Make Blocks from the past with me each Month of 2012
I have been busy playing with fabric. Oh what fun!! I have decided its time to make a dent in my stash, I have been collecting reproduction fabrics for a few years now. (its scary to think how many)
I have been pouring over block patterns and designs, there are so many really really nice pieced blocks from the past that I am not sure I would ever have time to make each one in my lifetime.
I have come up with a plan to make interesting pieced blocks each month, for the 12 months of this year. Of course I will not be able to resist designing a few applique blocks to add some interest, so you will have to indulge me with that.
As I make each block I will go through my process with you all here on the blog. Starting with the colour choices, products I use and why, how I pieced the block together and pressed the seams. etc, etc.
Oh.... I could blurb on for ages about all of that good stuff.
If you would like to make these blocks with me, I will be attaching a free
pdf pattern to the Pine Valley Quilts newsletter each month. Free
for all my subscribers, so if you have not subscribed yet please do, so you can join in on all the fun.
At the end of the year you will have 12 blocks to make into a lovely quilt.
I have chosen the Arrow Crown for my first block. There are so many ways you can play with your fabrics to create a totally different look with this block. Here are a few pictures of what I have created just by playing.
These pictures were done with fabrics from the website. Take a look here: http://www.pinevalley.co.nz/catalog/reproduction-fabrics
Choosing fabrics for this block
I will be choosing fabrics from my stash to make this block. When looking at this block I will be looking for tone on tone fabrics of light medium and dark. The print on the fabric is not too much of a concern, only if it is large and has too much of a contrasting colour that may not interact with the depth of colour I am trying to create.
I like to use a lot of fabrics to create interest in the colour selections, so I will look for more then one of each colour way in the darks, mediums and lights.
Here are some pictures of some of my selections.
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[caption id="attachment_778" align="alignnone" width="134" caption="Here is what I have ended up with"]
I have ended up with a selection from each colour way in the same tone or at least as close as my stash would allow. In some of the fabrics I have noticed that the patterns have more than one colour but they do blend in with what I am trying to create and not too much contrast. I will also try to use the directional prints to my advantage. The directional prints can create some very interesting design bonuses.
Now it is not set in stone that I will use these fabrics when I make my block and I may make some changes as that is a women's prerogative isn't it. I will let these fabrics rest on my desk for a couple of days before I make my final decision. Sometimes I find placing them on my design wall helps, that way I am looking straight at them.
I hope you have enjoyed this post.
I am excited about making this quilt with all of you and hope you will leave me lots of comments and ask any questions if you need to.
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Also in Sharon Keightley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings
The Roses quilt is coming along nicely, I have been squeezing in time over the weekend to stitch the applique Roses onto the third border and I can see the quilt starting to take shape. Today I hope to have the third border stitched in place and start prepping the fourth border of Roses. This will complete the center of the quilt. From there I have a vague idea of what will come next, I am hoping it will come clearer to me as I progress.
This morning I am sewing the border fabrics together for the top and bottom borders of the Roses quilt. I have selected and range of tone on tone prints some light and some with a little bit of colour to give a bit of interest. I love to mix up the fabrics, using a large selection. Something I find helpful when piecing the strips is to pin at least the end of the seam so the fabrics don't shift while you are sewing and end up with one end longer than the other.
I am not in a hurry to get to the finish line with this quilt, I love the whole process, every step and stitch. This week has had me finding the perfect fabric for the birds, I have used a window to get the perfect area of the fabric to make the birds look their best. Trying many different fabrics, I now have more birds than I need and some to set aside for another quilt. This is usually the case in many of my applique quilts, so I have a little pile of orphan pieces waiting for the perfect quilt to be stitched into.