September 22, 2014

Modern Building Blocks has Arrived!

In all the excitement of the Capital of Texas QuiltFest last weekend, I had to put aside my Modern Building Blocks kit that had arrived from Sew Lux Fabric.  I was finally able to sort and label my fabrics (a very good tip, by the way, that I saw on Instagram from Camille at Thimbleblossoms) and FINALLY start cutting into them late last week. 

I've been Instagramming my progress using the hashtags #modernbuildingblocks and #modabuildingblocks if you want to follow along. It's fun seeing these blocks pop up in lots of different colorways. I'm really happy I decided to go with the solids kits - I think this is my first real solids quilt project, and I'm just loving these colors.

I will be completely honest and say that I think the directions are lacking a little with this pattern.  The cutting chart is OK, and I haven't found errors, but I would not recommend this pattern for a beginner. Nearly every block has you cutting and sewing on the bias, and I find that makes for very tricky measurements. I've taken it slow and steady, and am generally having success with my blocks.  This first 36" monster block did give me some fits and I actually decided to piece my flying geese with a different method.

After that big block, I decided to move on to some 6" blocks and see if I was any happier. I was.

P.S., does anyone know how to get all of the stray threads off of your design wall??

Then late last night I decided to do another big one, the 30" square and an 18" one.  Both came out great, but it required A LOT of attention to detail.

Overall, I'm really enjoying this project and looking forward to it all coming together in the coming weeks!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced today for our weekly dose of inspiration!

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September 3, 2014

The Big Reveal!

Well, another MAJOR finish on the Quilty Bucket List today. Nothing like a Quilt Show coming up to kick your butt into gear!!

I have blogged LOTS about this - as in the words of Inigio Montoya "Lemme e'splain, no, there is too much, lemme sum up!"

I started with this:

Original Inspiration Post

And some fun progress shots...

And, this is the result of almost a year worth of effort...

I literally shrieked when I saw my friend's quilting - this is all free motion, people. I.DIE.

Quilt Stats:
Red and White Double Wedding Ring
64" x 86"
15" rings in a 6 x 8 layout
Fabrics: Red and White from my stash
Pieced with 50 wt. Aurifil thread
Exquisitely quilted by my friend Vickie West

It just so happens that SewCalGal is hosting a year long celebration of Red & White quilts.  I am entering this one into her virtual show. Go check out all the amazing quilts on display.
And for extra fun today, linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict! Woohoo :)

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