Deciding to start over with the Be My Neighbor Quilt Along, I pulled out some really pretty springtime fabrics. This Beverly Park bundle from Connecting Threads came a couple of months ago specifically to do a lighter springtime quilt. I thought they would do nicely for this quilt too.
I pulled more springtime colors and started to figure out the first block again. The block from yesterday will be used in a charity quilt, and I have that one underway too. The light blue Moda marbles for sky is at the top of this picture. I have a darker blue to use as well, so the sky will have some variation.
Cutting takes more time than usual because a lot of decisions have to be made as to what colors to place where – house color, window print, roof fabrics, tower print, etc. You can see my notebook in this picture, all the patterns and instructions were printed, hole punched and then put in a binder. This way nothing gets lost.
I apologize for these pictures being so dark. I dropped my little camera and broke it. It is toast, so another used one of the exact same model was purchased online so I can use the same accessories as the broken one. I didn’t pay attention to the setting on the good camera, and it was still set for night pictures. Anyway, once again I picked up bits and sewed as much as I could at once.
This block didn’t start out well, as I sewed the points together wrong, so frogging the first seams stopped the progress.
Arrgggghh, this is why I cut extra large and square up HSTs – these should be 3-1/2 inches. So, I had to start over and remake several of these HSTs.
Then I did this. The third mess up with this bloody block!
Frogged those out, and finally made progress on some of the construction.
But apparently, I still need a lesson on reading the instructions. I messed up the tower roof too, sewing the chimney on sideways, so more frogging was in order.
But, eventually, I did get the block done. I added some daffodils to the sides of the tower to set it into a landscape. This block has the alternate blue fabric for the sky.
The re-made Block One went a bit faster. I used a flower with leaves fabric on either side of the now flowering tree to set it into a landscape. The tree has tiny oranges and leaves now. The actual block is lighter than this picture makes it appear.
Here are the first two blocks done.
I’ll be working on the third block to get it done before the next meeting. It has a bunch of really tiny pieces, and also some applique. I don’t do well with applique, so I’ll be getting out a couple of books to try to do better this time. I just need more practice. Plus it will give me some handwork to do, which I do enjoy. You can still get the downloads for the 12 house blocks on Bear Creek Quilting Moda Be My Neighbor, but I am not sure how long they will be there. I’ll get to block 3 next week, and then I plan to do one or two a month after that. There are sixteen blocks total, so we need a couple of months to have two. I will likely publish these on the first Wednesday of the month, as that is the monthly time for the local quilt shop’s meeting.
Do you like the new color choices? Do you want to quilt along?