Blockdown Quilt – Part 10

June 14, 2021

Another Monday and another block challenge to think about. I still find it very helpful to have something as a background task to ponder for the week and I love how many new to me blocks I am discovering. I think I will have many years worth of quilts to make by the end of this one. Just as well as I think I also have the fabric for them all too. This week we are back to the 3″ blocks. So lots of blocks but hopefully simple ones, the theme this week is triangles. I have tried to keep the groups of blocks together where I can so yes there is scope for secondary designs.

  • For the small quilt you will need 6 blocks and they will be orange positions 3,4, and 27-30
  • For the medium quilt you will need 13 blocks and they will be orange positions 3,4, 27-30, 81-85, 54 and 55
  • For the large quilt you will need 16 blocks and they will be orange positions 3,4, 27-30, 81-85, 54, 55 and 112-114

Blockdown quilt – Photos – part 2

June 9, 2021

Sorry for the long gap, I had a glitch renaming the images and just didn’t get back to it. It seems the no time issue Covid caused is still ongoing for me. Rather than having more time now I travel less I seem to have less time and a much longer to do list. I am also doing a lot more sewing, by longarm, by domestic and believe it or not by hand. I know that dodgy four letter word. I do want to share some photos of our progress though.

G-9patch

This is absolutely the classic 9 patch from Ginny. I love 9 patches and feel they are greatly underrated. Expect to see several in my quilt, I have plans.
J-two
The rest of the blocks I think take the 9 patch grid and play. They are all assembled as 9 patches still but the variety you can achieve is stunning. Above we have 2 for Janis’ quilt and below three for Rachel’s.

R-one

R-three

R-two

Finally (until I take photos of mine, bad Ferret) we have three from Sharon.
S-two

 

Blockdown Quilt – Part 9

June 7, 2021

I hope the summer heat isn’t putting people off quilting. Personally I love hiding in the relative cool of the house this time of year but I know the garden calls to a lot of quilters. Um, well now you come to mention it mine is calling too. I have a new herb garden to plant and the plants arrived today, so I need to deal with that. Still I would rather be sewing. I have caught up part 7, but I still need to make two blocks for last week, hopefully those will be done today. This week at least sounds pretty simple. We are making 6″ blocks with only two fabrics, yup anything you like but limited fabrics. I think I will go back over the blocks I found for other weeks and see who missed out.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position red 6
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 6 and 35
  • For the large quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 6 and 35

Blockdown Quilt – Part 8

May 31, 2021

Another holiday Monday but here we are thinking about quilts. I suspect quilters can think about quilts at any time, including asleep. Today for me is a lovely day to be inside, it is very hot out there so sewing in the cool sounds good to me. I will also try to get more of my fabric sorted and folded today, I have new furniture coming for the fabric store room and I would like to be as prepared as I can before it arrives. Folding fabric also gives my plenty of time to think about designs for this weeks blocks, after all fabric folding isn’t really much of an intellectual exercise. This week the theme is people. I guess for those of you who want to this is where you might fit in you Sunbonnet Sue. I know several people have a whole list of blocks that will fit here, it seems a lot of interesting blocks include people in the title. I think this will be handy to get in some of the blocks I found earlier in the process but couldn’t fit in. So for our people themed blocks we need,

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position blue 1
  • For the medium quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions blue 1, 13 and 24
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions blue 1, 13 and 24

 

Blockdown Quilt – Part 7

May 24, 2021

Here we are again, I hope you are all doing OK with the blocks so far. I have one more of my 15″ blocks to do but I have at least done last weeks 6″ blocks. I think one of my 6″ blocks may need remaking, I guess I was having an off day, but I will worry about that later. I figure I don’t need to worry until it comes to putting it together. I am starting to get excited about how this will look and we have only just started really. I am thinking I might start keeping the blocks on my design wall when I get a few more done. One of the ladies in the discussion group has made a scale layout and makes a scale copy of each block as she does them. Then she can use bluetack to stick the blocks on the layout. Using the loose blocks means she can shuffle they layout later if she needs to. It’s a really neat idea and much more space efficient than my plan.

This week we are making 12″ blocks. These are fun as we have space for more complex blocks and 12 is divisible into several different grids which gives even more options. Yes I am excited by this size, sad maybe but hey it makes me happy. The theme will be birds. If you are looking online you may need to search for specific birds to find some blocks, I will tell you there are a lot of bird related blocks. I think one day I might have to do a quilt of just bird blocks, and maybe avoid too many that actually look like birds so it isn’t too obvious.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position green 2
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions green 2 and 12
  • For the large quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions green 2 and 12

Yes this week is one of those weeks where those doing the largest size don’t get extra work. We have a few of those as the addition piece is actually quite small. Enjoy.

