Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Welcome to Month Four of the Fat Quarter Shop's Clementine QAL

I hope you are continuing to enjoy this worthwhile and fresh Quilt Along. By combining our love of quilts with a valuable fundraiser many dollars are going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donations are voluntary but every little bit helps and all donations add up.
Each month we are being treated to a newly designed block. We are getting lots of practice making various sized Half Square Triangles as well as Flying Geese. I will say that
I enjoy using my Bloc-Loc rulers for the tiniest bit of squaring up that I am doing. Once you use them for squaring up you will wonder where they were all your quilting life.
As month four starts the block we are making is titled Coconut Cross. If you are using the Fat Quarter shop kit with the beautiful Mama's Cottage fabric by April Rosenthal we have a couple of new prints and a couple of returning prints.
Take the time to visit the FatQuarterShop's blog (here) where they will have links to several other bloggers and a number of them are using different fabric combinations. And don't forget to make your donation. Every little bit counts. Piecefully, Joanne

Friday, April 13, 2018

30 Blocks in 30 Days, almost halfway there

I hope you are continuing to follow Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks (here) and her guest bloggers for her 30 blocks in 30 days adventure. We are almost halfway through April so a block called Median Strip is a good choice for the midway point.
Here are the block components.
Four rectangles that are 3" by 5 1/2" and one rectangle that measures 5 1/2" by 10 1/2"
The shorter rectangles are stitched together on their short ends and then added to either side of the median rectangle. Make certain your colour sections are at opposite ends.
Single block, note position of colour rectangles.

Once you have your sample block complete the decision making can really begin. Do you want to make one to continue the one a day theme? Do you want to make an entire quilt from this block? If you decide on one quilt the colour decisions come next. With a consistent background this could easily become a scrap quilt, or you could make a two colour quilt, or a rainbow of colours. I put four blocks together to see what they would look like as they are rotated.
Four blocks rotated clockwise
This is a very easy block to assemble and with no seams to match pressing direction is not an issue other than to make certain you do press each seam as you go.

I hope you continue to follow along and visit the other bloggers who are chiming in on this terrific project. the following is a list of who is participating.

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights

April 19th

Block 19 - Weave

April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee

Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Orange for April

Jen is back again with some more blocks for April. This month the colour is orange. Often not a popular colour with some people. When my son was in grade 7 or 8 he came home from school one day very disgruntled because his class had been assigned orange for colour day. His comment was who wears orange? His teacher showed up for the assembly with orange fabric to tear into strips so anyone without orange to wear could have an orange tie. She was a gem.
For my block I found what looked like a light, medium and dark orange and constructed the block. In its photo above I am not certain the differences are that clear. Should I blame my camera and not my eye for colour?
There are other challenges and projects in the works for April. It is looking like a busy month. Make certain you stop by the other bloggers to see what they are offering in the way of challenge blocks for April. Piecefully, Joanne