Friday, April 19, 2013

New Quilty Love

I've been looking for interesting blocks, modern but not too modern, that I can piece, frame and hang on the big blank wall in my living room. As I decorate the not-so-new-anymore house, I'm trying to make as many pieces as I can. I'm not really the hang-a-quilt-on-the-wall kind of person (more of a snuggle-underneath-a-quilt person), but I thought showcasing some really cool blocks would be a good way to incorporate my love of quilting into the house. I started cruising through Pinterest and my quilt blogs, but every time I found a block that met my criteria, I would find that it's part of the Lucky Stars Block of the Month class.

January Block - Funky Star

Finally, I just caved and joined the class. So far, the blocks have been beautiful, and exactly what I was looking for. I've never done paper piecing before, but now I'm hooked. There's just something that warms my little ocd heart about the precision of paper piecing and the perfectly placed seams it creates. Granted, it takes a little extra thought and planning, and seam ripping is no fun, but the results are soooo worth it.

February Block - Exploding Star

Because I'm impatient to get something up, I pieced the first 3 blocks and pulled greens, teals, yellows, oranges and aquas from my stash to bring some color into the living room. The background for all three is Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in black. I love this fabric and the way colors pop off of it. I would love to make a whole quilt with this as the background someday. I'm even thinking about making Jack a pair of pants or a shirt with it! Yes, I'm a little obsessed.

March Block - Ninja Star
These pictures really don't do these blocks justice - the colors are gorgeous in person. Now I just have to figure out how I want to hang them. I was originally thinking I would pop them in a black frame and that would be that, but I'm not so sure that would work. My most recent idea is to put a black border on them, quilt them with some really thin batting and wrap them on a canvas. Hmmm....