Friday, October 15, 2010

Getting back to basics...

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks...that may be true, but you can certainly teach an old quilter a new trick or two!  (Disclaimer: Not that I or any of my friends that are embarking on this journey are old!!! LOL ...just had to clear that up in case they are reading!)  

You've heard me mention my evening sewing group before that Lynda and I attend once every 2 months and the challenges that we've tried before in an attempt to improve our quilting skills.  Well after a bit of a wobbly start in 2010, we decided that our new challenge over the next 2 years would be to work our way through some of the blocks in the Lynne Edwards' New Sampler Quilt Book.  I was very lucky to obtain a copy, as I can see looking at Amazon that getting this particular copy is near impossible, however it looks like she has a new version out..if you are interested.

In case you aren't familiar with Lynne's book, the suggested method of assembly is to quilt-as-you-go.  I could make this quilt in the traditional manner, but as this is an exercise of trying new things and working outside my comfort zone I will be following Lynne's advice to the letter.  Something that is very hard for me to do considering that I like to change and modify things on a regular basis.

We started our journey with the Delectable Mountains block.  I have to admit this is one of my least favourite quilt blocks, but I'm rather pleased with the results.  I have decided to do a mixture of machine and hand quilting so in the next few week I will add some quilting to this block in the open areas.



The second block was 3D flying geese.  I have used this method before for 3D bow ties and was really impressed with how easy it was to put this block together.



Can you see the little pocket?  Just the place to tuck in a secret note.



And just to make things even more productive...I've decided to make 2 blocks each time we meet...the second set will be made in homespun fabrics.  I think it will be really interesting to see how different these 2 quilts will look once they are done.




Until next time...

16 comments:

Di said...

Simply lovely blocks, Jane! I think the dainty florals are perfect for these designs, and will certainly enjoy watching your other blocks join the pile. Like you, I've used the 3D method to make bow ties and found I enjoyed the effect - the
"loose goose" blocks are just as effective. :-))

autumnesf said...

What a cool way to challenge yourself and learn the traditional stuff. Maybe I should give that a shot myself. So far I've only done really easy free stuff off the internet. Havent touched a triangle or a point of any kind really.

Timi said...

I love the colours of your quilts! They look great!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Nice blocks! How big are they? I like doing sampler quilts--I learn as I make new types of blocks. You are off to a good start on these projects!

Lisa said...

The blocks look great. I like you idea of making two sets. I think I am going to try this also when ever I can. Have a great day.

Jackie said...

What a great project! How big are they? It's amazing how different the blocks look in the 2 difference fabrics.

I wonder what the difference is between the 2 versions of this book...

Janet said...

What great blocks! I like how you've done them in 2 different colorways. It will be fun to watch you work your way through this challenge.

Victoria said...

Lovely... especially like that little secret pocket!

Karen said...

I respect you for following the rules even though it is against your nature. You just might discover something new! They are both beautiful sets of blocks. I like the homespuns best!

Quilter Kathy said...

How fun! What an interesting challenge you have set for yourself!

Terry said...

I just love your blocks Jane! They're beautiful! :0)

Cathi said...

Your blocks are absolutely beautiful! I love the 3D flying geese!

Anina said...

Lovely! I've never tried the quilt-as-you-go technique but it may help me actually complete a quilt in the near future. I'll have to see if I can find one the her books. Thanks for the info.

sewkatiedid said...

I love all that plaid~

Lynda said...

Trust you to say that you are going to follow the instructions to the letter, and then do something creative! Lovely!

Sherri said...

These are some great blocks! I think I need to find this book!