websites of interest

Thought I’d share a few sites I’ve been enjoying lately. Feel free to share others in the comments!

string-blocks

(this pile doesn’t look like it’s gotten any taller, does it?)

By now you’ve probably seen Jacquie’s Joy in the New Year challenge. Count up the number of unfinished projects you have and leave her a comment letting her know how many you have. The goal is to finish as many as you can before the new year. There are a number of prizes to be awarded and it might be just the push we all need to get some of those projects finished! As of last count, I think I only have 3, though I probably should have said 4. I have one that hasn’t really been started, but that must be finished before the end of the year, so hopefully I’ll have at least one finish. I don’t really expect to finish either the never-ending string quilt, or my queen sized munki munki quilt.

Have you seen this new Flickr group? Katie (previously of Willy Nilly, but now of Sew Katie Did) started a new Flickr group showcasing quilt backs. I love it! I often like the backs of my quilts more than the fronts, and I really love seeing all these quilt backs in one place. After I uploaded a bunch of my quilt back photos, I even added a set on my own flickr account of just quilt backs.  Fun to look at, and often inspiring for ideas for quilt tops.

quilt-back

(one of my favorites!)

How about this new blog, Modify Tradition? An interesting look at what makes a quilt modern, and how to use traditional quilt blocks in a more modern way. (And yes, I’d like this new blog even if they hadn’t shown a couple of my quilts!) From what I can tell, they’ll be providing tutorials on several quilt blocks so you’ll be able to create your own modern sampler quilt.

And speaking of quilt alongs, I already mentioned the quilt along that will be starting over at Block Party. They’re having a giveaway to kick it all off – go enter to win some fabric, including one of my very favorites – paint by number birds in blue by Erin Michael! They also have a new Flickr group for the quilt along where you can post photos of the quilt blocks you make. It’s also a great place to look if you’re looking to join a virtual quilting bee — looks like there are several new bees starting!

spiderweb-block

And this photo below is not related to websites at all — just a photo of the start of a new quilt. I’m still debating, so tell me, does this read too much like Fall to you?

owl-block

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35 Responses to websites of interest

  1. 1
    Audrie says:

    Love the Flickr group just for quilt backs!! My youngest sister tends to like quilt backs more than the front and it’s because of her that I put a little more effort into my backings :)

  2. 2
    Amber says:

    The new quilt block is gorgeous! I need to add some of my backs to the flikr group – just have been too lazy. Off to check out that blog!

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    Meg says:

    I love the quilt block! I think on its own, it doesn’t read particularly “fall”, but depending on where you take it from here, it could certainly go either way. (Side note, I LOVE that owl print and have a yard stashed for a “snowy day”. :D )

    And thanks on the pointers on what you’ve been reading–that flickr group looks great!

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    Melissa L. says:

    Love the owls!! I suppose with enough non-fall colors you could put this into any quilt – but fall colors are so lovely! I’m using your quilt back above as inspiration for the back I’m doing right now! Thanks!!!

  5. 5
    Eleanor says:

    I love your quilt back. Don’t think I could trust myself to get such a big piece of fabric square.

  6. 6
    Cristin says:

    Thanks for that new Flickr Group link! I LOVE quilt backs too! And your “fall-ish” owl square…. looks vintage to me… not Fall, just 70’s – LOVE IT!

  7. 7

    I love that Modify Traditions site!
    Yes, it does look a bit fall to me. Maybe adding some teal to cool it off?

  8. 8
    MeganAnne says:

    Oooo, thanks for more fun links to check out.

    Yep, that looks very fall to me. But I like it that way!

  9. 9
    Asia says:

    I love the back of that quilt more than I love the front! It’s beautiful!!

  10. 10
    isa says:

    Joined the flickr group, added the blog to my reader, and as always love your quilts :-)
    Thank you for the links.
    The new quilt is a bit fall like, but it looks great!

  11. 11
    Sarah says:

    I do like the owl block very much. And I’m a fan of your quilt backs – inspirational!

  12. 12
    Kyla says:

    i love the quilt start. its not too much like fall. I love the backing with the colored squares.

