Friday, July 01, 2011

fancy block friday #4

I'm probably the LAST blogger in the world to make this block. In case I am wrong about that, you can find the template for this block here. ;) Christina has a great tutorial on how to make it here. I've seen so many beautiful versions of it around blogland and flickr, it was only a matter of time before I had to take a stab at it myself. You know what? It was actually easier than I thought it would be. Hurray! Maybe I'm finally getting the hang of paper piecing. :)

I used various solids in blues and greens from my scrap bin and Kona white for the background. When I printed out my templates, they didn't print at 100% (which I didn't realize at the time), so my block was just shy of 11". I decided to add a border to the outside and it's about 15" now. The borders are actually nice, because it encloses all the bias edges. It took almost a whole fat quarter just for the background (gasp!), and that's before I added the borders. Paper piecing sure eats fabric! But, I do love my block. I'm planning on turning it into a mini quilt. Someday.

Did you see the block Melinda made last week for the Fancy Block Friday challenge? I LOVE it! (ha!) I really do!

50 comments:

Alli said...

Your block came out beautifully! It's so precise, and I love the color wheely thingoo effect.

Also, thanks for pointing out where to find instructions for this -- I want to try it myself someday. :)

audreypawdrey said...

I have never made that block either! It is on my need to try list, so I will get to it eventually.:) Yours turned out beautifully! I love the shades of green and blue. I can't believe that background took a whole fat quarter!

cathy said...

this is one of my favorite blocks you have done.

Rachel Hauser said...

I haven't made it! I can't believe it eats a whole fat quarter. Wowee! That's one hungry block.

carol said...

You aren't the LAST person to make this block...guess who can't paper piece yet??? It is, however, my favorite paper pieced block!

Mary said...

That's a great block and you did a great job with it. I haven't made it either!

Quilting Yai Yai said...

Oh my! That is stunning. I haven't tried it or even seen it, but I'm fairly new to blogland. Now I have to go get the template and check out the tutorial.
Thanks for sharing!
Deborah

Why Not Sew? said...

I still haven't made this one either. I have the print outs in my desk just waiting. Yours is beautiful. Love the solids. Paper piecing does chew up the fabric. But I guess it's worth it because everything matches up perfectly. I have a love hate relationship with traditional PP. I prefer the freezer paper method. http://whynotsew.blogspot.com/2011/04/drafting-your-own-paper-pieced-pattern.html I don't waste as much fabric and I love that!

Barbara said...

Love your block.....it really isn't as hard as I thought it would be. I have made 20 in blues and white. I may have to add borders to my blocks, then it maybe closer to a king size. Have a great weekend.♥

QuiltinMama said...

Love it! I may actually try it since it's paper-pieced ;)

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

You are the next to last person to make that block. It is on my list for this summer. Yours is terrific.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Looks like we have enough to start a sew-along group for this block for those who haven't made it yet, me included. Yours turned out great!

DeeRoo said...

I haven't made this yet either. I started to do it last week but after sewing one section realized I didn't have enough of the same white fabric and the rest was thinner and sure didn't look good with the Bella white I started with....oh well....one day!:)

Jean said...

I love this block and you did a great job. I need to try it!

Sarah Craig said...

I love your version of this block - your color choices are spot on!

lucy said...

What a stunning block! You have created such a serene palette, i love it. Makes me feel peaceful and happy just looking at it. Very impressed :)

bethanndodd said...

It's beautiful! I haven't made that block but it is now on my long 'to make' list. Maybe it will be my first ever paper piecing project! Smiles~beth

Suzanne said...

It's beautiful! Paper piecing does eat chunks of fabric but in your case it also feeds your scrap buckets. In addition it gets easier to strategically use smaller and smaller pieces of fabric and still get the coverage you need. I promise!

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

I have NOT tried this and I have been admiring these blocks, too. I just may try it sometime soon. Thanks for the tutorial link.

quirky granola girl said...

your fancy block is fantastic! i haven't made this block yet, but i will be in the next week or two. maybe we can just copycat back and forth :)

Sara said...

