Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cutting it up - Building Blocks Tuesday

As of this morning, I didn't have any new blocks to share.  So, I decided to postpone this post for a few hours to see if I could come up with one or two.

Instead of making blocks, I've been busy cutting for days!  No really, DAYS.

cutting up squares (WIP)

This is only about 1/3 of the stuff I've been cutting lately.  I have two projects that needed similar colors cut, so I figured I should do it all at once.  I despise cutting, so I try to do it all before I start a project just so I know it's done and I won't have to do any more in order to finish.  Sometimes that backfires on me (a little).
For example, if I had only cut enough fabric to test 4 of these blocks, I would have definitely made some changes to the cutting requirements.

Illusion blocks in progress

These are blocks from the "Illusion" quilt in Jacquie Gering & Katie Pedersen's book Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts (amazon link).  It involves making improvisational curves for the center "pods" and then adding fabric on the sides to end up with a square block.  Making those pods was not that easy.  The pods are supposed to be somewhat centered in the solid fabric, and as you can see, the one shown bottom right above didn't quite end up that way though I followed the directions properly.  Once I made that mistake, I learned how to fudge the others so I wouldn't have such a narrow strip on one side.  Or, I could have simply cut one of my solid strips a little wider to accommodate for needing a little extra room on the second side of the pod.

I'm sure I will have more to say about this pattern when I am actually done with the top.  4 blocks done, something like 165 left to go.  Given that large number, I am sure you will be seeing more of these on Building Blocks Tuesdays in the future.

What blocks have you been working on?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.

Quilter in the Closet


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  1. I love your choice of color, turquoise! Also I appreciate you sharing that not everything comes out perfect! Frustrating as that is to me, it happens. Thanks for being "real". I have loved following you.

  2. I don't have anything to link up, but I have tried those pods before, not sure of my opinion of them honestly, they look good, I'm not sure I like making them though.... Your block sure is pretty, even if your pod isn't perfect!


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