Friday, June 6, 2014

Block week

I love summer, don't you? There is so much to DO and see, and it's so good to be outside. Couple the great weather with travel to a professional conference, and for me that means not a lot of time in the sewing room this week.  Since I knew that I'd be travelling (and I still had to finish my paper!) I just concentrated on getting some blocks finished this week.

First, there are these Odd Fellow's blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

These are not yellow, which is June's color, but I am behind. Sigh. These are great blocks, but they are not quick, I'll tell you. Each of these takes me at least an hour and a half. Lots of pieces! I wish I had a couple of good tips for them, but the only thing I can think of is to use a point trimmer on the white triangles so that they fit correctly. (THIS is the one I use.)

Next up are a couple of extra small triangle blocks, also for RSC14. These ARE quick. I realized that I need three of each color for the triangle quilt, and I only had two of these. So here are an extra blue and an extra purple:

The purple has sparkly metallic dots. Who can argue with sparkly?

I also made one lonely yellow triangle block:

Turns out I don't have a lot of yellow scraps, which is weird because I love yellow and use it all the time. I didn't know it was so hard to photograph, though. Could not get a decent picture except in the deep shade.

The last blocks I made this week were a part of the Loyal Union Sampler quilt-along that I'm doing with my local quilt shop, Patched Works. They are going through 10 blocks a month to get all 121 finished in one year. It's now June, and I'm on. . .February. Sighhh. But it's not a race, right?

All of the blocks in this quilt-along are cute, and I've seen them in so many different fabrics and they all look great and like different quilts all together. Mine are made from a fabric line called Dogwood Trail by Moda fabrics. Most of these are paper pieced, a technique I love. If you did the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler, these are much, much easier.

That was my quilting week! Hope you got some stuff done too. I am at a professional conference, so I expect to have a great time and learn a lot this weekend. If I remember and have some time, I will link up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Scrap Happy Saturday.

If you have some time, jump over and check out this post at Freshly Pieced, where Lee gets to write about our terrific state of Wisconsin for the AMB Blog Tour.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Nell's Quilts said...

Great job working at getting caught up.

scraphappy said...

You are so right, it is not a race. You have made lots of lovely progress. In the end you will have beautiful quilts on your schedule, not anyone else's

Marly said...

Great blocks. It's good you managed to do some catching up, but it certainly isn't a race and it sounds as if you've had some higher priorities recently.

Quilter Kathy said...

For sure it's not a race... enjoy yourself!
Great blocks!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It's all about the joy of the journey - have fun with your stitching.

Sheila said...

Love your blocks!

Deb A said...

I agree - quilting is never a race. Go the pace that works for you or as the mood strikes. Beautiful collection of blocks you have been working on.

Kate said...

Love your Odd Fellow blocks. They are certainly worth the time!

Enjoy your conference.