Solstice Challenge – Week 8

Woo! Our first block larger than 12 inches! This block will be the yellow one on the top right in the asymmetrical layout, apparently.  (If you forgot what that looks like, wander over to THIS post for a quick refresher!)

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I did stop by my local quilt shop and pick up a few more fat quarters. I will probably be stopping by there again, since this block used up almost all of 3 of the new ones. When I was at my LQS, one thing I really tried to grab was fabric that wasn’t quite as busy, so that going forward my blocks can be a little bit calmer- and hopefully the design will be a little bit more clear.

These new fabric additions to the pile available to me has renewed my excitement for this quilt. For awhile, I was getting down on it because I really did not like how my blocks were turning out. Maybe I should go back and redo some of the worst ones… we’ll see. In all my copious spare time I’ve got.

img_1590This one I decided to really break from the mold; instead of doing pink or green I decided to do blue and white. And in the pattern for the blocks I used the white as the “dark” fabric, and the blue as the “light” fabric.

Also, I absolutely love the applique hearts in the middle! The smallest one was the PERFECT size to get some koi and turtles in there. Love it!!

Anyways, happy Valentine’s Day! I have a table runner for my next post that is even more VDay related than this one (‘cuz this one had the heart, so it works!) but I haven’t finished binding it yet so I can’t take pictures. Whatever, as long as it’s in February, right?

I’m also going to create a couple “Beginning Quilting” posts. Topics will range from a list of all materials you NEED to quilt (easily) to tips and tricks of the trade, and even tips for taking decent photos of your quilts! (I’m not a professional photographer by ANY means, but my photos ARE getting better… so, y’know.) I’m excited to put those out. Maybe on Thursdays?

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!