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Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Quilt
Style Traditional, Casual
sewgurlie on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Stash cotton fabrics; mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics (although I did have to supplement with some new ones) with a few others sprinkled in.

sewgurlie on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I wanted a larger quilt, so found 10 more blocks that I wanted to add, just for a little more variety. I may add an outer border just to finish it off. If I do, it will be the same fabric as the sashing, so won't really change the design significantly. Otherwise, the top is done! Yea! Better late than never. :) Oh, and I'm pleased to have used Kaffe fabric that I've been "saving", waiting for just the right project.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If there's a block you don't particularly like, or another one you want to include, go for it.

sewgurlie on craftsy.com

Nicely done! Great job adding blocks to increase the size. Love the color scheme.

11/17/2013 Flag

Thank you. Finding new blocks was fun - there's so many to chose from.

11/29/2013 Flag

Your quilt is beautiful. Love the intensity of your fabric colors. I took a look at some of your individual blocks, and wow! Did you add lace to your strip quilting block? Nice addition! Love the creativity! Congratulations!

11/26/2013 Flag

Wow! Thanks for your comments. Yes, there is lace and rickrack in a couple of the blocks, as well as some machine embroidery in the centers of a few.

11/29/2013 Flag

This is gorgeous. I started quilting in 1988 and did at least 2 a year. I never used a machine. Mine were hand stitched from beginning to end. My disabilities finally got the nest of me in 2004 and I placed my husbands second quilt, the Mariner's Compass away until I could find someon e that could hand quilt close to mine so they could finish it for me. I'm Still anxiously waiting. This is such a lovely quilt. It would be an honor if I could do half as well as you did. The colors, the block combinations, everything is so perfect. I hope you entered this into a fair? I hope you continue to uilt because this is the only one in many years that actually made me say "WOW." Did you machine this and if yes, who taught you how to machine quilt? You should be very proud and remember, keep it out of the sun. Mary Bandy

12/31/2013 Flag

Mary, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comments! I have to admit I wasn't enthralled with this quilt design until the very end - after I added additional blocks to make it larger. I think that and the sashing really helped pull it all together for me. Handquilters like you, and my mother-in-law and her sisters, have always impressed me. I, however, could not get "into" it - mine are quilted on my home machine - kind of a slow, self-taught process.. . This one is not yet quilted - I put it away for the holidays while finishing other projects. I'll post another photo when it's completed. Thank you again for your inspiring words.

01/01/2014 Flag

Gorgeous! You did a fantastic job. Where did you find the pattern for extra squares - 4 down, 1 across (looks like bells) and 5 down, 2 across (intersecting triangles)?

01/14/2014 Flag

Hi Diane - sorry I didn't see your post earlier. Thanks for your comments. Yes, it is a bell pattern I found online, though I can't find the site anymore. I think it was quiltlibrary.com, but I'm not sure. My block still needs the little clappers appliqued on. The intersecting triangles block is called "Interlaced Star" in a book of blocks I have. The book is "1000 Great Quilt Blocks" by Maggi McCormick Gordon. It's been a great resource book. You might also find it by doing an internet search. Good luck!

02/20/2014 Flag

Me again. :) Out of curiosity, I googled "interlaced star quilt block" this morning and found this tutorial on making the star. I've made the block a couple times (it's one of my favorites) using the template method. I'd love to see what you come up with if you do make this block.

02/21/2014 Flag

Oops. Forgot to add the link. Duh http://www.haveyoumetus.net/michelle/blog/?p=1796

02/21/2014 Flag