,Every once in a while life takes an unexpected turn-one of those turns happened for me this weekend. While it was bothersome and disappointing to myself and several others, I am pressing on. Sometimes those moments are the motivation we need to stop dreaming and start living. I have been dabbling with designing my own quilts for quite some time, I started to do a little work towards that goal last year but it is time to take the next step.
If you have been following along with me you already know that I have a passion for teaching. When it comes to quilting it is my goal when writing tutorials to provide clear enough instructions so that even a newbie can have success with the process. And hopefully those who have been quilting for years might find some tips to improve their own quilts too. It has been a joy to get to know so many through this beautiful craft and get to know the generous hearts of quilters.
With that in mind here is a sneak peek at what I am going to be offering. This is a quilt that will focus on making Half-square Triangles and Flying Geese. There are some other elements as well. The majority of the blocks are based on a basic star design with changes in elements and fabric placement that make each unique. There are a couple of more challenging blocks but we will save those for the end.
This will be a 9-12 week process as I share one block each week, These will be 16" blocks that I will be making right along with you. As always I will provide my step-by-step tutorials of how I put the blocks together. The patterns will be available as a free download here on my website. Ternhe patt will not have the in-depth detail of my tutorials, but give you just the basics of the block requirements. The main instruction will be the online tutorials.
I actually intend on making two of these, the red and white version and a scrappy version with a variety of colors (The photo is just a mock-up-not the actual colors I am using.)
I have been playing with several setting ideas, but do not know which I will use just yet so if you have a favorite option do let me know in the comments either here or on my Facebook Page.
I am so glad you have been with me on this quilting journey and I hope we can continue on in an atmosphere of kindness, support, and encouragement. In my workd there is no such thing as a dumb question-that is how we learn. In my world things are meant to be shared and celebrated. If that sounds good to you, I invite you to see how this goes-I am sure there will be a learning curve for me as I figure out to best run this.
Your input is invaluable to me in this process.
Here are three setting ideas that go beyond the basic sashing-which is your favorite?
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