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Saturday, 25 January 2014

A Not So Wonky Roman Stripe Block: My January 2014 NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee Block


This month's NYC Mod Guild King Bee is Brian and he sent out this absolutely gorgeous package of blue and white fabrics.  The instructions are taken from Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee - June: Wonky Roman Stripe Block by Kristen Lejnieks.


It's really easy to put this block together, simply joining strip after strip to the other triangular half of the block.  


 The method's exactly the same as the one I used to create my Roses For A Drama Queen QAYG Quilt just without the batting.



 Once you've pieced the strips together you iron a block size template of freezer paper over the fabric (I've drawn in a red dash line so you can see the freezer paper more easily) and cut the block to the perfect size.


Peel away the freezer paper


And there's your block - well two of them actually!


These blocks are 15" square (that's the size of the freezer paper template that Brian included in the package) and there's lots of ways you can place them to create different quilt designs


How crisp, clean and amazing do these blocks look?  That's going to be one fantastic quilt.


 So I've made the blocks and think they look great but this is the point where I reread the instructions and realise that I've followed the Traditional Roman Stripe Block design instead of the Wonky Roman Stripe - I was supposed to be 'wonky' in sewing the strips together.  Whoops, I was so busy thinking "this is easy", "this is just like making my Roses For A Drama Queen Quilt", "I'll have this done in no time" and other equally smug thoughts that I sewed all the strips straight and left out the 'wonky' element.  Guess who's come down to earth with a bump? :(



I just hope Brian likes them and that in the overall scheme of the quilt they look perfectly wonky in their straightness.


As always you can check out all the blocks that our Bee make for Brian on my Quilty - Roman Stripe Block Pinterest Board - I'll add more pins as each person in the Bee posts photos of their finished blocks and you can see my NYC Mod Quilt Guild Post here too.


And you can click this link to see all of my NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee Blocks and Challenge Blocks/Quilts.





 
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31 comments:

  1. It looks perfect, Chrissie! I'm sure it'll be fine with the other wonkies, and when he puts them together he won't even notice! :)

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  2. I like it straight. I think the wonky look is great when using scraps but to cut material wonky and then have wastage,,,,hmmmm

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  3. I adore this block! And the blues are amazing!

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  4. I'll tell you what Chrissie...wonky or not, it's beautiful.

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  5. I have that book and much prefer the crispness of the blue and white to the version in the book. A bit of straightness won't go amiss in amongst all that wonkiness either :)

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  6. Oops well I think they look gorgeous. I love blue and white together, so pretty. And I'm sure other people made the mistake too!

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    1. You know Laura I've only pinned 2 other people's blocks to my Pinterest board so far but you're absolutely right, their blocks don't look wonky either!!! Brian may be getting himself something more of a Traditional Roman Stripe Quilt :D

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  7. Your tutorials are so clear and the quilt will be stunning!

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  8. A lesson learned?..... Lovely fabrics, blue and white always looks so clean and fresh. xx

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  9. Love the blue and white in those blocks! Nice job.

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  10. I love blue and white--and love your photos too! Great back-drop.

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    1. Thanks that blue and white is so crisp the block just looks fab. I too love my view, every day it never dulls! :D

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  11. Well, the colors and crispness will contrast amazingly with the wonky...very moder! Great job!

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  12. Well, for what it's worth, I think your less-than-wonky blocks are awesome ~ love the fabrics!!

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  13. I love the blue and white. Beautiful blocks even if they are not as wonky as you had planned.

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  14. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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  15. Don't you love it when you think you are smooth sailing and then when you do realize something is not right it is too late! Kinda like when I sew along happily and then realize that my bobbin thread is out and I haven't been sewing at all! DOH! *head smack*

    For what it is worth I think your blocks are sooo pretty:)

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    1. Drives me crazy when that happens Sara, bad enough on straight stitching but unbearable when it's fmq and you were doing so well with the rhythm and pattern and then it's all interrupted and needs repeating!

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  16. I love roman stripes. I never get tired of this block. I have a bunch of roman stripe ideas in my head if I could just sit down and sew it up. :) Happy quilting this week!

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  17. if it were me i'd still enjoy having the straight blocks amongst the wonkiness. love all the blues!

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  18. I agree - it'll be wonky in its straightness! :D

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  19. I love those fabrics. It looks like a very versatile block - so many possibilities!

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  20. Neat blocks and the fabrics are beautiful!! Great work! Thanks for sharing.
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  21. Stunning!!! I hope to see the finished quilt...I love blue and white.

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  22. the blue and white is so crisp and fresh. I am a sucker for string blocks. I love them!

    Thanks for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  23. What a great block! Great mixture of blue fabrics too!

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  24. These are so pretty! Lots of fun possible layouts too.

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  25. Loving the blue colour scheme - great work!

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  26. I haven't done a lot with stripes but am kinda getting some ideas from ya...thank you!

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