Saturday, February 4, 2012

Blogger's BOM #5 & (I've) Got the blues

As mentioned in my previous post, I've done Blogger's BOM #5. If you don't know by now, Blogger's BOM is hosted by Jackie over at Canton Village Quilt Works.
Quite a cool block, isn't it? A great way to use up 1.5 inch strips.
The February block will be designed by Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter.

I was a bit surprised by the cutting instruction though, but didn't notice until after I had made the first block. (I make two blocks of each, for a bigger quilt). The background fabric pieces is said to be cut 4x6 inches, but according to me that is waste of fabric. It's OK when only one block is made that way, but imagine the waste making a queen or king size quilt! When making the second block, I cut the pieces 3.5 x 6 inches, which is still a bit too much. As you can see, still 1/2 inch too much, so I believe 3 1/4 x 6 inches is sufficient. No offense to the designer, I was just thinking BIG! :) Fabric is expensive, so I believe we all want to save where it is possible, don't we?

I wonder if I'm pre-senile??!! I had already forgotten about these blocks, which I sewed in the beginning of January! The fabrics I've used are swatches from the box I received last year - remember my friend Johnny and the old lady? :) The fabric line is 'Just wing it' by MoMo for Moda. The plan is to make a baby quilt, but even if I've added white tone-on-tone, I don't have enough even for a small baby quilt... and you know what that means?! SIGH! :) Yes, made a purchase today! :)

What's going on in your head when you are quilting? If you are like me; all sorts of thoughts, new ideas etc. I came up with the idea to do a bedroom makeover! Our bedroom is old fashioned pink with a darker shade on the focal wall. I loved it when it was freshly painted, but now - after almost 5 years - I'm a bit tired of it! :) I got the idea to repaint the walls, the bed and bedside tables and... here it comes; quilted curtains and bed spread in blues and white!
I have been into repainting, restoring and all that for many years, so I know it is a lot of work, but this is something I really love to do. It's too hot and humid for painting this time of the year though, so I'll have to concentrate on quilting... :)
Here's the beginning of either the bed spread or curtains... I've made only four blocks so far.

 Navy blue is not really my color,  but this is the color I started with. I'll use blues from my scraps so each block won't have the same blues, they will vary from light to darker blues. I know what I already have of blues won't be enough, so I have already sinned! I had to purchase some fat quarters from Hancocks of Paducah! :)   

I hope I won't be tempted to start yet another project!!! I think these - in addition to the UFO's - should keep me more than busy the coming months! :)


karenfae said...

love your blocks.
I totally agree you with you though that the way some of the new quilt blocks are being designed wastes a lot of fabric. I think they are going for easiest way to design a block rather than the most economical way to sew it.
Maybe a lot of the new designers are given fabric to design with so they are not thinking of how much it cost?

Elzaan said...

I agree, the wastage on the BOM #5 is a lot if you are to make a big quilt. Still, it is an unusual, but lovely block.
I love your "blues" project. The colours are some of my favourite, and I am sure you will have a "cool" bedroom soon enough.

Dirt Lover said...

I love the block. I would fiddle with it to use up the fabric better, though too. Great for the strips!
Astrid, I just love your ideas. You come up with the greatest colors and quilt blocks. The new blue ones are gorgeous! Keep us updated on your progress.

Michelle said...

Your blocks are just lovely!

Karen said...

Your BOM blocks look great. I am with you when it comes to wasting fabric. I'd rather cut carefully and save more.
It's a shame there was no enough for the baby quilt. Great idea though.
And i do like what you are doing with the blue and white blocks. Great start!

PJs Lapperier. said...

Fina block!

Elisabeth said...

Like your blocks, it is the same my sister is making, in blues. It is beautiful finished. Agree with you, I do not like to waste fabrics eigther. Nice bom block.