June 11, 2013

BOM update

I'm working on my Block of the Month quilt, I swear!

I did get a little behind though, due to life getting in the way.  But I'm slowly working on getting back on track!  I've got 3 new blocks to show you, but first I want to talk a little about what I'm doing with this thing.

First, I'm not totally following a block of the month format anymore, its turning into a bit of a modern sampler quilt, where I make a block or two as I feel like it.  A little of this, a little of that, new techniques, a whole bunch of blocks and all sorts of fun!  (Though, I'm still using Craftsy's 2012 & 2013 BOM videos for some of the blocks.  I haven't done June 2013's LeMoyne star yet, and I am super excited to get to it!)

I'm also not putting these blocks into a standard block of the month layout.  (Straight sets? Boring.  The weird layout the craftsy 2013 quilt has?  I'm not going to say anything.)  So I pulled out my graph paper and went to town.  I think I drew up three or four layouts before I found one I like.

Even this one went through several versions before I settled.  you can see my original corners on the right.  I then discovered my math was off, and the quilt I thought was going to be around 60x66 would actually be 40x50.  Which is a size I have no use for.  I first enlarged the quilt by adding more of the 12 inch blocks, but it still wasn't big enough.  So, I am going to make some super large 18 inch blocks!

I put all the blocks on point, well, because I love doing it.  I cant say why, but it makes almost everything look awesome!

My favorite part is that the blocks get larger as they radiate out from the center!

I am aware of some of the issues I'll come across when piecing this thing, but I'm pretty sure its doable with partial seams.  Lots of them.

So to wrap it up, I need block ideas.  there are 50 some blocks in this thing.  I'm not afraid of doing anything!  What are some blocks that you have always wanted to make, but have been afraid to?  I've already conquered my aversion to paper piecing, the Lone Starburst block is my current favorite! (which is one that I will photograph and share tomorrow.)

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