Tuesday, January 31, 2017

4-penny patches {Penny Sampler}

Is it February yet?  Almost.  I know I'm cheating a tiny bit, but I needed something quick and easy to sew today that would still feel productive.  These Penny Sampler blocks did the trick!

4-Penny Patches {Penny Sampler}

In February those on the 6-month sampler plan have 9 blocks on the menu, about half of which involve applique while the others are straightforward piecing.  Today I whipped up three simple patchwork blocks - the 4-Penny Patches.

By the way, don't forget you can always switch your sampler plan at no cost if the pace you originally selected isn't suiting you.  It's a quick change for me to make.  Just ask!  Your options are the 12-month sampler, the 6-month sampler (that's what I'm doing) and the complete course book, which would allow you to choose blocks as desired or proceed in the suggested order at your pace.  Since the 12-month sampler is at a slower pace, it suggests just 3 blocks for February.  One of those blocks is the Little Village, which I completed a few weeks ago.

4-Penny Patches {Penny Sampler}

Here are some of the fabrics I selected for my 4-Penny Patches.  I love that vivid solid blue, Freespirit Designer Solid in Mineral.  It makes the salmon pink pop beautifully, don't you think?

4-Penny Patches {Penny 
Sampler} 

I've been cutting lately with a new ruler gifted by a reader who wanted me to try the Creative Grids brand.  These rulers certainly have grip!  It never, ever slides when I don't want it to.  Many of the markings had worn off of my old yardage-cutting ruler, so it's nice to start fresh again.  However, I'm really having trouble getting used to the way the ruler is double-marked with numbers to help you measure from either side of the ruler.  I'm hoping that with time the markings will become natural for me to read, but so far it's not coming to me.  It's like anything else - you get used to what you use first!

4-Penny Patches {Penny 
Sampler}

Once pressed and photographed, I placed blocks up on my design wall in the quilt layout.  Oops, this 4-Penny Patch isn't going to cut it.  The stamp print with the gray background is just too busy.  I keep being drawn to that print because it has all the colors in my palette, but just as I feared it draws too much attention.  If any block in this area is to stand out, I want that to be the Little Village block at right. 

4-Penny Patches {Penny Sampler}

Here I've swapped the stamp print for the blue Carolyn Friedlander texture I used in the village block.  I usually want every bit of patchwork to stand out, but in this case some blending is better.  The Penny Sampler is a complex quilt with so much to see and enjoy.  I have to remember to make understated fabric choices most of the time.

I did enjoy fussy cutting the blue flowers in that block, though so that they'll be centered in the finished 1.5" squares,.  Those are the kind of details that I want to include - pretty, but not visually overwhelming.

Next I'm going to finish my snowflake quilt so I can cut into some newly arrived goodies!




9 comments:

  1. I love love love your colour palette for this quilt, so pretty!

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  2. Yes this is a lovely palette. I love the little houses.

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  3. I bought the ruler ans struggled with it for months. Each time I had to make a cut, it took forever and I know there were times when I made mistakes. I happenend to be at a large quilt show where they were displaying and talking up thrie rulers so I stopped by and told them of my troubles. The rep I spoke to told me it was my fault, I wasn't using the ruler correctly and that it was easy to use. She brushed me off - no customer service or caring that I wasn't pleased which meant the next time I looked for a ruler I'd look elsewhere. I have gotten used to it but it's not my favorite ruler and every time I use it I am reminded of the less than caring rep.

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  4. I have several Creative Grid rulers, actually they are my favorites just because they don't slip. I got used to the numbers really quick. I can try to figure out how to read them best when I'm back from school this afternoon. Now I have to go. In Germany it's 06:40 h ☺.

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  5. I think you did so well to change the background fabric: it looks fantastic like that! I can't wait to get this month email: I am on a 12 months , do you think you could change me for a six months?? it would be awesome! thank you

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  6. I think the best way to get acclimated to the ruler markings is to make a few mistakes -- then you are more apt to check before cutting. :) (I really like my Creative Grids ruler, and I find the alternate markings to be quite helpful.)

    The stamp fabric might be a good choice for the backing.

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    1. It's good to hear you find the alternate markings helpful. That gives me hope that I will eventually too!

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  7. I have 2 large-ish omni grid rulers. They can also be tricky if your brain is not fully engaged. I have made enough mistakes now, so I do not make them anymore.
    I love these blocks so much.
    I might want to make this quilt project one day, but right now, I am piled so high with projects!
    Have a fun day making. I am playing with Sarah now.

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