Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SewConnected | February

It's getting crazy around here. Work's crazy, life's crazy and, to top it all off, our home computer decided to die on us. Man, I hate Windows. Fortunately for me, I work at a tech company and I've got a few resident geeks taking a look at it for me. If nothing else, I am praying that they can rescue all of my family pictures and my 3000+ iTunes songs. As soon as they do, I'm off to the Apple store. Grrrrr ...

OK, enough of that.

February was a great month for both SewConnected groups. In SewConnected 1, Stefanie (aka artsymomma) sent out a truly inspired selection of solids and requested "modern", "linear" blocks. Let me tell you, the blocks that were made for Stef are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. All of the already awesome quilters in the group really outdid themselves. Take a look at our Flickr page to see all of the modern goodness. (And pop over to Stef's blog to congratulate her on her newborn baby boy!)

When I first became interested in quilting, one of the books that I picked up was the Modern Quilt Workshop, and one of my favorite quilts in that book is the "jigsaw puzzle" quilt (also featured on the cover). I decided to use that quilt as inspiration for Stefanie's block. I loved working with the solids and playing around with their placement. I can't wait to see her quilt after it's assembled!


In the SewConnected 2 group, resident monkey Katy wanted traditional(-ish) blocks made from an array of Liberty fabrics (quite fitting for our UK-based member!) I received several different cuts of some of the most striking and original prints that I've ever seen, along with some plain linen for contrast.

I went very traditional with my first block -- a double windmill-type block highlighting my favorite fabric: the one with the horses (although it seems that I wasn't too successful in my fussy cutting -- I see more horse butts than I do heads!)


For my second block, I went somewhat less traditional with this block of my own design. Unfortunately, the pictures don't do the fabrics any justice. I love the flowers in blues and khakis, as well as the paisleys that I used around the edges. For contrast, I used a khaki-colored Kona solid.



Umm, yeah ... so I couldn't just stop after 2 blocks. I had plenty of the horse fabric left and really wanted to make sure Katy would be able to feature them in her quilt. I know it's hard to see, but there is some rhyme and reason to this block:


It's actually a pattern resembling four quarter-log cabin blocks. I know the pattern gets lost with all of the different prints going on, but I kind of like its craziness.

At this point I still wasn't out of fabric and couldn't resist starting a fourth. I didn't want a single scrap to go to waste! I decided to make another "X" block, but replacing the khaki with a solid pale blue (also Kona) that matched the blue of the Liberty fabric perfectly.


At this point, I actually did come up a bit short. If Katy likes this block (and I hope she does!), she'll need to add the final border from her stash.

Next month: SewConnected 3 gets off the ground!!

30 comments:

  1. I love the solid block. Those are some great blocks.

    I love LOVE that paisley Liberty! It reminds me 1974. I love the blocks that you came up with too.

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  2. I just bought the Modern Quilt Workshop yesterday, and I love it. I'm gearing myself up to try Love Beads. I'm scared of the circles, but really what's the worst that happens if it goes poorly? I toss it in the trash. Why do I build this up as such a big thing for myself?

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  3. Wow, John, you have OUTDONE yourself! Each block is more spectacular than the last! I would love to work with some Liberty prints, but the cost is prohibitive. And to think how scared I'd be to cut into it...

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  4. Fabulous! I love the modern blocks -- I need to pick up that book permanently and stop my repeated check outs from the library!

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  5. look at you go!!!
    you are like the block master.
    haha.

    yayyy to sew connected 3 starting.

    i can't wait until sew connected 4.
    {don't kill me for saying that.}
    tehehe.

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  6. First off, I vote for a new iMac for you! Go John... you will never go back to a Windows based PC.

    Second, I am loving all your blocks. Especially the one inspired by the Modern Quilt Workshop book. I love that book, have it and look at it often. By the way, like you I see mostly horse butts too in the one block. But in the subsequent blocks you make up for it.

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  7. what great blocks!! i think the last one is my favorite. i like the pale blue!

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  8. These blocks are all gorgeous! I love those liberty prints. Can't wait for sc3 to really get going. :)

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  9. I love the busy logcabin-ish one. so exciting and busy - full of life and colour

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  10. love love love the zipper block! I would love to make one of those quilts someday.

    Kudos to you for making so many beautiful blocks out of the liberty and linen

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  11. beautiful blocks!! I can't wait for my first batch of Sew Connected 3 fabrics to come! (I'm starting to get a little worried because I haven't gotten mine yet.)

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  12. Modern Quilt Workshop is a great book. I like most of the quilts in it. I do love like the the block you did from the book. I am not big on solids, but it looks good here.

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  13. Great blocks! I love the horse one - I can just see your rhyme & reason in there :)

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  14. You're not the only one that hates Windows...hope your PC is on the mend soon. (We use Linux...but that is only possible because my DH is a whiz with Linux)

    Love your blocks of colour...I love how one locks into the next.

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  15. Great job! Love the horses and the double windmill.

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  16. Geez...I am consistently amazed at you! WOW, wow, wow! I especially love the Katy blocks. She will love them!!

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  17. WOW! My husband loves to make those rag quilts, and often get's teased about it. I stole your link from V&Co's giveaway. Hope you don't mind. I may even add you to my list. Love the ideas that you have here.

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  18. sorry about the computer stuff...arrgh...so frustrating...come over to the mac side...you won't regret it! i need to get going on my block...

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  19. I'm really loving your puzzle block. I'm sorry to hear about your computer. My fingers are crossed for you family pictures!
    Cheers,
    Dionne

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  20. Too bad about your computer. But your blocks are fantastic.

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  21. Stopping over from bee ispired group!

    Hi!!

    That first block kinda looks like Legos...awesome!!!

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  22. Hi John! I love to see a man that quilts and sews. I love your free form block designs and your fabric choices are awesome. I'll be following with interest!
    Melissa in South Georgia

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  23. I like the blocks, the X block is a neat one. Great fabrics too! You have such good taste in color.

    I am going to have to get that Modern Quilt book, I've seen some beautiful quilts made from that book :)

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  24. We buy all our Mac stuff refurbished, from the Apple store online. Same quality, same warranty, same excellent service...better price. Go Apple! :-)

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  25. Hello - it's Bill Kerr here, co-author (with my wife, Weeks Ringle) of the Modern Quilt Workshop. Someone pointed me in the direction of your blog and I love seeing what you've done with the Zipper pattern from the book. We put so much time into our books and it's always great to see how people adapt the quilts to fit their own styles. Nice work!

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  26. Awesome Blog and you make such beautiful things. I like how you incorporate the modern patterns and fabrics - This definitely motivates me to learn how to sew.

    The Accessorista
    http://theaccessorista.blogspot.com

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  27. La ragione popolarità di ristorante milano è che essi presentano i pasti nel modo più fantasioso e creativo possibile. Ogni piatto è come un'opera d'arte per chef italiani. Sono gli unici ristoranti che producono le pizze da 20 pollici, che hanno respirato varie verdure diverse, frutti di mare, le spezie e carni che non si sarebbe nemmeno pensare di combinare.

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