Thursday, May 14, 2015

2012 Designer Block of the Month Quilt

I started this block of the month quilt in the summer of 2012, about six months after I started quilting. It feels so awesome to mark this one off the project list! This quilt is a gift for one of our aunts.

2012 Designer Mystery Block @ FQS | Vintage Modern | 69.5" x 87”

I made this quilt as part of the 2012 Designer Mystery Block program at Fat Quarter Shop. Kitted quilts don't involve much creativity, but they are fantastic for learning and improving skills without having to worry about all the aesthetic decisions that come with making a quilt. They also make for nice, relaxing side projects. I only stuck with the monthly sewing for a few of the blocks, but it was fun receiving a pretty package in the mail each month!

The instructions were very clear and organized. All the fabrics are from Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille. The Fat Quarter Shop sent more than enough fabric. I actually made two blocks from the fabric for the third block on the first row.

All the blocks in this quilt consist of flying geese, half square triangles, goose in the corner blocks (flippy corners?), and/or basic square/rectangle blocks. When I first started, all these blocks looked so complicated. I was surprised when I learned how they were made from the same simple parts in different configurations. My proficiency with all these basic quilt building blocks improved greatly over the course of making this quilt.

I pre-washed and starched all the top fabrics. My blocks always look better when I starch! I took special care to piece the striped sashing so that the striped pattern was continuous with no breaks.

The backing is Cream Cotton Blossom. When I was done quilting, I remembered that I had washed all the fabric except the backing! Thankfully, everything came out of the dryer fine. (All these pictures are post-wash.)

This is my favorite block! Sunday Drive designed by Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson

Quilted with a large stipple using Aurifil 50wt White. This is the second large quilt I have quilted with my frame. Sometimes I feel like I have no idea what I am doing, but that feeling is slowly subsiding. I read The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy recently and one paragraph really put things in perspective for me:
[While attending a cardiac arrest situation] We were in the doorway, watching the madness unfold. "Michael Jordan said the game would slow down for him," Baio whispered, "when he was in the zone. The more of these you see, the slower things will move." 
A basketball player, a doctor and a quilter might not have that much in common professionally, but the mental process for acquiring new skills is similar. Right now quilting feels a little chaotic, but the more I quilt the easier it will become. This second quilt already felt a little easier than the first quilt, which felt easier than the two baby quilts.  I am sure this will continue as I quilt through my rather large backlog of quilt tops!

The binding is Candy Apple Gumdrop. I love red bindings, so I was pretty happy that it was the binding fabric provided!

There is a Flickr group for this block of the month club. It is fun to see the different quilting and layout choices. I really love what Elaine @ Messy Goat did with her quilt. The layout is stunning and she really made the quilt special and meaningful.

Next week, I will be sharing my Quilty Fun finish. I have two more large quilt tops that will be quilted as soon as I piece the backings. I am also working on two baby quilts.

I will be linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric StudioThank Goodness It's Finished Friday (which is being hosted at -A Quarter Inch from the Edge this week) and  Show off Saturday at the Sew Can She blog.

11 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Debbie said... #

This turned out beautifully! So glad you are feeling more comfy with your frame.

Nancy said... #

Nice. I just finished all the blocks to this one last month. I did not buy it as a block of the month I had found the kit in the clearance so I never got the finishing kit. I have left over fabric and am thinking about making additional blocks. I do have more Vintage Modern because I had bought some when it first came out. Just none of the background used for this. Oh well now I get to be creative. I love seeing your quilt completed. I had not seen a finished one before.

Celtic Thistle said... #

Fabulous finish Taryn! Love the idea of quilting becoming slower too, definitely one to remember when I forget to breath when tackling fmq :)

Janine said... #

I love how your quilt finished up! Mine is still in the construction phase, just have to sash, border, quilt and bind. ( Is that all?) So glad I found your blog! I can't wiat to start reading your old posts. You do beautiful work.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said... #

Lovely finish! Isn't it great to get a WIP that's been around for a while off the to do list? Love the quote about things slowing down when you're really in the zone - it happens for me with skiing, body surfing... not sure with quilting! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

Jess (a.k.a. Rosie) said... #

What a beautiful quilt!!!! Love the feeling when you get a long WIP done :D Haven't tried a kit yet, but I have a feeling I will "cave" and try it at least once. Always can use some sharpening on the skills! Visiting from TGIFF :-)

~ Jess ~
Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

Tanya Quilts in CO said... #

It is gorgeous! I like kits when I just want to make a quilt and not agonize over every detail.

Renee said... #

What a lovely quilt! I especially love the rows of flying geese between the blocks, what a fun detail!

Linda @ kokaquilts said... #

Such a lovely finish... I really like the way it's all set out, with the flying geese and the strip piecing in between.

Izzy said... #

Lovely finish! I love that you are getting more comfortable with the quilting. I look forward to seeing all your finished quilts! :-)

gibbygoo56 said... #


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