My collection of things.
Well, it’s now October and it’s a gloomy morning so I decided to try this block. It took me about 4 hours this morning, but I got it done and I think it’s not too bad, if I do say so myself.
So this makes 10 blocks sashing and binding is next!
I did use a little piece of very high tech equipment that made a big difference with this block – a fake sample credit card. WE all get those things in the mail and I keep them in a pile in my craft room, they are great for scrapers when I am scrapbooking, and it came in really handy for folding the lines in the paper piecing patterns.
I’m always looking to save a buck or two.
After doing one of the October Craftsy BOM’s I decided to go back and do one of the blocks that I didn’t do earlier this year: Wonky 5 sided Log Cabin Block from May. It’s not exactly a 5 sided, but it was made in the manner you make a log cabin and it is Wonky, so I’m counting it!!!
This went together really easily (probably because of working on the paper piecing block) and I was able to include one piece of the signature of this material set that I am using, so that helped pull it all together.
I know it’s not October YET, but Craftsy released the October BOM early. I didn’t think I was going to do it this weekend, but today just started out that I needed something like this to do, so I did one of the blocks.
This month the technique is Paper Piecing and these blocks appear to be more time consuming that the curved blocks last month.
I did complete one this weekend, the Friendship Circle – there is one section is off just enough to throw the inner circle off but everything else aligned up so well, I just couldn’t pull it apart and start over. Of course it didn’t show up until the last seem on the block.
I do have one suggestion, that I will follow when I do the second block for October, when sewing the pieces onto the paper – sew out to the edge or past it – it will make a big different when pulling off the paper. When I was pulling the paper off the backs because the directions said to sew only on the lines, some of my pieces started to pull apart. Go the distance, it will also give you a start on the tearing – paper is a tough cookie at times!
I can, without a doubt say that I will never do another block that has curves in it, even though my hubby made me some AWESOME templates for this block (cut out of 1/8″ acrylic), this is not the type of block/pattern for a perfectionist.
Now, that being said, on these two blocks I have some of the best inside corners I have ever done – I was focusing on the curves so much that I didn’t pay that much attention to the inside alignment. SO that worked in my favor.
Okay – got the patterns, made the templates, now it’s going to take a small miracle to get all the pieces cut. who knows how long it’s going to take to actually put the pieces together. This one is going to take a day without dogs (all animals) and the hubby to be off somewhere – this never happens, so these two blocks are going to be awhile.
Well, I said I didn’t like the way one of the blocks turned out, so I redid it.
I am much happier with this one, much, much, much!!!
Where I like parts of these blocks, I did not do a very good job on color selection so I will be remaking the Double Star block. I turned out a little small – if it’s stretched it measures 12″ nothing more.
But I will say that the Flying Geese on the Double Star Block turned out really nicely. I do have to rip apart one side of the Ohio Star and fix the alignment, but overall I think they went pretty well.
This month, I have been trying not to purchase much fabric, knowing that the QuiltMinnesota.com shop hop is the first week in August (this Friday actually). So when I was searching for a small piece of last years fabric, I ran across a table runner / wall hanging sample in a shop that I really liked. So I brought the kit.
Then, because I’m cheap, I did not purchase the pattern but memorized it. It was a simple pattern. When I got home and prepped the fabric and laid out what I was going to do. I had also purchased 1 extra fat quarter of the background fabric on the chance that I might do something a little bit different with the pattern.
So when I had the material laid out I noticed that it went really well with the Quilt Minnesota fabrics from last year. So since I had some extra I used it. I got 2 table runners/wall hangings out of the kit with a few scraps thrown in.
Neither of these is the exact pattern that was at the shop, but I like how they both turned out. You will notice that I have them sandwiched together for quilting – I am trying to learn some actual quilting techniques.
Finished sizes should be about:
Smaller/Left one 11″ w x 32″ L
Larger/Right one 15″w x 44″ L
This one took me quite a while to do, for a couple of different reasons.
- I am doing this series with the left of material from the 2011 Quilt Minnesota fabrics
- I had to purchase the template
- These two are very time consuming, not like some of the others have been so far.
