Another month of 52 Weeks with The Quilter’s Planner done!! Time just seems to be flying by and my design wall is rapidly filling up!
It is so exciting to see the progression. From one block to now a total of 9 in the span of two short months – it’s amazing how they just add up! I realize there are still 43 more to go! But I’m enjoying the unique block patterns, challenging my quilting skills and seeing all the variations being shared on Instagram. Honestly, it’s such an awesome time! If you haven’t jumped in yet, you still have plenty of time to catch up and join the fun J
Okay, onto February’s fun roundup!
First up was Eastern Shore by Wanda of Wanda’s Life Sampler. What I loved most about this block was how relaxing of a time it was to pull it all together. Sometimes, you just want a nice relaxed sewing session, and that’s what this block was all about. From start to finish, it was all zen!
Next up was the Irish Chain Rose block designed by Shelley of The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts. I LOVE the look of this block, but it took me FOREVER to piece it together. It’s not complex to bring together, but there are SO many pieces that it was the never-ending piecing journey!! Part of the lengthy piecing time was that I kept getting interrupted. So, it felt like I spent a whole day working on this block. Now, I know I’m not Ms. Speedy Gonzalez when it comes to quilting, but this one really felt like I was turtle ambling its way to the finish line 😉
That’s not to say it was a bad experience, it wasn’t at all. I just kept thinking this is the longest piecing job I’ve ever done!! What I particularly enjoyed was learning the new technique of paper piecing half square triangles (HST). There was a handy reference back to Quilting and What Not’s website where you can download PDF templates for foundation paper piecing (FPP) HST. I’ve seen those rolls of papers you can buy that do the exact same thing, so I thought it was pretty nifty to get linked to a free pattern download. Thank to you Shelley for sharing the information and Jean for sharing the templates!
The third block was Oceanglow designed by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl. I really love the simplicity of the look of this block. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s easy to piece. Often times, I find the simplest blocks are deceptively difficulty. The trickiest bit was getting everything level, which mine isn’t. And I even took the time to measure out my seam allowance to ensure I was working with an exact ¼” seam allowance. Even though it’s not perfect, I still love how it turned out.
Note, I typically sew with a scant ¼” seam and I think it would have actually worked better here than the recommended precise ¼” seam. I say this because, I was a little short on the middle section compared to the outer 12 ½” borders. I’ll be adding some top and bottom borders to bring my entire block back up to the 12 ½” requirement to fit with the rest of my blocks. Could be me, but I really did take my time with this one. So, if you have any tips or tricks, I’m all ears 😊
Rounding up February was the Double-Edged Star block designed by Amy Garro of 13 Spools. This block came together really quickly! It was a no brainer to piece, which was a nice reprieve from the focus required for the Irish Chain Rose and Oceanglow.
I’m really loving my colourway. It’s quite subtle, but I love the variances between the dark indigo through to the lighter shades of lilac and light blue. Most of my fabrics are from the Alchemy collection by Camelot Fabrics. I’m working from fabric scraps leftover from the Whimsical quilt I made back in the fall of 2015 for this line’s Quilt Market launch. I was so sad to part with that quilt (who am I kidding, they’re all tough to part with!). So, it will be nice to have this one to keep in my collection.
Which brings me to another point, is there such a thing as having too many quilts?! Is there a maximum target I should be aiming for? Or is it a case of the more the merrier?! Any arguments, justifications or rationalizations you have to share are welcome as I think the hubz is going to start saying I need to pair back! 😓
In case you are just discovering this fun sew along, you can learn more about 52 Weeks with the Quilter’s Planner Sew Along here and be sure to check out what I made in January…those were really fun too!
Happy quilting my friends!