I've vowed to get caught up on the Building Blocks Quilt Along before Leah Day gets to Block 5. After finishing the quilting for the Block 2.3 last week, I got all the blocks pieced for Block 3 (Rail Fence Block) and Block 4 (Modern Building Block). Four of each. By this weekend I intend to switch gears back to quilting and get my Rail Fence blocks marked.
In the meantime (partly because I was out of printer ink, so I couldn't mark my above blocks for quilting), I went back to an old work-in-progress. I last mentioned this project in my first post when I showed a peek at this project. As of today I've now made 162 two-inch squares into these eighteen 9-patch blocks. This brings me up to step 10 in the project. I love when all the little pieces start coming together. Next up, I attach all those strips from January with the half-square triangles on them to border these 9-patches. This is a mystery quilt, so I still don't know what the final quilt will look like.
Here's a closer look at some of them:
Worth noting, I found my fabrics in this project to be very "floppy"... I guess I'm a fan of using starch. :-) Also, I kept following the directions of pressing the seams to one side for consistency throughout this project. And I even failed to follow the directions on one set, oops... hope that doesn't come back to bite me in the next step. It has reinforced my new-found love for pressing the seams open. :-)
The Girl has hijacked The Purple Quilt for use in her crib. This seems to be further evidence that I need to get my act together and finish HER quilt. I got some great advice from the quilters in the BBQA community about machine applique methods. I'll have to look into the specifics and maybe do a small project to practice.
This is my last 9-patch block to finish Block 2 in Leah Day's Building Blocks Quilt Along. Circles were HARD so I was glad to have a pattern to work on that was a bit more forgiving. I LOVE Wiggly Pasta! I can totally see using this on another quilt.
I realized that despite checking when I printed all my patterns that my printouts were a little larger than they should have been. (Can I blame my wonky circles on that!?) So I had already marked the wiggles on one edge of this block in the slightly larger size. I let it go cause time is precious and I didn't want to erase my marks for the whole section. I erased the edge to make sure it hit the corner of the nine-patch and figured it would be fine. (I think that's unrelated to my last wiggle being wonky on three of the four sides of the border.) Here's my finished block.
I tend to forget to watch the video before I mark my block. This time Leah suggested that we not even mark the inner filler quilting lines, but I already had, so I just didn't stress at all about staying on the lines. You can say that the lines were just a suggestion. See:
To recap, here are the six blocks I have done so far. I'm looking forward to getting the next two sets of blocks pieced and catching up to the rest of the BBQA quilters.
In 2005 I participated in my first Challenge Quilt for the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association quilt show. The theme of the show and the challenge was "East Meets West." For five dollars I purchased the challenge package which included two fabrics -- one eastern and one western.
The requirements were:
Must use both fabrics, with a minimum of 12 square inches of each.
Length of all sides added together cannot exceed 100 inches.
Only five additional fabrics may be added -- one must be white or cream.
A heart must be included somewhere.
I wish I had a taken photos of the original fabrics. You get a pretty good idea of the eastern fabric in my finished project, the floral print with gold accent. The western print, however, was VERY western. It was all blue/dark blue/black with bucking broncos all over it. Let's just say that the broncos really didn't speak to me, so I carefully fussy cut my background pieces to not include any broncos. I chose to do a very small wall hanging sized quilt. The finished size is 12" by 12". The pattern came from 101 Full-Size Quilt Blocks and Borders. At the time (and probably now) I couldn't see myself doing something so fussy for a whole quilt worth of blocks, but I enjoyed making one. I met the heart part of the challenge by adding heart buttons. This was long before I free motion quilted, so the quilting is minimal, just along the border of the dress.
Edit: I am currently looking for any (small) amount of either of these fabrics as I want to make a memory quilt with scraps from all my quilts and this is the only one I don't have scraps from. :-/