Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lots of curves

Block 11 - New York Beauty style
Growing up QAL


Block 11 featured both foundation paper piecing and curves. It was a New York beauty style block

I love foundation paper piecing and can tolerate putting curves together, but having to put 5 of them together was long.

I have to admit that the last two were easier, but I also didn't care as much by then! It's a miracle that they came out ok :-)

For the colour choice, since I had quite a bit of the light purple, it got the honour of being the background colour. The other pieces were added, mostly based on the size of scraps I had. I did deviate from Alida's two blocks by using the Block 1 pattern piece for the bottom curve, while the rest is from the Block 2 pattern.

I had originally thought of making both blocks but after the curves of this one, I was done!!!

Block 11 - foundation paper pieced and lots of curves
To-do Tuesday
Sergeant 150!

I have to make a label before Friday for my Sergeant Sesquicentennial wall quilt (and here I was hoping that I would never have to write that 150 word again!)

Each year I donate a small quilt to our Workplace Charity Campaign. This year, the Sergeant is it!When I was getting him ready to take to work, I realized that it didn't have a label.

I'll be making a 3" foundation paper pieced block that is a variation of the maple leaf. I can either make the leaf in a light colour so that I can print within it and have a colourful border, or I can make the leaf in one of the Canada 150 fabrics and just add a piece to the block to print on. I guess it will depend on what fabric I find first!

I just want to mention that I get many of my 3" foundation paper piecing patterns through the Quilting on the Square newsletter. (See Related Links)

Update: I just finished the quilt label and quilt sleeve. It's all ready for the auction - and that's a project crossed off my To-do Tuesday list!

















What I learned
  • One or two curves is fine - 4 is excessive!
  • My curves did get better by the fourth one, even if by then I didn't care much about accuracy.
  • I've had a great time making Alida's blocks in her QAL. It hasn't always been easy to get it done within the month, but I'm quite happy that I managed it.
  • I haven't decided how I'm going to sash and finish the quilt yet. There is no hurry since I still haven't found my first three blocks yet!
Related Links
Linking Parties: I'm linking up to the last link-up of Alida's Growing up QAL. Come see all of the amazing blocks! I will also be linking up to To-do Tuesday. It's nice having a little goal for my week :-) I am also linking up to these great linking parties. Check them out! Linky Tuesday,  Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers #100Needle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, MOP Monday

13 comments:

  1. Wow, I struggle with curves! Those look amazing!

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    1. Hi Anita, they were are struggle. I'm surprised that they came out so well!

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  2. I love NYB blocks. I like your colors!

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    1. Thanks Sally, I love the look of them also. Just not sure that I will be making any more of them soon!

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  3. Great job on Alida's block! Looks like curves and points turned out well - thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers 100!

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    1. Thanks Susan. I'm just glad that I only had to make one:-)

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  4. Very pretty. Yep, a few curves go a long way. But worth it! claire aka knitnkwilt

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    1. Thanks Claire. They are lovely. I'm just glad that I didn't have to make a whole quilt :-)

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  5. You did a great job with the curves! I don't like curves either and combining that with FPP makes them even more intricate, but that's why I left this pattern for last, so we could build up our skills and tolerance for challenging steps. I think it turned out beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Alida. I think that we did build up our skills or endurance :-) I'm really glad that it came out well given that I wasn't very patient with the last 2 curves!

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  6. Lovely NY style beauty. It's a beauty.

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  7. Your curves look great! That does sound like quite the challenging block, and yours turned out beautifully! I love The Sergeant quilt; that mustache!!

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  8. Yeah, those curves do look good. You're right, though - that's a lot in one block! The Sergeant is so cute! (Love your label.)

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