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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Trapunto & Pinless Curve Blocks - The Something NEW Sampler: Week 4

Another two blocks and one remake on
  
Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't, but I'm running a week behind now on this sampler quilt so this week I have the final four blocks to make and I also want to remake Block 2 - The Scraptastic Block.  There's some work involved in the remaining blocks so I've decided to put off making Block 7 - Cathedral Windows, to the very end because it looks quite time consuming and I need to do what I can to catch up quickly


Block 6 - Trapunto by M-R @Quilt Matters 
Here's the front of the block
and here's the back

This has to be the block I've enjoyed making the most ever!!!  I spray basted the layers together - my first time using spray baste and this made it incredibly easy to manage.  I hardly used any of the spray - really hardly any, you couldn't even smell the spray in the room, that's how little I used - but the fabrics held fast without pin basting and yet I could easily pull the layers apart when I needed to cut away the excess batting.  Having decided to go with the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) option for this block I guess I'll be going that route for the rest of my blocks now too!


Close up detail of front and back



Next up Block 8 - Pinless Curves by Alyssa @Pile O'Fabric
 Turns out this block is a continuous Drunkard's Path curve at which I'm well practiced having made a Drunkard's Path quilt previously.  I made life more difficult for myself this time by making such a scrappy fabric for the central section, this meant I was cutting then sewing in a curve over LOTS of seams which makes easing the fabric seams together trickier.    


 And Block 8 lead me straight in to my remake of Block 2 - Scraptastic.  I used the cut off sections from the central section of Block 8 and kept adding to them to create a new version of Block 2 (if you're wondering why I'm remaking Block 2 you can read about it here)


 
And here's the 7 blocks I've created so far


Seeing the blocks together I've now decided that I'm not happy with my Block 4 - Reverse Applique



- potential remake here but might QAYG and see how it looks then before making a final decision.




Next Time:
Machine Applique and Cathedral Windows


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28 comments:

  1. these all look so much fun! I love that wheel fabric!

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    1. I picked up that fabric at Purl Soho last year and it's sat in my stash every since along with all the others that I'm using. I'm so glad I pulled them out for this project :)

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  2. All beautiful but that first block looks so 3D. I love it!

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    1. Thanks Sara, I loved this trapunto technique - I think I'll be doing more of it :)

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  3. I love your quilting on those wheels!

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    1. Thanks, I can't really take the credit, the fabric does all the work for me :)

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  4. oooohhhh - I love trapunto quilting. That block looks fabulous.

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    1. Thank you - I love it too now, haven't tried it before but I'm a total convert :)

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  5. This is really wonderful looking.

    Nana

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  6. You have certainly attacked all those new techniques with gusto Chrissie. The trapunto is definitely on my to-do list.

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    1. It's a cracker and well worth a go, not difficult at all. I'd push it right up near the top of that list! :)

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  7. ...hmmm. Your right that when you look at your reverse appliqué block by itself, it's not quite... But I think all together with the others it works! All some echoey squiggly scribble quilting, maybe in different coloured threads and it will totally blend. I love your remake of scraptastic by the way. Much better fit.
    Your doing amazing with this project!
    E xx

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    1. Thanks Erin - you're so right, that block just doesn't fit with the others, possibly the quiltng can save it but maybe not. I'll reserve judgement for now but if I'm not happy with it in the end then it's going! :)

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  8. Love your trapunto! And with the rest of the blocks it looks like your quilt will be amazing!

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    1. Thanks Casey, it's great to try out the new techniques like this and to be able to then go back and develop your skills in your favourite areas later :)

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  9. It all looks great Chrissie, I love the curved seams block, but it does look fiddly to do! And the fabrics you have used are just lovely. It is great that you are learning so many new skills :-)

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    1. When I first did a Drunkard's Path quilt I said "never again" but I've since learnt to never say never and I when I realised what this block involved I thought "here we go again!". They're not difficult, just fiddly as you say - you'd be able to do it no problem. More ticks in the boxes! :)

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  10. I love your blocks together so far! They look great and I love the colors you've chosen!

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    1. Thanks Cassie, it's very much a work in progress as we're given the pattern for each block you realise that maybe something you did earlier doesn't quite fit and then there's a bit of reworking. Well that's how it is for me but I'm starting to get somewhere with it now. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  11. Fabulous! I love that trapunto block, so effective.

    I also love the idea of your "related posts" links - might have to steal that one ;0)

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    1. Go for it Wendy - I'm glad to hear it's worth me adding it to my posts. I thought it might help people to follow WIPs a bit, especially when I have so many going on at one time and if people drop by half way through one they wouldn't have a clue what was going on! :)

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  12. Wow! I love this modern looking trapunto. MIND BLOWN! I'm going to check up on this Sampler, because this all looks so cool!

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    1. Thanks so much, it's all coming together now Claire and I've QAYG'd the 10 blocks (posted about it today). Just got to sash them all together now and bind :)

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  13. Trapunto looks fabulous! And I love the fact you straight line quilted the background. Well done!:)

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  14. I love trapunto and one day I'm going to work some by myself.
    Yours are great!
    Hugs Marle

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    1. Thanks Marle - they're a quick, modern take and I like that! :D

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