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Sister’s Choice Quilt Block Part 2

Sister's Choice

In a previous post, I shared some quilt design options with the Sister’s Choice block, using straight set layouts.

I think it is fun to play with on point layouts as well.

You never know; you might prefer a design on point. 

So here is a layout with the Sister’s Choice block and sashing:

Sister's Choice On Point

The same layout, but a different colorway, and some plain blocks added:

Sister's Choice On Point 2

The next few layouts show the Sister’s Choice blocks where some have lines deleted, and some have lines added, to create alternate blocks to play with.

Sister's Choice On Point 3

Sister's Choice On Point 4

For the lover of quilting designs, it is always nice to have open, or negative, spaces to fill.

Sister's Choice On Point 5

For the fun of it, see what happens when you play with the background:

Sister's Choice On Point 6

Sister's Choice On Point 7

I am sure you can come up with many more ideas; especially when you also play with color/value and border combinations!

Sister’s Choice Quilt Block

Let’s explore the Sister’s Choice Quilt Block.

The block is a traditional favorite.

Sister's Choice

Sister’s Choice is drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.

Here the blocks are set in a straight set with sashing:

Sister's Choice Straight Set

I’ve moved the color a bit, and that puts more emphasis on the stars:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 2

Let’s look at some straight sets without the sashing.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 3

The next one not only has the sashing removed, but the alternate blocks have some additional lines drawn.  The result is a star within a star.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 4

More alternate block experimenting:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 5

Sister's Choice Straight Set 6

Delete quite a few lines in the alternate block, and it opens up the entire design…great for the quilting lovers! 

Sister's Choice Straight Set 7

Moving blocks around, as well as adding and deleting lines from the original block (Sister’s Choice in this blog post), creates interesting designs.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 8

Sister's Choice Straight Set 9

Sister's Choice Straight Set 10

Let’s not forget about color (most importantly…value).  Changing values creates completely different looks!

Sister's Choice Straight Set 11

When designing your next quilt, take time to experiment with the block’s grid (adding/deleting lines to create alternate blocks), as well as value placement.

You will come up with a winner (or several)!  And have fun doing it!

I use Electric Quilt 7 for quilt designing.  Block Base is another great tool.  Sister’s Choice is #J008 in Block Base.  A pad of graph paper and colored pencils work well too!

Friendship Row by Row – March OMG Update

My March OMG is to work on a friendship row by row quilt from 1999.

Friendship Row by Row

Don’t have a clue why I took the pic at this angle!

Since the rows are uneven lengths, I decided to piece tree blocks to both ends of each row.

I used my EQ7 program to come up with a plan and the sizes of the tree blocks.

The rows won’t necessarily be pieced in this order; I just needed a plan to make them all the same width.

Friendship Row by Row

I’ve printed out the patterns for the tree blocks, and I’ve paper-pieced three blocks so far.

It has been a long time since I’ve paper pieced anything.  Some unsewing has happened.

This is going to take a while.  Maybe the rest of the month!

Meantime, I’ve been playing around with border ideas.  I think I am going to piece four patches. 

A lot of four patches.

Probably another month’s worth.

Friendship Row by Row

Ignore the colors in the above settings.  The colors have nothing to do with the plan. 

And I know that the trees are not symmetrical.  I don’t care.  They aren’t symmetrical in nature, either.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

Tammy Silvers, from Tamarinis,  invited me to participate in the Island Batik Coastal Mist Blog Hop.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

This is my first blog hop and I have had a great time! Thank you, Tammy!

*Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter a fun giveaway!

The fabrics that I chose to use from this sea breezy collection are beautiful and vibrant!  My photos do not do them justice!

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

I’ve showcased the fabrics with a table runner.

Sea Breeze Tablerunner

 

Sea Breeze Tablerunner

I used Aurifil 50 wt. for the piecing.  Aurifil 50 wt. and WonderFil 80 wt. Deco-Bob were used for the machine quilting.

