Saturday, May 3, 2008

Quilt-a-Long (Week 1)

I completed my first blocks for AmandaJean's quilt-a-long last night. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am going to simultaneously work on both her first and second quilt-a-longs. This week, I completed block 1 from each. Here they are:

See the little guy in the middle of that square? Wait for it, wait for it ... yeah, there he is! See the squirrel? I love this fabric!

Although I was a bit worried about tackling two squares a week, I actually finished both of these in one night. I don't even want to talk about the many stupid, stupid mistakes I made while cutting & piecing these. I'm attributing it to being overly anxious to get started, and not paying enough attention to the details. Let's just say that, 2 blocks in, I already have a pretty significant pile of mis-cut scraps.

Can you blame me? I am so excited about this quilt, even more so now that I have started putting some of it together. The colors and fabrics are just great ... I hope these photos do them justice. I think this will actually be such a great quilt when it's done -- different squares, with different colors and different animals in each. I almost feel like it will be a "storybook" quilt when it's done.

It's not my best work ... the points and corners don't match up quite as nicely as I've been doing lately, but it's certainly not bad enough to even consider ripping or starting over.

I'm taking some liberties with colors and placement -- AmandaJean's tutorial for both of the above squares only used background and 1 colored fabric ... I'm adding more colors to each block because these fabrics look so nice together. I peeked ahead and I'm excited to see that some of the upcoming blocks have some pretty large squares in them because some of these Full Moon Forest fabrics have large animals that get lost when cut too small.

I also got a pretty good jump on the second square from QAL1. Hope to complete that this weekend.

How's everyone else doing?


  1. Hi John! Your blocks look terrific. . .my husband (who also quilts) was having a good time looking at your other pieces. . .maybe that will get him started on finishing his projects so I can put them on my blog.

    Here's a comment from Steve: Great stuff! Glad that my quilting buddy (Tom) and I aren't the only men with families doing this. Do you fish? I have a hat that says "She quilts, I fish", but I quilt also.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Sherry & Steve

  2. These look great! Your points look perfect to me. And I love the colors you are using...good idea to use two per block.

  3. Love that fabric and it's hidden animals, I have a few pieces....well I am behind already :( as need to get a statistics report assignment finsihed by Monday and it takes me sooooo long !

  4. Looking good! I still need to get my background fabric. It's first on the list for tomorrow!

  5. A quilting papa - how very cool!!! Your block looks lovely, looking forward to seeing more of your work!


  6. I like your colors. Taking liberties just makes it your own. I missed the first quilt along also. I love the idea of combining them. I might have stolen it if I hadn't have already made the sashing blocks. I did find some patterns online but I've mostly been using the trial and error method to quilt ahead. Most of the star blocks are the same with minor tweaks.

  7. your blocks look great! i like how you used a few colors in each block.

    have you considered (or maybe this was your intention all along) putting the 12 from the last quilt along with the 13 stars from this one into the one square quilt top and eliminating the setting blocks? wouldn't that look great? and 2 blocks a week really isn't that bad, is it?

  8. John:

    Your blocks look great!

    I am also a guy who enjoys quilting. My wife and son are very supportive. I'm the one dragging her to the fabric shops! I'm glad I found your blog. I'm looking forward to networking with other folks who share my interest.

    My grandmother taught me to quilt. I went to my first quilt class with her last weekend and met many wonderful new friends.

    Great blog man!

  9. I'm loving the blues and greens in you setting blocks. I will have to look harder for the squirrel as he appears to be eluding me.