Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Try New Things

It's that time again, WIP Wednesday, my favorite day to post.  I've been very adventurous this week trying new things that I didn't think I could ever do.  Leila over at the Sewn has been doing Wonky Blocks for this month in the sampler.  At first I was terrified of them because I'm quite the perfectionist and I didn't think I could do them without breaking out in a sweat but I loved it!  Who knew?  They were so fast and easy and it was encouraged to not have your corners line up.  I also did another block toward my catch-up efforts.

Here are the Sampler blocks...

Block #10 - Ohio Star Quilt Block - I really like the way this one turned out.  I still need some work on my QST but I'm improving and that what the Skill Builder Sampler is all about right?  I knew how to trim better this time around because I actually read the directions (imagine that).  Before I just trimmed on two sides, that does not create an even QST.  Now I know.

Here's my previous attempt at Block #10.  I know I keep saying it but I really like the colors in the new blocks better.  They seem to flow and coordinate nicely.

Block #25 - Wonky Log Cabin Quilt Block - It would appear that I like to tilt the ruler to the left when making my wonkiness. My little girl helped me pick the fabric and the order for this block.  It was so fun to work with her on a project but she kept telling me after each seam that I needed to stop and work on a quilt for her now.  We're all about taking turns here.

Block #26 - Wonky Star Quilt Block - I've seen many of this block with a slight wonk to it but I wanted to be sure that people could tell that it was meant to be crooked and not that I just can't sew.  I think I managed it.  This block reminds me of a sun as drawn by a toddler.  I love it!

Block #27 - Wonky Fan Quilt Block - I had some issues making this one wonky enough.  Then when I got a good enough wonk it wouldn't lay right.  I had to flip it over and take it in a few times.  It still has a little bit of a wrinkle to it but overall it's good enough I think.

My three year-old finally convinced me to get started on her quilt.  I was tired of having it in the "no progress" section on my WIP posts.  Last night I opened up the layer cake, the first one I've ever opened, and sorted out the blocks.  It was fun to see and play with them all.

Months ago I decided on the Hexagon Park pattern found over at the Moda Bake Shop.  It was love at first sight and I knew I had to have this quilt in my life (corny, I know).  It's what inspired me to make quilts for each of my kids to go on their beds.  I have four children who sleep in a twin bed each but we only have two twin blankets.  They are getting a little big to be sleeping under their baby quilts so it seems like the perfect time to get started.  Anyway, back to this quilt.  I cut out 60 trapezoids that will end up making 30 hexagons.  It took me about two hours of cutting but it wasn't difficult just time consuming.  The jar is full of the triangles I cut off from the layer cakes.  They are not in there for freshness but to keep away from little hands as I'll need them later in the quilt.  It has the added bonus of looking pretty.

No progress:
• A Walk in the Woods Quilt

This week's stats:
Completed projects - 0
New projects - 0
Currently in progress - 5

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

1 comment:

  1. Look at you go!! I love the wonky quilt blocks. I too am terrified of them for the same reason. I'm a perfectionist! I'll have to try those out as soon as I finish getting my house put together.


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