Monday, July 24, 2017

One Block Wonder Progress Report

I didn't get a chance to write a blog post last week because I was away at a fun-filled Quilting Retreat with a great group of close friends, but I'm happy to report that I finished making ALL the hexagons for my One Block Wonder quilt!  These were so much fun to make, with three different options for each block, depending on how the triangles are arranged.

The last morning of the retreat, I quickly threw some blocks up on my design wall just to get an idea of what they might look like.  This isn't my final arrangement, by any means, but it's fun to see how they all go together.  I would like to try a circular or spiral arrangement by color.

Another highlight of our retreat was our block exchange.  The 11 people in our group spent the last 1 1/2 years making 4 sets of 11 paper-pieced basket blocks, so each person got to take home 44 different blocks to make their quilt.  Here we are going through our basket block buffet, picking up our blocks.  Can't wait to see how all 11 quilts turn out when they are done!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas Quilts 2 & 3

I now have the second Christmas Quilt pieced and ready for quilting.
(Click here to see the first one.)
The pattern is Ballerina from Jaybird Quilts.

And I have the fabrics picked out for number three.  I started with a Mingle & Jingle fat-quarter bundle, then added several others from my stash until I had an even mix of the four colors.  Yes, I have a plan, but I'll save that for a future post.

And I'm getting more practice time in on George, as I quilt an all-over design on this quilt pieced by my DIL.

Now I'm preparing for a full-filled visit from one of my grand-daughters.  She is coming to spend a few days with us, and we have lots of fun things planned before I leave for Quilt Retreat next week.  I'm sure I'll have lots to share with you by then, so stay tuned...

Monday, July 3, 2017

One Block Wonder Quilt

I'm so excited to start sewing my first One Block Wonder quilt!  I don't know what planet I was on when the OBW craze took off, but I must have missed the boat.  They have been popular for quite some time now, but I just discovered this style of quilt recently when I came across some images of these type of quilts by quilt artist Bruce Seeds on Pinterest. His work is amazing and so inspiring!
I knew I just had to make one.

I searched for weeks, looking for the perfect fabric, until I found this one.  Bingo!  I think it will look amazing....

I cut all my triangles this week... 

 ...and arranged a few hexagons, just to see what they look like, but I'm saving the sewing until I go to Quilt Retreat in a couple of weeks.  If I can wait that long...