Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Happy Rick Rack Block and Novembers UFO finish!

We had two choices to work on in the Karen K. Stone class, Happy Rick Rack and Cactus Flower. Obviously I was going to do Happy Rick Rack--do you see the hexagons???
Happy Rick Rack

Cactus Flower

Here are both projects in person--sorry I didn't get more of Cactus Flower--you can tell where my interest lies....!

Karen has added some cool quilting and embellishments since the original photo was taken.
A lot of the quilting is bobbin work and done from the back of the quilt.
Karen called it her "60's" quilt--there are little embroidered daisies strewn through the border that were inspired by the daisy print she chose for the backing. 

Since I had such short notice, it was a scramble to choose fabrics to take to class.
 Because of the type of quilts Karen does, my first instinct was to take along my "funky" fabrics I've been collecting for my Steam-punk and Fractured quilts.
 In the end, and after reading that she felt you could use any style of fabrics for Happy Rick Rack, I pulled out some of my brighter Jo Morton fabrics and threw in a few dots and checks.

This is the block I managed to finish in class--quite a challenge for a non-paper piecer.
We cut our paper block patterns into spirals, pieced them and then sewed them back together.
Only 31 more to go to make the top!

This is the beginning of  Sharyn's block for Cactus Flower.
 I love all the black prints with the brights and her fussy cut center! 

Today I will be doing some Slow Sunday Stitching and linking up at Kathy's Quilts.
This is my UFO finish for November--I quilted it yesterday and will be binding today.
I think for December's UFO finish I will dig down to the bottom of the tub and bring out an oldie!


  1. Oh, yummy...I love that happy rick rack! And your Nov UFO is stunning.

  2. I have never seen the cactus or happy rickrack block...they are wonderful! Nice November finish!

  3. Your UFO is beautiful. Those other blocks make my head explode they look so difficult! :) Gorgeous, though!

  4. Those spirals are very effective

  5. I love that UFO. Thanks for the picture tour of all of those blocks. Beautiful. Cactus Flower is gorgeous.

  6. Looks like it was a terrific workshop with Karen Stone! I think I would have picked Cactus Flower too - great way to use rickrack! Your UFO is great!

  7. This looks amazing. What a great workshop.

  8. But how does the 'block' fit back together after you have sewn your seam? It seems like it would pucker etc.....? Love, love, love this!

  9. That looks like an amazing class with very challenging projects!

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