Twelve blocks ready for CQ2012. My blocks are 8 inches by 9 inches. The fabrics are all from table linens found at second-hand stores. They are grouped in two sets of 6. The plan is to have a new set of pillow shams to end the year. Would you like to see them? Honestly, I can't wait to show them!
|Pillow Sham-to-be 1|
|Pillow Sham-to-be 2|
They were a challenge. These are my first cq blocks that have been pieced outside of a class experience. They are also my first blocks that are part of a bigger piece. I am so grateful for Allie Allison's suggestion of a design wall. She may not have originated the idea, but her blog is where I was introduced to the idea.
Once I could look at the pieces of a part of a whole, things started getting complicated. For example, I had 5 of the 12 blocks pieced when I decided that the four corners had to have a bit of blue. Then I decided that the piece of blue should be a curved piece. ( I had forgotten about curved pieces). Of course, I didn't want to discard any blocks that I had already made so I settled for 2 curved and 2 triangular blue pieces in the corner. I also used three patterned pieces for the centers. I decided that I had to have 2 blocks of each center color in each of the two pieces. Then I decided that the two pieces had to make a column. Try that half way through and then have your 4 corner blocks with defined parameters.
Then I found that I didn't have enough of my first choice main blue and my medium blue to use consistently throughout the blocks. I had to scramble for other pieces that would work. I don't think it will be noticeable. I also found that the sew and flip method gave me less control of the color sections within the block than I would have liked. I am interested in exploring patterned piecing in the future.
The lace also was a challenge. Before I could see the individual pieces within the whole of the block I didn't really know where I wanted my laces. Then once the who block came together, I could see that a bit of lace would be good in this place or that place. I started ripping into seams to tuck in lace and then closing them back up. The only problem was that I had a self-imposed deadline. I needed all of the blocks to be complete before the end of my three-day weekend. Consequently, I stopped stitching on the lace for now. I can add it in later as I do each block.
All in all, I love them! I can hardly wait to begin working on them. I have picked January's block. Here is a close up.