Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Retro Flowers no. 2

Retro Flowers no. 2

I have another block for you!  This Retro Flower is made up in Cathedrals from Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks collection with Kona white.  It's almost my last of this now hard-to-find print, but as this quilt is mine to keep, I think it's well used. 

in Cathedrals, Good Folks & Kona white

Christina's Retro Flower block takes 12 small drunkard's path blocks, for which I'm using the Tabslot acrylic template set.  It's so nice to have a hard ruler for cutting all of those tight curves!  I find the piecing pretty painless, except for the portion where you join the mini blocks together with matching seams to make the petals. It's tricky to get the curve points to match sometimes and sometimes it goes together swimmingly.  So, I go at it with seam ripper near at hand and try to have a flexible attitude.

Wait, my seam ripper is always near at hand!  This weekend I sewed some pieces together without right sides together.  For real!

Retro Flowers block

I'm still really loving this block and have actually already made another which I'm saving for next week.  In all of my curves class project testing and making, my brain is always going at full tilt.  Is this project easy enough, hard enough, motivating enough, etc. etc?  And then there's the constant picture-taking for tutorials and the nagging worry that I must get it all done by a specific deadline.  It's nice to make this block to give myself a break just. following. directions.  Ah, blessed directions!  Love them sometimes!

13 comments:

  1. Man, I love it. The Cathedral print works so well for this block. Gorgeous, Rachel! Oh, and I just scored this print for myself. My list of missing FQs is dwindling!

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  2. This block is just so lovely. Might need to give it a try, just winging it, you know! I can see though how it would be tricky to line up the points. Curves is something I've not tried much of, and I am so inspired by your great examples here!

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  3. I really really really love that block Rachel!

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  4. What a great block! My wheels are officially turning...

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  5. It's gorgeous!

    I'm terrible at cutting with a rotary cutter, even worse than terrible with curves so I'll have to wait to try it out after I get the drunkard's path die from AccuQuilt later this year.

    Thanks for the eye candy. Okay, break over back to the holiday sewing.

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  6. I absolutely love where this quilt is going. I'm yet to tackle curves, but I think I'll definitely either use a cutting system or hard ruler to cut them!

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  7. There's a lot of good that can be done with a rotary cutter freehand, too. We'll be working that way in the class quite a bit!

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  8. This is going to be an amazing quilt! I love the blue, it's so pretty! I'm starting a quilt that i'm really excited about, but also a little shocked that I'm attempting it. It has 1600 2" squares and I'm making one for my mom as well :) I think I might be a little crazy!

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  9. i love it rachel. i agree with jacey, that cathedral print is perfect!

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  10. I'm looking forward to seeing this all put together. My seam ripper is well loved and used as well. (Yesterday for example with piecing Y-seams!) It seemed to me after the first few blocks I really didn't need the seam ripper anymore. You got a feel for what really worked on getting those curves to match up, so you should be well in the groove now!

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  11. Ohhhh...I love that! Oh how I wish I could come over and get you to teach me all your wise wisdom! I'm drooling over your new video tute! I must try paper piecing 2012! Looks fun!

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  12. i've never been tempted to make a drunkard's path block before. and then you show these lovely blocks and i reconsider...

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