Sunday, June 24, 2012

Back in the game with Craftsy BOM

Now that the Patchwork Prism Quilt Along is no longer distracting me, I finally caught up with my blocks on the Craftsy Block of the Month. This project is turning into what I would call "eclectic". There is sooo much variety in the block styles from month to month. I'm hoping the consistent colors and fabrics will hold it all together to make a beautiful quilt.

In April, we learned English Paper Piecing, hexi style. I had never tried this technique so it was exciting to learn something totally new. The hand stitching slowed me down a bit, but was well worth it. I learned new admiration for anyone who makes an entire quilt out of hexagons.

The background is a Kona Ash and it is saving me on many of these blocks. I am terrible about choosing all mediums and darks for quilts, which often makes for a dull quilt. The Kona Ash is plenty light enough so it makes up for my leaning toward darker fabrics.

All that light background just begs for some interesting quilting. In May, we learned about Wonky Log Cabin blocks. These were fun to make because perfect piecing was not required. Neither was perfect measuring. I enjoyed feeling a bit improvisational while making these blocks.

I was a little disappointed that two sides of my center ended up parallel to the edges on the second one. That took just a bit away from its wonkiness. This version of the Wonky log cabin is essentially string piecing without a foundation so I had to be careful not to stretch or distort my strips as I made my way around the block.

In June, we learned about Modern 9-Patch blocks. It was nice to go back to some standard techniques with these two blocks. I can't say enough good things about this FREE class and the instruction offered with it. Amy Gibson is an excellent teacher. Each month offers a video lesson that runs a little under thirty minutes. My theory on classes is that no matter how skilled you are, there is always something new to learn.

When I'm all caught up, it is hard to wait for the first of the next month to get here. There aren't many more days left this time and in July we'll be learning about Dresden Plates. August is Stars and September is Curved Piecing. Here's how April, May, and June look all together:

Add those to the blocks from January, February, and March...

...and we're well on our way to a quilt!

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