I am SOOOO behind on my summer sampler blocks!!
I went to the beach during week 2, and then it took a week to get back on track, so I missed week 3 as well. And then with my crazy notion of making 2 of each block (which I actually really like doing...it gives me a chance to refine my talents before I move on and forget each block!) I'm even more behind since it takes me twice as long. That said, I LOVE this sampler quilt-along! It's been so neat to see traditional blocks come together in modern fabrics. The flickr pool is awesome. I'm telling you, between google reader, flickr and now Pinterest, it's no wonder my house is a mess!!
But I have found a few minutes to sew up some blocks. Since I last posted about the sampler, I finished another Mosaic block. Here are my two versions of it:
And I'm almost caught up with week 2. Sad, I know.
Kate posted two versions of her block Flower Garden Path. Her's looked like this:
Next up was Faith's tutorial for the Star block involving paper piecing.
I had never tackled paper piecing that I can remember, but I had read about it before and seen quilting shows on it, so I was very familiar with the concept. I will say, this was the first block I've run into that was a bit of an issue to make with a layer cake. See, Faith's block along with all of the others I saw on flickr used just 2 colors for the star. BUT...I didn't have enough of any one fabric from the layer cake to do that! Faith said each piece should be roughly 4x10...I could only get 2 from each LC square. So, I improvised and decided my stars would be a little scrappy. I just used 2 shades of each color instead of one. But, I'll tell you another secret about me...I'm incredibly
In the end, I really like them and the process of paper piecing. My red and blue star somehow got a little short all the way around, so I will be considering some creative sashing ideas in the next few weeks...
My next block is Lee's Arkansas Traveler and I love it! It's so fun and lively...another block added to "Make a quilt out of this block" list!