  13. 13
    Linda says:

    Well, asking me if something is TOO fall-looking is like asking me if I want you to poke me in the eye with a sharp stick! The answer to both would be a rousing NO! As far as I’m concerned, nothing can be too fall-looking. It is terrific. Great owl fabric!

    Linda

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    Karen N says:

    Thanks for the info re blogs. I have now added them to the many already in my Google Reader (love that thing). For the last few quilts I have made I have been using my stash. I out fabrics on the back that I no longer would put on the front but still have great affection for. I feel very thrifty by doing this and not buying anything new.

  15. 15
    jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning our new project on your blog!

    Tomorrow is our first tutorial… hopefully we don’t disappoint.

  16. 16
    Peggy B. says:

    I have been following your blog faithfully for quite a while and love all your work. I love the new owl block and it does not read too fallish. I love the use of warms and neutrals with the owl fabric. I bought this fabric too!

  17. 17

    So many good things in this post. Cool new blogs to check out, and it’s so fun looking at the back of quilts. HOW did you get your back on so straight? It looks great! No, to “too fall looking”–the owls just look great. I have that fabric in a couple of colorways–so fun. Thanks for your inspiration. and although I have already mentioned this, glad you are back!

    Oh, and I signed up for a block exchange. I’m so excited.

  18. 18
    Whitney says:

    I was wondering how many quilts you sell a month. They are all so gorgeous, you have lovely fabric choices.

  19. 19
    Terri says:

    I am not sure I can to join Jacquie’s UFO endeavor because I’m already busy finishing projects for Christmas. I adore string quilts, but haven’t started one yet. Love the Modify Tradition you shared!

  20. 20
    Erin says:

    Such a beautiful, well centered back! And I don’t think the owl is too autumn-y…I think it’s perfect :)

  21. 21
    Zarina says:

    That owl is just nice – there is nothing over fall about it.

    One website that I just found that I find very helpful is Urban Amish.

  22. 22
    Mary says:

    Too much fall??? Heavens no! Great block though.

    I signed up for Jacquies challenge too. Wish us all luck.

    Thanks for the quilt back link. I will check that out.

  23. 23
    Dawn W says:

    Thanks so much for the fun links – always got to love new ideas with fabulous quilters!

  24. 24

    Thanks for adding the group. I’ll get your site on my links when I get some time.

    I loved the idea of J’s challenge, but I need to make Christmas presents.

  25. 25
    Carmen says:

    Head over to http://adozenquilters.blogspot.com to see what twelve web-friends are doing for a year!! We just started in October…

  26. 26
    Marcia says:

    OMG! I LOVE that quilt back! Thanks for posting about it.

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    mjb says:

    I agree – there’s nothing wrong with a strong fall feeling for a quilt!

  28. 28
    Debbie says:

    Thanks for the great web sites. Love the Flickr group on backs – I often like them best too!

  29. 29
    Jill says:

    Just enjoying your blog, as usual! I hope to make an Ashley-inspired quilt one day, but I certainly have a list of UFOs that will never get finished by the end of the year, so I’m not starting that anytime soon!
    I don’t think that quilt block looks fall at all…with the stars in the middle, surrounded by red, blue and a little green – I’m feeling Christmas.

  30. 30
    Jill says:

    Oh..the owls! Yes, the owls are fall.

  31. 31
    erica says:

    That is one impressive stack of blocks! And I especially love your quilt backs too!

  32. 32
    anina says:

    I think the pile is getting taller. Definitely.
    Thanks for sharing all those links.

  33. 33
    bekhy says:

    I love that quilt back! Wow–I can’t recall seeing it on your blog before, and it really is inspiring. The last block does remind me of Thanksgiving–all the orange and brown I think. The outer solid orange particularly makes me want to eat pumpkin pie :) But that could be because it’s that time of year. :P Thanks for the great links!

  34. 34
    lisap says:

    It reads too much like CUTE to me! In other words, Don’t Stop!!

  35. 35
    erica says:

    that owl block is just too cute!

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