I'm hardly a beginner with EQ but I decided to follow their sew along. I didn't keep up with their assignments but I now have two blocks completed. These are 24 inch blocks that will be on the back of my LUS quilt. The plan is to make nine blocks for the back. Since the SAL only has four blocks I'll add more that I like.
Block one "Grecian Cross":
Block two "Eccentric Star" (I really like this one):
I just love plaid. Some of my favourite fabrics are plaid. Some time ago I purchased FQ bundles of the stuff as well as yardage. Today I decided to put them to use and made three churn dash blocks. These will be joined by several others and placed on point to make a pattern from the book "Mad About Plaid" by Debbie Bacon. I've had the book for years but never made a thing from it. My blocks are bigger than the pattern and I'll probably change the setting when all is said and done. So here's my start:
More to come.
With my sewing room in a mess as I reorganise I've slowed down quite a bit with my sewing. The only thing I'm still working on with any consistency is "The Loyal Union Sampler" sew along. I put all my scanned blocks in EQ so you can see how much I have done. These are the actual blocks and actual sashing and border fabrics. Click on the photo for close up views.
I'm really determined to complete this one. I'm loving it so far.
While this isn't my first attempt at quilting (it's my second) it is the one I still have. It was made in a beginners class in Stuttgart, Germany. I was stationed on Patch Barracks. At the time there was a quilt shop on post called "The Gussy Goose". The ladies were wonderful and taught me a lot. This sampler was fun to make and it is partially hand quilted. As you can see, my love affair with blues was evident even then.
I am contemplating removing the stitches and redoing. Not sure yet how I'll proceed.
One if my all time favourite blocks the Ohio Star:
The sashing from the back:
"Country Nights" aka MQ5 "Worms and Jelly Rolls" is now complete. I quilted it immediately upon completion of the top but just put the binding on last night (only took three and a half years LOL). I named it "Country Nights" because the background (a light mint green) seem to glow against the dark fabrics. This was the inspiration of the border.
The moons and stars are raw edge appliquéd. No fusible just glued in place then stitched down.
I took a few photos. Outside, on the couch and a closeup of my binding.
I've been roped into starting a new project (it doesn't take much). Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses is very popular. Many quilters, English Paper Piecing enthusiasts mainly" have made or are making this quilt. I am not a fan of this method and I would rather draw sewing lines on my fabric so I'm grateful for Inklingo which saves me the time by allowing me to print those lines.
On Saturday I purchased a lovely focus fabric intending to use it for this project but when I got up on Sunday I had other plans. I spent the day over thinking the whole process and almost gave up on starting. In the end I just reached into a scrap back and out came a lovely striped fabric. I only needed a 5 x 7 piece for the four center hexagons. I then dug around for fabric to go with it. Why didn't I think of doing this earlier? I really enjoyed that process.
I haven't sewn it yet. There are two options I'm considering. I'll sleep on it. I'm thinking I'll go with the one that has the dark brown or I may use all the stripes and add some dark brown to replace the light ones. Here I go thinking again.
I've added the second block to this progress. It's huge already. There are some missing elements that overlap other blocks.
I finished these three at wok lat night. They go together really easily and I'm loving them. Not perfect but very cute.
I'm trying my hand at kaleidoscope blocks aka one block wonder aka stack 'n' whack. I'm using Inklingo and hand piecing. Inklingo makes it easy to print indentical sheets with little to no waste. I found this method better than having to line up fabric repeats and stacking to cut.
I'm using this cat fabric as practice before investing in more yardage:
The first three blocks are done. I'm liking this technique very much. I'm not sure what these little blocks will become but I'll make some more. I had a yard of that fabric.
We're working on this project as a group. I was tired of the Civil War scene so decided to make my blocks in halloween fabrics. I don't celebrate halloween but the fabrics are so vibrant, fun and cute. They're keeping me motivated. I bought one yard cuts of some fabrics to get started then I acquired fat quarters and remnants along the way. Some of the fabrics are from years gone by some are new this year.
The blocks are assigned six at a time every two weeks. I'm actually caught up. 54 blocks and counting. I've started a few projects of this nature and never managed to keep up or finish any of them.
Another garden themed project. I've had the patterns for years but only started working on it last September. I actually bought it twice LOL. I have four blocks completed and am working on the fifth. It's slow going since I only work on it between patients at work. I'm really loving this one.
We are well into 2014. Will this be the year I blog consistently? I have tons of projects going and I'm going to try to post my progress as I go - sort of as a motivator and to hold myself accountable.
Lets kick it off with a fun one; The appliqué group is working on "Garden Party" from Buggy Barn's book "Crazy for Appliqué". I bought a kit for this when I visited the Barn in 2012. The pieces in this one are huge. The book comes with full sized patterns. Working on such a large scale is awkward at time but it's not difficult now that I've found a place to work. Block one is on my design wall. Glue basted, waiting to be stitched down.
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Here is the fabric we all started with:
Here are the blocks.
2: Marge P
3: Donna B
6: Darlene (2 Many Horses)
7: Judy T
15: Patty Mc
I'm participating in the UFO challenge and so far I've completed two. My latest, for February, is called "Moving on Up", I got the patten from "Crazy Mom Quilts" blog:
I used left over blocks on the back:
My January UFO is a quilt made with fabrics from a fall fabric swap:
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