Monday, February 17, 2014

seed block

Did you have a good weekend?  I hope so!  We lucked out with warmer temps and sunshine.  As much fun as the snow has been, it's just fine to see it go!

It seems like many have been snowbound, putting a hiccup or two in the postal system.  Last week I was waiting on four fabric shipments, each needed for one project or another in process (I had to stop gathering flowers for want of new Kona solids).  Feeling stir-crazy and sew-crazy, I decided to jump right in to working on my March bee quilt concept.  Early, for sure, but best to jump on those ideas when they land!

scrappy happy inspiration pull

I pulled this mess of fabrics to symbolize the scrappy color scheme I'm imagining.  No purple.  Minimize orange.  Avoid grassy and limey greens.  Other than that, most anything goes!  There are lots of cool greens, cool pinks and aqua/teal blues, plus yellow (always yellow!).

Mariner's Compass block

And lookey what I made!  It's a mariner's compass block, specifically this one from Quilting on the Square, with some modifications.  I enlarged it (now finishes 14") and added a seam to the smaller spokes.

machine paper piecing

There was a time when mariner's compass blocks seemed horribly fiddly to me.  It's satisfying to reflect on how my sewing has grown.  I cut and pieced this block last night and quite enjoyed myself!  I would change one fabric choice, though.  I'm not sure that the main, top compass section stands out enough.  Maybe if I had swapped that pink stripe fabric for a saturated red print it would have done better?

I'm going to make a few more inspiration pieces for my bee mates and share the whole quilt concept closer to March.  For now, my Konas have arrived and I'm eager to start cutting!  Will be back later this week with some fabricy goodness to share.

27 comments:

  1. That block is stunning. A more colored-than-white fabric would stand out more, certainly, but I think the stripe sits "on top" just fine.

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    1. Maybe when I come back to it in a few weeks I'll feel differently. Sometimes one just needs distance! Thanks =)

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  2. oh wow!!!! stunning block! yes it looks tricky! love your color scheme!

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  3. lucky you that your snow is melting! i am jealous for sure.

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  4. Oh, wow, I love your compass - fabulous!

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  5. Love it. I think the stripes pop just fine. Love your fabric choices.

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  6. this is a gorgeous block and I love the colors! I think the pink stands out enough, but I know that you have to be happy with it yourself, or it will always bother you.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  7. I just got home and found a yummy little package! Love compass squares. They are not as hard as one might think. I made one when I was a very young quilter and it turned out so well I won a few ribbons with it, way back when. Thanks again for the A H fabrics. Cindy

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  8. This looks like fun! I think you're headed in a good direction. It's inspiring me. Pinned it. :-) Darn that Post office for weather delays. Don't they know we have happy gorgeous fabric to cut and play with!???

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  9. I really like how your fabric choices have made such a sharp and angular block, upon first impression seem really soft and sweet. :)

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    1. Oh, thanks! Wow, you're right. It is definitely a contrast! hmm.... makes me think.

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  10. Racheal hello from sunny Australia,

    I love your Marniers Compass, I think it's stunning and I don't think you should change a thing! I recently made one too and yes it was fiddly as I hadn't paid enough attention to a number of the section joint's they didn't match up correctly so I had to undo them to correct it. But it was worth it in the end. Congratulations on a great job. I hope your fabric deliveries find you soon. Happy quilting Julie.

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  11. Looks like you found just the right block to sink your teeth into while you waited for your fabric. :)

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  12. it's so beautiful! A perfect example of the wonderfulness (is that a word?) of paper piecing

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  13. I like! A Mariners Compass is on my bucket list. Some day.

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  14. I adore paper piecing and this is a lovely example! At first I agreed with you about the contrast, but looking again I think it's lovely as-is!
    I loved your last post, especially the part about 'design seed' quilts. So interesting! I'd love to take part in a bee soon.

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    1. A few days later, and now it's growing on me. We are always are own worse critics when the work is in progress!

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  15. Rachel it is absolutely gorgeous!! Love your fabric choices, and I too pinned it! You continue to inspire us all and I have put this on my list of blocks to make :)

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  16. Yes jumping on ideas when they land is something I need to do more! Your compass is beautiful and such fun to do! I think it's the tealy floral that blends with the tealy ones in the lower wheel. The pink stripe is a great complement. Lovely anyway!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Camilla. Yes I was wondering if using both teal prints was actually to "matchy" for what I was going for. Maybe that is where I might have chosen differently...

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  17. I love the pink stripe!
    You have such a great eye for color.

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  18. I love the pink stripe!
    You have such a great eye for color.

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  19. Hi Rachel, How much did you enlarge diagram by to have a 14 inch block? The block is great!
    Parm

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    1. I enlarged the block in Photoshop, about as large as would fit on an 8.5" x 11" paper. It was not a specific ratio/percentage. Sorry =( I didn't really care how large it finished; just knew I wanted it to be big-ish.

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  20. It's truly stunning, and I think the pink stripes add some real graphic interest.

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    1. It is pretty as is. I like the combo of that teal blue, pink and mustard yellow with white and cream.

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  21. absolutely stunning! and it shows just how limited my stash is right now. in the beginning, I bought way too many complete lines of pretty fabrics and not enough blenders. dang, you're good!

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