Can you believe it's October 1st? Forget about where did September go, where has this year gone?
One thing that has gone well for me this year is participating in Sinta's BOM Rehab. I finished Northern Lights this summer, a quilt I for sure would not have worked on without Sinta's sew-along, and now I'm a nut about making at least one Memories of Provence block a week, all it takes is one block and in you're in. It was close this week, I got up early Sunday just to piece my one block.
I have 6 of the 12 focus blocks pieced. However I skipped blocks 4 and 5, they just didn't suit me.
Since I was running short on time I looked through the remaining blocks, wanting to piece the one that looked the easiest and had the fewest number of pieces. That was block 5. So I decided to go ahead and make the block, maybe it would look better to me in person than in the picture.
Here it is. The problem I had with this block before and after I made it, was the lack of background space peeking through the pieces.
My favorite thing about this pattern, beside the yummy fabric, is the unusual blocks, and the amount of background fabric in each block. I just didn't think Block 5 had the same look as the rest of the blocks.
Here are the first 6 blocks I've pieced, what do you think, was I being too picky?
So after I got all the main pieces on my design wall I started playing around with it. First thing I did was to remove the black hst from the corners of the red star block.
That gave me more white space, which I liked, but made the flying geese look sort of just out there, I didn't think the block flowed.
So then I tried rotating the green and black flying geese 180 degrees.
I liked this better, no more white space but a nicer flow, but I still felt the black sky on those geese units just stuck out.
So I put the black corner back in, but this time on the outside of that corner instead of the inside.
This I liked better yet, I liked the flow of the pieces, but not the flow of the colors, I didn't like how the red in the center didn't really flow with the green and the black on the outside of the block.
So I added a little red to the outer corners and called it quits.
Here it is, all pieced.
This is Block Number 5 of Memories of Provence by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts and the 7th focus block I've pieced, 5 more focus blocks to go.
I made this block because it had fewer pieces, but by the time I got done, this little 12 inch block had 66 pieces, the most so far I think!
Today is Sherri and Sinta 's Schnibbles Parade, although this month's project is not a Schnibbles it's a Bite, and I didn't get mine done, but I've heard it's been a popular project and will be a great parade, so don't miss it. This month's project is Bounce, I don't intend to miss this project, I want to make my own Bounce. Don't like Bounce, try Hubble/Hubbel, I've made it too, and it's easy peasy and HUGE! I think it would look great in Halloween, Fall, or Christmas print. I hope someone else thinks so too and something along those lines is in next month's parade.