I had no specific patterns or stories of fabric in mind butI did have a fat quarter bundle I purchased at a quilt show a few years back burning a hole in my fabric stash. Hobby Sew had 30% off moda fabrics at the time of purchasing so I was largely guided by what was in that sale that matched the fat quarters I had. I was largely influenced by the 'French' aspect of some of these patterns and so the fabrics were purchased...
|The original fat quarter bundle purchased from the Blueberries stand at the craft and quilt fair a few years ago|
|And all together with 5m of background fabric... I thought I was going to have enough for the back fo the blocks, the borders and the backing... nope!|
So CH and I started out on our skill builder journey! The first hurdle was learning the difference between a scant quarter inch and a quarter inch and all those scant differences add up over a block to be quite a lot! We have alo learned to use a ruler and a board to measure cuts, they aren't always the same. We are supposed to put the photos up in a flicka group but I haven't had time to set an account up and asking myself really if I need another account to manage..
Our first block was the sound wave. Quite daunting cutting into these fabrics, especially for little 3 inch lengths 1 inch wide. I played about with the layouts and this was what I ended up with. Apparently this quilt will have no scraps...
|The Em Dash (but we did a different payout)|
|This is an SOS SMS photo to CH to make sure I had it right before I cut it 'again'! The cutting of this block did my head in...|
|But I did it!|
|Woven chevron (lots of HST and QST which are officially my nemessis!)|
I bought 1 1/2 " papers mainly because I was told the store wasnt' aware of 1 1/4" papers. As a result my finished block is too big but I will make it work for the quilt. Perhaps I won't add borders... I have half of one row left to stitch and then I will know what I am dealing with and come up with a plan!
|Hexi's ready to be stitched together...|
|The hexi layout.|
The next block for me to hand sew (once I have found a you tube video of ladder stitching) is this Diamond Carat. What a lot of fiddly bits of paper... We bought the specially made pattern from the states as it is on washout paper...
|I am calling this my stars and stripes block.|