Friday, August 4, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 4

Block 4 of the Delilah Quilt template of the month program certainly made for a challenge.  If you've been following along, the first three months called for making two 12 inch blocks each.  For me, the biggest learning curve has been machine piecing the curved sections for each block.  For some tips, check back to the first block post here.  For block #4 - Fairhaven, the challenge went even further, make three blocks each with 16 very small curved seams!  I will admit to some frustration with the first block, but by the third one I was sewing with a lot more ease.  

This was the first attempt...


...second...


...and third...


With the first two I went with some color consistency in the star points.  With the third block, I realized I would get a pinwheel effect if I used the same fabric inside and for the points.  I like how the blades of the pinwheel go through the center motif with this fabric placement.  This is also the first time I introduced this lighter blue color to the blocks.  It doesn't quite go with the other ones I've made, but I will add some more into future blocks to see if I can make it work.  

All four blocks, nine in total, so far...


An interesting thing has occurred to me as I've been making these blocks.  As a quilter, I've never been a big fan of sampler quilts, they just aren't ordered, geometric, or symmetrical enough for me with all the varied blocks.  I'm also not a big fan of the sashing that is typical of a sampler.  I was drawn to this project by Jen Kingwell because even though a lot of her quilt designs have many blocks like a sampler, her blocks are typically scrappy, different sizes, and the quilt usually has an alternate grid setting.  I've been carefully choosing my fabrics and fabric placement as I've worked on these blocks, and I've kept the background very neutral.  So...I've made a sampler quilt...how did this happen!  I know how it happened...I'm a controlling person and it shows in my quilt work...lol! Anyway, I'll be trying to mix it up a little better as I make the next few blocks.  We're moving into the smaller blocks now, and I'm a few blocks behind, but I'm hoping to catch up in the next month.

What have you learned about your quilting lately?  Does your personality come through in your quilting? Would love to hear your insights.  

If you're working on Delilah don't forget to check out more inspiration here.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun Stuff

My mom comes from a big family, she is one of seven, which means that I am one of 21 first cousins on her side.  In the past year, I've had four of my cousins get engaged.  Since my mom also quilts, we decided to team up and get some handmade gifts going.  My Big Star Quilt recently went to my goddaughter, and my mom's version of the same quilt was given away this week at another bridal shower.  We're each working on another quilt for the next two cousins who are getting married next year.  Since we're splitting the work on a big quilt, we each also made some smaller gifts.


These were fun to make, especially the potholder, which is a total throwback. I highly recommend the Harrisville brand for their metal looms and cotton loops.  They even have a potholder pattern wizard, which is super fun.  Buyer beware...you will get addicted to looming!  The table runner is a cute brick pattern, called Two By Four's, that you can make with a charm pack, it's by Pieced Tree Patterns. And lastly, these microwaveable bowl potholders are super cute and useful.  

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 3

For Quarter 2 I finished two out of three projects.  I'll be keeping my list small again this quarter, adding my one leftover project, a new quilt, a project sample, and one mini quilt.

This Anna Maria Horner scrappy trip really is a work in progress.  I need a good chunk of time to get it onto my design wall and then sewn together, but other projects with deadlines keep getting in the way.  I don't want to rush this one, so I'll just keep adding it to my list!



I'll be working on this Carnival quilt with fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter.





I'm teaching a class on y-seams and the eight point star in October and have to make a project sample, so I'll be working on something similar to one of these below.






My guild has a rainbow mini quilt swap going on this summer so that will be a secret project until it's gifted in September.  Maybe a mini pow wow quilt or a star?


Good luck with your Quarter 3 projects, link up here to join in!





Sunday, June 25, 2017

Follow My Lead

Although I'm not a fan of batik style fabric, the fabrics designed by Alison Glass in her handcrafted line drew me in.  The saturated colors called to me first, but the second benefit is the patchwork motifs in the designs. I choose the Follow My Lead pattern for these fabrics because of the flying geese in the prints and the pattern.



As I was making this quilt I realized that it was time to update my 6 year old son's bed with a new quilt, and so I added navy borders to the pattern to make it fit a twin.  He's super happy that he has his own quilt now. I love having handmade items for our home and was glad to get this on his bed.


This is my second finish for Quarter 2 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long.  You can see my original list here

Machine quilting by Allison Black of AB Quilting Studio.