Yay! So excited that my Modern Block of the Month quilt is all done! Of course, it did not go off without a hitch or two.
I decided to just quilt the sashing with an all-over meandering stitch, which was fun to do. Sometimes I got bored and added little hearts or flowers into an otherwise random design. I again used the sulky thread, this time in silver (1327 dark whisper grey), which blended beautifully with the Kona Silver I was using. My first problem was a relatively minor one: the beautiful Tula Pink Freefall backing snags pretty easily on the feed dogs of my machine. Perhaps it is because it has more of a sateen feel to it? After dropping the feed dogs it didn’t become an issue again until I needed to sew the binding.
For the binding, I chose a medium grey dotted fabric that had some of the lighter silver mixed in. I had about half a yard left and it proved to be just enough. Once again, I machine stitched the binding on both sides. Not as pretty as hand-stitched, but I have so little patience when I am at the end of a quilt.
My two bigger hitches were two popped seams I found in the middle of the quilt when I was picking off threads. Not sure how this happens when I am using larger than 1/4 inch seams! Both were sewn up with a zig zag stitch, which unfortunately is somewhat noticeable. I don’t really see any other way to fix these at the end after the quilting has already been done. The only other option seems to be fabric glue, and I’m just always concerned that it won’t hold up. If anyone has ideas for the next time (and there will be a next time!) please send them my way!
Finally finished, wrapped in tissue paper, and packed up in a box for one of my best friends who has no idea it is coming! Can’t wait to mail it!
In between loads of laundry this week (three kids home from sleep-away camp!), I managed to add the sashing to the Modern Block of the Month Quilt. It is now a finished quilt top- YAY!!!! I’m still in love with the Kona silver color. And the Tula Pink Freefall in battleship grey really is the perfect backing. But watch out for shrinkage (at least I hope that is what the problem is). The two yards I ordered wound up being only 67 inches after washing. I hadn’t thought to measure it before hand. Luckily, it was still more than enough, since this is a smaller quilt.
I’m about half way through basting the quilt, and then I have to figure out how to quilt it. That part always makes me nervous!
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