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Block of the Month: March, April, and May

This year I’m sewing along with Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to make a quilt using Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month class. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

Roughly a million years ago I started a quilt.  Okay, not quite, but it was over a year ago when I first posted about joining Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month class.  What I wrote then was that this quilt was for “my unborn, unconceived child”.  Well, said child has now been conceived.  Maybe.  If it’s a girl.  You see, even though I thought that this quilt would be great for any child a year ago, in the interim I’ve decided that it is destined for a girl.  I feel weird saying that since I know it’s because of the pinks and flowers and such. I’ve tried hard to convince myself otherwise, but it seems that this quilt has firmly become a girl’s quilt in my mind.  No matter.  I’ve already started planning a boy’s quilt just in case.  (And, the fabrics for this second quilt may already be in the mail, a potentially rash purchase since I need to be saving for things the baby actually needs right now!  Oh, and a house.  I should also be saving for a house.  Oh my.)

Anyway, for some reason the quilting bug came back this summer, and I’ve been cranking away at the March, April, and May Block of the Month squares bit by bit in between garment sewing binges.  In the March class I learned foundation piecing, and I made one square where all of the strips were sewn onto the background fabric…

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

…and one square where the strips were just sewn onto each other.

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

In the April class I learned English paper piecing.  I followed Amy Gibson’s directions very closely for my first block and made a string of 1 1/4″ hexagons…

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

…and then broke off and did my own thing on the second square with a single 3/4″ and lots of 2″ hexagons.

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

Finally, in the May class I tackled wonky log cabins.  I made a modern frame log cabin…

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

…and what was supposed to be a wonky five-sided log cabin but seems to have developed into a super wonky many-sided log cabin.

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

Together with the January and February blocks I’ve already made, I now have half of the blocks for my quilt top.

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If my excitement over quilting continues, then my hope will be to finish the remaining ten squares for this quilt and then start on the second, fabric-should-arrive-any-day-now quilt top.  That way I’ll have two quilt tops ready, one for a girl and one for a boy, before the little one arrives.  Considering that it’s taken me a year to make half the squares for my first quilt, I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath in anticipation of my achieving that goal.  That said, I am a very goal-oriented person, so who knows?!  Maybe I’ll be able to pull it off!

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13 thoughts on “Block of the Month: March, April, and May

  1. Definitely love your color/pattern choices! I also signed up for the 2012 (and maybe even 2013) Block of the Month on Craftsy, but I have a “bigger” quilt to work on right now. Maybe in 2014 😛 Also, this is a good kick in the pants to get me going on my unborn niece’s quilt. No idea when my sis-in-law is due, so I better get on that soonish!

  2. They look lovely! I can’t wait to see your finished quilt. I’ve been on a quilting spree over the past couple of weeks, too, working on two quilts for Cody and Rachel’s baby. =) I finished sewing the binding on the first one last night. Mine are a lot more simple than your blocks, though- I just used lots of squares. =)

  3. I love your blocks… The fabric choices are beautiful! Funny how your ideas change over time. Amy’s BOM was my first quilt, I started and finished it this year, too. I ponied up for Leah Day’s FMQ a Sampler class and quilted my blocks along with her once they were all done. I’d highly recommend it- after making the blocks I feel like I can handle any piecing I want to do, and after quilting them I feel like I can FMQ anything! I feel so lucky to live in a time when, between Craftsy and blogs like yours, all the inspiration and instruction I need to be a pretty good hobby sewist/quilter are available in my home and on my schedule. I’m definitely thinking about the Linda Maynard class after reading your ongoing reviews of the class. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  4. Great job on the quilt blocks. It almost makes me want to try piecing again! (Almost, but not quite!) I admire your workmanship. I like the fabric choices, but from what I’ve seen, I think this could go either for a boy or girl.

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