Blockdown Quilt – Part 22

September 20, 2021

I think last weeks installment was appreciated, as something a bit simpler and quite fun. I loved all the different interpretations, I think it was quite good that I had made such a vague note. Yay laziness pays off, although it did mean we put in more design and brainstorming effort, so maybe it didn’t in terms of actual work done. This weeks theme is a little different. I do know exactly why I picked this one, and I think it may be one of the widest we have had, but hopefully fun, and the research may be interesting too. Our theme this week is alchemy. Maybe this will be blocks about change or transformation, maybe something philosophical or may some thing gold. It really is a very wide subject. We do only have 6″ to play with this time though so don’t get too carried away. I am wondering how much I can link this back to previous weeks, but more on that later.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position red 16
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 16 and 26
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions red 16, 26 and 43

Blockdown Quilt – Part 21

September 13, 2021

Doing these posts surprises me every week with how fast time goes. I know probably an age thing, possibly also an effect of the weirdness of the world, but how on earth can we be on part 21 already. It is gratifying to see my project box slowly filling with blocks, but even that doesn’t make the time feel clearer. On the other hand I am already wondering if this will be the last of these or if I will dredge up and old project for next year. Yup, I do have something in the wings that has been waiting years and maybe that will get it’s time. Though possibly in a slightly different format. As summer draws to a close I finally installed some blinds in my sewing room. This isn’t as futile as it sounds as the winter sun can be more of an issue than the summer in my room. I am a bit miffed that the 2 blinds are not the same colour, but I suspect it wouldn’t bother people who don’t work with colour and honestly if it keeps the sun out of my eyes it will do. I don’t like them anyway they were just a cheap tidy solution until i can face the insane cost of having a custom made solution (the window is wider than any standard window coverings). In putting up the blinds we discovered that our dog thinks drills are VERY dangerous. He dutifully saved me from it. My other half clearly wouldn’t heed the warnings and you could see the dog decide OK I will rescue the one I can, bye. It was rather sweet, and he only retreated out of the room so hopefully he will not be too stressed when we drill in the future. Honestly it is quite good he would rather maintain distance than jog our elbows. After last weeks rather intense blocks, we have a nice, hopefully easy design this week. We are making 3″ blocks on the theme “four or more”. That is nicely vague of me, so much so I am not sure what I was thinking when I wrote it. I did debate making it clearer as I wrote this but really why? As it stands it gives us lots of room for interpretation. As there are quite a lot to make I think the extra options might be fun, and I will love seeing what my regulars come up with.

  • For the small quilt you will need 7 blocks and they will be orange positions 1,2, and 16-20
  • For the medium quilt you will need 12 blocks and they will be orange positions 1,2 16-20, and 76-80
  • For the large quilt you will need 15 blocks and they will be orange positions 1,2 16-20, 76-80 and 116-118

Blockdown Quilt – Part 20

September 6, 2021

This week I did manage to get some blocks done, in fact on my sewing day Saturday I completed 2 weeks and did designs for a third. You would think as these blocks really are quick I would be able to keep on top of them but it just doesn’t seem to work that way. I forsee me having a big push near the end to get the blocks done ready for assembly week. Maybe I will have to add a week or two gap for us all to get organised at that time. This week we have big blocks again, this is the week I have really been looking forward to. We will have 15″ blocks and the theme is Mariners Compass. Once again bear in mind alternative interpretations and yes you can always play your substitute. I will say I have worked out that my fabric choice makes this MUCH harder than I ever intended for me, so even though I love these I will not be getting an easy ride. I love these blocks so much you can be assured I will figure out how to make this work.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position purple 3
  • For the medium quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions purple 3, 4 and 7
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions purple 3, 4 and 7

Blockdown Quilt – Part 19

August 30, 2021

I don’t know about where you are, but here it is feeling a lot like Autumn, hot drinks and sweatshirt season. Seems a bit early but who knows with the seasons now. I have made sure I have a selection of gloves ready and I welcome the onset of winter. This week i have learned more than I thought I wanted to know about pumping systems for sewage, but on the other hand I now understand it enough to fix it in the future should I have to. No it wasn’t the most fun. No it’s not fully resolved yet. No not what I wanted for a bank holiday weekend.

It did encourage me to work on one of my box projects and I have nearly made another block for one of them. I am hoping this afternoon to have a go at some blocks for this quilt. This week we are going to work on 12″ blocks and I think a very fun theme, animals. So many blocks seem to have been inspired by animals even before you think about ones that are actual pictures of them, and hopefully 12″ will give us a lot of options.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position green 3
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions green 3 and 9
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions green 3, 9 and 17

I will now go and change my clothes and wash the rest of the peanut butter off me, don’t ask.

