Monthly Archives: February 2012

Many Mini Modern Blocks: Higgledy-Piggledy

Today’s installment of the many mini modern blocks comes from Kate Henderson who blogs away from the other side of the earth, Australia, at Two Little Banshees.  Ahh to live in far off exotic sounding places. <<Insert dramatic sigh here>>

Something tells me the folks from down under may not consider Ohio to sound so exotic.  And don’t you worry your pretty little heads…it’s not.  Corn fields, cows and football…yep that’s what Ohio is made of.  And I digress…

Anyhow, today’s modern block has a great fun name and it was lots of fun to make.  Adjusted block measurements:

From each of your four different fabrics, cut the following:

(3)     1 1/4″ x 2″

(1)     1 1/2″ x 2″

(1)     1 3/4″ x 2″

(1)     2″ x 2″

And here’s the finished block:

In hindsight, I wish I would have used fabrics with a little more contrast but I just love the yellow and aqua together.  I’d love to see this block made into a whole quilt, maybe alternating blocks with a 90 degree turn?

Stay tuned for the next block on Thursday!

Many Mini Modern Blocks: It’s a Stretch

When I originally picked this block to be earlier in the line up, I didn’t realize that it required paper piecing until I looked at the directions to complete the block.  But, given my propensity to paper piecing as of late, thanks to the Farmer’s Wife, I decided to leave it on the schedule and give it a go!

This block was designed by Angela Pingel, who blogs over at Cut to Pieces…she’s also one of the “stars” of Modern Blocks.  Her block “It’s a Stretch” graces the cover of the book and I’ll be featuring several of her designs throughout the QAL because she’s got lots of great designs included in the book!

Since I’m using a particular color palette I didn’t follow her variegated color styling that’s pictured in the book but I’m bookmarking this one to return for later projects.

Without further ado, here’s the modifications for a 6 1/2″ unfinished block:

1. Print out the template found in the back of the book at 100%.

2. Cut your fabrics into 1 1/2″ strips

3. Get a glass of wine (or two…or three)

4. Make sure you have a bit of time for this one. (It was my first run at the block but I have done a bit of paper piecing and this one took almost 2 hours to complete…yikes!  Wait until you see the results, they’re so worth it!)

5. I also really recommend using an Add-a-Quarter ruler to make trimming your pieces.  It makes for perfect results!

In order to keep all of the pieces straight (there are 28 little bits of fabric to sew together!!!) I colored the back of my paper piecing to template keep everything straight:

And two hours, 28 trips to and from the ironing board later, here’s the finished project:

See you on Tuesday for the next block!

Have you tried a Block of the Month?

I’m still reeling from the idea that January is already over and it didn’t really set in until I looked at the calendar today and realized that it was the 4th of February already!

Then, I realized I hadn’t done my two Blocks of the Month (BOM) that two of my local quilt shops are hosting.  This made for a perfect Saturday morning activity.  Not only did I learn to use “Thangles” (seriously, those little bits of paper are AWESOME!!!) but these blocks are also taking me out of my comfort zone for fabric choices.  One of the finished quilts will likely become a gift and the other a picnic blanket.  And the best part, they cost only $1 a month to do!  Who can’t pass up a bargain like that…entire quilt tops for $12?!?

Red, White & Blue BOM:

I heart Chocolate BOM:

Have you heard of an Amish mistake?  Well, I made a big one in one of these blocks and the first person to correctly identify it by commenting on my blog will receive a pack of 3″ Thangles!  Happy Amish mistake hunting!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s many mini modern block…it’s pretty sweet!

Many Mini Modern Block 6: Just Passing Through

Another design from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr (so many great designs from them in Modern Blocks).  This one required much like focus and concentration to execute.

Warning:  I’m not thrilled with my fabric choices, they’re just not as contrasting as I would have liked.

Adjusted block measurements:

Fabric A:
(6)          1″ x 1 3/4″

Fabric B:
(4)          1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
(4)          2″ x 1 3/4″

Fabric C:
(3)          1″ x 4″

Fabric D:
(4)          1 1/4″ x 4″

And the finished block:


Fabrics I used:
Kaffe Fasset Spots, kona white, Riley Blake Daydream, Deb Strain Cherish Nature

See you next Sunday for another week’s installment! 

WIP Wednesdays!

Really, Wednesday already?  Wait….really, February already?  I don’t understand…where does the time go?  Yeah, I know where it goes…time flies when you’re having fun (or at least it seems to fly when you have many many things to do.)

So the run-down of what I’ve been working on this week:

Progress on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt:

As I mentioned last week I started working on a Farmer’s Wife QAL hosted by Lindsey over at Happier Than a Bird Quilts and I’m happy to say that I’m all caught up now thanks to this week’s progress in paper-piecing.  I think I’ve said this like a million gazillion times now…but I really do love these little blocks (so much so that I’m sharing the images again):

A few weeks ago I “tumbled” upon the Tumbler Party Flickr Group hosted by yolanda and it was such fun! We picked a color palette (this round was yellow, gray and aqua), sent 12 FQs to yolanda who so so generously die cut them all, sorted out the stacks and sent everyone back an assortment of tumbler blocks.  How cool is that?!?

Over the weekend I was able to piece together my quilt top and decided to let the colors “flow” from one into another: grey> grey + yellow>yellow>yellow + aqua>aqua and here’s the completed quilt top:

Crud…I just busted myself on the works in progress.  Just went back in search of last week’s blog post to get the list of last week’s in progress projects and I realized that my tumbler party quilt wasn’t listed…oops!

Here’s the skinny:

No Progress
1. 1600 Quilt…this project is driving me nuts!
2. Quilting of the Bliss quilt: really, it just needs quilted
4. Central Park Sodoku Quilt: needs quilt top assembly
5. Cherish Nature Charm Quilt: needs quilt top assembly
6. Wonky Siggy quilt for sister-in-law
7. Amy Butler Style Stitches Sew-Along
8. LQS Block of the Month (2)
9. Amy Butler Charm Clutch

Some Progress
1. Many Mini Modern Blocks QAL
2. Farmer’s Wife QAL
3. Tumbler Party I quilt

Happy sewing everyone!