Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Blocks on the Brain


I guess you could call me block head this week...I'm all about the blocks.  Last week Pat Sloan introduced to us Katja Marek the January 2018 Aurifil BOM designer and her block Dresden Dreaming.  At first glace of this block I froze...English Paper Piecing.  I've never tried EPP before.  With the craziness of work right now, I really didn't feel mentally prepared to try.  Luckily for me, I came to and read on.   Pat suggested a different way of making the block using applique.  This seemed easier.  I also realized it could help with my EPP dilemma with the October 2017 block.


This is my version of Aurifil's October designer, Helen Stubbings and her Hugs 'n Kisses block.    I love how both turned out and it sure does feel good to have all of the 2017 blocks complete.


And this is my failed attempt at a color wheel with all the blocks...it ended up more like a color sideways tear drop?  The wind was blowing horribly and rain was not far away.  There was no time to grab a ladder, so I just started pinning...but I think you get what I was getting at.  I'm sure they will look better in a quilt lay out.  Dear Pat Sloan, I'm like a kid at Christmas.  I can't wait for the layout!

David, Sandra, Anja and I have still been plugging away with our social sewing experiment, of texting and making the Sewcial Bee Sampler Blocks.  This week we completed blocks 8 and 9.  Just like the kid at Christmas thing...I'm dying to stitch these blocks up with the dark blue Moda Grunge sashing fabric.  To scratch my sewing itch and prevent myself from sewing ahead, I laid them out to give myself (and you) a preview...I'm in love.


I also took some time to catch up on Cindy at Stitchin At Home's Medallion Quilt.  I thought I was several blocks behind, but once my tote was pulled out I found I was caught up all but this block, the Cross Point Block.  Me actually caught up, trust me I was surprised too.



Speaking of blocks...New Kids on the Block...no, no...New Kids on the Quilty Block.  I'm super excited to announce that on Thursday February 1st we will be announcing the sign ups for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop being co-hosted by myself, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra at mmm!quilts and Jen at Dizzy Quilter.


If you have been blogging for more than 2 months and less than 3 years, I hope you will check in with one of us on Thursday to find out how to sign up.  If you have any questions, please ask.  If you have been blogging for more than 3 years please pass the word along to your friends.  Mark your calendars for the hop dates, not only will you meet a batch of new quilt bloggers, but there will be lots of prizes from our amazing sponsors.  See you on Thursday!


Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, Linky Tuesday and BOM Away.

17 comments:

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful blocks!! All of them! You have several really neat projects going on.

Tracie said...

You’re sideways teardrop made me smile—lovely work! I can hardly wait for the new bloggers hop!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I’m glad that Pat’s suggestion helped you finish your blocks from last year; that’s awesome! And a rainbow is a rainbow no matter the shape. :)

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Tish,
Yippee skippy - I cannot wait for Thursday. Eek! I saw a peek of one of your latest blocks from Hugs 'n Kisses on IG and love it even more in full size! And those Sewcial bee blocks on the dark blue Moda Grunge - oh, if that's not just perfect in pulling out the blues in those blocks. Great! ~smile~ Roseanne

Nancy J said...

A wind blown colour wheel is wonderful, and they will all play nicely in a final layout without a breeze.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I really wanted to join in the aurifil challenge this month, for the first time, but there just weren't enough days in the month. And ironically there were 31 days this month too. I did it in spirit. Your block looks wonderful. I love it.
Good luck too with the new quilters blog hop. I will be following along, as a seasoned blogger.

piecefulwendy said...

It's fun to see what you've been working on, and pretty cool that you, Sandra and Dave are keeping up with sewing together! I have the Aurifil BOM printed out, but not sure I'll get it done. I'm starting to get buried in my QALs. Looking forward to the 1st and the New Bloggers Blog Hop!

Stitchin At Home said...

Beautiful blocks Tish! Wind tossed or not the blocks look lovely. I like the blue sashing idea for your Sewcial blocks.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I didn't get a chance to make the Aurifil block. It's on the list. I love the blue sashing!!

Lynette said...

Wow - that's a great batch of block work. It always surprises me how long it takes to do an individual block. The blue looks fabulous with those Sewcial blocks.

marebear said...

I love all of your blocks! Great job.

Preeti said...

Just what I needed. It is a cold and gray day and your sunflower blocks cheered me up :-)

quiltingbydawn said...

I have been thinking of following Pat Sloan's Aurifil block but I too am a little leary of the dresden EPP. Your block is very cheerful!

Emily said...

I love the teardrop! Maybe not practical for a quilt layout, but it looks fun!

Susan said...

Super awesome blocks! They are all so cheery!

Sandy said...

Instead of calling it a color wheel you can just call it a color circle, or color sideways teardrop! The blocks are great!

Sue said...

I love all your blocks Tish! A squirrel flashed its tail when I saw your Dresden Dreaming on Instagram! It's just beautiful!

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