Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Modern Building Blocks Quilt Along: The Plan of Attack

Do you love the new Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt Pattern?  Sampler quilts are so fun and this one definitely does not disappoint!  I would love some company while piecing it all together, which is why I want to host a Quilt Along; it would be the perfect opportunity to make this beautiful quilt and see others' versions along the way!  Did I mention prizes for participating?

Below, I have included a rough outline of my thoughts on how to organize the quilt along and based on your feedback I can perhaps determine if anyone is even interested in playing along.

The Breakdown

There are 48 total blocks that make up the quilt.  The sizes of the blocks vary from 6" up to 36".

In the "Block Placement Diagram" of the pattern, the quilt is already divided into seven sections, A through G.  I figured we could use that as a monthly guide.  For example, for the first month we would need to complete the blocks in Section A, then the second month complete the blocks in Section B and so on.  Some months will have more blocks than others, but perhaps it will allow time to play catch up if needed.

Section A:  Blocks 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 20, 39, 41, 42, 44 (October)

Section B:  Blocks 1, 5, 6  (November)

Section C:  Blocks 3, 11, 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 29, 48  (December)

Section D:  Blocks 4, 7, 9, 14, 18  (January)

Section E:  Blocks 26, 27, 30, 32, 40, 47  (February)

Section F:  Blocks 21, 28, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 46  (March)

Section G:  Blocks 2, 22, 25, 36, 38, 43, 45  (April) 

If you click on the chart below, you can get a pdf file of a checklist for the quilt along courtesy of my amazing sister (and graphic designer), Stefanie.

For each section, there will be a post at the beginning of the month talking about the blocks within the section and it will include an area to link up photos and/or blog post of your completed blocks/section for the month.  You will have until the end of the month to link up your photos and posts.  We will have a prize each month for a randomly chosen winner from the linked up entries!  At the end, we will have one grand prize winner chosen at random from all of our quilt top entries some time in May.  Prizes are still to be determined, but will be included in the monthly post for each section.

I still have a one Modern Building Blocks kits and a few patterns available in the Etsy shop if you need it or are interested.  I am also hoping to get some monthly kits put together as well, however that will depend on interest.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, so that we can streamline this event as much as possible.  I am super excited and I hope you will come and join the fun!  Oh, and did I mention PRIZES?!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cotton + Steel Origami Blossom Mini Quilt

 I recently had the pleasure of trying out a super cute digital quilt pattern by The Aqua Umbrella (@vrrigney) called Origami Blossoms Mini.  
When I first saw the pattern, I knew I wanted to use Cotton + Steel fabric.  As I am sure most of you know already, one of the amazing and wonderful aspects of the Cotton + Steel collections is that you can make so many different combinations.  This combination of prints was one I had it my mind since the first time I saw the collections.  I used the unbleached Mochi linen cotton blend from Moda for the background and I love how it turned out!  Then again, I can't get enough natural linen.  The only difficulty I had was figuring out how to quilt it.  
 I can never seem to make anything easy!  That said it is finished and ready to go up on the wall.
You can obtain a copy of the digital pattern through the link above or just search in the Craftsy Pattern Community.  
I have also put together a fat quarter bundle with the prints I used for this mini quilt along with few others.  You can find the Horizons bundle below in the Etsy shop.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it!  This post is linked up with Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.