Friday, May 27, 2011

Guild blocks

Today, I spent some time making blocks for my guild today.  This one is the BOM that is due in June.  One of the things I like about my mostly traditional guild is the opportunity to practice my piecing skills.  I am getting better at making my corners and points meet.  I am also getting better at cutting and sewing with a 1/4" seam.  I think it is all because of making these blocks pretty regularly.

This is one of the presentation blocks I am making.  I will make another one in pink and white.  The only downside of participating in all these block making opportunities is that I often don't have the required fabric.  Until recently, I did not have any white on white.  I looked through my stash bins today and found only two pastels that weren't batiks.  I really thought I had more, especially purple.  I guess I should buy fat quarters of these kinds of colors every now and then so when I need them I will have them.

My quilting tastes are very eclectic.  I really like a traditional style quilt with star blocks.  I also like a good churn dash quilt.  I am drawn to old fashioned feeling fabric like those designed by Kansas Troubles.  Then there is my love affair with improvisational quilting.  I really enjoy pulling scraps and sewing them together to make new fabric and then building something with it or around it.  I love the colors in the new fabrics out there, but I think I may just be a bit too old fashioned to really appreciate all the patterns.  I do appreciate the talent out there and the fabric companies who support these artists.   My biggest problem is that there are not enough hours to make all the things I want to. 

 I did take a little time to make a bit of crazy cloth by cutting up a D9P block I made back in January.  I will be using it to cut up and make a more traditional block.  Oh, how much fun I have in the studio!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful long weekend.
Joyful quilting, everyone.


beth said...

I sure like what you did to that D9P!!!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I am also torn between the two styles of quilting. I am glad I am not the only person who straddles the fence. There is a place in quilting for all of us. Yes, time is always a many ideas, so little time! I post about that often.

Lisa said...

I know how you feel! I love the improve quilting, but sometimes really need the order and structure of traditional quilting. Lucky us we get to do both!

Anonymous said...

Miki, I think I have projects scheduled out to about 2014 right now! LOL Thanks for showing your lovely blocks - your piecing is marvelous! I am just starting the learning process of taking scraps and making fabric....hope I can do as well as what I see you do!
Jacque in SC