A Quilt Story


I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who had been intimidated by curved piecing. I’ve been wanting to make a quilt with curves for some time now. It was on my last years quilting list (but I didn’t do it) and it’s one of my goals for 2016. I’ve finally gotten down to business and played around with some curved blocks.

My original plan was to make one block and make it a pillow. That way, I could practice curves but it wouldn’t be a huge project that drug on forever. I decided on the Fizzy block and got to work. (The Fizzy block is one of the Bee Hive Blocks found at Blossom Heart Quilts.)

I was very happy with the outcome and had a blast sewing this block up.

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The more I looked at this block and some quilts made using it, I decided I needed to do a larger project. I mean, the pattern you get when you repeat this block is too sweet. Although the piecing wasn’t as hard as I’d imagined, it takes a bit of time to cut and piece these curves. I feel like I’ve done tons of cutting but I only have a few blocks to show for it.

It does, however, give you and idea of the final outcome. Did I mention the repeat pattern in this quilt is amazing?

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I spent Girls Night at my local quilt shop, The Fabric Dock, cutting  more pieces. I’m not sure yet how large I want this to be…just going to keep sewing until I get tired of it, I suppose. I’m very much enjoying watching this quilt grow!

A Quilt Story

Work In Progress

So, I’m posting my first WIP (work in progress) Wednesday post. I’m going to try very hard to make this a weekly habit. Heavens knows I have plenty of work in progress projects going on.

This week, my big work in progress project has been a scrappy quilt. I’m using basic directions for the High Five Quilt found in Sunday Morning Quilts. If you’ve read any of my blog posts you will know it’s my favorite quilting book of all time! I began making these blocks in September when I just needed a break from the projects I’d been working on. They are fun blocks to make and if your scraps are handy you can sew a bunch of these together pretty quickly. Here’s one of my early batches of these blocks.

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I added blocks here and there as I had time (or sometimes when I didn’t have time but wanted to work on something else – I do that a lot!)

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These are really fun to look at! 🙂

Anyway, the pattern calls for 260 blocks plus an addition 5 large blocks I’ve yet to make. I laid these out to get an idea of the size to see if I plan to make all 260 blocks. Then I decided I really needed to trim them to size before making a decision. This week I’ve spent quite a bit of my sewing time trimming these blocks down to 5″ blocks. Look at all these trimmed up blocks! Eeeeekkkk!

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I still haven’t decided how many more blocks I’m going to make. I think my next step will be making the 5 larger blocks and see how I like the size at that point. This could very likely be my work in progress for some time yet…

Check out the Work in Progress Link up at Freshly Pieced to see others participating this week!