Block Swap

Block Swap

I didnt mean to go AWOL for the last two weeks. I was struck down with the flu for almost a week while my children survived on frozen peas and Dora on replay.  This last week I’ve been busy trying to catch up on life.

I received a new block from my Sew-n-Swap group this week. This block is a beautiful blue floral block from Jeanette.

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She even embroidered her name onto it!

I absolutely love that each block is as stunning as it is unique and I’m so excited about my quilt!

Thank you Jeanette!

My week hasnt been entirely without sewing.  I’ve been working on a few bits and peices for a local market celebrating International Womens Day.  More to follow on this later in the week!

Block Swap

Butterfly Block

This gorgeous block is called “Mothers Day” by Amy Gibson at Stichory Dickory Dock.

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I mixed it up ever so slightly by adding some applique butterflys because, why not.  Sadly my block is just a little too large to go out as a block swap, but it will make a fabulous cushion cover for my daughters bedroom!

I made it again, this time without the butterflys (I’m all out of applique paper!).  The envelope is addressed and its ready to go!

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Block Swap, My Dresden Obsession

Rainbow Dresden Block

I’ve been wanting to try a quilters colour wheel for a long time now.  I attempted a sort of rainbow chevron a few weeks back but I was wholly unhappy with the result.  While pondering my unspiring result I realised how fabulous it would look as a dresden plate.  I purchased a dresden template at the quilters expo back in February of this year and have not yet been brave enough to try it….until today.

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I’m really happy with the result and have a million ideas for a quilt….perhaps appliqued onto a black and white quilt?  Or make another six blocks the same and peice them together randomly? The possibilities are endless.  What kind of quilt would you like to see?

UPDATE:  I’ve completed the quilt top.  You can see my progress here https://giraffeinmypocket.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/rainbow-dresden-quilt/

Block Swap

Lone Starburst Block

For 2015 I’ve set myself a challange to learn one new quilting technique every month.

To facilitate this challange I’ve joined a block swap – hooray!  Every month I will learn a new technique and create a block which will be sent to someone somewhere in the world.  In return I will receive a block.  At the end of the year I will have 12 beautiful blocks made by 12 fabulous women from all over the world.

I am so excited about the swap I’ve made a head start and completed my January block.  I chose paper peicing for this month and followed a tutorial from Anna at Six White Horses.

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You can find the pattern here on Craftsy.

 Have you made any New Years resolutions?