30 hours or so, that was a crazzzy week!!  Kansas City was a three day trip - with me boss.  Luckily for me he is hilarious and we had a blast.  I did not know, nor was I prepared for, the amount of work and networking that goes into the evening trips to some bars.  Most of those stories will stay secret haha  The other great thing about my boss?  He travels a lot normally so he got us upgraded to the top of the hotel!  Like rooms on the 38th floor and the top floor restaurant was open to us for free.  Seriously though, this hotel was so pretty that I could've lived there forever.  I can't wait to go back!!  I think I get to go twice a year so the next trip will be in February or March. Here are some AMAZING shots from the view of our hotel!  Enjoy!

Hello, delicious room service food that I ate in a king size bed with white sheets.  I do miss you so much.

It was so amazing to have this view every morning. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

International Sunflower Festival, Year TWO!

It was so amazing to be back at the Sunflower Festival.  It rained again, but I still had a blast!!  The great thing about doing a show so close to home is that when I need to pee I can text dad or mom to come watch my booth for a minute haha  I also get homemade meals delivered so I don't have to live on fair food all weekend.  This was the only show I did but the fact that it was the second year was special to me.  I had people that said they remembered me!  I had repeat customers!  It might have been a little much to take in but it was so awesome! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

My grandma.

My grandma is the best.  She taught me to sew, to quilt, to crochet, to knit, to embroider.  To do most things crafty.  Well, she got honored this year in the best way possible. But, let's back up a little...My grandma joined a quilt group.  They are the funniest little group of little old ladies and it seriously warms my heart that she's found this group!  Well, this little group chose her to be the main person getting honored during the Labor Day Festival in that town.  The festival was only open Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor day...and I had a show (more on that later!) all day Saturday and Sunday and was scheduled to work Monday at 1230.  I should add here that the town her group meets in is over an hour away from the farm.  Yes, I woke up super early, made it to her house for breakfast with her, my grandpa, and my aunt & uncle who came in from Maine, went to the show for a bit and then came back to work until 930 at night.  It was exhausting but so so so so worth it!!  Here are a few pics that I was able to snap.  I know there are more pictures somewhere with us in them but my uncle still has them.
This one made me cry.  Ok, let's be honest, the whole thing made me cry.  But this?  This quilt holds so many memories for me, being scared that I was losing my grandma to breast cancer the worst of those memories.

The hand quilting on the top quilt is stunning!  She hand quilts so the shear amount of hours put into this is mind blowing!  Each motif is marked by hand with a pencil and then quilted.  BY HAND haha

This caption cracks me up!  If anyone would just jump in head first, it would be my grandma!  Her love for hexies will never cease, I'm sure of it :)