Monday, August 8, 2011

progress

Between this, that and the other, I've committed to make and finish four quilts this August.  Now, on two of them I'm kind of cheating because the blocks are already done.  But, as we know, finishing can still take quite the push.  So, I started the weekend with the goal of finishing my Summer Sampler quilt.  (Um, I may have planned on getting even more than that done, but we'll just pretend it was this one thing.  I still dream hopelessly huge when I make sewing to-do lists...)

week 4

Here are my week 4 blocks.  Pleased to meet you.

More cerise? Check.

Less yellow? Check.

And flirted a bit more with solid black and white. So, I'm just a little bit thrilled with the balance these blocks bring to the mix.

around the block again

If you're following along with the quilt-along, you'll see I skipped the "real" last block. I opted in favor of another "mosaic" block, because I love the way the diamonds run around the center of the block.  Most of the blocks in the Summer Sampler quilt along have designs that emanate from the center, as in a star.  I thought something less star-like would make for more movement.  Oh, and the mosaic is so easy!  Always a plus.

evening star

This evening star block was also a fun one.  Initially I thought it'd be a pain in the tushy, but it really isn't all that difficult now that I know how to paper piece (yeah!), and the finished block seemed worth it.  Here it's photographed on my almost-black table, so that's why the black corners have all but disappeared!

the blocks

By Friday night, I was here.  On Saturday I added a scrappy border, basted and quilted.   Finished the binding yesterday.  I'm going to see if I can get the final, finished photographs taken this week.  I have a location in mind, but it's just so, so, so hot here that I'm not sure when we'll get over there!

underneath

Have a happy Monday!

28 comments:

  1. LOVE it! The perfect balance of all of those gorgeous colors! You have such a great eye for color!

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  2. My goodness this is lovely! I really like the color combinations in each block. I've been following this sampler QAL - there are some great blocks.

    I think I can only handle 1 sampler a year... I'm doing the Skill Builder Sampler and wanted to start this one and the FWQAL but it was just too much sampler madness :)

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  3. I really, really love this. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to bite the bullet and start my own. Of course, I should probably finish a thing or two, first, but soon! Soon, I say. I really don't think I can pick a favorite of your blocks. They are all fantastic.

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  4. they are very pretty. i noticed you pressed your seams open. do you usually press open? i only ask because i made a swoon block this weekend and i should have pressed the seams open. i will from now on because it ended up being a bit of a hot mess.

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  5. Your blocks look FANTASTIC together! (and apart) I might have to start this sampler too. How big did yours end up? I'd like to make a large throw size something for our living room eventually. And I really want to learn the paper piecing business, so this seems like the perfect way to go.

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  6. Very nice. I have been following the Summer Sampler at Fresh Lemons but did not participate. I just enjoy seeing the finished blocks. I did get my first Bottled Rainbow block done, however. It was fun. I did have enough orange scraps. Hopefully it won't take me so long to get the rest done.

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  7. Totally gorgeous colour choices! Can't wait to see this finished.. :)

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  8. Jessica - The blocks alone measure 36 x 48". But, I added a 5" border, so my finished quilt is 46 x 58". It was a great way to learn paper-piecing!

    Nicke - Yes, I always press open. I love the super-flat look!

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  9. Well done, they look great!

    I'm also a tad optimistic when it comes to my sewing to-do list... one day those super powers will kick in ;o)

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  10. LOVE IT. Love, love, love. I am determined to finish mine (the blocks anyway) this week, AFTER I finish the last 1/3 of my DGS top. Jeesh. The summer is just not good sewing time for me--at least when it comes to big projects.

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  11. WOW! How beautiful! People who pick colors that blend so well truly inspire me. My daughter tells me I am terrible at picking colors. So, I have lots of projects I would love to try but I'm afraid of the colors I select and of someone saying "OMG! Those colors are terrible!"

    Nice work! I truly admire your talent.

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  12. Your blocks are really pretty. I love seeing the different versions of fabric for the blocks. They help you see what you would personally love for fabrics put together.

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  13. Incredible!!! It's been fun following your progress-- and I love your block arrangement.

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  14. The other block with the solid black balances that cross block out so well. It looks awesome, kind of artsy (which I find interesting given your discussion a few posts ago) and graphic. I like it.

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  15. Nice quilt...I don't think I've ever thought of putting those shades of color together. They work really well.

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  16. I love your quilt!! The colors are amazing!!

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  17. It's so lovely. Only four quilts this August? You're a quilting super hero!

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  18. Your sampler is just beautiful!! Can't wait to see it complete!

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  19. Beautiful blocks and they look so wonderful together.

    Debbie

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  20. Love the colours - very dramatic! Would not have thought of putting those together myself but it works exceptionally well - probably because it is such an unusual combination!

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  21. You are lightning fast! And it's just gorgeous! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  22. Another vibrant inspiring quilt. Check. :)

    Finished my two big sewing deadlines. Hope to make a start on the 'tiles' quilt in the next few days. Yay!

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  23. This sampler quilt is truly grogeous, bold, striking. I LOVE it, and can't wait until I have time to try these blocks on my own.

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  24. I love the colors in this quilt. Beautiful!

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  25. oh my! I can't wait to see the pictures of it all done!

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  26. The more I look at this color combination, the more inspired I am. I actually drew up a quilt sketch today that I think I'm going to fill with these colors- although more emphasis on the neutrals and purple, with only a few yellow accents. This is one of my favorite things you've made.

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  27. I am in LOVE with this quilt. Love love love.

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