The LQS here started a quilt along in January for the Moda Fabrics Be My Neighbor quilt. The original publication of the block instructions were done late last year. So, I decided to do this monthly meeting so I can keep up with a few friends. The shop emailed me the first blocks, but I couldn’t even think about sewing for over a week. Finally on the day before the meeting, I thought I should at least get one block done, so I pulled some scraps and got busy.
This one takes some concentration as each block is different and has lots of pieces that are close in measurement. The background on this one has a 2-1/2-inch square and a 2-1/2 x 2-3/4-inch rectangle. So careful placement is essential. As I usually do anyway, I laid out the bits to be sure they were all in the right spots.
Then I picked up adjoining pieces and sewed as many as I could chain style.
Took all those the the ironing board, then laid out the block again.
Pick up the pieces that could be done next, and chain pieced again until I ran out of bits.
I kept going like this until the entire block was sewn. I put a white on white lacy print in the ‘windows’ to look like lace curtains, but it was too subtle.
When I got the block done, I thought ho-hum. I am doing what I always do, choosing the same colors I usually do. So, this block is going to become an orphan. I am going to re-sew another one in spring colors. The trees will become flowering trees instead of evergreens, and I bought some sky fabric in a pale blue Moda marbles with some white that looks like clouds. One of the other ladies in the quilt-along group also brought up an interesting idea. She added in a grass patch on either side of her tree, creating a “horizon”, which sets the tree into a landscape. I liked the look of that too. So, now I am four blocks behind, but who cares! Quilting should always be fun. I have all the best intentions of keeping up, but I am not going to stress out if I am a bit behind.
The patterns are still available at Bear Creek Quilting online, in free downloads. Click on Be My Neighbor to get all the patterns if you’d like to quilt along too, or maybe to join in later.
Want to quilt along with this one? What are you working on?