I printed the template long ago but keep chickening out when it comes to starting it. Yours turned out very pretty and the border looks like it was supposed to be there.

Anonymous said...

I love your block, too! So clean, so crisp. Reminds me of the ocean - so many different colors of blue and green.

jeri cleveland

One Shabby Chick said...

I haven't tried one so clearly you aren't the last blogger :-) Yours looks fantastic! I need to try it out but it just scares me!

Annessa said...

That is simply beautiful! But, I'm with you on the eating fabric.

Franziska said...

you're not the last, it's me ;)
I immediately printed the template and hopefully will start on it soon.
I love your block BECAUSE of the border. I think it's really finishing it. Thanks for sharing.

LeKaQuilt said...

You're not the last to make the block. I printed out the template a long time ago. Sins I did'nt make the block the same day the template went missing....
Thank you for the link, this time I will/shall make it.
I love the colours in your block, and I like that you added an border to it.
Take care!

Yvonne said...

I love this block and the colours. I have never seen this block before. Great tutorial and I linked it to my blog. Many Thanks.

carol said...

Hey babe, don't talk so fast.....ding-dong here has never made this block either, although it IS one of my very favorite! I suppose I should try to learn to paper piece, huh?

Jackie said...

No, not the last blogger. It is on my list of to do's too! I love yours!

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

You are not the last- I might be until I get over my paper piecing fear! :) Yours looks lovely!

Jessica Christensen said...

You're not the last. I haven't made it either. Yours is perfect, so precise.

Pieces to Love said...

I haven't made it either. I will someday, and that someday being whenever we buy new ink cartridges for our printer, the both ran out at the same time, how does that happen?

Linda said...

Very cute! Love the colors!

Fran said...

I made one of these blocks a few weeks ago. The first attempt, I was trying to trim the seam allowances and accidently cut off an entire piece. Oops! But it was easier the second time. I want to make another one just like you did using all shades of the same color. I think it would be neat to make a rainbow quilt with one circle of each color. (That is years away though :) )

Bec Clarke said...

Oh I have wanted to try one of these for so long. Thank you for those great links.

Momma Yen said...

Beautiful!

beebee said...

You did a great job with this circle of geese block. I found a photo of this block several months ago but could not find the pattern so I printed a copy of the block and traced the pattern. It was the FIRST time I had ever paper pieced a block. If you look at my blog you can see how I made the first one WRONG and the second one RIGHT. here is the link!
http://beebeesquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

MaryAnnB said...

Printed out the pattern and the tutorial you linked to... this is one that I definitely have to try! I haven't paper pieced in years! Thanks for the inspiration to try again!

Annie said...

Rest easy, I've not made this one yet, even though I have a couple people have done for me in swaps

Anne (I should be sleeping) said...

I think it's lovely :)
And really, if you're the last or the first, your block is still so AmandaJean :)

Sue said...

lol Seems there are plenty of us who haven't made that block. :)

2ne said...

I love this - a great block

twin fibers said...

That block sure does eat fabric, doesn't it! :) It looks beautiful and will be perfect as a miniquilt!

Kelli said...

I haven't made it either although I am so in love with it. I've got it bookmarked and one day... Love yours!!

A Home In The Highlands said...

Definitely not the last person to try it. I'm still working up to paper piecing, but it DOES look so good!

Annalia said...

what a pretty, cool rainbow! I love it.

Claire M. said...

Pretty! love it ;)

sewtakeahike said...

LOL! The amount of fabric that paper piecing uses is heresy, I tell ya! It probably goes against every fibre of your being, doesn't it AJ? But the results? The results are so worth it imo! Great block!

Heyyo Momma said...

This block is great! I don't know how to work with triangles just yet though so I don't even know how you did it but I love it.

Katherine said...

Naw, you're not the last person in blogland to make this block. That would be me. Yours look so gorgeous that I'm adding this to my "must sew" list. ;o)