Friday, August 12, 2011

Skill-Builder Sampler Series--caught up again

Here they are!



This month's blocks were a plethora of mistake-making, and I officially hate HSTs now.




Block 4: Pinwheel


So I wasn't thrilled about this block while I was making it (and oops--I totally JUST realized that the pinwheels on the right side are backwards from the rest) and I'm still not. I wish that instead of using white for the plain squares I had used one of my other prints. I feel like that would have made this block more exciting. I'll remember for next time.


Block 5: Arizona



OMFG I HATE THIS BLOCK SOOOOO MUCH. It's cool looking (or it would be if I hadn't screwed it up). But sooooo many HSTs, soooo many mistakes made. By the time I realized what I'd done with the top row, I was just done. It's a design element. Whatever.


Block 6: Bow Ties




This one, I like. I've actually liked the bow tie look for a long time and I've meant to do something with it, but this is the first time I have. I also tried to bring together the red/green and the blue in this block, and will continue trying to do that in future blocks, so that the couple of blue blocks that I will have (the value nine-patch, for example) won't look out of place.


This quilt is going to end up being a throw-sized quilt for my mother-in-law for Christmas (shhh, don't tell!) and so I will likely stop after the 4th month at 12 blocks. I plan to add at least one, possibly two blocks with machine embroidery, though, so we'll see what I actually end up doing. I'm really enjoying this quilt-along, though, and I'm sure I can definitely use the practice, so what I may do is continue the quilt along with either different fabrics or the same fabrics and make a different sampler quilt for me.


In other news... I'm working on my For the Love of Solids project. At first I was going to make a tote bag, using these fabrics:



I might still, I don't know. But I think my swap partner would prefer a mini-quilt, and I know she prefers rainbows. So yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby (which, btw, I had NO IDEA they carried Kona solids, and I'm super thrilled and plan to shop there more often now) and picked out these.



This is a very "me" color palette--I'm worried that it's a little too "me" and not enough of my swap partner--but she said she likes rainbows, sooo.... I think I'm going to go with it.


In terms of the block pattern: I am insane, and thought I would do this:

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(photo from The Parfait Cafe, tutorial here), but yeah, I am insane. I tried it yesterday with the teal palette, and after much swearing, gave up and went shopping. So I THINK I'm back to my original plan, and going to do this:

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(photo and tutorial from Moda Bake Shop, click on the picture to get to the tutorial). I really like this block but when I posted a link on the Flickr group most people were pretty "meh" about it. I think, though, that the fabrics used in the sample just aren't "modern" enough for most people, and in solids it would have a totally different look. So I'm going to try it out.


I go back to work on Mondayyyyyyy.... noooooooo.... summer vacation is almost over!!!! :(


  1. I like both of the blocks at the bottom. I think you are right about the Moda block- the fabrics do it no favors. I'd draw it in Microsoft Word and recolor it and see how I feel about it. (I draw all my quilt blocks in Microsoft Word. The squares and triangles are perfect proportions.)

  2. Lots of fun blocks!!! Thanks for putting the 100 Quilts button in the sidebar. I think I am on HST overload too, lately. :)


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