A quick post just to show that I’m back on the regular schedule. Block 8 was a toughie because I refuse to sew partial seems (because I don’t know how and I am too lazy to learn)! So, I had to modify the instructions and cut everything into smaller pieces. While far from perfect, it came out much better than the other block I had to modify.
First, I sketched it out, breaking the block into four sections.
Then, I sewed up each part. I cut all the pieces larger than required and ironed and trimmed between each set of piecing.
Finally, I sewed the four parts together. They lined up fairly nicely, though I definitely see places that could be improved.
And the finished block:
Fabric for block 9 has already been cut!
My sewing has been characterized by a complete lack of discipline in every respect. In an effort to improve, I have decided that I need a task master! And so I am trying something new: Block of the Month. Of course, there are pros and cons to this endeavor…
- A set timeline: though I’m going to speed it up and attempt to do it at a Block a Week!
- Someone else calling the shots
- Some of the blocks will force me out of my comfort zone (if I even have one)
- Planning is already done- none of my usual running out of fabric, too many or few blocks, layouts that won’t work, etc.
- Someone has already figured out the cutting measurements- one of my weakest points
- I hate sampler quilts
- Some of the blocks are ugly
- Some of the blocks will force me out of my comfort zone (okay, so this one cuts both ways)
- No creativity (though I did get to pick out the fabrics- ALL from my stash)
Since the pros seemed to outweigh the cons, the next step was to find the right Block of the Month quilt. After looking at several, I settled on Sew,Mama,Sew! Modern Block of the Month from 2011-12 with Alyssa Haight Carlton. I liked the simplicity of many of the blocks, which would really
allow force me to focus on technique, since mistakes are hard to hide in a simple block.
Half-way through the first block, I’m really enjoying her crystal clear instructions, digital pictures and actual pictures. Each block is also made in a second colorway, and digital pictures are given of an entire quilt of that block in all different layouts. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!
Here’s a pic of block #1, ready to be assembled:
This will be the first quilt for this year, hopefully finished in time for my stepmother’s birthday in February. My dad’s living room is very modern- blacks and greys with pops of bright colors, so I designed a quilt to go with it.
I started with a (half) jelly roll of colored, mottled strips, and took out a grey with irregular white spots in lines that I had been hoarding from Joann’s. I was very careful to cut my grey into strips going WITH the lines so I wouldn’t have a random polka dot pattern. After I took out the brown, I was left with 18 strips- two each of orange, red, pink, purple, blue, navy and three shades of green. I sewed a two inch golden yellow square onto the end of each strip of color and then didn’t know what I wanted to do next.
So, for the first time ever, I got out some graph paper and my daughter’s colored pencils and started to draw. So much fun! This is what I came up with:
Amazing to plan a quilt out beforehand- I’ve actually never done that before, but rather have always just let it take shape as I went. For this one, I couldn’t decide what to do with the part that I had left white. I went to the fabric store to see what my options were. I didn’t find anything that wowed me. I was maybe hoping for a great tone on tone white or a very light grey on white. But, not finding anything perfect, I decided to just get some Kona White. And now I don’t think I will ever skimp on my solids again. That Kona just feels magnificent!
So, time to start cutting, sewing and pressing:
Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday