All a Twitter Block of the Month: Introduction & Part 1

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The All a Twitter Block of the Month program is brought to you by
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I’m delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Angie (aka Ang), my sister and best friend.

Angie (on the left) Lori (on the right)

Angie (on the left) Lori (on the right)

The first thing you will notice is that we look a bunch alike. We’ve been asked ever since we were teenagers if we’re twins and we are not. She’s a smidgen older than I am.

Ang is a beginning quilter, though we both learned to sew as kids. Our mom was a wonderful seamstress and we made many of our own clothes as young women. But quilting was not a part of those early years.

Ang’s career didn’t leave time for sewing so she didn’t do much sewing for about 20 years. But when she retired, she started sewing again. She recently purchased a new sewing/embroidery machine and she’s having a great time learning all the things it can do.

We’ve not lived close to each other since 1993. Since then we’ve lived several states apart, but we’ve taken advantage of the ease of communicating that email has given us. We have emailed each other every weekday since 2003. And these days we text each other too. After all, she is my best friend.

When we were talking at the office about doing the All-A-Twitter Block of the Month, I thought it would be fun to talk about it from two different perspectives; mine as an experienced quilter and Ang’s as a beginning quilter. I asked, she said yes and I was so glad she was willing to play along with me.

All A Twitter

All A Twitter

I sent her a picture of the entire quilt and she panicked just a bit. She saw what she thought was curved piecing and Y-seams. I hadn’t seen the instructions yet so I didn’t know what was involved in the construction so I just assured her that I could help if she needed. Now I know that there are no Y-seams and there is no curved piecing.

Today we got our kits for the first month. This is one of the fabrics in the kit. Isn’t it fun? It’s from the All A Twitter collection by Kari Carr for Hoffman California-International Fabrics. The fabric is printed so we have 8 different colorways of the same print on one piece of fabric.

One of our All a Twitter fabrics

One of our All a Twitter fabrics

Here’s a screencap of our texts after receiving our fabric.

Text messages after receiving the mail

Text messages after receiving the mail

She was at home cutting but I was at work so I couldn’t start until I got home. She’s going to have her first months’ sewing done before I ever get started.

If you want to play along with us, you can purchase the All a Twitter block of the month at The Quilting Company.


Angie writes:

What fun to do a project with Lori. I moved to Texas when I retired almost three years ago and am just beginning to make friends here—quilting friends. But, as Lori says, she’s my best friend, quilting or otherwise.

We do come from a long line of very talented women and I must admit that I feel a little intimidated. However, I am confident that with the help of Lori, my friend Lois, videos, etc., I may figure this out.

So, as soon as I got my package, I put away the project I was working on so I could begin work on my block. I’ve cut the pieces apart and am ready to start cutting my blocks.

Ang’s Yardage Cut into Sections

Ang’s Yardage Cut into Sections

I’m happy to see that at least at this point there are no curved seams or Y-seams. I’ve done some curved seams but I still need practice. In fact, practice is one of the reasons that I agreed to this project. Will I ever be able to create the beautiful pieces that Lori and my mother have? I don’t know, but I’m willing to give it a try.

Ang’s Blocks Finished

Ang’s Blocks Finished

Just two days later, and I’ve finished block/s #1. While I was a little nervous cutting out the pieces given a note that Lori had shared with me from The Quilting Company, everything went smoothly and my blocks went together with minimal troubles. Looking at the photo of the completed quilt makes me think that I have lots to learn as we go along.

I must say that as I do more projects, I get more ideas. I am one of those people whose brain goes about 100 miles an hour all the time. For instance, I am working on a sampler-type quilt of my own design and the blocks are different sizes. I like the use of two fabrics to frame the center square. Maybe I’ll give that a try for my sampler quilt.

It’s time to pack up my sewing machine. I’m leaving soon on a long road trip. Think nature hikes, shop hop, family visits including two sewing days with Lori and reunions and lots of yummy food! Fun, fun!!


Lori writes…

As I expected, Ang finished her blocks for this month before I ever started. I used my time over the weekend to work on several projects and the All A Twitter blocks were one of those projects.

Here are my fabrics cut and folded, ready for the next step.

Lori’s yardage cut into sections

Lori’s yardage cut into sections

I calculated the length of the strips that were to be cut from the linen and decided I could make my first cuts 1½” x 18” to most efficiently use the fabric.

Cutting the strips

Cutting the strips

Construction was super easy. In just a little while I had all eight blocks pieced and the sections sewn together.

Lori’s blocks finished

Lori’s blocks finished

Ordinarily, I crop my photos. But as I looked at Ang’s photos and mine, I smiled because one of our differences is very obvious. So I didn’t crop this photo so you can see. Ang is neater and more organized. When we were just kids and shared a room, her half of the room was always neat and tidy and mine was definitely not. I’m MUCH better than I used to be but she is still neater than I am. Here’s proof: see her sections of blocks laid out neatly on her kitchen countertop… And then see mine pinned to the design wall with not one or two but six other projects. Some of the projects are actually in progress, like the Molly Mine crazy quilt embroidery (top center) but the Dream Big panel by Hoffman (the huge flower panel that is under the blocks) is just hanging there because I like to look at it.

I generally piece the backs of my quilts. So from the time I start making the quilt top, I am saving the bits and pieces that will work for the back of the quilt. In case you are interested, here’s a video about my process.

And here are the pieces left from constructing the first month’s blocks. That’s not much; the big pieces are 1½” x 1” or thereabouts, but I’ll save them for later.

Leftovers

Leftovers

And for this month, I’m done. The unused fabric is all in a plastic bag and waiting for next time.

Safely Stored

Safely Stored

And again, if you want to make this pretty block of the month quilt with us, you can purchase it at The Quilting Company.

Until next time, happy quilting,
Lori

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