So far this week, I've been working on blocks. I am definitely ready for spring, because I've been working on these:
Don't those look fun and cheerful? These are the first four blocks for the Sewcial Bee Sampler by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland Designs. It's a free sampler quilt along with a new block every week. So far the blocks have been fairly simple and fun, even though I remade a couple in different colors. You know I had to fuss with them, right? There's even a fun coloring page, so go on over and check it out.
For the template quilt blocks, I made this block:
|Yes, those two coral side pieces are different template shapes. Don't you think they should have been the same?|
This block is called Dove in the Window--really, even though it doesn't look at all like other Dove in the Window blocks. This is a Kansas City Star block from 1932. I am pretty unhappy with this, as I am with the other template blocks. I've been getting the patterns from books, and I think they've gotten away with a lot here, supplying really bad templates for blocks that very few people ever make. The software I have is no better and may be worse, because that's where the templates for the Gardener's Pride block came from. Does anyone test these? I don't think so.
Or maybe I'm just cranky.
So, I think I'm going to redraft several of the blocks that are in the pipeline and make my own templates. I can use the templates I have as a starting point, but there have to be better ways to do this. I'll start by redrafting the templates for this block and then remaking it. Stay tuned!
Finally, I have a goal for March's One Monthly Goal:
Yep, these are the Paper Dolls blocks that I made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. . . in 2015. I know! I have missed these girls a lot. I love them all! So I've finally put them up here and told them each to find a friend. (There are more in the box still, since they wouldn't all fit on the design wall.) My goal is to get this assembled into a top by the end of March. I think that should be doable. The hard part is going to be pairing them up and getting them arranged. But that will be fun, too, right?
|Pretty sure these two are going to be good friends!|
Hope you're all having a good and productive week and that any blocks you're making are coming together well. Remember, if it's raining and the wind is blowing, that means that April is going to be amazing!
Sharing at Let's Bee Social and One Monthly Goal.