Sunday, 7 July 2013

Shattered Chevrons & Broken Arrow Blocks - Skill Builder BOM: June/FMQ

FMQ is now complete on my two June Skill Builder BOM blocks.

And here's the 2 latest blocks, which also means I'm totally up-to-date and waiting, yes actually waiting, for Alyssa @Pile O'Fabric to post the instructions for the July blocks!!!:

SHATTERED CHEVRONS BLOCK
Chain piecing HSTs

About to trim my 2" HSTs only to discover my smallest Bloc-Loc is 2.5" :( - don't know what a Bloc-Loc is, check out my Bloc-Loc tute here.

64 trimmed HSTs

and here's the made-up block

I wanted to fmq the block really simply and appreciated that when Alyssa sent out the fmq suggested instructions she felt exactly the same way.  I just did my usual vermicelli/stipple fmq stitch over the grey background fabric and left the coloured areas alone.

It was quite difficult to fmq this block - there are so many layers of fabric at each point that it was tricky to smoothly sew right through them all.

And take a look at the back
Kaffe Fassett - Lake Blossoms


BROKEN ARROW BLOCK 
10 x 1.5" wide strips of foundation paper piecing

The finished block ready to fmq

And here it is fmq'd - again kept it simple, just vermicelli/stippling on the background grey.

and a closer look at the back
Kaffe Fassett - Paisley Jungle

Do you know I think these two blocks are my absolute favourites, they were quite time consuming but there was nothing difficult or brain-aching about them and the finished result is so pleasing - would make great cushions covers too.  

And here's my progress so far - firstly laid out as the blocks will be in the final quilt:

secondly with each row laid out next to each other to make a better photo:

and thirdly - how the back's looking and it has to be said it's pretty scrummy to my way of thinking!

Oh and before I forget, I don't know if any of you would even have noticed a change but way back in April I created a February block (yes, up until now I've been way behind every month on this BOM!) called The Mood, here it is:
 

Right after I created this block I decided that the whole quilt needed some sort of commonality to pull the whole thing together so I've always quilted the grey background fabric with a vermicelli/stippling stitch.  You might notice that there are two sections of this block that are made from the background grey yet I'd already done straight line quilting in a triangular spiral on each.  In reply to a comment by Sonia @Fabric & Flowers I did say that I really wanted to redo these two sections of quilting but that I'd hold fire until I was further on with the quilt to make my mind up for sure.

Well this month the time had come - when I laid all the blocks out together these two sections were screaming at me so loudly that I couldn't bear it a moment longer and ripped them out and fmq'd right over them.

Here's how they look now - you can still see the original stitch lines slightly but it's nothing that won't disappear when the quilt's finally washed.  I feel sooooo much better now - the vermicelli/stippling has knocked those two grey sections right back and the whole quilt looks a million times better, amazing how your eye can pick up on something and know it's not right even if you don't always know quite what it is.
 
 

Next Time: For July I have absolutely no idea what we'll be making and for now I'm just thrilled to be completely up-to-date, which has to be a first since this Skill Builder BOM began back in January!!!


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46 comments:

  1. Such precision! All your work is fantastic eye candy. It is not my style, but I absolutely love looking at it! Thank you for giving me such visual delight.

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    1. Thanks Queenie for your lovely comments about my work. I actually don't like this quilt myself - I love the Kaffe Fassett backing fabrics and for me that's the only redeeming feature of the whole thing, but I think that all together they're too 'in your face'. I've come to the conclusion that I really can't bear sampler quilts. This is my fourth sampler and personally I don't like any of them. They're a great way to trial blocks and learn new techniques but I've promised myself that this will be the last - if anyone catches me signing up for another sampler BOM I'd like them to shout at me very, very loudly ;)

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  2. These came out gorgeous! Your FMQ is beautiful. Great job :)

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  3. This is going to be a real wowser of a quilt when you are all finished.

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  4. Wow! You have been busy! Your blocks all looks sew awesome, Chrissie! And the backs are sew-weet, too. Your free motion quilting - love the variety. Have you made a quilt as you go quilt before? I have not tried that one yet.

    Lorna:)
    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

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    1. I made my first QAYG quilt back in February - 'The Something NEW Sampler'. I decided I didn't want to hand sew all those joining seams so I came up with my own way of machine sewing them. I wrote a kind of a tute at the time, well it's more of a description of how I did it rather than a detailed tute, you can read about it here

      I'm not in love with QAYG, I like that you can really try out some great fmq on the smaller blocks but I don't like the grid pattern that it creates on your quilt. I don't mind doing it now and again but I wouldn't want that look on all my quilts.

      I'm starting to look at all the backing blocks for this quilt, which I was going to sash with the background grey, but now I'm thinking maybe I should sash with more Kaffe Fassetts so the QAYG grid pattern won't be as obvious. I'll think on that one for a while longer before making a decision. :)

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  5. I am totally in love with ALL of your quilts. That broken chevron is outstanding!! Do you use a home machine for your quilting? You have convinced me to follow you.

