More Skill Builder Blocks

I got a little bit behind on my Skill Builder BOM blocks while I was busy with other projects but I finished up two more blocks in the last few days and got all caught back up.

First up is the Machine Stitches block.

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Man were there tons of tiny seams in this block!  Just check out what the back looks like (is it bad that I think it is almost as neat looking as the front?)!

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The second block is the Chevron Star and Churn Dash block.

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I think it is kind of fun that this super modern quilt is still incorporating a couple of very traditional blocks.

Here’s how the quilt is coming along so far:

Composite of Completed Blocks

Now I just need to get caught up on the quilting of my blocks (I’ll admit – I haven’t started that yet!)!

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Delightful Stars Quilt-Along

I have one more quilt-along I decided to do this year.  I’m joining in on the Delightful Stars Quilt-Along hosted by Michele Foster who blogs over at the Quilting Gallery.

Delightful Stars Quilt-Along

The quilt is a combination of traditionally pieced and paper pieced star blocks.  I haven’t made any star blocks before nor have I done paper piecing so I thought this quilt would be a good way to expose me to some new things.  There is a new block posted every Tuesday (with a few breaks thrown in so people can catch up if they fall behind).

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I chose to do this quilt using only Kona solids but in a variety of colors so there isn’t really a distinct color scheme I’m going for.

DSC_1573I’ve decided that I’m using the following Kona solids in this project:

Ash (for the background), Chartreuse, Tangerine, Oasis, Bluegrass, Crocus Purple, Corn Yellow, Royal, Candy Blue, and Berry

I may add a couple more shades if I feel it is needed as I go along but as you can see, it is definitely a rainbow sort of look.

So far there have been 4 blocks posted and I finished them all up during my snow days last week.  I’m really happy with how they are looking so far!

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One thing I’ve really liked is that Michele posts instructions on how to cut your fabric for making the HSTs and/or flying geese using both traditional methods or using the Easy Start and Geese Ruler.  I bought this ruler at her suggestion and it has been so nice to use!  It minimizes fabric waste, allows you to cut your pieces from strips, and even makes the notched points where needed to make piecing easier and more accurate.  This will definitely be a great tool to have in the future!

Someone else in the quilt-along suggested creating a composite on the coloring sheets as we finish blocks in order to keep track of of how things are looking and the balance of colors around the quilt.

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Everything seems to be going together well so far!