Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Summer sewing for me will be slower than winter and fall.  My husband and I do Flea Marketing and we participate in 3 major Long Yard Sales.  Our first was in May and our next is in June followed by the Longest Yard Sale in August.  I am only able to squeeze a little sewing in here and there so I have to choose projects that will work with this kind of schedule.
I do get a bit of hand quilting and piecing done while we are on site at the Sales.

For a while now I have been thinking about doing a quilt using solids.  As I was browsing blogs recently I came across the
Pile 'o Fabric blog written by Alyssa Lichner

She introduced the 2013 Modern Block of the Month and I loved it!  Working with solids with a modern approach to a sampler 
quilt -- what more could I ask for?

 I now have two blocks done.  The blocks finish at 24 inches which means it will become a quilt much quicker. 

This is the first block.  The background fabric is Kona Charcoal with Kona Khaki, Kona Azure, Kona Curry and Kona Snow.  I love this palette.

The second block is a Stained Glass block.  I am excited about how this turned out. 

It is not a difficult project but precision is key.  Sewing long lines can be tricky if you are not careful. You must make sure your cutting has been accurate and your seam measurement must be 1/4 inch with no wobbly lines.

Also, I think that working with solids  requires you to have a strong design and great quilting at the end.  The quilting cannot be "buried" in the fabric patterns.  This gives me a challenge to improve my machine quilting on my domestic sewing machine.

I am waiting to see how this sampler comes along.  Maybe I will do a Quilt As You Go technique.  Never have done a QAYG, but it is on my bucket list.

Stay tuned for more of these blocks to come.