Sunday, June 28, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 11

Two blocks to go...or is it three.  The pattern calls for twelve blocks, or designs, but I may have to make a few extras due to the practice blocks I will be adding to the finished quilt.   Here is block eleven.

Not as many pieces as the house block, but quite a few.  Hope this is easier than the house was.

Sewing the orange block onto the black rectangle. 

Trimming off the excess orange. 

Pressed and ready for the next step.  Flying geese, I have always wondered how to do this, now I know.

Oops, cut wrong part. Time to get three new pieces ready to sew.
Sorry, I did not get pictures of each step.  Two black squares were sewn to two of the of the flying geese.  Two flying geese were sewn to a large orange square.  Then all three sections were put together for this awesome looking Sawtooth block.  I love how it turned out.

Additional black fabric was added to the tops and sides of the square.  I'm impressed with how easy this block went together and how sharp it looks. 
Jimmy helping out.
Marked, layered and ready to sew!

Grid lines and circuit board.  Front and back

My favorite one.  I love how this looks.  Back below.

The dreaded spirals.  I really need to just practice these on scraps of material.  On the plus side, I like the squiggly lines. On the back they don't look so bad, mostly because they don't pop out at me.

Not an exciting post, but I like the way this block turned out.  I like that all my corners and points look great and matched up perfectly.  

Onto block twelve, the last in this quilt.  If you would like to learn more about this block and quilt, please visit Leah Day's website to view the Building Block Quilt videos or to purchase the pattern for all twelve blocks.  

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My 2015 Project - Block 10

Getting ready to wind up this project.  Three more blocks to go then assembling them all. 

I had some issues with block ten.  It did not come out as the pattern shows, the top of my baskets did not match up.  I will have to work on this again sometime to master this block.

Not as many pieces in this block, and no tiny pieces like in block nine.

Top is black, the bottom square is orange.  Drew a line diagonally and then stitched a quarter inch from it on both sides. 

Cut down on the middle.

Pressed opened to a new square with two colors.

Lining the squares to make the basket.

Almost done.

Okay, this is not how it should look. The top two orange triangles should meet.  Everyone of my blocks came out this way, so I definitely need practice.

The completed block.  I did an applique for the handle.  Still irritated by the top of the basket. 
So I just fixed it with a heart.  All better. 
I loved doing the wavy grid lines on this basket.

Well, that curved lines looks terrible, tore it out and re-did it, and added more stitching across the whole handle and the heart.

The back. 
Love doing the stippling.  Just realized I did not go around the block and just quilted up to the marked line. 

The back.

Getting better at circles.  The back is below.

And more circles.  I like doing the curvy U lines, I also did them in the handle to make sure it was going to stay on.

An almost perfect circle.  The circles in this block were all done free-hand.  I drew grid lines first then filled them in with a circle.
And the back.

My favorite block will be next, block 11.  I love how it came out, corners and points all in alignment.  

To order this pattern or watch the quilting videos please stop by Leah Day's website.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

My 2015 Project - Block 9

I am getting ready to quilt block 12 on this project, but decided to take a break and post about block nine.  This has been an interesting vacation to say the least, lots of sewing going on, driving to nowhere and back, and my husband is working on his own project in the garage.

Any way, back to block nine.  Previously I said I was not happy piecing this block, too many small pieces.  I also got confused as to which side to do next on the little house, so on three of the blocks the door is on the wrong side of the window.  I was glad to finish this block.

See what I mean, a lot of little pieces.  I had to label them with the letter and size so I would grab the correct one when piecing.

The roof was done first, okay so far.

The chimney and the sky.  Dark night.

The house.  The one on the top is the only one I did correctly (according to the directions).
The assembled houses.  Cute.  

Marked and pinned, ready to quilt.  

The finished blocks -
House #1 - The doors and windows looked uninviting, so I added window treatments and a heart on the doors. I really liked doing the stippling on this one, and I feel I am getting better at it.  I like doing the up and down U's too.  The back is below.

House # 2 - looks like a little log cabin with the sun shining brightly on it.   The back is below.

House #3 - Not sure I really like the curvy lines on the house itself, however I like the curved lines on the bottom. Do you like the curtains in the window?    The back is below.

House # 4 - Is that smoke coming out the chimney? On the bottom the pattern shows circles, not a fan of circles, so I did pebbles instead, which are basically circles that don't have to be perfectly round.

I love the look of the pebbles.

Even added them to the chimney. 
The back. 

Block ten coming next.  I am was not happy with how this block turned out so I came up with a little solution to correct my error.  Please come back and check it out.  

I am not trying to give instructions on how to piece this quilt or on free motion quilting, I am only showing my progress through out the project.  If you would like to purchase the pattern or see the quilting videos, please visit Leah Day's website.  

Happy Reading!