Halfway through the modern sampler and a very mini mini quilt

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Modern sampler blocks

We are halfway through the Modern Sampler Quilt Along and I couldn’t be enjoying these blocks more.  I was relieved when I noticed that Caitlin’s blocks are also not all the same sizes, I figure that is a problem for future me, especially because the silk may fray as they wait in the cupboard for more blocks to join them. The new “F” block is in the middle, and this block is definitely my favorite and I was looking forward to making it even before I found out about this quilt-along when I first found the Yoskiko Jinzenji book at a local bookstore and couldn’t resist it.

In another avenue for procraftination, I decided to embark on the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Mini Mini Quilt Swap to add to my divine collection of our guild’s fine workmanship.  But wait, did I read that right?  Perimeter no greater than 24″?  That means 6×6 or 5×7 or maybe an ambitious 2×10 mini-quilt?  I decided that I would experiment with Season Evan‘s Mighty Lucky Quilting Club February challenge (actually I might have played with this more than once, the other result is much bigger and for a later post).  She is a guild member I am extremely lucky to have a quilt by, maybe someday I will even post a picture, it goes great with the yellows in the new house.  Anyhow, here is the back of my mini mini quilt (I’m not sure if I should reveal the front or not). Those are teeny tiny Cotton and Steel linen bunnies.  I have spring on my brain, just not my homework.

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Ok, I’m really heading back to writing a paper now, right after I walk my lovely patient dog.

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Block E for the Modern Sampler Quiltalong

I started out trying to keep the grainlines straight on this block so the rightmost parts of the nine-patch were cut with templates before I decided it didn’t matter, but I think either way works just depending in the fabric pattern using templates (I just photocopy the pattern from the book and then cut out the shapes.  This is also what I’m doing for Block F, which is my favorite, so I hope I finish it in time.image

Not only has this quiltalong inspired me with a whole lot of joy when I haven’t gotten a lot of sewing time lately, but its also got me blogging!  Unfortunately this iPhone photo is unedited and terrible, sorry Salty Oat but thank you for starting this!  I also really love seeing everyone else’s blocks on Instagram under the #modernsamplerquiltalong hashtag and I regret that I can’t make two each month.

The C Cup Block

Block C cup

I emailed myself this photo with the subject Block C cup, sorry for the lazy pun!  At this point I have doubled every block for this sampler and I’m still loving htat process, so maybe at this rate I will have enough blocks for a very white Christmas quilt…Thanks to Salty Oat and Debbie at aquilterstable for helping me learn about this block of the month/quiltalong.  It feels really good to be sewing this weekend.  I have so much to be thankful for I can even celebrate Thanksgiving twice!

More silk blocks

I just can’t resist making these this week while I procrastinated yet another paper that I was hoping to submit yesterday…I will probably even sew a second block C this week while I’m out and about.  I got lucky and found by one 35 year old spool of silk thread almost accidentally and it was trying to tell me to start the applique block.photo 2 (1) (2)

I didn’t think I would need a practice block for this one, but the background is pretty relatively dark and now the off-centered-ness of the cup is bugging me.  I may have to try handpiecing the curves instead of using a solid background piece on the next one.

photo 1 (1)I also made the more precise version of Block B.  It isn’t perfect but that’s ok.  In fact I like my first one better now too.  I think I may have put a filter on this on instagram and that’s why the other one seems darker.

Silk sample sewing

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I have had a busy busy year.  I can’t believe that despite this, I started sewing Yoshiko Jinzenji blocks from her Modern Sampler after I picked up her book at Third Place books.  Although that wasn’t quite what happened really.  I picked up the book and longingly savored her minimalist composition, and then put the book away in my neglected new sewing room.

And then Debbie from my guild and A Quilter’s Table published her Block A on Instagram and I instantly recognized the pattern from the book I’d just bought.  I became obsessed.  I clean my sewing room looking for my Marimekko scraps from Pirkko.  Never found them, but in my newly cleaned sewing room I began cutting into all my silk selvedges and I cannot stop loving this project.

photo 1 (2)I even finished another assignment toward my Master’s degree yesterday (I passed, only 5 credits to go!) so that I could make my second block A as a reward.  And now tonight I’m making another “practice block” for Block B.  I may wind up foundation piecing the official one, but I am just loving this project.  Thanks again to Debbie and Salty Oat for hosting this quiltalong even if I never get past Block C (although I really want to skip to F…)and even my fabulous Seattle Modern Quilt Guild secret swapper Jonna (bespokeoutlaw) for inspiring me in this rainy November week.