The block of the month I have been doing with Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio has been humming along, and we are now at the final block. This design is inspired by the holiday light shows that appear this time of year, and focuses on the displays at the Columbus Zoo.
This block is based on a 12 sided polygon, which is a reflection of the shape of the building which houses the historic carousel located on the zoo grounds. The green corners creating this shape also create the suggestion of the center of an evergreen wreath.
At the center of the zoo grounds there is a lake that is center stage to a musical choreographed light show with trees of lights floating on the water. The blue fabric represents both the water of the lake and the night sky. Many of the light designs constructing the trees consist of vertical stripes which are shown in the orange and violet triangles.
The red and white candy cane stripe placed diagonally across the block is inspired by the lights wrapping the posts of a bridge leading to one of the buildings.
This block is fairly easy foundation paper piecing and is done in four sections. I absolutely love how it looks when these blocks are put together. They create an awesome secondary pattern with stars and diagonal stripes.
I started experimenting with some different color schemes, and I love this one that adds an extra color to the star points!
This pattern is available through Dabble and Stitch.
Taking Flight is is a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Flock of Geese quilt block with an asymmetrical twist. This quilt is now a project in the November/December 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork.
I designed this quilt shortly after completing Overlay (post coming soon), so I was apparently really into the Flock of Geese Block. The blocks are rather large- each large half square triangle (HST) measures 10″ square, meaning that a full block is 20″ square. I had drafted the quilt in my usual AutoCad and did a lot of experimentation with possible color schemes. My top two choices were citrus-y colors with a white background and a play of warm and cool colors with the red/orange/pink and a blue background.
Both color ways were included in the magazine proposal, and I am thrilled that they liked the blue background the best. I have done a lot of white backgrounds in the past few years, so it was exciting to work with a mid-value-range color scheme.
The quilting in the warm colored areas is ruler work with a touch of free motion in a wishbone design. The blue background is filled with mixed motif free motion quilting. The feathers in these areas relate to the title- Taking Flight.
Here is the magazine cover so you know what to look for at the newsstand!
Title: Taking Flight
Size: 90″ x 100″
Techniques: Machine Piecing
Quilting: Mixed motif free motion quilting and Ruler work, all done on an A-1 Longarm
Fabric: Kona Cotton in Deep Blue, Flame, Cardinal, Bright Pink
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Wool
Thread: 50wt Aurifil
Binding: Bias binding in Deep Blue Kona, cut 2″ wide, machine stitched to the front and hand finished on the back
I love designing new blocks and quilt designs, and I am so excited to work with the wonderful palette of solids provided by Cloud 9 Fabrics!
Designing this block took me back to my undergrad years as a painting major when I spent a great deal of time experimenting with pattern, particularly plaid.
The group of Organic Cirrus Solids in a Berry Harvest Color Palette included a dark and light version of two of the colors, so I was inspired to use these to create an illusion of dimension.
Standard machine piecing techniques are used to construct this block, so anyone who is comfortable with accurate cutting and stitching a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance can make this block. The pattern for Berry Patch Plaid is available as a free download on Craftsy.
Multiple blocks would make an awesome complete quilt!
More than 60 new blocks have been shared during this three day hop, so I hope you will take a look at some of the wonderful designs that have been created in this color scheme!
A big thank you to Cloud 9 Fabrics and our wonderful hosts, Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie of Late Night Quilter!
Today you will see new posts from these bloggers:
Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions
Tuesday’s Bloggers were:
Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Mondays designers were:
Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar
This year I have joined my first Block Bee group with the Columbus Modern Quilters. It is so much fun to make blocks that I may not have tried otherwise, and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for my block as well! The block I am asking the Bee members to create is a Filmstrip block. I have written the directions and published the pattern as a free download on Craftsy. You can download the instructions for the Filmstrip Bee Block here.
Two Sample Filmstrip Bee Blocks
This block could be used to create the main body of a quilt, but I am looking forward to incorporating it into a medallion quilt that will be a gift for one of my nieces who will be ten at that point. This block would also be a fun border on a block based, whole cloth or panel quilt.
The black fabric for this block can be solid or a very low volume black/grey print, and the white squares are scrappy low volume. My niece has a wide range of interests, so the featured novelty prints could be almost anything kid friendly. I would like to avoid really specific cartoon characters so she won’t “outgrow” her quilt, although I think more generic fantasy/fairytale fabrics would work. She likes art, dance, baking, Girl Scouts, animals, basketball, soccer, and piano. She likes lots of colors, so I think the quilt will end up incorporating the entire rainbow, but I would like to keep browns mostly out of it- a little brown in a novelty print is ok, but it shouldn’t be the dominant color.
This block goes together in an hour or less, and if you are making lots of these blocks you could cut the time down by creating more black and white square strips at once by making a wider section of striped fabric in step one.
Thank you so much to everyone who is making a block for this bee! I hope that anyone else who is in a bee will feel free to use this pattern for their block. I would love to see what you make!
Update: This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Margaret!
Rainbow Rotary is one of the most popular mini quilt that I have shared this year, and now the pattern is available on Craftsy! For Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, I am happy to offer a PDF pattern of this quilt in three different sizes!
Inspired by my love of the Courthouse Steps quilt block, this quilt reinterprets the traditional block into a wedge shape to create a ring of color. This is the perfect project to show off all of the vibrantly colored fabrics in your scrap box, and a great opportunity to share fabric with friends.
Templates are included to create this pattern in three sizes:
- Micro Mini: 9.25″ x 9.25″
- Mini: 18.5″ x 18.25″ (this size is pictured above)
- Macro Mini: 24″ x 24″
I am currently offering this pattern as a “template only” pattern, which allows for a relatively low price of $4. General instructions are offered, but detailed written directions and step by step diagrams for foundation paper piecing are not included. I believe quilters with previous experience paper piecing will enjoy constructing this mini quilt. (My free block pattern, Summer Starburst, does include detailed instruction on foundation paper piecing if you are interested in learning the technique!)
How to Enter
- This giveaway is open from Wednesday, December 9 to 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, December 13th. I will notify the winner both by email and on the blog by Wednesday, December 16th.
- This giveaway is open internationally
- The winner will receive a PDF pattern (Foundation Paper Piecing templates for three sizes of the Rainbow Rotary Quilt and general directions) via email
- To enter please leave a comment on this post. I have spent much of the year making mini quilts, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this particular type of quilt. Love Minis? Hate them? Have you made a mini? Is there a pattern you would like to try? Have you participated in a mini swap? Have you ever made a rainbow quilt of any type?
- The winner will be determined by a random drawing.
Good Luck! Please be sure to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways going on this week on Sew Mama Sew!