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Assembled 2012 BOM Quilt Top and Bottom

This project brings me an odd mixture of excitement and apathy. I finished piecing the top (and bottom) of my Craftsy 2012 Block of the month quilt! I learned so much from making each of these blocks over the course of (a bit more than) a year. It feels very satisfying to have all of the blocks finished and assembled into a quilt top. Although, as I’ve been saying all along, I’m not thrilled with my fabric choice, I think it comes together alright in the finished quilt. Unfortunately, the quilt just doesn’t speak to me, but I fully understand that not every finished project will, and I’m happy with what I learned in the process. I added 1″ sashing of the background fabric between each block. I think it makes each block distinct while still keeping the sampler feel of the finished work. As I think about it, I’ve …

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Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month October

Whew! I’m done piecing blocks for my block of the month quilt! Amy of Sew Well beat me (we’ve been encouraging each other’s progress on twitter), but I’m still way ahead of my mom. In fact, I can’t remember the last time my mom told me that she was working on these blocks, and we were supposed to be working our way through together. I’ll have to pester her about it! October finished the month-by-month building of techniques with English Paper Piecing. For those of you not familiar, this is a technique where you actually sew your pieces of fabric onto a paper background so you can get precise piecing of unusual or complicated shapes. I would brag about how all my points match on these blocks, but that’s the whole point of paper piecing, so I don’t really have much to brag about, unfortunately. I also made one final …

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September Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

Making these September Block of the Month blocks for the Craftsy 2012 BOM quilt was the first time that I have pieced curves. Fortunately, I didn’t find it as terrifying or challenging as I anticipated, and I’m pretty happy with how these blocks turned out. The top block is called a Chain Block and the bottom is Cleopatra’s Puzzle. Yet again, I’ve found that my use of stripes and plaids is less than ideal. I’m particularly not satisfied with the way the plaid doesn’t align in the large brown and green plaid above. And for the brown stripes,  I managed to sew two blocks with the stripes facing differently than the other blocks. Rather than unsew and resew them, I put them at either end of the chain. It’s not ideal, but I’m okay with it as it’s just one more imperfection on the giant list of imperfections that make …

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August 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Blocks

August’s block-of-the-month blocks for Craftsy’s 2012 BOM quilt were fun to put together and I like the way my rugged fabrics look with such traditional blocks. The combination of the rustic fabrics, muted primary color palette, and the stars strikes me as very masculine. The first block is an Ohio Star block and taught the technique of quarter square triangles. The second block is double star block (see the star within the star?) and uses the traditional “flying geese” shape to assemble the stars. When cutting out the striped fabric to use in the inner star, I didn’t think all the way through the way the pieces would assemble into the block, so not all of the stripes point the same direction. Fortunately, with a project like this, I can call it a design decision and, given the myriad of imperfections in this learning-process quilt, it probably won’t be noticed much, except …

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July 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Blocks

Dresden plates! Dresden plates were one of the first quilt blocks that I learned to identify when my mom took up quilting. I’ve always loved their look but had no interest in making them myself because of all the hand stitching involved. I’ve since started to enjoy hand stitching, so I was thrilled to make these blocks for the Craftsy July 2012 Block of the Month! I simply adore how my fabric choices look in this block (unlike many of the other blocks). The first dresden plate block is a very traditional dresden plate, with points on each ray of the plate. The class teaches the way to sew the rays so that the points are finished and you don’t have to turn them under yourself. Apparently it’s a very traditional technique, but a revelation for me as I had never considered the idea before. To attach the plate to …

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June 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Blocks

Okay, so I’m (very) behind in the Craftsy Block of the Month quilt that I’ve been working on. But this month marks the month I get it all back on track, I swear. My mom is caught up and Amy of Sew Well and I have challenged each other to catch up too. Two different metaphorical gauntlets have been thrown so I will arise to the challenge! The June blocks were modern 9 patches. I’ve always thought of 9 patch blocks as being very simple blocks, with 9 different squares making a checkerboard pattern out of two colors. It turns out that 9 patch can refer to any block that is made of 9 square pieces and those squares can have simple or elaborate piecing in them. So, I learned something new! The top block is called a Greek Cross and the bottom block an Octagon Block. Thanks to the stripe …

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May Craftsy 2012 Quilt Blocks

Don’t be too confused by my post title. This isn’t a time warp. It’s not actually May of 2012. Rather, I’ve been sewing along with the Craftsy 2012 Block-of-the-Month quilt. And I got behind by a month (about which I feel okay because my mom is even further behind). The theme of this months blocks was log cabin. These are two modern takes on the log cabin pattern, a very traditional pattern. The first one is supposed to be  a little wonky, with different size strips. I think I didn’t make mine different enough so it looks unintentionally wonky, not intentionally so.  But, this is a learning process. The second block is a five sided log cabin, again intended to be freeform and wonky. I think this one looks wonky with intent and I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would. This is a block where …

April Block of the Month

My April quilt block for my Craftsy 2012 Block-of-the-Month quilt. It’s a modern take on paper pieced hexagons, a very traditional technique. Paper piecing involves cutting out the finished shape of your piece (often a hexagon) out of sturdy piece of paper. (I used a manila file folder and I think it might have been a little too sturdy as it was hard to get my needle through it). You cut your fabric out to be 1/4″ larger than the template (although you don’t have to be super careful with this as you do almost everywhere else in quilting). You then baste the fabric around your shape, sewing through the paper, and press and starch your fabric in shape. You then whip stitch the edges together. See my tiny little whip stitches? Aren’t they cute? Finally, you sew the hexagons that you have sewn together as a unit onto your …

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Craftsy Block of the Month – March 2012

I pieced my March Block-of-the-Month blocks. (One more project down on my too-many-sewalongs this month). These are by far my favorite blocks so far (Okay, I know there’s only two other months so far with which to compare them. Regardless, I like them). These are sewn one strip at a time onto my background fabric. I learned that, in the 1930’s, these kinds of blocks were called string blocks since they used long, skinny “strings” of fabric that were too small to use elsewhere. For this block I used strips of all of the colors I had of the same print fabric.

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How to Sew Half Square Triangle (HST) Quilt Blocks

I’ve now made February’s blocks for the Craftsy 2012 Block-of-the-Month. Both blocks use all half square triangles (HST), but use different methods to make the HSTs, which I will explain below. For a video demonstration of the methods, register for the Craftsy class – it’s free! This is the Balkan Puzzle Block. I think this is a fun block and it’s fun to know that it was popular in the 1930’s.

Block of the Month Quilt

My mom and decided to do a long-distance project together. Since she’s always trying to get me into quilting, we chose to each piece Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month quilt, offered as a free video class. Yes, they have a 2013 quilt class too, but neither I nor my mom like the quilt as much. And, the 2012 quilt has an adjoining quilting class that teaches you how to longarm quilt using the 2012 block of the month quilt. I have to get the entire top pieced first and my mom and I are doing it month-by-month even though all the months are published, so don’t hold your breath waiting to see my first attempt at longarm quilting!