KT WinnerEven though I live in So. CA, I still decorate with snowmen and a few Valentine decorations. And then it is time for Easter/spring decorations. Sorry but nothing original. Charlotte
Thanks to everyone for their decorating advice. I'm in awe of those of you who redecorate monthly for all the holidays. I'm lucky to add a few seasonal touches quarterly! Most of my "look" changes with a switch of quilts or adding a few gathered items from the yard to a crock or jar. One of my decluttering strategies is to find natural elements, use them for a couple months indoors, then return them to the yard. The ultimate in recycling!
KT Barn Raising & Mini by Cheri Branca
Thanks so much to Cheri for sending me a picture of her mini version of my KT Barn Raising quilt. Instead of using a Layer Cake and Charm pack for 9" blocks, Cheri used a couple charm and mini charm packs to make smaller 4" blocks into this wonderful little lap quilt (42" x 58"). Doesn't it look perfectly at home on her earth tone sofa?? Please share your photos of variations on KT projects whether it's miniaturized, like Cheri's, or in batiks or black/white. I'd love to show them here.
KT Barn Raising quilt features a KT Favorites Layer Cake and Charm pack (72" square lap quilt). Centering the charm squares to make these simple blocks is a breeze with our KT five & Dime ruler. Layer a dark charm on tan LC and tan charm on dark LC; stitch 1/8" from pinked edges. Place right sides together to create a layered bias square.
This basic block is graphic and visually appealing in the Barn Raising setting, but also works in any setting where a light/dark block shines. Like this furrows version, or a classic pinwheel.
Cheri also shared one of her small group's (M&M Quilters, Victor, NY) fun exchanges based on the Fold it - Snip it - Rip it - Drop it - Pass it guidelines (click for more information). Basically, your group decides on a colorway, then each member buys 1 yard of fabric. Cut your yard in half, keep half and pass it on. Each quilter takes half of whatever she's passed until it's made it's way around the circle. You'll have your own 1/2 yard piece plus 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, etc. Your challenge is make something from the pieces you end up with. Here's the swap piles for Cheri's group using KT fabrics. Can't wait to see what they can imagine!
Are you in a quilting small group? Do you have group projects, swaps or other interesting challenges for yourselves to challenge your quilting skills? I'd love to hear about them. Comment to sign up for this week's giveaway - a KT Barn Raising pattern and KT Five & Dime ruler to make your own version.