Triangles QAL #5

The 5th assignment on the Bernina Triangle QAL was another foundation paper-pieced block. On this occasion, I decided to leave the paper on until the end of the QAL, just to give some stability to those on-the-bias seams. Not that I’m moving the blocks around a lot, but just in case…

The only problem I had with this one is the direction of the prints; at the end I decided it didn’t matter what direction they took, as in the final layout the triangles will be rotated in different positions. I only hope that it doesn’t end up being a big mess of lines going in different directions!

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

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Triangles QAL #4

A quick and easy block (for those who already know how to work with foundation paper-piecing). I spent more time deciding on the fabric than actually sewing the blocks.

Btw, the schedule of this QAL has been changed and now it’s a two-block per month, instead just one monthly release, quilt-along.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

EPP Party #12: Chicago star

The blog has been quite quiet these past days. At the moment I’m working on long-term projects with no results worth sharing. And life happens and I don’t have so much time to sew as to maintain a regular posting schedule. However, I’ve joined a really fun challenge on Instagram, #30minssewingdaily hosted by Melanie Meyer, that encourages the participants to sew at least 30 minutes per day. Not much, some may think, but it’s great helping to get things done.

And in this context I sewed the 12th block for the EppParty. Not the last block, as it was an announced surprise that there would be a bonus 13th block… which is 24 x 24″!!!

As I wasn’t sure about the fabric, I just built the block each section at a time, taking into account the past blocks and how much each fabric had been used so far. For instance, the central square succulents were only featured on the first block so far!

Total block pieces: 49

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).

Triangles QAL #3

Although this block is easy to sew, it was quite tricky to trim down to size while keeping the middle strip centred… Not all of the units are as symmetrical as they should be, but I don’t think it will be something really visible once the quilt top is sewn together. Otherwise, I will have to redo them.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

EPP Party #10: Geese Encounter

Well, another block with difficult fabric choices! The combination of the light pink print with the green central triangles on two of the flying geese units doesn’t quite work (although in the beginning it looked just right –sigh-). I will assess it again at the end of the QAL and re-do it, if needed, according to the overall look of the quilt.

Total block pieces: 61

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).

EPP Party #9: Sugar wheel

Another block with a fabric combination that doesn’t fit in my normal scheme. In this one I was trying, more than to picture something specific, to bring the different fabric and colour combinations already used in different blocks together in one piece, to give cohesion to the overall quilt.

I also shifted the position of some of the pieces. At the end, I do quite like the final result.

Total block pieces: 58

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).

Triangles QAL #1

It’s a known fact that I love quilt-alongs. Also, that I love Brigitte Heitland’s (Zen Chic) designs. So it shouldn’t be any surprise that I joined the Triangles-QAL hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog (original post in German here, the English version here).

This is a monthly QAL, and the first step really just needed an afternoon work (preparing fabric and cutting included). I say step because there are 15 triangle-blocks that needed to be done.

For this quilt I’m using selected prints from the collection Doe, by Carolyn Friedlander, for Robert Kaufman fabrics; all from a fat quarter bundle I purchased on early 2016. It just seemed the right choice, and I’m really happy I have finally put these fabrics into use. I still have to decide on the contrast fabric, though. And I have a new design board, made just in time for this project.

 

EPP Party #8: Anana

A pineapple block English-paper-pieced? Yes! Although I think that if I need to sew some of these again I will turn to traditional piecing, it was interesting to play with it. The biggest issue were the long seams – they were endless to sew!-.

At first I wasn’t sure how to tackle the fabrics for this one, but then the “pineapple” shapes reminded me of the pillow I did some months ago, and it was clear how this block needed to look like.

So four new succulents for my particular garden!

(Btw, I’m in love with the colour scheme of this one. I may keep it in mind for future inspiration…)

Total block pieces: 37

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).