Monday, February 20, 2012

A design wall from the instructionally challenged for Monday

Last week I didn't even turn on my sewing machine. Nothing was calling my name. Those SNW blocks I put up last Monday are pretty, but not what I wanted to work on. So I took them down and then I had a totally blank design wall and that was just too too empty. So I pawed around in my storage cubbies and found the giant ziploc bag that held these blocks and sewed up a few more on Sunday.



I hadn't totally forgotten about these. They still lurked in a dusty corner of my brain and I was happy to see them again. The fabric is the Verna collection by Kate Spain from Moda. I think it was released over a year ago. I love this collection. Very soft and springy.



That tulip print is my favorite and I have enough for the border, but I just realized that if I want it to all face the same direction I'm going to have to do some piecing. May have to rethink that idea.

Now the pattern started life as Jelly and Jam from Fig Tree. However if you look at my blocks you will see that they don't look like the pattern. This is because I suffer from being instructionally challenged in that I don't pay attention!!! My blocks have the small triangles in the center of the block. They are suppose to be at the corners of the blocks -sheesh why didn't I see that before I sewed over half of them together??? I think the block I am making is really called a Propeller block and no matter what its called it is staying this way.

Now when I was starting these blocks last year, my BFF told me that the blocks looked different than the pattern. I emphatically told her that my blocks were just like the pattern. Since she is my BFF she didn't tell me that I was wrong and let me figure it out for myself. What a great BFF. I also wish that when I bagged these blocks up and hermetically sealed them that I had written a note to myself as to how many blocks I planned on making. In looking at the strips I've sewn together my guess is that I planned on making 64 blocks - I have enough fabric for 64 and that is going to be the correct number. 32 down and 32 to go!

To Sandie who last week asked what was the pattern name for the big heart blocks - it is called Hearts & Stars by The Ginger Cookie Company and the copyright is 1998. I tried googling it and couldn't find it anywhere. There was no email address for me to respond to your comment. If you email me at CFUN53@gmail.com we can chat about this pattern.

Hope you are enjoying a day off - happy stitching!

carol fun

14 comments:

  1. You can arrange blocks any way you want, and call them Jelly and Jam, so there! Very cute! I had some of the Verna fabrics that I used for the Block-A-Palooza some months ago. Love the fabric, didn't love how the quilt turned out. Yours is still cute!

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  2. These blocks are so fun...love them just the way they are!

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  3. Sometimes a sewing accident turns into a happy thing! With those colors and this amazing Ohio sunshine it certainly feels like Spring.

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  4. I think the blocks look great the way they are.

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  5. Your blocks looks wonderful and you're definitely not the first that's sewn blocks the wrong way. I can't tell you how many times I have done that but surprisingly enough, I liked my version as well as what it was suppose to be!!

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  6. Looks good to me and very cheerful. Lots of movement and happy colors.

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  7. I love the springy colors in this. Has me dreamin' of warmer days coming our way. :)

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  8. Those blocks are beautiful and so springy! :0)

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  9. I love the blocks the way they are, I just couldn't see it in the pattern:)

    BFF

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  10. Ha Ha! I love how you do things. The blocks have turned out so well.

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  11. I love your version of the blocks. That fabric will make a sweet spring quilt. How nice to have it half done already! A treat :-)

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  12. Adore this! Whatta mental breeze of early spring.

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  13. I like your blocks better than the original pattern blogs...they look very fun!

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