Here is block 7 from my blue and white version of the Loyal Union Sampler. There are a total of 121 blocks shown in the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This block is called Beacon Lights. It was easy to make compared to the last one. It has 29 pieces and finishes at 6 inches square.
Here’s the virtual quilt so far.
Next up is Best Friend.
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on February 3, 2016
Regular readers will know that I’m taking part in the Foot Square Freestyle block swap organised by Kate and Sue.
It has been decided to bring forward the making of Pat’s blocks and quilt. She was originally due to receive them in May, but after hearing the news that she is now very poorly with ovarian cancer, we all agreed it would be a great idea to see if we could try to get her quilt finished and sent to her as soon as possible. We’ve pulled out all the stops and the blocks are all on their way to Sue who has agreed to sew them together. Her son is very kindly going to do the quilting for us.
Here are the blocks I made at lightening speed.
Kate collected all of the photos of everyone’s blocks and sent them to me so I could put them into a virtual quilt which means Pat can at least see the quilt we are planning for her. Kate decided on the placement of the blocks and I think she did a fabulous job. I understand Sue has moved a couple of them around because she can see what they look like in real life and that can make a difference. Now, it’s down to the postal services around the world as well as Sue and her son to work their magic and make this quilt a reality.
I’m sure Pat will love her quilt and I know she wants to spread the word about the symptoms of ovarian cancer so that others may take early action if necessary. Please visit Pat’s blog and the Ovarian Cancer quilt Project’s Facebook page to find out more.
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on January 31, 2016
It’s been a long time since this project rose to the top of my works in progress. I can now share block 6 of my Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This one is called Augusta and it’s got 33 tiny pieces. The pointy bits are very skinny and the whole block will finish at 6 inches. I had great fun making it.
I’ve found that, for me, the best way to do this project is to have a series of strips accurately cut to different widths and then to slice off the bit I need for a square, rectangle, triangle or whatever. All of my strips are labelled with the width. This way, I don’t have any nasty scraps leftover. Scraps are not allowed in my sewing room if I can help it ;-)
Here’s what my virtual LUS looks like now.
Hopefully, it won’t be long before I get to block 7!
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on January 29, 2016
Emmely, who is Miss January in the F2F block swap, has confirmed that she has now received the blocks I made for her. That means I can share photos with you.
The swap is being organised by Kate and Sue and Emmely’s name was chosen from the hat to receive her blocks this month. Emmely wanted blocks made with green fabrics. Hurray, at last I could get away from grey for a change. It was so refreshing to work with a colour I love, even though my stash of green fabric is very limited. After looking through Emmely’s blog for inspiration it was fairly easy to decide what to make for her. She loves the improvisational modern style which isn’t my favourite to look at but I did enjoy trying some of the techniques. So thank you to Emmely for dragging me out of my traditional, symmetrical rut. I had lots of fun making these and I hope Emmely likes them. The first two are a lot brighter green in real life.
Now, it’s time to get on with Claire’s blocks next :-)
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on January 20, 2016
Good morning everyone,
I’m just popping in to share a round up of the projects that I finished during 2015. Unfortunately, work got in the way of crafting for most of the year so the number of finishes is limited. I’ve added the F2F blocks to pad it out a bit and make it look like I was really busy crafting. I suppose each month’s blocks are a finish in a way, that is if I’m allowed to stretch the definition of a finish just this once. In a nutshell, I managed to finish one cushion, two quilts and a lot of swap blocks. There are some other finishes over on my other blog Sewing Beside the Sea if you are interested. If you want to read more about the projects you see below, go to my Finished 2015 page.
Hopefully, next year will be a super crafty year for all of us :-) I’m determined to sew more in 2016. Happy New Year!
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on January 1, 2016
I thought it would be nice to share the blocks I made for Miss October and Miss December in the F2F block swap organised by Kate and Sue. We are having a lot of fun choosing fabrics and making blocks for each other.
Here the blocks I made for Lynn, Miss October. I was only supposed to make three but one of them turned out slightly larger than the required 12 inches square finished size so I thought Lynn would like it anyway, to do with as she pleases. Lynn requested turquoise, grey and a hint of coral pink. The puppy block was inspired by Dog Gone Cute over at Sew Fresh Quilts. Their block is rectangular but with a bit of squared paper and some jiggery pokery, I managed to make a square one. I promptly threw away my pattern (I was never going to need another puppy block) and then I was informed by Kate that my parcel to Lynn was missing!! In fact, one of the other participant’s parcels had also failed to arrive. Thankfully, they both eventually showed up back at our own addresses so we could send them on their way again. I was so sad to hear that they were missing in transit but then ELATED when they reappeared on my doormat. You really have no idea how pleased I was. I was happy dancing all around the supermarket car park!! The moral of that story is….don’t read your email while you are out shopping.
