Friday, 19 August 2016

Woodland Quilt-Along- A Finish

We are now reaching the point in the Woodland Quilt-Along that more and more finished items are beginning to arrive on the woodlandqa hashtag. It is great to see the creative way that you are using all the patterns.

I have managed to finish my first project. I'm really pleased with the result. I stepped out of my colour comfort zone and used a combination which I would not normally use. I am really pleased with how well it came together. The fabrics are all Cloud9 Cirrus Solids and they are beautifully soft to sew with.
I am having severe camera woes today. Sorry for the terrible photo. I will do my best to get a better photo before next week.

I hope to find the time to make something with the extra 4 inch blocks that I made up using the Lecien Modern L Charm packs, but time is marching on, my trip to Scotland is coming ever closer and my to-do list seems to me growing at an exponential rate!

Weekly Paper Piecing Tip

This week's tip has to do with fabric choices.

Choosing the right fabrics for your block can be vital for giving your animals texture and life. If you use the wrong fabrics, details of the design can disappear or the fabric design can overpower the block and your animal can become camouflaged.

I tend to think that in general it is important to match the scale of the fabric to the scale of the pattern.

For small scale patterns (4 or 5 inch) -, you want small scale prints or solid fabrics.

For medium scale patterns, use solids, small or medium size designs. If you use medium designs, consider whether the fabric is being used in the foreground or the background and whether the fabric design is represented in forgiving tone on tone shades or bold and dramatic colours which may detract from the block.

The fun thing about largescale blocks, is that you can use large scale, medium scale or small scale prints. You can also use solids to give a dramatic effect. I would suggest that large scale prints should be used with care though, think about the placement of these fabrics and the effect that you want to achieve.

See the raccoons and zebra fabrics that I used on this big bear (30 inch block)? I would not have used these on a smaller pattern as they would have overwhelmed the design.

Remember that entries for the quilt-along close on Sunday 28th August at 6:00pm NZT (remember that we are ahead of the rest of the world so please don't get caught out!

For more details about the quilt-along, pop over to this page.
For more details about the prizes hop over to this page.
For a summary of all the Woodland Quilt-along prizes, hop over to this page.


  1. I love your fabric choices for your bear! Very cool!

  2. A bear with a zebra tattoo))) the toughest guy on the block! Your bold color and pattern choices really strike a chord with me. I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, which you can accept or not as you wish))


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