Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #11 Part Two




With the colder temperatures outside, I am more than happy to stay inside and work on this month's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt.  The fun colors and playful fabrics I am using this month are also helping me find my sewing mojo.  I can feel it slowly coming back!







Here is my progress so far...








This month I wanted to make an improv quilt without having to do all the quilt math to join together the blocks.  To achieve this, I am working with the magic number combinations I shared in Part One.  




 
I started with the 12 1/2" blocks.  While I could make the blocks from stars or any manner of block designs, I decided to go with a simple log cabin or courthouse step block.  Starting with a central focus piece, I simply sewed on varying widths of strips until I reached the desired block size.  Many finished out a little larger and I simply squared them up to finish out at 12 1/2".  You can make each block as detailed or as simple as you like.




The next blocks I made were some 6 1/2" blocks.  The three across the bottom are simply cut from a single fabric.  The two on the top are pieced.  You really can sew together the blocks in any fashion you desire - you just need to be sure they measure 6 1/2" when completed.






The really small scraps, I am sewing into the 3 1/2" blocks.  You will need quite a few of these to act as fillers when you go to construct the top (which we will cover next week).  I also plan on cutting some solid white squares to make into 4 patches with some of these pieced blocks.





And remember, your blocks don't have to be square - they just need to have the sides measure one of your magic numbers.  The two whale blocks measure 12 1/2" by 6 1/2".  I am working on a vertical block next from the bird fabric.





As I finish each block, I have been placing it up on my design wall.  This will help guide you on what sizes and colors are needed.  I want my quilt to finish at about 42 by 48".  My next step is to probably add in some solids to help break the chaos up a bit.

I am really enjoying playing with these adorable fabrics!  
I hope to find some time this afternoon to make some more.

Hope you are finding time to spend on those things that make you happy!


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8 comments:

Leanne said...

Your quilt is looking like great fun!

Indianna said...

I love the fun fabric, it's going to be a very happy quilt.

Nicky said...

I made a baby quilt with this fabric by Dan Stiles! Love how you are putting it together. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your blocks really make the most of those cute fabrics!!

Jamie/Maryland Quilter said...

The fabric and pattern are perfect together!

Jasmine said...

I am loving the looks of your magic number blocks.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I'm really liking your magic number ideas, and can't wait for more. I really like this idea. cdahlgren at live dot com

Ruth said...

Love how this is turning out - that whale fabric is gorgeous!