Good afternoon everyone,
Not a lot of progress to share on the sampler this week. I made the nine square in a square blocks the other day and then just looked at the pieces on my mat and walked away several times. Sometimes I just know it isn’t going to be successful so I go off and do something else. Today, the bits went together like a dream. It was worth waiting until I could give it my best shot.
Anyway, this one is called Chambersburg from the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s got forty five dinky pieces and finishes at six inches square. I’ll definitely make this block again in a larger format. There’s so much that could be done with colour placement to make secondary patterns.
Here’s where I’m at now.
It’s back to Y-seams for the next two blocks. I promise not to whinge!
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on November 13, 2016
I eventually managed the Y-seams on this block using the sewing machine. The photo was taken in poor light but waiting for the time when there is good daylight again could take months. So here it is. This one is called California. I’m pleased with how it turned out. It’s the first block in the second row of the quilt.
Block 13 is called Camp Curtin. Nice and easy peasy this one :-).
Finally, my favourite of the latest blocks, Campfire. I think I’ll make more of these in a larger size for another project.
It’s back to Y-seams for the next block and they definitely won’t go through the machine this time. Believe me, I’ve tried! Oh well, I had to learn how to hand stitch patchwork at some point.
This is what the quilt looks like so far. I can’t promise rapid progress with the next block.
If you’d like to make this quilt, you’ll find it in the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini.
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on November 7, 2016
You may remember, way back in August last year, that I began making some green saw tooth star blocks with an unbirthday present from my lovely friend Claire. She sent me some fabric pieces, all slightly larger than 10 inches square as a surprise gift. I chopped each of them into four 5 inch squares and set to work.
I had enough to make 25 stars.
They looked lovely all laid out together and I rearranged them over and over again to get the best distribution of colours. The next photos were taken in very poor light.
Then I had a brainwave… What if I added some Irish chain blocks? I had some coordinating solids that would look nice and then I’d have a much bigger quilt.
When sewing them together, it’s a good idea to pay attention or you might make a mistake like I did. OOPS!
Thankfully it wasn’t too difficult to put right. Now, after quilting and binding, I have a lovely happy dance to share 🙂I was quite shocked to look back through my posts and find that I’d originally received these fabrics last August. It’s taken almost a year to get them all sewn up. Better late than never.
Thank you so much again Claire. I couldn’t have made this without your very kind unbirthday gift. I hope you like what I made 🙂
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on June 29, 2016
Isn’t it wonderful when a surprise package drops through the letterbox? It’s even better when that package contains something as gorgeous as this.
It’s a mini quilt, sent to me by my great friend Jule from Germany. Jule writes a fantastic blog called Beyond the Boudoir. I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to make something so beautiful for me.
I love moving it around and looking at it from different angles.
The fabric is folded and sewn along the raw edges, giving a 3D effect. Piecing perfection! I must try it myself. Thank you so much Jule 🙂
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on June 25, 2016
Ta-daaaaa! Here are some photos of my finished quilt which I promised to share with you the other day. I hope you like it.
If you visit and read this blog regularly you will know that I’ve been participating in a block swap with eleven other ladies who live all over the world. The swap, called Foot Square Freestyle, was organised by Kate and Sue. We were asked to choose a colour scheme for the blocks we’d like to receive and I chose bright blues and purples.
My original plan was to set the blocks on point but the quilt would have been way too big. My finished quilt has turned out to be a very usable 82 inches square. I tried to achieve a stained glass window appearance by adding the thin black sashing and broad frame. I’m really happy with the overall effect.
The backing is a rich purple print and the quilting is simple, so as not to obliterate the strong lines of the blocks. I wanted this quilt to be squishy and snuggly because it is going to be used.
Here are a few photos showing each quadrant.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers, Kate and Sue, and all of the other ladies who sent me these beautiful blocks. I couldn’t have made this without you. It has been so much fun to be part of this group. I’ve already made my final blocks to send all the way to Australia, so apart from tidying up a few loose ends on my own quilt, that’s me done. I look forward to seeing all of the other F2F quilts as they appear in the gallery during the coming months.
Come on ladies, if you’ve received all of your blocks, make a run for the finish line. It feels so good to be Happy Dancing again 🙂
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on March 13, 2016
I’m so pleased I’ve managed to get the top row of the Loyal Union Sampler finished this month. Block 11 is called Broken Window and you can find it in the book by Jennifer Chiaverini.
This was a great exercise in fitting 56 pieces of fabric into a six inch square. Now that the top row is done, I can see that this project is achievable for me … eventually 😉 Considering the first row has taken almost 13 months to complete, I could maybe have the blocks finished by 2028. Then there’s all the sashing, cornerstones, borders…not to mention the quilting. Fun, fun, fun!
Here’s how the top line will look when the blocks are sewn together.
Have fun sewing!
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on February 29, 2016
Block 10 is now complete. I would really love to get the top row of this quilt done before the end of February. This is Broken Path, the 10th block in the Loyal Union Sampler which can be found in the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. Pure and simple colours and design with only 15 pieces.
Here is the virtual quilt.
I’m off to make the last block in the top row now 🙂
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on February 26, 2016
I’m really enjoying these tiny blocks from the Loyal Union Sampler. I’ve been following the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This pattern is called Blockade. Having only 16 pieces meant it was extremely easy to sew compared to recent blocks. Oops, I’ve just spotted a thread to snip!
Here is the virtual quilt so far. It’s taken me a whole year to get to this point!
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on February 19, 2016
Just popping in to share the latest block of my Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s called Best Friend. This was a tough one to make with some pieces the size of my thumb nail. I took my time and got it right first time. The hours simply disappeared. I didn’t realise how many pieces it had until I counted them in the finished block. 57 pieces in a six inch finished square! Madness!!
Here is the virtual quilt so far.
I hope you’ve found something crafty to get totally absorbed by this week 🙂
Posted by Oh Sew Tempting on February 12, 2016
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