That’s right, the winner of the block with the most pieces in the Moda Sampler Shuffle is……
You can probably guess that the blocks this week are actually pretty doable considering I just posted last week’s on Friday and hadn’t started sewing until yesterday. I was able to get all three blocks done in only 1 1/2 days of Lola’s naps, pretty good. I’m even posting this now while she’s still sleeping so maybe I’ll get the week wrapped up in a total of 2 naps!
Block 22 was delightful. I’m really having fun with color placement and using up my little pile of scraps from the previous blocks.
That’s why you’ll notice a combination of different background fabrics and two green squares in the center. I didn’t quite have enough in my scrap pile to make them all blue, so why not add some green? I love how it turned out.
Click on the link below to download Block 22 designed by Basicgrey.
When it came to Block 23 I decided to do something I’ve been thinking about doing for a couple weeks. I had been looking for the right opportunity to use a piece of the selvage from one of my fabrics in one of the blocks. When I took a look at Block 23, I decided the center square would be perfect.
Now I know, not everyone has their name on fabric but honestly it’s probably one of the coolest parts about being a fabric designer. My son thinks it is so awesome that my name is on my fabrics. So this is kind of a way to include a little piece of him in this quilt. You could do something similar with a favorite piece of clothing or other fabric that means something to you and your family. Maybe baby clothes? A kid’s blanket? Grandma’s old quilt squares? There are so many ways to personalize a project and absolutely no rules for how to do it!
There are also a nice variety of layouts for this block. I ended up using the one on the bottom right corner for my version that you see above. Click on the link below for the pattern designed by Betsy Chutchian.
And finally, the winning block- Block 24 with its 45 pieces!!!! When I looked at the cutting instructions and saw to cut 24 background squares I couldn’t believe it. I mean this block is only 6 1/2″ square- amazing that you can even fit 45 pieces in it. I’ve designed some quilt patterns that have about 45 pieces in the entire baby sized quilt!
I’m not one to judge a book by its cover though, so I dug in and discovered I quite liked making this block. First off, I’ve learned from my previous mistakes and was sure to sew my half square triangle rectangles the right way. Four one direction and four the other direction. After that the steps are really quite easy, and it turned out so perfect. I was happy with the end result and would seriously consider making another if need be. So don’t be dismayed, just sew!
Click on the link below to download Block 24 designed by Laundry Basket Quilts
And that’s it until next week. Happy Holidays to all of you who are following along. It has been a joy to share these weeks with you. We only have about 2 left! So here’s wishes you a lovely holiday and I’ll be back sometime next week with three new blocks. This little munchkin is still sleeping so maybe I’ll even go back to sewing some of my flying geese units so I’m really ready to finish this quilt after the holidays!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! – Katie (& Lola)