I pulled out these sampler blocks from an exchange I took part in earlier this year, and started playing around. I really did try to avoid going so dark with this, but wanted to pick up the madders/cheddars and blues which are predominant in many of the blocks. I was inspired to try this setting and ended up going with it - as opposed to the bug fabric I had auditioned several months ago.
The bugs will, however, grace the back of the quilt. Sorry, but I love this fabric! Its also very soft, as well as pretty. IMO.
Anyway, the colors felt warm and cozy to me, and I was in the mood to move ahead with this, so I went to work.
I laid it out on my design wall, and approached the construction in vertical rows. I took each block down one at a time, attached the triangles, then put them right back on the wall. Many people seem to be able to lay out stacks beside the machine and just sew, but with this setting that would be way too confusing for me. I often wonder how anyone can work without a design wall (or floor, if you have room, which I don't).
I even had to mark the "top" with a pin, to help me avoid installing the unit upside down. Which I managed to do once anyway, don't ask me how.
I pressed and trimmed as I went along.
Units were then peeled off one at a time and joined to one another.
And you know me, I had to fan the intersections to avoid bulk.
Meanwhile, I finally finished hand quilting my little Basket Quilt.
|Judie Rothermel Dressing Gowns line, combined with some Cocheco Mills prints.|
oops... looks like a dog ear on the top left corner. Interesting how some of these goofs don't show until you look at the photo. Can I fix this? Maybe.... needs blocking at any rate.
I have a few more things in the works, but that's enough for one post!