This block of the month program is through Wish Upon A Quilt. It begins October, 4 2014 and will run for 12 months. Each month there will be a one hour lecture on that month’s block, but all the sewing is done at home. The different sections of the quilt can all be worked into other projects, and it will be an excellent learning opportunity for several techniques. My main interest in this quilt is in learning the techniques used in the different sections, especially the appliqué, but I like the fabrics in the quilt as well. The example quilt below isn’t made with the same fabric that we will be using, but you can get a good idea of what it will look like.
Month One – Bargello
By definition, a bargello quilt is one that is made of strips of fabric sewn together to create movement. This was my first experience with bargello, and I must say I really liked it. While it may look a little daunting to see these 110 blocks sewn together in a pattern, it actually is really fast and easy. You start with strips of fabric, and sew them all together to form one large block. Next, you sew the top and bottom of that block together to create a tube/loop of fabric. You take that tube and cut it into strips, then rip the seams in various places in order to convert your tube of fabric into a flat strip of pieced squares. I know I did a poor job of explaining that, so I have pictures below.
Since the block was easy and resulted in left over strips of fabric, a bonus project was given as well. The bonus project was supposed to be a table runner, but I must have gone wrong somewhere cause mine came out looking like a box. I kid I kid. After buying the additional fabric needed to complete the table runner, I decided I didn’t really want to make it. So I spent the month contemplating what I wanted to do with my spare strips and came up with a box! I ended up finishing it the night before my class for Block Two. I think it came out pretty well!
Month 2 – Offset Blocks
November’s block was another easy one that went together pretty quickly. This is one that I was looking forward to because I have had a very similar throw pattern sitting around for a while now. It took me only two nights to complete it, even though it was pretty big. The first night I cut my fabric, planned the layout, and stitched all the rows. The second night I joined the rows to create the block, which took hardly any time at all. There are no “making of” photos for this month because they would have been pretty boring (but then they usually are I guess). This quilt was a simple matter of cutting two different sizes of rectangles, stitching them into rows, then joining the rows. Done. Nothing fancy about this one in the least.
The bonus project for this month is a large tote bag, although I didn’t snag any photos of the example. I think I will actually make this project, unlike last month when I was all set to make the table runner and then went in a totally different direction. Although, lately I have been itching to get started on a quilt that has being laying on my “to do” shelf since last Thanksgiving though… so I am warring with myself on which I want to start first!