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Block of the Month: June and July

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 classHere’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

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To keep myself honest and balanced when it comes to both my quilting and my garment sewing endeavors, without letting on consume the other, I’ve been making it my goal to complete one of Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month class video lessons on quilting (the class is free, by the way, if anyone else is feeling a bit of the creative quilting bug) in between each garment sewing project.  This goal is a bit different than the typical one-lesson-a-week goals that I make for other Craftsy classes, but there’s more of a feeling of accomplishment after each class since I have two new blocks to show for it, and each lesson feels more or less independent from the others, which means I don’t need to string classes in close succession in order to get the most from the class.  I finished June’s blocks after I finished my peplum, and then I finished July’s blocks after my ombre shingle dress.

In the June class we learned how to make modern nine-patch blocks.  The first one we made was a Greek cross block…

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

…and then we made an octagon block.

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

In July we moved on to Dresden plate blocks.  I stalled for a bit here because I wasn’t sure whether I should buy one of those plastic quilting templates or just make do with the paper ones that come with the class.  In the end I decided to just buy one since I found one for $6 that came with one of those little wooden point turners, something I figured would be good to have in my everyday sewing arsenal anyway.  I also figured it would ensure all of my pieces really did fit together into a circle.  Everything came together like clockwork for my traditional Dresden block…

Sew Well - Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

…but then my modern Dresden wheel block did not want to lay in a flat circle whatsoever.  So, there goes my whole theory that a template would actually help to prevent human error!  I ultimately kept taking it back to the sewing machine until it finally behaved.  You can see that whereas all of my petals in the first block radiate nicely from the center, most of the petals in this one skew off to the side a bit.  I kind of like its wonkiness though since it feels to me like it’s in motion, so it’s all good!

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Together with the previous blocks I’ve made (below, posted here and here), I now have 14 of the 20 blocks completed.

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Only three more months to go before I’m piecing together this quilt!  I better get moving on my next garment (a set of Avocado hoodies, if you were curious) since I’m also trying to keep pace with Erin of SeamstressErin, and she’s already completed August’s blocks!  Beautifully Sewn also just happens to have recently finished the May blocks!

14 thoughts on “Block of the Month: June and July

  1. Your blocks look so neat and gorgeous! Your sewing strategy sounds great, unfortunately I’m too impulsive to plan my projects out so in the middle of trying to finish this craftsy quilt, I’m also rushing to finish my Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket muslin. Ces’t la ‘sewing’ vie!

    1. Oh! I can’t wait to see your Pavot Jacket! As for my strategy, it kind of feels like I’m juggling projects anyway, even though I’m trying to only have one thing out at a time. Space is a big issue in our new apartment, so that’s part of the reason I can’t do a little of this and a little of that.

  2. I love your color choices 🙂 I signed up for the 2013 Block of the Month and 2012 classes, but haven’t started. What is the finished size of the quilt suppose to be? I could see this being an cool lap quilt 🙂

    1. Each quilt square is 12.5″ x 12.5″, and there are 20 squares. I had no concept of how big of a quilt that would be in the beginning, but I now think this quilt might be able to fit a full sized bed? I’m too new to this whole quilting thing to really know! But, after laying out half the blocks, I did realize that I have a bit more time to finish this quilt than I originally thought. There’s no way this will be a baby-sized quilt! How big is a typical lap quilt?

      1. So, removing seam allowances, each block is 12″ x 12″ (those are big blocks!) and if it’s 4 x 5, then you’d have a 48″ x 60″ quilt, which alone is a smidge smaller than a lap quilt. But if you throw in some sashing and a border, you could eek it out to 54″ x 72″ (average lap quilt size).

        Baby quilts tend to be about 36″ x 54″. I think the one I’m making for our unborn niece is about 36″ x 60″. So yeah, it’s a bit big for a baby/crib quilt, but would be perfect for a lap quilt 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m using the same fabrics that Amy Gibson uses in the class, which I’m sure were well thought out before the class began, so it’s pretty easy to make nice looking blocks. I’ve deviated a bit from her choices, particularly as the class has progressed and I’ve started feeling more confident in my quilting, but many of my blocks are exactly the same as hers!

    1. Thanks! What’s fun is that I’ve now started thinking about how I want the blocks to start building together. Early on I decided to have only one dominant color in each block, and I’m hoping I can piece them all together to have sort of a rainbow effect. I haven’t overly planned it though, so we shall see how it comes together once everything’s all said and done!

  3. How fun!! I love the colors you picked out. You have a really great plan going on. I think a block between garments is the perfect pace. I almost finished one quilt top, but the problem is that I got bored. I like how your doing different techniques.

    Also, LOVE the avocado hoodie! I didn’t know about that pattern and now I want to make one too!

  4. They look great. i am tempted to have a go. I did something to get me sewing for pleasure again. I’ve done an awful lot of thinking and dreaming this year and not a lot of sewing. There are some blocks there that I’ve often wanted to try. Thank you for sharing

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