Saturday, March 31, 2012

Disappearing 16 Block Tutorial

 As any one that reads my blog knows when I have time I like to yack, and yack, and yack.  In one of my many conversations in blog land some one said something about Disappearing 16 Block. I love the Disappearing 9 block (used this on Dance of the Dragonfly) so I just had to figure out what this was.

Edit.  Originally this block came from as part of a quilt along please follow that link for more details.
 Google being my friend I searched and Found a Tutorial from Sew We Quilt here is a link to her much better done tutorial but having the camera handy I took some pictures and you get a tutorial from me.  I decided to make my blocks 3 1/2 inches each (just got done doing a huge project in 2 1/2 and could not do that size again, or at least not for a while).
 My wife hates the Oranges, Bright Red's and Yellows I bought for my Last quilting project so while she is recovering from child birth, I went all out and I am making a bright orange quilt (or 3) I got a tad carried away cutting blocks.
 So being a good tutorial you need to figure out the proper number of blocks and cut out the proper amount of fabric.  This not being proper, I just kept cutting until Tanya walked into the room then I tried to hide the fabric while she just shrugged her shoulders.
 I do every thing in bulk so I took all of my fabric (have nearly 30 or so colors of fabricl).  I chain sewed every block to the one after (I shuffled kinda my fabric so that they are some what random)
 I then cut the pairs apart and sew those to each other to make rows of 4.
 I then Iron them flat and sewed 2 rows to each other.
 Then I sewed the sets of 2 rows to each other tell I now have blocks (lots of them) of 16 block's
 Then the trick to make things cool you simply take and cut the 16 block in half both directions to end up with 4 triangles.  At this point you can then mix and match the blocks.  You can sew them back together or you can sew them in other directions.
 I chose to take both 2 blocks (2 1/4 blocks) and sew them side to side to make a Diamond shaped block if turned right or left on the corners.
 But then my son Jared wandered by, so I got distracted and got Julia out to see if he could hold her again and show him how much she loves him.
 But as luck would have it Julia did not want to play my game and show her brother her love.  So she screamed instead.

More pictures of her here

 Distraction over here is 2 of the blocks I made.  You can see that I have yet to clipped the top left and bottom right corners.

 Now that my tutorial is over it was a beautiful day today out side and cleaned up the garden. (Well I made the kids clean the garden up they put all the dead plants from last year into the green waste trash can) And I got the Rototiller out of the garage and went to work tilling the garden.  To prove that I do more then just quilt I had Rebecca get a couple pictures of my work.  This is our garden and we try to plant between 20-40 tomato plants (we bottle the tomatoes) to make my fresh Spaghetti Sauce not that its time to start planting yet it should be back to 50 Sunday, its 80 today
 But we can plant some pea's and a few other things now.
 The Lawn Waste can was full (kids said they could not work any more lol) So I got Jared to help me out and pack it down some.
 It almost got hard to get him out.
 But he did finally get out.

 Dad though is now tired and had to take a short nap.  Here is Julia again trying to fall asleep before I could.
One last thing I got mail (after the nap). I was pleased to get this wonderful Pin Cushion that I won on the blog hop during st Patrick's' day.  It came from  Mary at  Now the wife and I are going for a short walk with Julia I wonder how far we will get before one of our neighbors come out and stop us to see the baby.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The 2 Winners and were home from the hospital

Today started out early and since I had my camera I had to take a picture of this pretty tree down the street from my house.  I got the privilege of getting up at 6am to take James my oldest to a State Level competition in 3D animation

While at the hospital this morning getting ready I had to wrap Julia in her first quilt finished by her Dad, Heart's and Flowers.  She looks so cute and her Mom is so happy to be going home.

My dad, Julia's Grandpa is in a rest home and not doing well.  We took Julia by so that he could hold her (yes with my help) And get her picture taken with her Grandpa.

Tanya's Flowers are now in full bloom.  I am sure now that she is feeling better, she might even get some weeding done (in a few weeks) The house has gone to pieces, with mom pregnant and not feeling well. We are so excited she is back and in good spirits except me and the kids are going to have to clean more Sigh.

I got a few more of my Orange/Yellow materials cut up to make a Disappearing 16 patch quilt.

