Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm finished!!!......wait, spoke too soon.

Sorry for the long break but there were complications from my wisdom teeth surgery and so there was no sewing for awhile and I had to get get caught up on school work. Now that things are mostly back to normal and I feel like myself I can catch you up too.

So the instructions for the last two blocks were posted two weeks ago and I finally got them done today. They had been in progress for a week now. When I first started them I was in a rush which led to lots of pulling out seams....which is no fun. But when I picked it back up today without feeling like I had to get them done by a certain time the last block came together smoothly.

Here is Block 15:

I changed it up a bit from the pattern. It called for the pinwheels to be made of all the same fabric but I wanted some variety. The hearts with leaves is my favorite print of this collection and it came in five colors-perfect.

Here is Block 16:
Its simple and sweet. Not the best choice with the stripes cause they don't match up but I was just glad to get it done.

Last week the finishing instructions were posted to put all the blocks together. They included three options. If you want to see all three, you can view them here. I think I am going with option 2 which is a traditional layout with rows of four blocks. After I decided to use that layout I realized I would need more blocks. I had planned on making this a twin size for the bed in the spare room. So to make it big enough I have to had four more blocks to layout #2.  I choose my four favorite patterns and picked out the fabrics. I got all the pieces cut out today.

Whew, cutting is the most tedious part and it always seems to take forever. I hope to get all four done by the end of the week. I've picked block 9, block 2, block 4, and block 10 with different colors.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hanging in there

is what I am doing. Wisdom teeth are all gone and so is my energy. I want to eat real food but I don't want to push it so I'm about to make myself some mashed potatoes for lunch :( I've been trying to sew as I recover but didn't do as much as I thought I would. I did finish two blocks for my quilt. One not so much.

I'll start with Block #13-awesome!!!

This block had a pretty detailed plan and see those little squares - less than 2 inches-eek! But I love the brown print with the hearts and I made it my focal point. This block went together amazingly easy and I am still stunned how nicely my edges lined up.

The diamond is perfect and look at that center square-awesome, right? Yep, and here is a close up:

Just so you know the border is only 1/8" wide and I got it right the first time! Things work so much better when you follow the directions exactly. I love it and that little heart right in the center. :)

On to Block #14.....we didn't really get along. So much so I didn't take a before picture, only after.

The fabrics are good-nice mix of colors but it threw me off because it doesn't seem to fit the style of the rest of the blocks. I also had issues pressing the seams correctly on the back and that got me frustrated so I may just have a bad attitude about this one.

This leaves two more blocks to make and then we will put them all together-I can't wait!!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Almost there

I can't believe it but I have only three weeks left of my quilt-along. I have two blocks to show you today and at the end of the week I will have two more to show you. That will bring my total to 14 blocks completed out of 16! Time has flown by! Its been lots of fun so let me share it with you.

I'll start with block #11. It was made of lots of little pieces.
This block was hard to choose fabrics for and I love the red heart fabric but not thrilled about the rest. This block had lots of details in the instructions and I missed an important one where I had to trim my squares that were made of two triangles put together. Since I didn't do that I had to try to recover in a later my block has some issues but I learned to make sure I read every word.

Next I give you Block #12 which was pretty simple in construction.

I started with the fabrics above and I was happy with the teal but the print doesn't work too well in the final block.

You can see my hearts got cut up because the diamonds are actually made of two triangles. I might take it apart and cut diamonds out of my fabric for those pieces but we'll see what happens in the end.