Wednesday, 11 April 2012

WIP Wednesday- Good Progress!

This last week, I've spent a lot of time at home with a sleeping sick little boy, which has meant that I've had lots of sewing time. I must admit though that general exhaustion from having to change the sheets umpteen times in the night meant that I didn't get as much done as was perhaps possible (um and there may or may not have been a bit more unpicking done than usual!)

When I initially finished this first block, I wasn't that enthusiastic about it. I wasn't sure if I had got the fabric placement right and it just didn't seem as cool as I imagined. After the intricate blocks that I have been making over the last few weeks, I guess it just seemed a bit boring.

Don't you love the cheeky wee unicorn butting its head in!

However... once I laid it out with the other blocks, I think that it really comes into its own. It has power in its simplicity. The name says it all- 'X' Marks the spot! 

I downloaded the pattern from here, but printed it out scaled to 150%.

A wonderfully generous bloggy friend sent me this book last week.

I have eagerly been pouring over the pages trying to decide where to start and finally came to a decision.

 I chose the block called "Free Wheeling". The name is really apt as they give you clear instructions how to create this paper pieced block, but it is up to the reader to create their own pattern.

I love that this kind of paper pieced blocks allows you to use up your really small scraps of fabric and I really love how it turned out.

The final block that I completed this week is one that I've been eyeing up for a long time. Its the Mosaic Block from the Summer Sampler Series. There are a couple of other ones from this series that I really want to try so watch this space for some more...

I persuaded myself that I had to be good and make another block with the light grey background. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure that I chose the right fabrics, but I do like the way that it turned out. I will admit that it took a bit of fudging, but this block is exactly 12.5 inches so I must be getting better at scant 1/4" seams!

The collage is growing all the time.
Just have a look:


I'm linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

17 comments :

  1. I love all of your orange and aqua blocks!! Gorgeous, and so much fun. :o)

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  2. I am glad you decided to make another with the lighter grey...i think it gives it balance...the whole arrangement is coming along beautifully.
    It looks like you have a few blocks tagged in that book to try out soon.

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  3. Fantastic work - I love the way it is all coming together - it looks so cool

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  4. It is going to be the most amazing quilt ever - I LOVE it and I love the aqua/blue tangerine/orange combo

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  5. I love it! I love them all - What a great story this quilt will be once it's done! xx

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  6. Looking so great! The X block fits in perfectly with the rest of them! Nice work on the paper pieced Free Wheeling block too!

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  7. Your collage just keeps getting prettier all the time!

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  8. Grey has long been ignored in the color world but I think you put it to very good use! The colors are crisp and very attractive.

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  9. I love the new X block :) The collage is looking awesome too!

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  10. The X block is lovely and the collage is just awesome. Overall the color scheme is so fresh and energetic. Love it :)

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  11. Wow that is looking really great! How much further do you have to go until it is complete? It's hard to tell the size of the blocks through photos! It looks like you have a whole quilt already!

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  12. Love all this weeks blocks, but the freewheeling is my favourite. Hope your little one is on the mend now.

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  13. Fantastic blocks and all together, it is amazing.

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  14. lovely....looks like a few of those blocks are from the Skill Builder Sampler...I just finished block #10--got a late start ;-) but definitely see improvements in my work which always feels good.

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  15. Fabulous! The color scheme is just amazing. I totally love it!

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  16. I like the free wheeling block. This looks like a fun project.

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  17. Pretty pretty blocks...you are creative!

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