November was my turn to receive blocks and you’ve seen those in my previous posts :-) Then it was Christina’s turn, Miss December. Here are her turquoise and grey blocks. Those colours are such a popular choice in this swap. Christina doesn’t have a blog but I know she has received her parcel so it’s OK to share photos here now.
Next up is Emmely, Miss January. I’ve posted her green blocks today and I’ll show you when she confirms receipt of her parcel.
Best wishes to everyone for 2016 :-)
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on December 29, 2015
I can now share photos of parcel number 10 from my lovely blogging friend Annett. We are taking part in the Foot Square Freestyle bock swap organised by Kate and Sue and November was my turn to receive blocks from the other 11 participants.
In no particular order and with piecing perfection, a lovely twirling leafy design.
Secondly, this little beauty. Don’t you just love these fabrics together?
Thirdly, this is the only Dresden plate I have. Annett has done some gorgeous hand piecing on this one and she even fussy cut the centre.
Once again, I’m such a lucky girl. Thank you so much for taking the time to make these gorgeous blocks for me Annett. I really do love and appreciate them :-)
I have also received parcel number 11, the final group of blocks for my project(s), but I’ve decided to show those when I know exactly what I’m doing with them all. There are a few plans brewing ;-)
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on December 20, 2015
I have more quilt blocks eye candy to share with you today. Three parcels arrived together a couple of days ago. Can you imagine the scene? It was like Christmas in here! Then another parcel arrived this morning.
If you have read my previous F2F posts you’ll know that I’m taking part in a block swap organised by Kate and Sue. Please visit their blogs for more information or scroll down and read some more.
In no particular order, the first three are from Christina who doesn’t have a blog so I can’t link to her here. The purple fabric in the final block is totally scrumptious and I will definitely buy some if I can find out its name. Aren’t they wonderful?
Next up are my fabulous blocks from Emmely. The pink is more lilac in real life and it fits perfectly with the others. I’m still drooling over the third one in particular.
The following set is from Susan. The first two blocks are the same design which I didn’t spot when I first looked at them. The colour placement makes all the difference. This is a block I want to try myself as I think it will challenge my accuracy.
The final three are from Nanette and they arrived this morning. The colours are rich and vibrant which I love. The first one is another one of my all time favourite designs so Nanette has really made me smile today :-)
So, that’s it so far. Thank you to everyone for sending parcels of beauty through my letter box. I’ve now got a really good idea of how I want my final project(s) to look :-) If you want to see more photos of previous swapper’s blocks, pop along to Kate’s or Sue’s blog (links above) and you will see the complete gallery. I’ll let you see the rest of the blocks as they arrive. Watch this space.
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on December 9, 2015
My letterbox has been very busy over the last few days. I’ve received another three parcels, each containing three lovely blocks.
I’m taking part in a block swap organised by Kate and Sue. Twelve patchworkers from all over the globe are making three blocks for each of the other eleven participants. I’m Miss November so my blocks are now rolling in :-)
Parcel 3 came from Esther. Aren’t they fabulous? Esther loves foundation paper piecing and she’s designed some beautiful intricate blocks for me.
Next, I received Sue’s blocks. The purple in the first block and the blue in the last one are such gorgeous rich shades. I’m definitely going to try to make the first block myself. I love this pattern.
Last but not least, Claire’s blocks arrived this morning. The first one is a combination of two of my favourite blocks, the pinwheel and flying geese :-) Lovely blocks and colours too!
If you saw my previous post showing Parcels 1 and 2, you’ll be getting a good idea of how all the blocks are blending together. So far, so good. I’m tempted to start my own blocks even more now that a few parcels have arrived. I do have a vision of the final project(s) but I’m resisting the temptation. The next parcel may send me off into a completely different direction. Who knows? That’s the fun of this swap. Thank you very much ladies :-)
I hope you are finding time to sew this weekend :-)
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on December 4, 2015
Miss November here. Yes, it’s my turn to receive blocks this month for the block swap organised by Kate and Sue.
I had tried to put to the back of my mind, the fact that 33 patchwork blocks would be dropping through my letterbox from all over the world this month. Then a couple of days ago I received these three beauties from Lynn who lives in France. Aren’t they gorgeous?
I was just coming back to Earth again and then these treasures arrived from Kate who lives in Australia. I can tell you I’m feeling incredibly spoiled :-)
I chose to be sent blocks in bright blues and purples (these blocks all look a bit more purple in real life), and I dropped many hints about the style of blocks and fabrics that I love, just in case the other participants were reading my blog. Lynn and Kate have done a wonderful job of fulfilling the brief. I’ve got all the blocks laid out on the table just so I can give them a little stroke now and again. They can be my fabric eye candy until the next set of three can join them. Whose blocks will be dropping in next I wonder, and where will they be from? I’ll share them here as soon as I get them.
This is so exciting!
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on November 20, 2015