Sunday, 12 June 2016

Moda Modern Building Blocks - Blocks 41 - 48

Woohoo!!!  48 blocks complete!

There were times with these fiddly 6" blocks that I thought I'd never actually make them all.  Truthfully, not all of them were fun, but they're ALL DONE!!!!

My favourites from these last blocks are no 45 (the red and white in the centre) and no 47 (the green friendship star).  I'm still a little concerned about the pale grey blocks (nos 42 and 48) and whether or not they will look insipid in the quilt as a whole.  Mostly, I have tried to follow the colours of the original quilt design, albeit in prints rather than solids, and so if greys worked in it I'm hoping they'll be okay in mine too.

It feels good to have gotten this far at last.  Next all the blocks will be sorted and assembled in sections to become a mahoosive quilt flimsy.  Before I get to that though I am just going to revel in not having any more 6" blocks to sew for a while! ;-)

Monday, 6 June 2016

Layers of Charm Birthday Quilt

It's my little brother's big birthday this week and I scraped in a finished binding on his quilt just before I threw a little family birthday lunch for him yesterday.  

Of course, there's no way I would ever have completed this quilt on time if it wasn't for the awesome quilting skills of Trudi.  It is great to have a quilter who listens to what you want and knows how to suggest some genius additions too.  Everybody who saw the quilt yesterday absolutely loves how she swirled this quilt but stitched up and down vertical lines in the low volume sections and then spiralled inside that pop of orange.

Can you believe it has been too bright and sunny here for the last two weeks for me to capture the quilting well on camera?

And yes, I forgot to take pics in the midst of food, cakes, two babies, picnic blankets and suncream!

I loved this one so much and it was such a pleasure to gift.  Thanks to the Layers of Charm pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and some spectacular Trudification, this quilt turned out every bit as lovely as I'd hoped for my brother, who was amazed by all the science fabric I had collected for it.  And yes, I forgot to take pics of him sweltering under it on a sun chair in the midst of food, cakes, two babies, picnic blankets and suncream!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Dear Jane: F-8

Dear Jane is now sporting a little red corner.  My fifth block is F-8.  You know how much I love working with red and white fabric, so I am really hoping that I can find more time soon to work on these itsy, bitsy pretties and add more red and white to the other corners too.

I think the blocks take more time to prep than to sew sometimes actually.  Keen (or impatient) as I am to make more progress, I am learning to accept that I simply don't have time like I used to and that it's ok to just allow it to grow slowly.  No real rush, is there?

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