Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birthday gifts and Blocks

My birthday was almost 2 weeks ago. I used it as an excuse to do a little online shopping. I got the above Origins fabric from Stitch Steals. I had been pricing this fabric as I was going to buy some for the back of a quilt top I just finished, when I discovered it was the steal of the day... I bought more than planned. The top 2 I bought for my stash. The bottom flower fabric I bought enough to use as a backing.

Connecting Threads and KnitPicks are having book sales on now until the end of October. I picked up some for me (and a couple as gifts). Above are the ones for me. A Rose of Sharon quilt is on my bucket list so I decided it was time to start one.

Yarn... probably for me. The colourful one on the left will either be socks or a scarf. The 2 blue ones are lace weight - my first time knitting with such fine yarn - and will hopefully become beaded cuffs/bracelets.

After I finished opening all the boxes left on my doorstep today, I made blocks. Above is the first block of the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along hosted by Moose on the Porch Quilts. Still time to join in on the fun and win some prizes - like me!

I finished the last 12 of 40 of these blocks. I used a Terrain layer cake and this tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. Instead of 1.5" white strips in the block, I used the strips from a white jelly roll, helping to make the blocks a little bigger. I also used all 40, and not just 20 of the fabrics.

Here are 28 of them spread out on our bed.

I'm hoping there will be enough strips leftover for the sashing. I placed some strips over the blocks to see what it will look like. My biggest fear is that the beautiful Terrain fabrics will be lost in a sea of white.

I placed some fabrics at the corners to see if that helped. I have a charm pack of Terrain that I could cut up and use. Or I thought of making them all the same colour (yellow?orange?). Needless to say, I need to think about this one some more. Glad to have the blocks finished and off my quilt table. 


  1. i like the hot cross buns blocks! is that one for you to keep, give away or sell? i like it better without the sashing, it kind of makes a whirlygiggle block as a secondary pattern. depends on what you're going for, i guess. i wonder what it would look like with different colour sashing. so many choices! i swear, it takes me longer to make a decision sometimes than to piece the darn thing.

    can't wait to see your first Rose of Sharon block. those kinds of blocks scare me! i'm really not great at applique...

  2. Congrats on winning! I love all the fabrics you picked out for yourself - Happy Birthday! Your books look great too. A Rose of Sharon quilt is on my bucket list before I'm 40 - we'll see how that works out:) Pretty sure it won't be a traditional red white and green one!
    Love your terrain blocks. I like the sashing but it does take away from the fabrics.
    Keep having fun!


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