Happy block 30, we’ve-sewn-all-our-blocks-day!
I confess, at the beginning I wasn’t planning on sewing all 30 blocks. I planned to sew a few here and there and mostly cheer you all on to make yours. But I am so glad I made them all, it was really fun to have a set project with an end goal like this. I haven’t ever done a 100 day project or anything like that, but I can see how the psychology of committing to a daily project really keeps your fire burning.
If you have experienced a loss of mojo or interest in you usual creative passions, try choosing a simple pattern and commit to a certain amount to time to work every day. It could be actual time (like 15 minutes) or a certain amount of progress, like sewing a single block. This month has been amazing for me emotionally because having this project “forced” me to sew. Rather than getting sucked into a million distractions, I committed time every day to sit at my cutting table or sewing machine. I have a feeling if you are reading this, you can relate to how much that helps to keep us happy and reduces stress.
The blocks. Do you have a favorite? You can download all the free patterns <<here>> any time. They will remain on the site. I also have a kit of fabrics to make yours like mine if you want. <<Buy kit here>>
I hope that even if you are a relative beginner quilter, you’ll give these a try. Projects like this are a great opportunity to grow your piecing skills and get a TON of practice with consistent seam allowance, pressing and matching points.
I like sampler quilts (Medallions, too, for the same reason) for the chance to try different color and fabric combinations. Each block is a low commitment “mini quilt” ideal for experimenting with color, value and placement. On a few of the blocks, I veered from the color placement on the pattern to emphasize a different shape using value or color. Even though these blocks are classics, there are tons of ways to individualize them to your own taste.
For block 15, I have published a tutorial on how to make all.those.triangles a bit easier and avoid having to sew the framing strips as instructed in the pattern. See the block 15 hack <<here>>. You can also individualize your blocks by adding a piece of the same fabric in every block, or, like I did, using different “background” for blocks. I wanted to use fabrics in my stash rather than a large piece of yardage, so these are bits and bobs of light prints I already had. That feels great and adds a touch of whimsy to the quilt. Of course, your quilt will be unique if you choose a creative layout for putting them together, too.
I got so excited about the Dresden plate block, #7, that I made a video showing you how to make it step by step. Dresdens are such a classic, cute block, every quilter should have them in their toolbox. Learn about that and watch video on <<this post>>.
So, our blocks are gorgeous and it’s time to sew them into a quilt! I have lots of ideas and several layout suggestions for you. In my next post, I’ll give you the directions for my favorite ever sampler setting. It’s easy, but makes a big impact. Meantime, get those blocks sewn up and ready for putting it all together!
Be well my friends, and happy sewing!
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