Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More Quilts Etc. Blocks

If you read my blog regularly, you will have heard me mention belonging to a "First Saturday Block of the Month" group at a local quilt shop named Quilt's Etc. This year our theme is "Every Barn Tells a Story". We are given instructions for making a basic block that finishes at three inches or twelve inches. We are also given instructions for a barn with the three inch block featured on it. I have decided to do both blocks. Because the blocks are pretty basic, I decided to challenge myself and add hand applique to the twelve inch block. I get the instructions for the block and draw it out on graph paper and design an applique to compliment the block. I have done very little hand applique so it has been a learning experience, but I'm enjoying the process. Here are October's and November's blocks.

 I seem to have an inability to follow instructions and so every month I find myself redesigning the barns and adding more details. This can be a bit interesting and time consuming, but it's fun and makes the barn uniquely mine. I figure these blocks out using my Quilt Pro computer program. Here's my October and November barns. 

 November's barn was a real challenge to put together. I think they are going to be a little more simple from now on...maybe!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Let's Get This Quilt Together!

OK, so you've finished all your blocks. Now it's time to construct you 2013 BOM quilt. I have written the instructions and checked them numerous times, but due to my circumstances just now, I'm unable to actually put my quilt together using them. So if you encounter any problems, please email me and I will make corrections. The finished quilt will measure approximately 58 1/2" x 74 1/2".  Just right for a cozy lap quilt. So here's the finished quilt.
 Click here for the instructions. 
I would love to hear from any of you who have made these blocks and see pictures of your blocks or quilt!