Monday, May 22, 2023

Block of the Week Quilt Along - Part 1

Dena and I have created another Block of the Month quilt along for our quilt guild, but it's actually a Block of the Week.  There are 100 blocks over 11 months -- 8-inch blocks and 4 x 8 inch blocks. Dena is the creative side designing all the blocks, and I'm tech support, formatting the instructions and creating the blocks in EQ8.

Here are my first 10 blocks.  I'm using bright colours from my scrap pile.

We started the BOW on January 1.  I sewed several blocks, but then I fell behind because I was focused on getting the files ready for the weekly release.

Dena loves tiny piecing, especially HSTs.

And of course, she loves paper piecing, but the flying geese were easy to make.

The paper pieced pineapple almost put me over the edge.  I limited it to two colours so I wouldn't mess it up.

I've been sewing all weekend trying to catch up -- we're on block 42.  I'm working on two pieced blocks.  I also have two paper pieced blocks to make.  And I need to make an alternate 8-inch block and an alternate 4 x 8 inch block because I don't want to make two of the blocks, one of which is paper pieced with tiny, tiny piecing.  No thank you.

Friday, May 19, 2023

TGIFF - Sailboat Quilt

I upsized this sailboat block into a 24-inch quilt.  I used Kona Natural, Red, Chocolate, and Royal.  I quilted organic wavy lines in matching threads.

This quilt joins others that I was commissioned to make for The Secret Codes:  African Nova Scotian Quilts exhibition currently on display at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. 

I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Sew Cute and Quirky
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting 

Saturday, May 13, 2023

TGIFF - Abstract Landscape

My guild hosted a workshop with Andrea @ 3rd Story Workshop.  Andrea taught us bias tape applique using her Abstract Landscape pattern.

I used Kona Terracotta, Pimento, Cedar, and Blue.

We used a twin needle to stitch down the bias tape.

I tried some free motion quilting on my Babylock Accomplish.  This is 18.5 x 19.5 inches.

This was our guild's first in-person workshop since the pandemic, and we had a great time learning from Andrea and socializing with each other.  Andrea has some great patterns and workshops.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Pattern Testing - Leading Edge

I had the opportunity to test a pattern -- Leading Edge -- for Joanne @ Canuck Quilter Designs.  

I used fabrics from Makower UK, and now I regret not having purchased more fabric.  You know that I had to include some orange. 😉

You make strip sets, which become "arrows."

And then a finished quilt top.

I have not yet quilted this top.  If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I always struggle with a quilting plan, so tops end up the laundry basket of unquilted tops.  I hope they don't feel that the basket is like the Island of Misfit Toys in the tv show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  LOL

I have made a list of unquilted tops (20 tops and counting.....).  I need to make an effort to get these quilted.  As always, suggestions for a quilting plan and thread colour are always welcome.

You can purchase Leading Edge here.

Monday, May 1, 2023

2023 Monthly Colour Challenge - May Block

Having you been sewing along with Jen @ Patterns by Jen for her annual Monthly Color Challenge

I used Kona Robin Egg and Deep Blue for the May block.

I use a Hera marker to mark lines and use a Bloc Loc ruler to trim HSTs.

Hourglass block.

You can use the HST Bloc Loc ruler to trim hourglass blocks.

All those units turn into a 12.5 inch block.

Don't forgot to sign up to receive the blocks by e-mail.