Monday, March 31, 2014

playing with blocks

March is going out like a lamb today so I thought I'd take the blocks I've been working on outside for a photo shoot.

These are from the book Vintage Quilt RevivalYou can get it here.  They are (almost) all paper pieced so I learned something new - again!  I used white for a background here.

 Gray here.  (I love the Sudoku puzzle in the middle!)

 And no background here.  Not sure which I like better.  What do you think?

These I've been making with the Aurifil Block of the Month Club.  They are ordered here January, March, and February.  You post a picture of your block on their Flickr page each month and they randomly pick a winner.  The prize is a box full of Aurifil thread which would be fantastic but I'm not holding my breath.  This is the first BOM club I've joined.  It's fun!

Look who came out with me...she had just retrieved the soccer ball 9 times and is finding a bit of shade!!!



  1. Hi Karen, I like all of them but I do really like the White White background. I don't understand what "paper placement" means. DO you do it all in paper first? Is that Sudoku center a piece of paper? I'm just a little clueless!! Also the one I was talking about regarding the "cootie catcher" is the one here that is purple with turquoise and Yellow points. Originally I had thought that one was on the back of the quilt with plus signs!!

    1. Good questions! Paper piecing is actually called foundation piecing. You print patterns on paper then cut them out and sew the fabric to the paper. Then, when all the pieces are sewn on, you tear off the paper. It makes sharp points much easier. Very confusing at first but I'm getting the hang of it. The Sudoku center is a fabric! Isn't that sweet? And I thought that was what you meant about the cootie catcher!!!

    2. I loved the quilt that was picked as a finalist in the challenge. Could you win a prize for that? Let us know. How did they know about it? Maybe my friend Karen will become a famous quilt lady!!
      Good job! "Keep Calm and Carry On" quilting! J