Monday, March 5, 2012

Quilt along update......


Since this is my first quilt along, I will have to show you my blocks as I finish them up.  I have never ever sewn a curve - my whole entire quilting life.  Well, I did on Saturday night and it was a lot easier than I thought.  This block was from Jenny's Urban Deco Tutorial, the added design to the Urban Nine Patch quilt along and I love how it turned out.  This was my practice block - it won't be going into a quilt because I don't like that 3 of the 4 points aren't lined up exactly on the black. That is my fault of course - the cutting needs to be exact and I made a couple mistakes on that part.  But, it was good practice - it was so much fun learning a new skill. So, I recommend trying out Jenny's ruler if you want to learn curves!  

urban nine patch1

I made a minor change to the block, using a square instead of a half square triangle in the corners - I am thinking ahead of the quilting possibilities, of course.  So, I need to figure out how to make the yellow ovals seamless, then make the white outside strips just a little bigger.  What I loved about it this tutorial was that everything was made a little bigger, then cut out so that the end result were straight, square blocks.  I did starch every single piece of fabric before I sewed them together, I think that help with the fabric not moving. 

Now I just need to decide if this is truly the color combo I want to go with - I wanted to try something out of the box for me, but it isn't singing my colors. I'll let you know if I change my mind on the color variations.  

One more thing, thanks for all the love on my last post.  Lili was so happy for all the sweet comments.  I showed her how many people said good job and she beamed!  I will have to think of our next project very soon!  Have a lovely day!

19 comments:

Teresa in Music City said...

That is a very striking block! Love your colors and the design.

Vicki W said...

I love that block!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love this design...I vote to stay with these colours..they are so different. For the yellow oval; could you use a template from the Double Wedding Ring?? or similar.

Melinda said...

Beautiful! And as far as four of your points not lining up, I only noticed one! Don't be so hard on yourself!

Barb said...

I love this block, it has so many interesting angles....love the color as well.

Tammy said...

I just got Jenny's ruler that I had ordered from her in the mail. I was at Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA, this past weekend where she had it on display and some of the gorgeous quilts she had made using it. I bought all her patterns. I missed the times that she was demoing. Drats. Would have loved to meet her. Can't wait to try out the ruler. Your block looks fantastic!

Christa Marcotte said...

I think it looks great! Nice choice!

Jenny said...

I love it!! I'll trade ya!

Martha said...

Your block looks great!! Jenny's ruler is really fun to use and the blocks created from it are fabulous!!

Margaret said...

That is a magnificent looking block. WOW!

angela said...

Wow, I LOVE this block! Isn't Jenny's ruler the most fun thing ever?

Me and My Stitches said...

What a great block! I can't wait to see your next one and how you decide to quilt it.

Teresa Silva said...

This looks great and I like the solid block in the corners. Nice!

Karin said...

I think it looks great - only thing I personally would change is the square corners - I think I'd use the gray/black print for that instead of the yellow - to tie those gray/black arcs together......

Amber said...

Wow. I love that block. I have never seen it before and it looks really hard so I am very impressed with you, Judi! Great job and I love the color combo. I think your color placement is great. I like the yellow squares. It really makes everything pop. Especially when you stand back and look at it! Great job!

Second Hand Rose said...

Such gorgeous colours, it looks so good! I love all the shapes, you are so talented! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.com/

Linda said...

Very cool!!!! I like the change you made not using the HSTs. Gives the block a completely different look!! Very striking!! I chuckled when you were talking about your block in terms of the quilt design...I do the same now on my own piecing or how I look at a pattern. Never did before, but now that makes a huge difference.

Sheila said...

What a beautiful block. I love the colors. If you want to make the oval piece without a seam, you should be able to fold fabric in half and use the same ruler, then sew the other pieces to the outside edges!

GerryART said...

You're inspiring me to give this a try.