Friday, April 15, 2016

More Crossroads Blocks

These are such interesting blocks. The entire approach of first cutting large squares and then free cutting, sewing, free cutting again and then sewing some more is very different from the normal piecing application. It's so nice not to have to worry about matching up every single piece though.
Chunky Crossroads blocks
And it's easy to get into the flow of making these blocks {after I re-orient myself as far as the cutting/sewing goes}, four by four until the design wall slowly fills up. I'm a bit nervous about how drab some of my blocks are, but looking at them en masse, those particular ones don't jump out at me as boring. Rather, the brighter blocks are looking quite outgoing, trying to hog all the attention. So glad I trusted my instincts and added in that bright, hot pink fabric!
A closer look
Right now I'm slightly over halfway through the making of these blocks, with 100 blocks as my goal! Wowsers. What was I thinking? There's a lot to trim off though and then there's that seam allowance that disappears into the quilt. I was quite determined to make this quilt a bed size as lately I seem to keep making those namby pamby lap quilts.*wink  

Lots going on right now so my sewing time has been feeling very scattered. We've had company all week which means my youngest son is sleeping on the hide-abed in the living room. All good and fine except he's kicking me out of my comfy sewing spot every night about an hour {or more!} before I normally go to bed. Hand quilting, where art thou? And good news! My oldest son is moving back to our area after living in Oregon for the past couple years! It's going to be tough for him to find a rental after so many of them burned two years ago, but we are excited to think of him living nearby. Gonna have to stock up on groceries though. I have a feeling my refrigerator is going to be raided on a regular basis once again and you know what? This momma doesn't even care....

22 comments:

  1. Otro trabajo super bonito, trabajas muchísimo. Me alegro de que tu hijo regrese cerca de casa, es un placer verlos haciendo la compra en tu despensa.

    Saludos

    ana-ane

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  2. Otro trabajo super bonito, trabajas muchísimo. Me alegro de que tu hijo regrese cerca de casa, es un placer verlos haciendo la compra en tu despensa.

    Saludos

    ana-ane

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  3. It doesn't matter how old they get, they are still our babies, and we still need to nurture them!! What would we do without our design walls?!
    Anne - ADonald466@aol.com

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  4. Sorry you are losing your sewing space, but I know it is for a good reason. If I were closer you could come quilt with me! I LOVE the green in these blocks. What fun!

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  5. Great progress! As usual you color selection is perfect!

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  6. I love it when my kids come and raid the pantry. My motherly heart just loves to provide goodies for their delight.

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  7. I love your blocks! I don't think you'll have any trouble coming up with 100 - they look like so much fun that it might be hard to stop at all!
    I have Sujata's book, but I haven't done more than a quick thumb-through, for fear of catching too many IDEAS at once and starting even more projects...

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  8. These Cultural Fusion blocks are fun, aren't they? But I agree, it's a lot of trimming, too. Bed-size will be awesome! VERY tempting.

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  9. Love the color combo in these blocks and how nice that he is moving back! Yes I am sure the fridge will need to be stocked even more that it probably already is! :)

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  10. Looks great! You're right, the magenta makes the quilt. You make me want to drop everything and sew!!

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  11. always nice to have the kids around isn't it. I hope you son can find a place near by and I'm sure you will love feeding him!

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  12. blocks are looking so good, how lovely to have your son moving near you, mind you my daughter lives 5mins walk away and I saw more of her when she was 2 bus rides away too busy to see Mum these days!

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  13. The blocks are great, love their boldness and the colors. Sounds like a full house!

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  14. The pink in the blocks looks so bright and cheerful, I like it very much. Hope your son finds a place to live soon. greetings Aurora

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  15. Those blocks look like much fun to make. I'm especially drawn to the apple-green blocks, they just sing to me. I know what you mean about having your son back home or nearby again. There are days when even two hours away is too far.

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  16. Hooray for bed quilts especially when they consist of blocks like yours! I love them (but hate blocks you have to trim) and your color scheme.

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  17. What great fun it will be to have your frig raider closer to home. Enjoy every minute!
    I've done those buggy barn type, cut switch, etc. they are great fun. Your project looks great, you will have a 100 in no time at all.

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  18. Lucky you - in my perfect world I would have all my kids within an hour's drive. Your blocks are looking great, as always. I like the way the yellowy green and the bright pink work with the quieter shades. I know what you mean about bed quilts too - I am quilting a lap quilt right now and I keep thinking 'but it's so small...'

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  19. Great blocks, Audrey! How nice to have your son back closer. Hope he finds suitable accommodation quickly.

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  20. Do you think your son would like this quilt for a welcome home present? It's beautiful!

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  21. How lovely. Sujata is coming to our guild in a couple of months. The workshop will be Lattice. But I still want to make this design. Even have fabric pulled for it. Yours reinspires me...just as soon as I finish my quilting backlog.

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