Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Flimsy Day

Earlier in the week, finished up the December block from the Auriful Designer of the Month quilt-along.  These blocks are such a beautiful selection of blues, I really love it.  The stark white makes the intense blues sing.

I auditioned the blocks in an alternate grid layout, going for a modern look ...

And the blocks sang a different tune.  So back to the cutting board, whipping up these setting strips. They strips are white/blue/white (each 1" wide), with cornerstone nine-patches (also 1" strips).  And the flimsy is done!

There are 497 pieces in the blocks, 249 pieces in the setting strips/nine-patches, for a total of 746 pieces.  

 I had also tried to venture into some purples in the blocks - there are some purple shades in some of the batiks, making two blocks with purples.  They just didn't work with the rest.  They'll either make pillows or go on the back.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aurifil / Pat Sloan Designer of the Month - December

Today was the release day of the December Designer of the Month block - and it's gorgeous.  And its done!

Here is the block, designed by Amanda Herring, "Flower".  It's paper pieced.

December DOM block - Flower

All 12 blocks from 2016, on the design wall.  Next to figure out a setting for them.   Perhaps a nice alternate grid!!

2016 blocks on the design wall

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

150 Canadian Women Quilt-Along

So, I really wasn't going to do another wee block sampler.  But, you know.  This one has a wonderful twist.  Next Step Quilt Designs, a quilt store in Calgary Alberta, started a quilt-along to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. They are releasing three blocks each Tuesday for 50 weeks.  Each block also has a story about a Canadian woman.  How awesome is that!  

Red isn't a colour I've really collected much of over the years so I did have to backfill my stash with some yummy reds.  There are also a few lines of Canadiana fabric out there with some terrific images - inukshuks, maple leaves, polar bears, provincial flowers.

Here are the first five weeks of my blocks ...

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Tula Pink block progress

Still working away at the 6 1/2" blocks for this modern sampler.  

Block 63

Block 64

Block 65

Block 66

Block 67

Block 68

Block 69

Block 70

Block 71

Block 72

Secret Garden BOM 2016

Secret Garden Flimsy I participated in quite a few of Pat Sloan's challenges and quilt-alongs in 2016! This one, " Secret Garde...