And now for the 2 winners.  I had my son Jared pick which person was heads and which person was tells and then had him flip a coin (A nickle we were too cheap to do a quarter lol)  The Quilt above Burst Of Color will go to 

free indeed said... 9lbs 15oz. for Julia's Weight  


P. said... March 28 at 3:30 p.m. of for Julia's Birth time

Will get A Twist of Red indecently both picked the same first quilt and 2nd Quilt.  Congratulations I will get these boxed up and out in the mail Saturday if Julia my little helper will allow it.

She is just the cutest little quilt helper!

Oh as a last note I totally forgot it was LAFF today so um I will have to make it up to you next Friday call it a little bit distracted and I missed one.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Block Swaps and Winnings

 I got my March Block today from one of my block Swap Partners Cathy Love this wonderful Pin wheel block.
 I won one of the Blog Hop Giveaways from Margarita they are some amazing hand dyed fabrics they are going to be fun to use.  I love the bright and flashy materials so this will be fun to find a project to make out of them.
I was also able to wrap Julia up in a quilt that she got from her Grandmother.  She looks so cute in it.

On our winners they both picked the same quilt (and I believe the same 2nd quilt) waiting for one more email back and then will notify both who got which quilt (need to hold a drawing for it as they both picked the same quilt but with baby and all I am some what distracted)   Will get that all wrapped up in the next day or so.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quilt Giveaway Julia's Birth Winners!

OK I believe we have the winners

P. said...
I'm a follower. Second guess, March 28 at 3:30 p.m.

free indeed said...
9lbs 15oz.

She was within 3 oz of the actual weight of 9 Pounds 12 oz.  The next closet was 7 ounces away both directions from actual weight.

Thank you every one for joining in with this my wife and I have had a wonderful time making these quilts and getting ready for this baby I am excited to see what our 2 winners pick.

For those of you wondering why I am posting yet my 3rd post for the day Yes I am a little Excited JULIA is HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia Update and More Pictures

If any one missed earlier post Julia Dawn Healey was born 3/28/2012 at 3:07 PM MST in Salt Lake City UT.  She was 21 inches and weighed in a a hefty 9 pounds 12 ounces.  I have posted 25+ pictures of her on her blog and will continue to do so over the next days weeks and years.
 Train Wrek my quilt that started all of my wild quilting I had to take a picture with Julia and the quilt before she even got a bath.
 As you can see she is not bald.  We can almost braid that hair on her head.  Look forward to seeing how cute she looks after all the crinkled I am squished look goes away. (not that she is not beautiful now)
Last but not least having this addiction to quilting means a day can not go by with out something.  Many weeks back I won some hexi plastic thing's (not even sure what they are called) and I managed to make one flower and about 4-5 extra petals.  Wow that hand sewing stuff takes a long time, not sure If I could make many of these, but was neat to try something new.  Any way off work for the next 4 days and will I am sure make something else Quilt y to show off tell then your stuck looking at my Beautiful addition to our family Julia Dawn Healey.


She is here more details later

born 3/28/ 2012 3:07 pm mst Salt Lake City Ut
21 inches and 9 pounds 12 ounces

all is well with wife and baby

WIP Wednesday #7

Today is going to be a Work In Progress Wednesday.   And will be linking up with Freshly Pieced. 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Completed Projects:

3 completes Been Puzzled, Dancing Butterfly, And Bingo Card

Ready To Quilt:
4 new tops

Ongoing Projects:
1 Quilt 5 X 5 blocks.  Also Jeans for Jared, and I started cutting up the John Deer Rag quilt this week all material cut up just need to start putting it together and sewing X's.  Man Quilts 2 more like Dad's Zag Zag and Paisley Parade I have enough X's sewed for 1 and half of these. Started cutting the Orange Material for disappearing  16 block  quilt.

Planned Quilts:
1 Case Machinery Lap Quilt for a brother in law. (bought the back and then used it on another project sigh need to go shopping again)
2 Bug Jar Quilts for nephews.
Tanya's Lap quilts from her fat quarters.
Rose Fabric for Mother In Law's Quilt.

Finished: 10 March, 10 February, 7 January 27 total for year
On Going Projects: Too many to count
Planned: 6 (though I keep thinking I am missing a couple)

We will be at the hospital today so that is also a planed thing today so YEA baby!

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