Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wild with a dash of mild

I have to show you these awesome fun letters my DD made for little miss nearly four years old. She's learning her letters and I think some numbers may follow as well as a bag to hold them in. You can find the tutorial here. Great gift idea! They only took a day to do, even better.
I visited a new quilt shop last week and picked up a few brights and Kaffes, luscious colours.
They could come in handy for the Sue Ross bom I've joined from MO. I joined the pretty but I'm doing a second set in bright contemporary out of my own stash.
The instructions said to hand piece the last set in seams but I partial pieced the seam you can see below which made joining them a cinch.
This is the block 2, wild version. I think I might starch the fabrics for the mild block to make all those bias edges behave.
Block 1 and 2, wild.
OK, this block was looooong in the making, things weren't fitting. Never mind, we have the fudge factor and darn it, I was going to make it fit. I managed to get it all pinned up when I noticed spare parts, you know like putting furniture together and finding extra screws at the end.
See the spare parts on the right?
I had a good laugh over that one but all's well that ends well and I now have a not quite perfect but acceptable mild block.
This type of colour and fabric scheme is right out of my comfort zone but I did want to work with them as a way of learning how these fabrics look together.
Stay tuned for another bright post next time, it must be spring!

26 comments:

Quilts on Bastings said...

They are stunning blocks - it is going to be a great quilt.

Karen said...

Excellent blocks! So bright and fun. :)

Barb said...

I truly love those blocks!!

Vivian said...

Impressive work. Neither block looks simple, and both are lovely.

Nedra said...

I've been reading other's comments on block #2 as they have been trying to put them together and I think everyone is feeling challenged! They sure will look stunning once all the blocks are side by side.

wishes, true and kind said...

Wow! Your BOM blocks look great!

Lurline said...

Glad you have joined the BOM, Janet - I didn't know that! I have just finished Take 2 of Block 2 - wasn't at all happy with first attempt - this one looks better!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Deb said...

Great blocks Janet. They look teriffic. I just LOVE the wild in particular. Must be making you happy just playing with them.

LeKaQuilt said...

Your blocks are wounderful - lovely fabrics :o)

Julia said...

Both blocks look great Janet...
Julia ♥

Kathie said...

wow, looks like you had fun with the brights!
love these blocks , every time i see them I want to join the bom! I Love the block you did from your own
stash.

your daughters letters are great, what a great idea

love the spare part block ;)
I would love to make a whole quilt with just that block!
Kathie

Crispy said...

Wow pretty blocks and the fabrics used are just yummy!! This looks like a great BOM!!

Crispy

ranette said...

Okay, you've made up my mind for me. I'm going to have to make a bright set as well as my "pretty" set of blocks. I think your blocks all look perfect!

It's strange that you're ready for brights because of Spring and I'm ready for dark warm colors because of Fall...lol

Jackie said...

I just got my kit and can't wait to cut into it. I am also going to make a second one as well. You are definitely inspiring me!! They look terrific.

alobsiger said...

Look at all of the terrific colors in your post, Janet! Thanks for the eye candy! You have some of my FAVORITES-- like pastel Roman Glass. And I'm a huge fan of the grey coleus. LOVE your practice BOM block too. Oh, how much fun! Your DD's letters are also fantastic!

Lori said...

The letters your DD made are wonderful! What a way to think outside the box and have some fun.

The blocks and fabric are just perfect..spare parts or not!

Judy said...

It's always so funny to hear you gals on the opposite side of the world mention Spring coming when we are hoping for fall to arrive.,,and vice versa.

LOVE the bright blocks, they are spectacular!!

Dena said...

I almost joined this group, but because of scheduling conflicts I decided I better wait. Your blocks are nice but I must admit, I'm partial to the high contrast ones. Thank you for sharing.

Kaaren said...

Those blocks sure do look like they'd be a challenge, Janet.

The fabrics you chose are indeed a walk on the wild side but I always suspected that of you. (wink) Just kidding, of course. They're gorgeous!

Jeanette said...

I found your blog a couple of days ago by clicking random links in blogs.

I was instantly smitten with the quilt in your header so I started reading your blog hoping for clues to the pattern and was very sad to see it was something you made up yourself, so now pattern.

I have spent the past two days reading your blog, all the way back to the beginning. You are so talented and I have loved seeing all of your creations.

Thanks for the applique tutorials. I have taken a beginners class and am ready for my first project, any pattern recommendations for a beginner?

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh -- I LOVE that second block. I'm sorry, I know you told me what it's called (or where the pattern might be?) -- will you tell me again? I promise to take notes this time!

belinda said...

Hey...those are cute letters your daughter did...that's a good idea!!

That block of yours is wildly crazy and I.LIKE.

Cathy said...

Oh your bom blocks look fabulous Janet. Your block two is similar to mine, don't they look great? I love your block one, you can almost see it whirling. I'm so glad you have joined up xo

Carrie P. said...

Cute letters your daughter made.
Your blocks are fabulous. I am glad to see I am not the only one that makes mistakes. lol

In Awe of Applique said...

Love your BOM's...I tend to lean towards the wild block colors, but they are fabulous...block 1 looks VERY intimidating though!

Karen said...

Had to laugh at your "spare parts". The block is very challenging. I must admit that I would not have chosen those fabrics but they work so well in the block. Teaches us not to be afraid to try new things in our quilting.