Solstice Challenge – Week 7

Week 7 is here and gone! Week 8 will be put up in two days. I can’t believe this year is going by so quickly!

img_1543My post is a day late due to me being sick on Friday and therefore getting no quilting done; normally I do all my weekly stuff on Friday evenings and instead I spent the whole day sleeping on the couch. I had absolutely no energy and no drive to do anything! I hate how being sick puts you on your butt.

But I did manage to get it done by the end of the weekend. So here’s the update! This one was a fun block. I think Pat Sloan called it Tidy Rows. You can click here for the link.

BUT! Perhaps the most exciting thing she shared last week was two possible layouts for the quilts! One is a simple symmetrical block-by-block layout with sashing between the blocks. The one I’m going to do is asymmetrical and SUPER exciting! (You can click here to see the whole post.)

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I absolutely cannot wait! This is going to be a wonderfully scrappy-looking quilt! I’ll definitely have to pick up some more fat quarters for this. Probably some calmer fabrics for the backgrounds of the bigger blocks. Can’t wait!!

Solstice Challenge Blocks 5 & 6 (And all of the old ones too!)

We’re down 6, with 19 left to go! I cannot believe it’s already 6 weeks into this Challenge. Time is flying by, and half of the year will be gone before you know it!!

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Week 5 – Gramma Anna’s Basket

Week 5 came with a challenge; applique a basket in the middle square! I’m not a huge basket person, so I was having a bit of trouble motivating myself to get started on that week. But! After seeing others on her Facebook page post photos of appliqueing other designs on the block, I decided I could do something different too! I made a Koi pond. I’m a huge fan of blue and pink together, and so I picked the pink to be the background.

I actually really like how this block turned out!

 

 

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Week 6 – The Crosswalk

For this week, Block 6 was a block I’ve never even seen before, much less done. Pat called it “Crossroads”. I could kinda see it. For this one, I went with several fabrics I haven’t cut into yet. Because I decided to do this with NO solid fabrics, it’s hard to see the pattern on this one. But I kinda like it. It’s cooler than the others.

I’m still not sure I like the fabrics together without a solid to ground them. They just seem too busy. But I’m not ripping them out now! I figure that at the very least, they will make the quilt a little more “scrappy” looking when they’re done. At least they’ll all go together, since they’re in the same line…?

As always, you can find her website on how to do this at www.ilovetomakequilts.com. Just click on the “Solstice Challenge” tab at the top when you get there, and it’ll take you to a page where you can download all the instructions for the blocks.

Here’s the total progress so far:

 

Have a great weekend! I will post the 365 Challenge blocks for Week 4 up on Monday!

Spring Thoughts

I participated in a block exchange with my quilt group last year; and since my turn was in January, I asked for spring blocks. And I absolutely loved what I received! Everything from pieced half-square triangles to intricate applique. It’s a wonderful variety!

Here’s close-up of some of the blocks:

As our weather here in Virginia starts to turn from just fall to full-out winter, I thought today would be an appropriate time to remind us of what we’re missing out on. Because I’m a cruel and capricious person, that is.

To put the blocks together, I decided to just do a simple white border in between each block. I created this quilt top all the way back in January, when I wasn’t as sure of what I was doing, and so the blocks don’t quite match up with one another throughout the quilt.

But I didn’t make this quilt for a show, so I’m not too worried about it!

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Sorry about the sunlight in the picture; it got REALLY sunny right as we were taking the photos. But again, all I want this quilt to do is keep me warm in the wintertime, so I wasn’t too picky with my shots. Oops!

For the border/backing, I picked out this adorable little floral print at JoAnn that I thought met with some of the fabrics in the blocks. I had it quilted in a cute little flower pattern that tied in well with the spring theme. And finally, to bind it, I actually picked out a light purple that was present (barely) in the border and backing fabric. I REALLY like how the purple ties in with the border/backing fabric and with so many of the other blocks!!

Anyways, enjoy your holiday week!!

 

Video Game Quilt Design – Minecraft!

One of my hobbies has always been video games. My passion started when I was in elementary school. It has continued to the present day- and I must say, I was pretty excited when I figured out that my love of video games and my love of quilting could coincide. For the last week or so I have been working on designing a Minecraft-themed quilt; I don’t know if this one will ever come to fruition, mostly because of all the different Kona colors I would need. It would be crazy.

Finished size is 52'' x 52''

Finished size is 52” x 52”

This quilt is also a little bit tricky because for some of the blocks you can get away with 2” squares and some blocks are going to have to be 1” squares, which can definitely mess with you if you aren’t careful. Total block size is 16”. Luckily, there are far more 2” square blocks than 1”. Is it possible to make this quilt entirely with blocks made from 2” squares? Yes. But I felt like I lost too much detail if I did that, and then it would seem like a cheap, badly done ripoff. Especially the TNT- there are four colors in the TNT in the game, and while I tried it with just two colors it lost much of the definition and looked wrong.

If I’m going to rip off a video game, I want to do it right, dangit!

The following blocks are created using 1” squares:

Diamond Sword block Dirt block TNT block

The rest of the blocks are done using 2” squares. I don’t have a close up of Steve (the human) or the pig- they got lost, unfortunately.

Lava block Enderman block Creeper block Cow block

The important thing with these blocks is the variety of colors used in them. Take the creeper, for instance. If I were to use just one shade of green for it, it would still look like a creeper, but it wouldn’t be nearly as authentic. Take a look at what I mean:

Creeper Block #2 Creeper block

You can tell what they are, but which one looks more like the real in-game monster? The same goes for the other blocks. The only one I somewhat cheated on was the pig, and that was because EQ7 just didn’t have the colors I needed- it would have looked a lot worse. If I were to ever make this into a quilt, I would definitely add some shading to the pig to have it more closely resemble the pig in the game.

The inside sashing was added to help separate the blocks a little bit, but when I originally made it I didn’t have the sashing and it looked just fine. That’s totally up to the quilter.

Anyways, congrats on getting through most of the week! Two days left!