April 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday Blocks

Yesterday I finished up this block for the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild. We're planning to enter a quilt in the group category for QuiltCon 2016. The theme is circles, with each person making a different color block, all with a low volume background. My main color was Kona Holly with Willow and Ultra Marine as supplemental colors. The low volume is coming off more yellowish than it really is. Blogger doesn't seem to like the photo but you get the idea. To see other blocks on Instagram, check out #dmmqgtwistedsistersquilt.

The Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild marks the second modern guild in my area that I have officially joined. I've been a member of the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild since the beginning and am their librarian. I met some of the DMMQG members at QuiltCon and most recently was invited to be part of a panel discussion on Design Inspiration at their last meeting. Both guilds are modern and yet different so I enjoy them for different reasons.

Next up are fabrics pulled for my April MCM bee block for Stephanie. It's a paper pieced block and you know by now paper piecing isn't my favorite thing. Once I get started I always wonder why I'm so hesitant though. They are never as bad as I make them out to be. It's a mental hurdle I really need to overcome. Do you know what I mean?

Stephanie asked for deep purples, bright pinks, turquoise, funky chartreuse to gold, darker blues and dark grays with a text print background. She loves Cotton and Steel and I just received a fat quarter of the horse print from the DMMQG for being on the panel. She'd also like the block to have a dominant color. I don't have much in the way of deep purples so am going the navy/turquoise/chartreuse/gold route. Not totally settled yet but I'd like to start today. Being in a bee where we work from our stash is fun and eliminates sending fabrics back and forth but it can also be challenging to select fabrics that match the request. It's also what I like about the bee. I always get blocks with fabrics that are different from my own stash so it makes for great variety. Hope Stephanie will like my final selection.

Several more scrappy trip blocks have also been made in the past week. Not modern fabrics but I love me some leaf prints modern or not. I've decided this will become a queen size for our bed instead of the wall quilt I had planned for the family room. That means even more blocks need to be made but I like making these scrappy trip blocks so I don't mind. I already have strips cut and ready to sew which makes this project an easy one to take to guild sew days. No need to plan ahead or figure out what to take. Just grab my box and go.

These scrapbook boxes from Michaels are great for toting and storing projects. They hold 12" x 12" blocks and are really nice to have packed up with all the parts I need. Sometimes it's fabric that needs cutting. Mostly it's precut pieces just waiting to be sewn.

I also do this with my Drunkard's Path Quilt Along blocks. They are all cut and ready to sew. Just grab the box and go. Easy. I'll be writing this month's QAL post soon in case you're wondering. Stay tuned. The post will cover some different layout ideas for your blocks.

It feels like I've been hopping around from one project to the next like a bunny. Must be a little Easter effect still lingering. Or maybe watching and feeding Mustache, the neighborhood domestic bunny gone free range. Isn't he cute?

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Needle and Thread Thursday.

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  1. All your blocks are great Anne. It looks like you enjoy working in the same colours for your blocks. Me too ; )

  2. Always lots of interesting things happening in your sewing studio Anne! Those Drunkard Path blocks look very pretty! It's going to be an amazing quilt!

  3. I love your circle block, those are great colors against the LV background.

  4. You're in two chapters now?! Wow. Curious though... are each of them charging you dues? And if so, are they dues that go to national twice, or just local chapter dues? I'm asking because our Central Florida chapter has a snowbird who wants to know if she's automatically "in" in a New Jersey chapter. I enjoyed seeing everything you have going. That twisted sisters project is great! And your Trip... and Drunkards Path. Super. Keep on bunny hoppin'!

  5. What lovely projects!! That modern circle just lights my imagination on fire!

  6. All of your projects look lovely, but I'm especially smitten with your drunkard's path blocks and the way you have organized your pieces while you're assembling the quilt. Did you do a layout of the entire quilt on a design wall first, or are you matching things up more improvisationally as you go?


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