Trying to quilt by my own advice…

This week I discovered that there is a down side to giving advice on the internet – because it is there in black and white you need to make sure you are taking your own advice.  My “Quilting Bee Etiquette” has come back to haunt me this week as I struggled to get my December Bee blocks out on time.  You see blocks are generally considered late if they arrive past the 15th of the following month, and I could not, should not, would not be late.  So this last week has been about getting Bee blocks done.

First up was the last block for my Scrapbeelicious December run.  I had done one Christmas themed block for Nicole at Modern Handcraft but needed another block.  My original plan was to do a 12/2 inch Dresden plate.  I cut the fabric, sewed it all together and discovered it was 20 1/2 inches big. Whoops.  Some quick re-calculations, more cutting, more sewing and voila, the b%$#y block was 14 inches square.  My solution was this…

Scrapbeelicious December Block

An “adjusted” Dresden Plate block that is exactly 12 1/2 inches square.  Seeing this is a sampler quilt my adjustments will work well.   This block, along with my Snowflake block should be winging their way to Nicole today (as per the Bee Etiquette rules my Queen knows they will be late).

I did make the deadline for my other December blocks by the skin of my teeth.  The Do.good.stitches Hope Circle blocks for December were easy, I cut the fabric out and then promptly forgot to sew it all together.  A polite reminder from the Queen had me sewing them up and posting them the same morning…

December Do Good Blocks

That same day I decided to tackle the January Do.good blocks to avoid the embarrassment of another  reminder email (I like to be on time or early wherever possible)…

January Do Good blockWonky log cabins in blue with a grey border… easy peasy..

January Do Good block 2

My final WIP for this week is not a really a Bee block, but is the start of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s 2014 Medallion Quilt.  This year, instead of doing a BOM our guild is doing a Medallion quilt, starting with a center 16 1/2 inch center block.

Medallion quilt center WQ copy

Yep I have become a little Dresden obsessed.  I blame my EZ Dresden ruler… it is all its fault, plus I see it as a challenge to improve my really bad math skills!

Dresden Plate challenge – wip Wednesday

This week I decided to challenge myself, and try to make a block I had never done before – the Dresden Plate. I was so inspired by Susan at The Bored Zombie’s Dresden plate quilt, that I had to give it a go.   So I bought a Dresden plate template (I went with EZ Quiltings) and pulled some fabric.

1930 quilting fabric

I decided to raid my stash of 1930’s fabric which has been sitting under my bed, untouched, for years.  There is something about the Dresden pattern that just called out to be made in vintage style fabrics.   I was actually shocked at how much of this fabric I had accumulated over the years – what is shown above is about 1/15th of my stash. I went through a period many year ago of making baby quilts out of this fun fabric ( I was partial to the Aunt Grace and Storybook lines).

workspace

With the fabric cut, I found the rest of the process really easy.  I sewed the top of the cut pieces together using chain stitching.

string sewing

Snipped the corner, turned it inside out and I was ready to go.  I was so surprised how quickly I could get the pieces and block done.  I thought it would take me hours to finish a block but it was really quick.

Then came the hard part. Having finished most of the block pieces I realized I wanted to make the block feel a little more modern.  I started playing with what to back the block with and here are my top  choices…

1.  Hatched block back

1. Hatched block back

2.  Scrappy white back

2. Scrappy white back

3.  Red & white dot back

3. Red & white dot back

4.  Black & white dot back

4. Black & white dot back

5.  Navy blue back

5. Navy blue back

6. Grey linen print back

7.  Red solid back

7. Red solid back

HELP!  I can make a case for each of these fabrics and I am feeling a little overwhelmed.  Please let me know which back you like best.

All selections, suggestions, advice, feedback, comments and support gratefully accepted.