January 13, 2007

My Block is Done!

My quilt block is done! While I have made quilts in the past - I am not a quilter. Not that there's anything wrong with being a quilter, I just don't have the eye. I'm not overly creative on my own. I can take an idea and run about a block with it, but not for miles. Anyway. After reading the "Colors" (scroll down) post at the Quilts for the Kims blog. I started looking for inspiration. Remember last weekend when I only bought fat quarters at JoAnns? Well I look at every quilting magazine in the store and all the books too. Looking for something 'new' and 'non-traditional' that caught my eye. What ended up catching my attention was this Lotus Quilt by Amy Butler. This is a free pattern and I love all the different but in her case matching fabrics. I did a little math to try and avoid one side o the block being too narrow - but that didn't work out. I cut 16 different fabrics into strips 1/5" wide, then I cut those again into 2.5" rectangles. I wanted this block to look very, very random. So I then put all the little rectangles into a basket. I thought they looked very pretty out in the snow :) My thought was that I didn't want two of the same fabrics touching each other at any time during the block. Not horizontally, nor vertically. So, after randomly grabbing fabric out of the basket - I had to actually plan for their random placement. I think I only had to rip 3 little block apart because they were the same. Here you can see them all laid out on my ironing board, trying to make sure that I don't have any duplicates. It took awhile to plan it out, but I finally got it all done, there are no two of the same fabrics next to each other, but all the fabrics repeat more than once. I added some green and pink fabric for a little pop - as well as a white brick. This next photo shows all the rows sewn together into strips, but now sewn into a block. I love how much it shrinks once it's actually sewn into a block. My thought is that as Sabine grows up, Kati, Sabine & Penelope can play a version of "Memory" with this block. Can you find another fabric that looks like this? I had fun making this. I will be very interested in seeing the final quilt. Everyone's blocks are so different and I think the blocks and the stories are so incredible. This is a great cause. Thanks for putting it together Patricia and Shanna. Here is a final shot of my block trimmed to 12" square! Finally I'm leaving you today with a funny shot of the dogs. This is both Beau & Lucy trying to both get their schnozes into an empty Ice Cream box. They couldn't decide who's turn it was to get it - so The Princess held the box and they shared.

7 comments :

  1. Hi Gaylen. I really like your block! I have two little ones myself and like the "memory" idea. It'll be exciting to see the finished quilts (I'm on the "yellow team"). I just discovered blogging through this project and the big group of crafty people out there! What a talented group.

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  2. Wow! I love those pinks! Nice quilt block.

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  3. Very nice! I've been resisting the quilting thing, but I really like the Amy Butler design you linked to. And of course your photo of the dogs eating ice cream is a treat to see! I better make sure Sophia the spoiled Maltese doesn't see the picture or she'll be wondering why she isn't getting ice cream :-)

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  4. Very pretty! I can't wait to see it all put together. Thanks for joining us!

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  5. i love it! just finished my block for the other quilt yesterday.

    the amy butler pattern is great tooo - thanks for the link.

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  6. I like this block! I have started refreshing my quilting skills so that I am ready when the quilts make it to me. Of course, I won't know what I am going to do until I have them in my hands....but I am getting prepared for my part!
    I certainly enjoy seeing what everyone has done. Great work!

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  7. Your block looks great! Cute idea too!

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