Blockdown Quilt – Part 6

May 17, 2021

I can’t believe it is part  6 already. It feels like we only started a week or two ago. I guess time really does fly. I have to admit I am only half way through last week, I knew last week would be slow, I am just thrilled I can actually do it. Until the last few weeks my hands were not up to any hand sewing, now I am doing needle turn applique. Admittedly slower and not as well as I used to but it is coming back as I get some practice. I am hoping I might finish the second block this week, and the third next. This week we have a simpler task (yes being able to plan ahead does have some perks). So hopefully if I am not the only one with more to do on last weeks block this will be a quick easy filler bit of sewing.

This week we are doing  6″ blocks again. The theme this week is rotation. That might be a name related to rotation, or a block that feels like it is rotating (darn it I used one that would be great for this 2 weeks ago) or maybe a block with rotational symmetry.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position red 5
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 5 and 28
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions red 5, 28 and 36

Blockdown Quilt – Part 5

May 10, 2021

This week we have a theme for a friends birthday. Consider this a birthday present. For the rest of us who may be less thrilled with the theme, don’t forget you can use your alternate. I am actually planning a mix. One on theme and two of my alternate which will be large stars I think. Without further ado this week we are making 15″ blocks with the theme Hawaiian. Yes I was thinking of the obvious, but having given it more thought you can go pretty off piste with this too. Be interesting to see how people handle this.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position purple 1
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions purple 1 and 6
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions purple 1, 6 and 9

Blockdown Quilt – Photos – Part 1

May 9, 2021

Thank you folks, I now have a selection of block photographs from the first part of our new quilt. The first week was 12″ blocks with the theme puzzle. There were a lot of fantastic options, these are the ones I know have been made. I hope many more were done too I would hate the blocks to miss out. The winning block this week was Dutchmans puzzle. I feel that is a very fine choice as really two of my blocks were essentially that, although the different colouring has a different name.

First we have Ginny’s version of Dutchmans puzzle. I love how bright her block is, I think the quilts this year are going to be pretty vibrant. Ginny is making the smaller size quilt, so just needed one block this week.

G-dutchmans

Next we have Sharon’s take on the same block,

S-dutchmans

Sharon is making the largest size quilt, so needed three blocks. Her other two choices are Indiana Puzzzle and When a puzzle meets a quilt.

S-indiana S-puzzle-meets-quilt

Rachel is also making the largest size quilt and thus needed three blocks. She chose the Brides Puzzle as her first block, then realised there was no Grooms Puzzle, Batchelors yes, but not groom. So she has fixed that and filled a gap in quilt blocks.

R-brides R-grooms

Rachel’s third block is Jig Jog puzzle. This one is a good reason I try to make my blocks before our discussion group. If I hadn’t I would have made this one, and that would have lead to more angst over which other to discard. Much safer to make my choices early and get them done. Yup I am that easily distracted and no I really don’t need to make two quilts worth of blocks (yes that thought had crossed my mind).

R-jigjog

Janis went for the chinese puzzle for her block. I really like this block and quite fancy a quilt made entirely of them. I think they will make some interesting designs as they link up

J-chinese

If you would like to send me pictures of the blocks you are working on I will be more than happy to add them here. I think it will be great seeing all the blocks and the range of colours. I am thinking these will be very uplifting quilts very vibrant and lively.

Blockdown Quilt – Part 4

May 3, 2021

No a bank holiday doesn’t mean no blog it just means I am running late :) I have been taking advantage of the bonus time to get things done like planting more strawberries and lavender. We still get to play with our quilts though. This week we are back to the 6″ blocks. The theme this week is an object, so any block that is an object.

  • For the small quilt you will need 1 block and it will be position red 2
  • For the medium quilt you will need 2 blocks and they will be positions red 2 and 22
  • For the large quilt you will need 3 blocks and they will be positions red 2, 22 and 39

Blockdown Quilt – Part 3

April 26, 2021

I hope you are having fun with this new project. I know I am, though I have to admit despite my best intentions I am already stretching the rules to do things more complex than I intended. I hope by having less per week to do I will be able to keep up even if I do a few silly things. I really would love to see what you have been making please do share some photos. That being said it seems I will have to put the photos of my blocks from last week in another post as I forgot to bring them to my office and I am running out of time to blog. I guess I am just as fallible as everyone else.

This week we have more blocks to make, but hopefully they will be simple enough to be quick, for most people. I admit I have started on these and kinda twisted my own rule designed to make this quick and easy. Having said that I did manage to make a block in 5 minutes each time even with me being difficult so I could have been worse. For those doing the classes puzzled by the numbering, bear with me and bring the print out with you tomorrow.

Part 3 is 3″ blocks. We have quite a few of these around the quilt so we will need to make several each time. Our design requirement this time is, only two pieces. Yes that is supposed to be an easy way into these, but it does still give you quite a few options.

  • For the small quilt you will need 6 blocks and they will be orange positions 37A – 42
  • For the medium quilt you will need 12 blocks and they will be orange positions 37A – 42, and 89-94
  • For the large quilt you will need 16 blocks and they will be orange positions 37A – 42, 89-94, 106, 107, 110 and 111