Thursday, March 25, 2010

An Annoying Quilt

Hi everyone,
Just a little sewing going on here, first up is my (Fig and Plum) block 2 in the Jelly Roll Quilt Along over at Konda's blog.
Then in keeping with my personal challenge  to start sewing the many quilt kits I've accumulated~
I started with these.  They are from  Patchwork Party 2007 Spring edition.   If you're not familiar with the concept, you visit 12 different online shops to purchase 12 different sampler blocks.  Each shop offers their own finishing kit for their own rendition of the finished quilt.  Each block makes up a 12 inch block.  The ones I purchased used Sanctuary fabric by Three Sisters.  So I got them out and what an unpleasant surprise!  I assumed that the instructions would be for using a rotary cutter to construct them.  Uh, no.  To be fair, there were templates printed on the instruction sheet, but clearly the intent was for customers to purchase a template set by Marti Michell, who designed the blocks.  This little bit of info was not shared before purchase.  I might add the templates were weird sizes not readily duplicated through simple measuring.  I hope that's clear.  Anyway, I cannot stand working with templates so I made 12 different blocks and simply tried to keep the gist of the blocks similar.
Here's a few blocks,  Rolling Pin,
Foxy Grandpa!

Chinese Block,
and Four Crowns.
Now for the setting, I got the not-so-brilliant idea to set the blocks alternating with stepping stones blocks,  and bought some more of the red tone-on-tone fabric.
Too much red!  Tried another setting using a white floral,
and thought it too plain,
added pink which makes the already cut white floral the wrong size!  Yup, had to order more of the white floral.  Thank goodness for the one online shop that still has Sanctuary fabric.
I'll leave you with this little tree frog, cute on the shrub, not so cute when attached to your leg!  Thanks for stopping by.


Unknown said...

I did these too. Those templates are odd, not too mention expensive and while the idea of them is great, the pieces fitting exactly etc I found them a bigger pain then they were worth.
I don't think I ever put those together into a quilt...I'll have to check now. Thanks! :)

Needled Mom said...

What a nightmare! I like the blocks that you used instead though. Remember when we didn't have computers to find that much needed fabric?????

Aaaahhh....what a cute frog.

Allyson said...

Templates are evil. I love what you came up with instead. They're wonderful and perfect for Spring. I especially like how the red pops. Nice job! :)

Sasha said...

Hi Marianne! I'm so glad you commented on my 'Sunday Best" because I love your blog! Your quilts are amazing and I'm sure this one will be too- I never thought of changing the blocks on these things! It will be an idea that keeps me out of trouble sometimes too I'm sure! What about 9 patches instead of red squares, in red and pink so the red is the middle and corners and the pink is the the other four- it will have a "mini" effect of your first idea that was too red???? Maybe thats too forward of me! All I really wanted to say was I love your work! It's beautiful! Thanks!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That is a little frustrating about the templates. Your patience is paying off, though because the quilt top is looking beautiful.

The little frog is adorable :)