Cloud9 have generously sponsored this blog hop and supplied all the participants with a fat quarter bundle of 'Berry Harvest' made up of five fat quarters from their Organic Cirrus Solids range and curated by the hosts Yvonne, Cheryl, and Stephanie. All the blocks made for the hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation.
Today's host is Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.
So, without further ado, this is my block.
Size: 12" Finished
Skill Level: Easy
Press all seams to the side unless otherwise indicated.
Use a scant 1/4inch seam throughout.
From the Background fabric cut
4 @ 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles
8 @ 2" x 6.5" rectangles
From each of the four focus fabrics cut
5 @ 1" x 8" strips.
Lay out the Amazon and Sky strips as shown.
Join the strips together, first in pairs and then joining the pairs together to make a 5.5" x 8" rectangle.
Repeat using the Iris and Lilac strips.
Trim each strip set into two rectangles 3.5" x 5.5".
Take one strip set and join one 1.5" x 3.5" background rectangle to the short end, stitch, and press.
Stitch one 2" x 6.5" background strip to each long side, resulting in a 6.5" square unit.
Repeat with the other strip sets.
Arrange the four units together as shown and sew into pairs.
Sew the pairs together carefully matching the centre seam. It is helpful to press this seam open to avoid bulk.
Sit back and enjoy your work.
I thought it might be fun to show you the blocks I made in practice.
This was my first block attempt, it's funny how it can look better on paper than made up. As you can see I attempted to use different sized blocks to create a more random effect. One block was too large and my attempt to use one on the edge didn't work very well, it just looked odd. What this does show however, is that it looks great in multicolours on the pale cream background and has great potential for a scrap quilt. What you may also notice is in my rush to complete the block I didn't check my scant 1/4 inch seam. No problem making a scrap version, I just added a couple of extra strips, bet you didn't even notice.
My second attempt was using fabric I had been given and some scraps from my bin.
Gruesome isn't it? I went for colours to give me maximum contrast, big mistake. I've got news for you, it looks worse in real life. Well, we all make mistakes..........
Want to know how I sewed my accurate scan 1/4 inch seams?
First I measured, you see although I use a 1/4 inch foot I can't sew a straight line for toffee, so with the help of a wall made of about 10 strips of masking tape,
I have something to butt up against. Resulting in more accurate, and much straighter, seams.
I hope you like my block, but if it was not to your taste, why not hop on over and check out some of the other blogs, after all, with 70 new blocks over three days you are bound to find some blocks you like, and maybe one or two you love.
Here are todays other participants:
Abigail @Cut & AlterJanice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kate @Smiles From Kate (Me)
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar
Tomorrow's host is Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs and on Wednesday the host is Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter, so make sure you look in to see who else has new blocks to share. You wouldn't want to miss anything would you?
I also believe there to be giveaways of Cloud9 fabric bundles on all three hosts blogs Yvonne, Cheryl and Stephanie and you definitely don't want to miss that.
If you do make anything from my block it would be great if you would give me a mention, and maybe send me a pic so I can show everyone. Now that would be so cool.........
Until next time,
Linking up with Cooking up Quilts MCM, Em's Scrapbag Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social,