Monday, February 20, 2012

My second block

AFter my first block in January , I am back with the second block :
It is not completely finished because I did not yet have done the center of the flowers.
I wait till the blocks around are done to choose the color of the centers.
Indeed, I am still afraid by the global effect the quilt will give, and I keep some details undone. I will probably finish these details once I am sure the whole quilt will be gay enough. What do you think about this method , I am opened to any suggestions as I am a beginner in this kind of project ?


  1. I think that is a good idea, in fact I thought about doing the same thing, but didn't go for it since I don't want to be doing all that small stuff at once at the end.

  2. I cannot advice you because I did not start yet and I am already afraid now before starting. Which color to choose. Start with my favorites? BUt I cannot take all the time the same fabric. Maybe I just start as simple as that.....

  3. I love your colors. I think you are very clever to save the centers until you know the full colors of the quilt. If I ever make an appliqued quilt, I hope to remember this trick.

  4. Congratulations on your second block. My block 2 has been UFO for 2-1/2 years. I am going to try your trick on the flower centers. One of the things that's held me up is trying to decide which color to make them. I like the white flowers.

  5. That is a really good idea, I found when finished that I had to change the colours of some things, which meant a lot of unpicking and restitching.

  6. A good idea, I am working on my second block too, it is almost finished. I have appliqued the center of the flowers béfore adding them to the background, because I will cut the background fabric away from the leaves and flowers after the applique is finished (leaving a seam allowance in place). This way the block can stretch in every directing when quilting. I didn't want to have a small circle in the center that I could not cut away so easy. I always applique small items on large ones, before adding the large ones to the background fabric.

    I guess everybody works different, if it works for you, you should do it!

    Sylvia Kaptein

  7. It took six weeks to make Block #1, agonizing over the trend being set for the entire project. By Block #2, I knew worrying how each block would look next to another was a joy-killer for the entire project. Abandoning all pretense of coordination, except for the background, each block was treated as a separate entity, colors and types of fabrics selected to suit the whim of the day. Amazingly, all 17 blocks completed so far marry well with its neighbors. There is sweet harmony in diversity, a good lesson learned.


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