Blockdown Quilt – part 18

August 23, 2021

Welcome back, I managed to accidentally have a holiday last week. Well OK I didn’t quilt due to my joints not wanting to play ball. So I didn’t manage to catch up as much as I hoped. Hopefully this week will be more productive. So far it has been with some early morning longarm before even walking the dog. I think this week is one that might have some of you reaching for your alternate option but do consider the less obvious options. This week we are making 9″ blocks with foundations. I probably will be using foundation piecing, I love it, but bear in mind that is far from the only type of foundation even in the same sense of the word.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position blue 2
  • For the medium quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions blue 2, 14 and 18
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions blue 2, 14 and 18

Blockdown Quilt – Part 17

August 9, 2021

First thing, before I forget, there will not be a section next week. I will be busy and unable to do the discussion so we can use the week to catch up. I know I need to as broken week is still fighting me. I do now have two of my four blocks done and the right size too. I have no idea why that week has given me so much trouble but I will keep on at it and hopefully soon be past it. I hope after that I can really get on with making a stack of more fun blocks. I do prefer instant gratification instantly and things that slow me up too much make motivation very hard to find. I suspect this isn’t as rare in quilters as people might think.

This week is another small week, we have 6″ blocks again. This may be a good week for the blocks that didn’t quite make the grade in other weeks as the theme is a nice open one, more than 6 pieces. So any block you like that will fit the bill. I know I have a lot I had to reject from other weeks and now a couple will get another chance to be in the quilt.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position red 14
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 14 and 34
  • For the large quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 14 and 34

Blockdown Quilt – Part 16

August 2, 2021

I can’t believe how fast this quilt is going. I am a bit behind but I still have a decent stack of blocks. It feels like we have just started yet here we are part 16. I am sure time doesn’t behave the same since covid. Hey we blame that for most things, I can blame it for this too I am sure. As well as my stack of blocks I am building up a note book full of designs I like. My own personal block library. I can completely understand why so many people bring out books of block collections, which I enjoy looking at, and I am wonder if I need to prepare one of my own. Maybe I just need to make more sampler books. I love blocks, and there are just so many wonderful ones, including a few I think I made up. I say I think because it seems there is very little that hasn’t already been thought of. I can say they are new to me and were not directly taken from any source material. Not quite the same as I invented them but possibly more accurate. We have a fairly small task this week, which may or may not be a win. I think for me the hardest part will be choosing as there will be a lot of options. Enough suspense this week the theme is plants. Before you curse me too much I will give you a clue for the future, there will be more scope for plant blocks later. I know there are a LOT of blocks that fit this one. This time we are making 6″ blocks.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position red 7
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 7 and 33
  • For the large quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 7 and 33

Blockdown Quilt – Part 15

July 26, 2021

Well I have a confession, I am still thinking about what I am going to do for last weeks blocks. I know the vague idea of what I want to do, but I can’t decide how. Some of the ideas I have for the how are definitely at the insane level of things, but then that is me all over. I am hoping I can talk myself into something saner, but no promises. I think my fabric choices rule out some of the worst ideas, though even then there are ways around that. I am sure the insane heat last week didn’t improve my thinking ability either. This week is fortunately simpler and cooler. Hopefully those combined will mean I make better progress. I did at least finish my circles week this weekend, so it wasn’t a total waste. This week we are making 3″ blocks again and we need to use three fabrics.

  • For the small quilt you will need 7 blocks and they will be orange positions 8-11 and 48-50
  • For the medium quilt you will need 13 blocks and they will be orange positions 8-11, 48-50 and 70-75
  • For the large quilt you will need 15 blocks and they will be orange positions 8-11, 48-50, 70-75 and 108-109

Blockdown Quilt – Part 14

July 19, 2021

Oh my it is hot. Any errors in this post are due to the heat, yes that is a bit of a cop out, it is also fairly accurate. I can’t even say this is a good time to hide indoors and sew as the idea of turning the iron on is horrible. Maybe this is more of a planning time. Perhaps some late night sewing when it is cooler but still too hot to sleep. This week we are working on the smaller 6″ blocks, and a theme I think couple of people will appreciate, letters. I know some want to actually add letters or text to their quilts so here is the perfect week to do that. However don’t forget there are blocks named after letters too. I suppose this could be an opportunity for some hand sewing and maybe a stitched letter too, might be cooler that way.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position red 4
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 4, 27
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions red 4, 27 and 44

Try to keep cool and stay hydrated. I will now go and work in a cooler room.

Blockdown Quilt – Part 13

July 12, 2021

I hope the week off has given everyone a chance to catch up a little. I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but then I knew last week was going to be busy so maybe my expectations were a little optimistic (delusional). I also have a total mental block on the last set that needs making. No matter how often I see 9″ or am told 9″ by the ladies who come to the group on a Tuesday I am still convinced it is 12″. To the extent that I now have an orphan 12″ block. I am hoping I can squeeze it in on another week. This week we don’t have many blocks to make so maybe we can do a bit more catch up if needed. The theme for this week is circles and we will be making 12″ blocks.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position green 4
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions green 4 and 14
  • For the large quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions green 4 and 14

As ever try to think outside the box. There are a lot of circle based quilt blocks, but there are many ways to use circles in a block.