1. Because I am using the left overs of the themed material, I don’t exactly have a lot of some of the materials left. The first block was the Traditional Dresden block, which calls for 20 pieces for the wheel. These are small enough that I was able to fussy cut pieces out of my scrap box. The bigger problem is that it calls for a large background piece. Because these pieces are so busy it was really hard figuring out what to use. And I knew that I had two to do. So I found a piece of the green monotone pattern, but I didn’t have any of the blue and I didn’t want to do them both on the same material, not to mention I didn’t really have enough for the second one – it takes twice as much.
So I went on the hunt to the local quilt shops between home and work and found some of the blue monotone pattern. Whew, was I lucky. Most shops sold out last year, and others are making room for this years patterns. But I found some at Cottage Quilts in Elk River. I spent way too much time in there and found way too many things I want to make. I have to stay out of these shops, after all Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop is only weeks away and I have my eye on a couple of kits/patterns.
2. Template – either there are a lot of people in my area doing this series or some other series that required this template, but I had to go to 4 different shops to find it. But now I have it in my template stack for the next time I’ll need it – when ever that is.
3. So I once I got the template and figured out what I wanted to use for background and blades, I was able to cut the blades all out and I could even sewed the Traditional Wheel together and had it ready to go.
HINT: Because I was using some specific material and I wanted the blades to be in a certain order (on both patterns) one thing that I did was lay them out in the order that I wanted them and I snapped a picture and printed it out. That way I didn’t have to stress over what went where and it gives you a nice template to use. This really cut down on my stress of doing these blocks. This is something that I wish she would have mentioned in her video. If you are doing a scrappy quilt block positioning won’t matter as much. But if you are like me, it always matters.
These 2 blocks went together so nicely – I must be getting more disciplined at this or the blocks are getting easier.
Again with this set of patterns, I didn’t really like one of them so I didn’t do th 5-Sided Log cabin. So this month’s block was really easy.
This was a huge challenge for me, small shapes, hand stitching, then applique onto the background piece. This was very time consuming and quite a challenge. It’s been years since I held a needle and thread and did any hand sewing. But it was fun at the same tim.
I just couldn’t get the second block (Sunny with a chance of Hex) to work with my fabric so I didn’t do it. I have a couple of other blocks & pieces left over from another quilt that I did with this same fabric. I will fill in this spot with something from there.
You would think the unorganized nature of these two blocks would have driven me crazy, but there is an underlying organization that does go with these blocks.
Now this is more my style, organized and structured. The hardest part of doing these things is selecting the pieces/fabric to put together. And when it’s a scrappy quilt and there is not supposed to be any organization this drives me a little crazy. So that being said, it’s a good thing that I do 2 blocks and put the whole project away for a month!
I am such a new quilter that these two blocks really challenged me. I am used to doing squares & triangles. So this was a great challenge for me.
As you can see from my picture, I didn’t exactly follow the pattern for the Asterisk – I used the red line/pattern in the fabric as one of the lines of the asterisk – it didn’t work 100% but it ties in nicely.
One is a the free online class from Craftsy – Learn it. Make it.
Craftsy Block of the Month Class
Each month they release 2 blocks. Each block is different and you learn a new technique.
- January was 2 Slashed Blocks: Asterisk Block & Wonky Pound Sign
- February was 2 Half-Square Triangles: Chunky Chevron Block & Balkan Puzzle Block
- March was 2 Foundation Piecing: String Block & Broken Spider Web Block
- April was 2 patterns using Hex shapes: Hexi Stripe Block & Sunny with a chance of Hex Block Pattern (I didn’t care for the second block, it didn’t go with my fabric, so I skipped it)
- May was 2 twists on Log Cabin: Modern Log Cabin & Wonky 5-Sided Log Cabin (again, I didn’t care for the second block, so I skipped it)
- June is 2 9 patch blocks: Greek Cross & Octagon Blocks
- July is 2 Dresden blocks: Traditional Dresden Plate & Modern Dresden Wheel
It is a wonderful class and I am learning a lot of basic steps and different approaches at making simple blocks.[Not a valid template]