Welcome to my stop in the “My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop” organized by Carla at Creatin in the Sticks. Thank you Carla, this has been a great source of inspiration and I now have a new bucket list.
With so much creativity floating around in this hop I hope you aren’t disappointed with what I have to share. Flying geese are my favorite block to make, to look at, to manipulate, to use as fillers and to create movement in a quilt. The desire really was there to create a quilt full of geese and I even thought of layouts. Given my new found love of half square triangles I decided to make a block I’ve been admiring for years.
The new love of hst is due to the AccuQuilt fabric cutter. Thank you AccuQuilt!
Before I received it as an Island Batik Ambassador I avoided making them. When there was no choice, I’d print some hst sheets or paper piece them. Now it seems I cannot get enough, I need to make more. It’s like a hst frenzy.
The block I am sharing today can be found in Maggie Malone’s 5500 Quilt Block Designs called Tiger Lily. The block intimidated me having 31 hst out of 64 patches. Every time I picked up the book I would have to stop and admire it and tell myself, “I will make this some day”. Today is the day.
Knowing I would never do anything with a small I had to make it large enough for a wall hanging or newborn quilt. So I decided on a 32″ block which meant each patch would finish at 4″. With the AccuQuilt cutter I had them all cut and pieced in no time using the 4″ finished square and the 4″ finished hst dies. It took longer to figure out how many green, peach; light and dark hst’s, and how many solids of all 4 fabrics I would need.
For each block
The peaches and green are QT Fabric, my background is muslin and sorry, I don’t remember what the yellow is.
21- 4″ squares in muslin or background fabric
3- 4″ square yellow
6- 4″ hst light peach
9-4″ square light peach
12-4″ hst dark peach
13- 4″ hst green
You can place up to 6 layers of fabric on the AccuQuilt die so you can cut 6 blocks with one pass. I found when loading the fabric it’s best to place 3 layers of fabric right sides together to save more of my precious time. So I alternated peach, muslin, peach muslin, peach. muslin. Then just peel them apart 2 layers at a time and chain piece.
The Tiger Lily brought out the sewing beast in me.
It didn’t seem proper to stop at just one block so I made 3 more. That’s 124 half square triangles in total which is a lot for me considering just a few months ago I avoided them. It was so easy. In fact, pressing, cutting, piecing and top assembly only took me about 12 hours, if that. Fortunately I couldn’t wait to take a photo and view a full frontal prior to loading it on the frame. For some time I stood smiling, admired and congratulated myself, and thinking ahead to the next one and the changes I would make. It’s not too bad considering the disaster that crossed my mind every time I looked at the block in the past. See anything amiss?
Well, I didn’t see it until I went back in the house still admiring the photo. My mistakes are always realized only after viewing a photo and sometime’s the photo isn’t taken before quilting. This was an easy fix since I pieced each block in quarters. Right?
Corrected and back outside I went. This time I studied the top with less excitement and noticed the one flower wasn’t the only block that needed turning. The 4 x 4 leaf section below it also needed rotating. One more time, only one more time am I going to unpick stitches. Any other oops’s will be permanent. To be honest these were an easy fix.
So with all blocks fixed I loaded it on the frame. There was another oops that was too late to do anything about. For quilting I chose feathers in the negative space, meandering in the leaves, diamonds in the yellow, spirals in the light and dark peach.
I love this block so much. It was the first item on my NEW bucket list that has grown since the start of this hop.
The back of a quilt is always my favorite and the first thing I look it after quilting.
The sun was so bright this day that it kind of washed out the true colors of the fabrics. But I love the softer look so there were no further attempts at better photos.
Do you have any information on the origin of this block?
Thank you Carla for the inspiration to finally make this block. If you haven’t visited the other blogs during this hop it is not too late. There are a couple of giveaways, links to free patterns and a lot of inspiration.
Now for the links…