Friday, February 14, 2014

Modern Pattern, Vintage style

Perhaps I was inspired by Valentine's Day, but I pulled out the pinks to make another Rock Candy table topper.

I thought it would be fun to make a version of this modern quilt in Civil War repros.  My previous version  was done in batiks:

I  can't decide whether to go light or dark on the border for the pink/brown version.  In any case, I don't have the half yard of fabric that it calls for.  Field trip!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sewing for a snowy day

The second installment of Monique Dillard's Blogger Girls BOM was posted on February 1st.  Here are the two blocks I made from this month's pattern:

I had a little trouble deciding on fabrics for the block on the left, because most of my 30's repro fabrics tend to read as "mediums" and it can be hard to get a good contrast.    I started out with  the pink fabric of Mary and her Little Lamb,  and worked from there.

Both blocks are made up of 8 Flying Geese units.  Monique's method for making the blocks uses a neat little "Fit to be Geese" ruler, but since I don't have one of those, I made mine using a ruler that I already had called the "Quick Trim and Circle Ruler", using the method I blogged about here.

It's not too late to get started on this quilt if you are interested.  By making 2 blocks each month, the timetable is only 6 months instead of the usual 12 for a Block of the Month.  I am enjoying seeing how much variety you can get in a block pattern just by rearranging the fabrics, and playing with these cheerful colors on on otherwise gloomy winter day.

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