Aurifil/Wonderfil

 

Sea Breeze Tablerunner

 

Sea Breeze Tablerunner

 

Sea Breeze Tablerunner

If you are an EQ7 user, and you would like to have the project file for the Sea Breeze table runner, simply click on my Freebies Tab at the top of the blog.  You will find a link that will take you to Dropbox, where you can download the project file for free.  No need to have an account with Dropbox.

Sea Breeze Tablerunner

I also made a cute little fabric basket from the scraps.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

 

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

 

Listed are the dates and participants of the Coastal Mist Blog Hop.  Have fun!

January 23 Tammy Silvers blog and website
January 24 Jessica Stewart of Izzy & Ivy Designs
January 25 Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Design
January 26 Connie Campbell of Freemotion by the River
January 27 Katie Laughridge of Live Originally
January 28 Julie Stocker of Pink Doxies
January 29 Linda Pearl of One Quilting Circle
January 30 Laura Conowitch of LC’sCottage
January 31 Cheryl Schenck  of Unspooled
February 01 Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew
February 02 Vanessa Fromm of Fabric Confetti
February 03 Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios
February 04 Erin/Aurifil of Aurifil

Click on the link below to enter to win a Coastal Mist Precut Bundle giveaway! (Link expires when the blog hop ends.)

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Aunt Sukey Spins Off

The plan:

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Coming to life:

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

This will be a bed quilt…I don’t have a good way to photograph it, but you can see that I am making some progress.

I had originally planned on this being a scrappy red and white quilt.  But then I won the gorgeous Island Batik fabric (so excited)!  Why didn’t I switch some of those half square triangles to flying geese?  It would’ve been easier.  Alas…I didn’t think to do that until after I cut the fabric.

Nope…not all my seams are lined up.  I’m okay with that.  Seeking perfectionism doesn’t make me happy.  My happiness is in the creative process, and one day, a finished project.

Speaking of slow stitching (you can’t be much slower than me), have you seen Mark Lipinski’s blog featuring the Slow Stitching Movement?  I find it quite inspiring.  Perhaps you will too!

Now, slowly on to the borders.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 1

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 2

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 3

Red and White Quilt Challenge – Aunt Sukey Spins Off

I entered Phase II of SewCalGal’s Red and White Quilt Challenge. You can see that post here.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off is my entry to the challenge:

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

I’m am thrilled to announce, and more than a little surprised (there are very good entries), that I won this challenge!  You can read about that at SewCalGal’s.

Island Batik sent enough yardage for me to make the quilt top.  Isn’t it gorgeous fabric?!

Island Batik Prize

Thank you so much to SewCalGal and Island Batik!

 

 

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block Part 2

I finally made the time to play with the Magnolia Bud quilt block on point. Truthfully, it was hard to get motivated because I wasn’t interested in this block. Turns out that I had fun with it. I may revisit it with some other blocks, such as a basket block, or two, sometime in the future.

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block

You can find examples of the Magnolia Bud block in a straight set by clicking here, or hover over the Quilt Blocks tab in the header and click on M – R.

Here is the Magnolia Bud set on point:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Sweet, but maybe too boring for some of us.

When the blocks are rotated, stars come out to play:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Add some color and play with value:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

That may be a bit too flashy for some of us, but that’s okay.  We can keep playing anyway.

Let’s rotate some more:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Ummmm…not my thing, but maybe appealing for some of you.

What if we added four patches to the Magnolia Bud block?

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

I like the subtle background interest that created.  Do you?

How does it look if we add an accent color to the four patch?

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Let’s simplify and see if we like that better:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

I like it!

Maybe you won’t like your first try at quilt design.  Maybe you won’t like your second, or third either.  Maybe you’ll like the fourth try.  Don’t stop there; your fifth, or tenth, might be the best (or worst) yet.

Just have fun!  Don’t take it all too seriously.  Do this for you…not the Quilt Police!