If you visited yesterday, you might (or might not) have noticed that I created a new page for tutorials up there, in the navigation bar. This is my first “formal” tutorial and it’s only for one block. If you do try this, please let me know what you think of my instructions and if there are any errors or typos.
This block goes together easily and quickly, especially if you cut your fabrics and batting ahead of time. The above block, which is comprised of 4 12″ x 12″ blocks, finishes at 24″ x 24″, I don’t have enough fabric for a full quilt so I’m just going to make yet another cushion cover (they’re really starting to pile up around here!). This is one instance where fusible batting really came in handy!
Domestic Bliss, Kona Solids & Aurifil Thread!
This week is turning out to be fabulous already! Yesterday I found Kona white yardage, 4 charm packs and Aurifil thread in my post box. I have been begging for some Aurifil thread in every giveaway known to man kind to no avail, so since the Fat Quarter Shop has it on sale till the end of January 2012 (I should place another order!!) I thought I’d try some out. It looks wonderful with a gorgeous sheen but I’ll have to wait till the weekend to try it out.
Today I received my order from Pink Chalk Fabrics, a juicy fat stack of Liz Scott’s Domestic Bliss, 12 half yards of fantastic prints and colours, what a terrific line! And since I was running out of Kona Ash, I decided to invest in some Kona Medium Grey, I’m quickly learning that you can never have enough solids in your stash!
Please note that I have no sponsors and have not received any freebees from either of the online fabric shops mentioned in this post. Modern designer quilting cottons are difficult to find in my area and if you do find some, the entire line is not available. Further, when you do find designer fabrics, they’re over priced, it’s often less expensive to purchase fabrics from the U.S., even with shipping charges. So sad.
Just before the holidays, Craftsy had a sale on their online classes so I decided to sign up for their “Quick-Strip Paper Piecing” with Peggy Martin. I’m not a big fan of the stars but it’s something I wanted to learn and thought I could probably use this skill in other ways and in different projects. I knew going into this that I definitely didn’t want to use any batiks,no red and black together, or browns for that matter. Get my drift? I wanted a modern star with modern fabrics.
Little Apples Dream Weaver
Using a Little Apples jelly roll by Aneela Hoey and Kona Coal, I think I achieved my goal. This block was actually very easy but you need to watch the videos and pay attention. I somehow managed to loose one of the paper pieces in my massive fabric mess.
Dream Weaver Points
The next block I’m going to attempt is “Pinwheel Polka”, a 4-point star which I actually quite like. Not sure which fabric I’ll use yet.
And speaking of fabric (what a segway huh?), I ordered a shed load of Liz Scott’s Domestic Bliss today, I hope it doesn’t take too long to arrive, can’t wait!!
Image courtesy Pink Chalk Fabrics