Hello, and welcome to the month of March! It seems like just yesterday it was January. Time sure flies fast with a young one (who will be 6 this month by the way) and I am itching to complete some projects this month!
March is one of my favorite months. Probably because I was born in March. And my son – we were born 10 days apart. A few years (okay many years) but just 10 days between birthday celebrations. So among other projects this month that I want to complete or make some progress on, the one at the top of my list is the Urban Pods Quilt – let’s call it a birthday present for me.
The Urban Pods quilt design uses the Quick Curve Ruler, and I have chosen to use the Elizabeth fabric line by Studio E Fabrics. Unfortunately, Studio E doesn’t seem to still have the Elizabeth fabric line on their website, so you’ll have to get an idea of the fabrics from my images.
If you are not familiar with the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful, I encourage you to check it out – the ruler and associated patterns are deceptively difficult. At first glance the entire process looks tricky, but if you take the time to carefully set up your fabric, your cuts, and when sewing your pieces – it will come together in no time.
I have about half of my blocks done, but only 10 of them fully trimmed to the final size. The problem I ran into is I want to do several of these at a time, so that I can get into the right mindset and relaxation mode to sew all of these curves, perfectly of course! I just need to find the time where I can sit down and focus on finishing them, perfectly.
There are 2 curves to sew per block, and then you trim down the block to an even smaller size, so when you sew together the final quilt top, there is a very slim margin on that small curve piece. I am looking forward to finishing all the blocks and doing the layout so that I can sew the top together, and see just how small that small margin of fabric will be. And then I need to figure out how to have it quilted. Being a modern quilt design with mod fabric, it can’t be just any old quilting.
Here are my pieces in progress, and a couple examples of finished blocks, so you can get an idea. I think there are 98 blocks total so I have some work ahead of me, but I think I can do it, I think I can at least get the blocks finished this month. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it finished by next Sunday? Happy Birthday to me!
So… go check out the Quick Curve Ruler. You will become addicted, and a master, in no time! Which pattern will you choose to complete?
So… It’s been a while since I have been able to come into my office and cut or sew anything, or be able to sit down at a computer and work on anything at all. But I am anxious to get back to my projects in progress, as well as new projects that I want to start. And to do that, I will be going out of order and starting something new before finishing anything else first. Horrible I know, but I have to. See, it’s for my new niece Diana. I think all my other projects would understand.
What I am doing for her is a basic 9-patch with sashing, but the colors are so bright and fun I think it will turn out well. I found a fabric strip pack precut and bundled by my local quilt shop Gossypium with mostly Les Amis fabric, and a few others thrown in to round out the fabric selection to 20. From that, I am cutting 10 strips into 14 squares, and 10 strips into 13 squares, for a total of 270 squares for the 9-patch blocks, and then sashing in between.
Today I was able to accomplish step 1. Hopefully sometime this week I can sit down and start to sew all the pieces together. But it’s a start! And I have another set of fabric strips so if I like it, I can create another one!
Check out my progress with Step 1 below, and I would love to hear what you think!
Les Amis Squares – 2 sets of 14 squares each, 2 sets of 13 squares each
Les Amis Squares
Les Amis Sample 9-Patch
As part of the course materials for the For the Love of Sewing Skill Builder, we were given a Block Coloring Worksheet for the complete quilt layout. It was a little tricky to try and fill in every white space, especially since my colored pencils don’t do justice to the final fabric selections, but here is my attempt at a color layout. And view my fabric color selection photo here.
And again, my Kona Solids color selections are:
Black and White as needed
I would love to know what you think – let me know in the comments below!
I have completed the first few steps of the For the Love of Sewing Skill Builder project, but was stuck on the “select your colors” task. I was waiting to get the 28 new Kona Solids colors to make my final selection. Unfortunately they were out of one of the colors when I ordered last week, but I don’t think I’ll be using Punch in this project.
So… My color selections for the For the Love of Sewing Skill Builder Block of the Month are:
With Black and White pops added as needed
I’m excited to see how the colors come together with each block, and for the overall finished product!
Check out this link to see the whole class, and sign up yourself!
Here we are with the final block in the Crosses chapter! This final block was fun to do with the Lazy Stripes and Kona Ivy – I had fun playing with the lines on the crosses in this block. I am looking forward to starting the Rectangles chapter next week. Now back to cutting and sewing for 20 more blocks!
Fabrics used in this block:
The Birds & The Bees: Lazy Stripe in Pond
Kona Solid: Ivy