Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A Little Afternoon Delight

The Quilt Show released part six of the BOM mid-March in addition to part three  at the beginning of March. The idea is to give us some busy work since we are spending a lot of time at home.
And what is the busy work, you ask?

We now have the measurements to make the double nine patch blocks.
There are 64 blocks needed for the quilt. The block finishes at 6.75". My plan was to work on them at my spring retreat, but that has been cancelled. My new plan is to make the small nine patch blocks as leader/enders since I have all year to get them done. 

 Before I started cutting strips, I re-finagled my leftover four patches (from the shoo fly blocks I made in month one of the BOM) and pieced them into nine patches. Both the four patches and the nine patches require 1.25" squares, so  just needed to add more squares.
I was really itching to have more piecing to do and was so tempted to join Bonnie Hunter's Unity quilt along--I love me a medallion quilt!  But really--I just needed  something to work on at my sewing machine. I opted to stay focused (for now), and have been spending a little time each afternoon working on the little nine patches. I have 82 made and need a total of 320.
 These are all the applique blocks I have finished as of last week on the design wall. I'm glad I finally put them up there because I can see now that I need to add more pink and green. And yellow.
 I've made a template to help trim the blocks. The blocks need to be trimmed to 7.25" and this makes it pretty easy to situate on the block, mark around with a pencil and then trim up using a ruler and rotary cutter. 
Only one more April block left to stitch down!  
Amazingly, I have not purchased anything quilt related since our "lock-down" began. I admit to having spent a bit lot of time browsing online and filling carts, but have resisted pushing that tempting Buy Now button.  Soooo, this was a fun little package to get in the mail: a nifty shirting from sweet Janet.  
Thanks again, Janet! 

No progress to report on my April goal--I haven't been able to motivate myself to start quilting Cheddarback. I thought I was waiting for a sunny day to add better light to my sewing room, but today is beautiful and I'm still not feeling the urge--lol! 

16 comments:

  1. Just beautiful applique blocks...and those little 9-patches are so cute...hand in there, ~ ~ ~ waving from Julierose

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  2. that is beautiful - I love that quilt and I intend to make it!! I have the pattern for the whole quilt - I just really want to finish a few more in progress before I start it. Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt one day

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  3. Making those double 9 patches does make a great leader/ender project.
    Your applique blocks look wonderful together. As you said, a perfect way to see what colours are needed.

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  4. The applique blocks are wonderful. I like your method for trimming up the blocks. Looks very accurate! I've been making little 4 patches as a L&E project. But I don't have much motivation to figure out a plan. Maybe tomorrow 🤔

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  5. All of these blocks are so pretty. It's so hard to say no to a fun new project.... but we have to say no or at least "not yet" sometimes.

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  6. The nine-patches look like a fun project. Right up my alley. There's a quilt i want to make (someday) that requires a whole bucketload of them. Doing them as leader/enders sounds like a plan. Your applique blocks are gorgeous! I love the colors.

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  7. Such pretty blocks, all of them. I needed a clear color fix right now, I'm working on deep colors (which I love) but sometimes a brighter color scheme is very welcome. You do such nice work.

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  8. The applique blocks are beautiful and the nine patches are just darling. It's going to be a stunning quilt in the end. Good idea to make a trimming template Don't feel bad about the Cheddarback quilt. It will call to you when the time is right. I find trying to work on something that I don't feel like working on right then usually results in a date with my seam ripper.

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  9. Oh, love those nails in the last photo. My dad was a carpenter. Fun quilts, love the little 9-patches.

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  10. Your Afternoon Delight blocks are wonderful! And inspiring. Did you applique the spinning center on the one block? It is one that is red and yellow. I have tried making a block like that in the past in a couple of methods and nothing worked well. It is a design that I like a lot.
    It is entertaining to fill a cart and push the button to purchase and a challenge not to push it but you are doing well. Me, I haven't purchased much fabric but have ordered a few supplies and patterns.

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  11. I have the pattern also - maybe 2021! Enjoy! Your 9 patches are pretty!

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  12. That quilt is going to be AMAZING! Wish I could say that I hadn’t made any isolation purchases. I admire your will power.

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  13. I love everything about this quilt you're working, Karen! Your color combinations are fabulous and the applique patterns are delightful. And you're a quarter of the way finished with those little double 9-patch blocks.
    Does the pattern suggest the colors for the appliqued blocks or are you choosing your own colors? And how many more do you have to make? I like the color balance you have now and can imagine two more pink and green blocks to balance the two you have, and two more red/yellow blocks for balance. I'm sure you have your own vision, though, and it will be beautiful. You have awesome color sense.

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