Sometimes it is fun to work on something that I really had no intention or thought….of doing. I actually was planning on working on a new post about my quilt and had all of the pictures taken and then…..I just wanted to cut some fabric and do a little quilting.
This block was part of the 2015 Designer Mystery Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop and I thought I would just whip it up real quick and then get back to work.
Do you know that there are over 60 pieces in this 12″ block!
When I write a pattern one of the first things I say is – Please read all of the directions first – did I do that with this pattern? Nope. I knew I used the wrong dark blue for the inner roof of the house but I sure couldn’t figure out how I ran out of fabric for the background. I needed 2 – 1 1/2 x 12 1/2″ strips and had to piece fabric to make them. Hmmmmm
It wasn’t until I put the block up on my design wall that I realized the house was the same color as the background! Oops! I have new, stronger glasses ordered which should be here next week….can I blame my oops on that? See the fabric next to the pattern….that was supposed to be for the house.
I might try and change the color a little with paint. It is a beautiful block but I can’t imagine making very many…..too many little pieces for me! I’m thinking pillow or a small wall-hanging.
Here is something else that I know some of you can relate to.
Fat Quarter Shop has a new Daily Deal every day and last week you could get this spool of Aurifil thread for only $2.62! What a bargain! Of course it would be silly to spend $5 for shipping for just that little spool of thread……so of course I had to put a few other goodies in my cart like a couple charm packs. At least they were all on sale!After working on the house block (which took longer than I thought it would), I decided to pull out some fabric for the backing of my Hopscotch UFO that I showed yesterday. I had a piece of fabric that was long enough for my quilt. I cut the fabric in half and then sewed the two pieces together. It is a light grey print that I think will look great on the back of my batik quilt.
I usually use Painter’s tape to secure one end of my quilt backing, then I attach clamps to the other end to add a little weight and keep the backing a little taut.
This is actually the step in quilt-making that creates a UFO for me – getting it ready to quilt. I think my favorite part of the process is the piecing and once it is done I have a habit of folding it up and sticking it on the shelf unless it is something with a deadline.
IF I can get the backing done, add the batting and get it all pinned together…..there is a very, very good chance it will get finished. Not today though.
Notice the rolled up quilt? That is for a post coming up soon and the quilt uses the new Farmhouse collection from Fig Tree Quilts.
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