Friday, March 25, 2011

A Blockwork Orange

I joined my first block swap on Flickr (man is that addicting!) a few weeks ago and had time to get my blocks done this week during spring break. The block swap is crazy nine patch blocks from the Oh Fransson! tutorial. They are so easy to make and fun too. Originally I was only going to make 18 blocks, with 9 different fabrics....but I went a little crazy! I purchased 20 different orange fabrics (wow!) and made 36 blocks. I have a tone of orange fabric in my stash now so it looks like I will be making a lot of quilts with orange in the future! But it works out because I would love to start selling....maybe on Etsy.
Penny decided to help me while I laid my blocks out into sets of 9 to cut....she thinks she is a great help with every quilt. I shot this picture as she was chewing me out, and then ran to get a toy. :)
And there are my blocks, 36 very orange, wonky blocks. I tried to really focus on getting my seams to match up with these blocks, and I feel that I am getting better! Looking back at the photo of my first quilt, some of the blocks on it are 1/4" off, so much for 1/4" seam allowance. I am so excited to see which blocks I get from the swap, a few of the other ladies picked some fabric that I wouldn't normally choose which will make this quilt fabulous; and maybe seeing the batiks up close on a quilt will bring a new appreciation to these fabrics.

So now it is on to studying for my final Tuesday and writing a couple of papers....spring break was not long enough! Although I did get asked to replace someone in a quilting bee, so I have that to look forward to next month as well as my mom's mothers day quilt! Something tells me my school stuff will be put off for quilting.

1 comment:

Leslie said...

I know cats help quilt but i didn't know dogs do too! So cute. Love the orange blocks. That Hope Valley is one of my favorites :)