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    1. Thanks Vicki for your wonderful comment :)

      I quilt all my quilts myself, at home, on my Bernina 440QE though I dream of one day owning a Sweet Sixteen mid arm as apartment living will never allow for a long arm!

      I don't send my quilts out for quilting, personally I like to see the quilt through from start to finish and I feel that it wouldn't be my quilt and my work if I handed over part of the process to someone else - the completer/finisher in me just wouldn't allow it and the perfectionist in me would never be satisfied!!! That's just me though and I completely understand that everyone has different feelings/views on this aspect of quilting.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and especially for the follow, which I have returned and let me just mention again how much I love that bag you've made :)

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  6. Wow, these are definitely my favourites too, I love the precision and the FMQ is just perfect :D

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  7. How impressive. Your blocks, colours choices and quilting are all superb. I was going to sign up for the Skill Builders BOM but didn't think I had time to fit it in. I am sorry I didn't now. Beautiful work.

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  8. Congrats on getting up-to-date. These blocks are stunning!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful--front and back!

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  10. These are looking great! I love your quilting on the bullseye one (can't remember its real name!) I'm sooooo behind. I need to devote a weekend and just knock a few of them out, but that won't happen until at least August!

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  11. your quilt is going to be amazing!! i love the broken arrows block.

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  12. I really love both of your blocks, but that broken arrow block is SUPER cool! Your quilt is going to look fantastic!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Love this! I jumped over and checked out your tute for QAYG. I've never been a huge fan of it because I really hate hand sewing. I really like your method and might give it a try one day!

      Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

      :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infataution

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    2. It's so easy to machine sew it Kelly - not a bad option if you want to join fmq practice pieces and the like :)

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  13. Your color choices really draw me in! Love your work...as always. I would love a sweet sixteen too! I don't know if I could handle a long arm. There is a place near me where you can rent a long arm, might have to give it a try. I like doing all the work on my quilts too, feels more personal.

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    1. I've just found out I can rent the long arm at The City Quilter - need to investigate this more as I guess you can't just use it with training - must remember to ask more about it when I'm in work tomorrow :)

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  14. Such beautiful work, as always Chrissie. I think these two latest blocks are my favourite, they really are stunning. And your FMQ is wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the blocks and seeing them all come together. xx

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  15. Oh these are soo nice. I might start with these :-) Beautiful work! Sorry to hear you are not liking sampler quilts. I'll shout at you if I ever see you joining one as sampler quilts my be my fav thing.

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  16. I love the blocks and I have never made a quilt as you go but I love the blocks and your quilting. I think I need to try out the shattered chevron, wonderful job!!

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  17. Great colors and I love all the use of solid fabrics. Great designs!

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  18. Love the quilting you've done on these!

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  19. Oh your quit blocks are fabulous! Love the different block patterns, the colors and the quilting! I have made a couple QAYG quilts. I think you are going to join them differently than what have done. You are quilting them to the edge where I would left a seam allowance to join sew them together.

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    1. There's so many different ways to join QAYG isn't there?! I'm not really up for all the hand sewing involved so I might use my own machine sewn method instead!!! :)

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  20. Oh what gorgeous blocks! The first thing I thought when I saw both of those, is the would look awesome in a frame! What great art work

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  21. Your progress is just amazing. Those blocks are just gorgeous. Makes me want to start my next project.

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  22. All of your blocks look fantastic! Great quilting.
    Amanda

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  23. Your blocks are absolutely wonderful.Beautiful quilting!

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  24. Very Beautiful! I love you fabric choices for Shattered Chevrons. This month we will be working with some curves and circles :)

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    1. Thanks Alyssa, these two blocks really are stand alone stunning - great designs by you. Curves and circles? - a complete change but I'm thinking I'll be okay as I've made a Drunkard's Path quilt before and I followed your directions for the Pinless Curves block as part of the Something NEW Sampler. Looking forward to the next challenge :)

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  25. Your skill builder BOM is amazing! I wanted to sew along but didn't have time at the start then ended up doing other things. Seeing yours makes me wish I'd done it now!

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  26. I really like them all so far. The finished quilt is going to be spectacular.

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  27. Scrummy is an understatement...This quilt is a real 2-sided wonder!

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  28. Wow, those blocks are incredible!

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  29. Beautifully done; all of it!

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  30. Lovely! Visiting from Better off Thread.

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  31. Wow... all of your blocks are amazing! Beautiful fabrics and great quilting.

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  32. Those blocks are awesome! Great job.

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  33. Love the broken arrow block. nice work!

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  34. Love the modern blocks with the bold print backing. This will be a stunner when it's done. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Love your broken arrow block! But how do you make these long stripes? On paper? Or is there a tutorial on internet?

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    1. Thanks, it's foundation paper piecing and here's a link to the tute I used Broken Arrow tutorial :D

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