In the beginning of May, I saw a pretty quilt block on Blossom Heart Quilts , made by Alyce. It is called Follow The Leader, and is made with flying geese . Alyce is an awesome quilter and paper piecer. I am always in awe of her projects!
She wrote that And Sew We Craft is hosting a Modern Blocks Quilt A Long, using the book, Modern Blocks, compiled by Susanne Woods. The 'Follow the Leader' block came from this book. And it hit me.... I HAVE THAT BOOK! yay!
|The book used for patterns in the Quilt A Long|
|Modern Blocks Quilt Along hosted at And Sew We Craft|
This is the schedule of the blog posts for each block:
May- Follow The Leader with And Sew We Craft
June- Spool with The Crafty Mummy
July- Megan’s Star with Anorina of Samelia’s Mum
August- Quatrefoil with Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts
September- Escalator with Cate of Life Behind the Purple Door
October- Best Friends with Anorina of Samelias Mum
November- Pogo Stick with Ros of Sew Delicious
December- Crosswalk with Amy of Actually Amy
January- Everything Equal with Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts
February- Parisian Star with Tonya of Crafty Mummy
March- Binary with Cate of Life Behind the Purple Door
April- Stacked Squares with Ros of Sew Delicious
Each month, they will be sharing a tutorial for the block as well and a linky will be open all month for you to link up your blocks. Plus,there will be prizes each month.
Since I have the book (and fabrics
I took that as "a sign" to hop in, and sew along with this group to learn some new quilt block techniques. :)
I like this kind of Sew Along, because it gives me ideas I would never have thought of before, it gives me deadlines , and I can get inspiration from other talented quilters. Another important benefit is that I can get tips and help from their blog posts. I just can't understand some sewing terminology on my own. (I am a late-starter quilter.)
I am admittedly a BEGINNER. I won't be able to "light a candle" next to these talented quilters in the group.....
My blocks in this sew along will never be "perfect",
and many seams will not line up properly. Things will be a little uneven, I am sure.
And I know I will be late some months. (We all know that, "Life happens." )
So, here we go on my journey of learning and practice...
|Fabrics I am using|
Happi by Dena Fabric Traditions
White- Garden Pindot white by Michael Miller
|Happi not sure if for backing or sashing or binding yet....|
May Block : Follow the Leader design by Sherri Mconnell
|Chain piecing the flying geese|
|Follow the leader block|
|Some of my "better" geese|
- Try to get all triangles the same size
- One improvement- I got the top points of all of the triangles pointed. (Last year, on my first attempt of flying geese, a lot of the top points were caught in the seams.)
- I did not use steam to press them.
- I think I will use starch on the block pieces in June.
I am excited to learn new blocks and join in with a new group of talented quilters! I can't wait to "Follow the leader" on this journey into sewing! I need the practice, that's for sure!
|I'm off to my sewing room!|