Sharon D's Blog

SM Retreat - 26 Flower blocks!! OMG!

Okay, I signed up for the Smokey Mountain Retreat in June, and am very excited - first ever quilting retreat for me. We are going to have a block exchange - a 12x12 (finished) block of your favorite flower, state flower, whatever. 26 of them. 26. That's a bed quilt! So - with time and design skill not on my side, I googled some of my favorite flowers for a quilt block pattern. I needed something SIMPLE. Finally, I bought a foundation-pieced dogwood blossom pattern from a vendor in Switzerland! Thank goodness - it is a pdf file. Well, when I want something, I want it now. Never mind they would email it within 24 hours, I only have 4 months to make 26 blocks - gotta get going, you know.

So, I saved the online block picture as a jpeg, and proceeded to tear my hair out trying to get it into EQ7. For hours, I learned how to import the image, crop the image, and use the image to make "applique" pieces using the patchdraw tools. I have zippo experience with patchdraw, so it was a struggle. Why do I enjoy fighting with my computer??...hmmmm. Anyway, after several hours, I had something that would pass for a decent dogwood blossom block, exactly the size I wanted. It's a little ragged for making a foundation piecing pattern, but it works great to estimate the yardage.

I have never done foundation piecing, so I watched a couple of lessons on QNN.TV and wondered why anyone would choose to quilt in the dark. Maybe if I just try it... But what I DO know is how to do simple picture piecing using Cynthia England's technique. What I have worked out in EQ7 can easily be printed onto freezer paper for picture piecing. I really don't know what to expect out of the pdf file I purchased - it is the wrong size for what I want. But, maybe it will help me.

Here's what I came up with for my retreat block exchange, the Dogwood Blossom:


Barbara said:

Sharon ,I like it , very pretty . Barbara

# February 27, 2012 8:58 AM

MaryLeeHayden said:

Love it!

# February 27, 2012 10:16 AM

Nana said:

Sharon this is beautiful.   I love it.

# February 27, 2012 4:04 PM

Tova Dian Dean said:

This is beautiful.  So simple and unique.  My eye was drawn to to right away.  Have fun:)

# February 28, 2012 11:49 PM

kmdquilter said:

Wow you are amazing, it was worth the struggle.  

# February 29, 2012 3:56 PM

Kathy said:

OK, I am finally getting this blogging" thing and found this.  I just signed up for the retreat and now know I need to make 26, 12" blocks.  Please tell me I got that right because I need to get busy on it NOW!

# March 1, 2012 6:02 AM

MaryLeeHayden said:

26 is not necessary as so many have dropped out. More like 18.

# April 12, 2012 10:47 AM

Sharon said:

Guess what. I AM DONE! I wound up making 22 blocks. Of course, I spent a lot of time at my machine, and by the time it was over, I headed straight for my Chiropractor. Now I'm pushing to finish the preparation for getting my house on the market.

# April 12, 2012 3:36 PM