Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Day, New Project, New Lily


So here's my inspiration block for Coastal Lily.  Before I go cutting all the fabric for a new project I always make one block.  Sometimes I figure out a different way to make a block from the pattern on that first block, not necessarily a better way, but a way I prefer.  Sometimes I figure out there are pieces I can make bigger then square up, which I always do when I can.  Sometimes I find a mistake in the pattern.  And sometimes I learn that the designer had it all figured out and all I have to do is follow the instructions, which is the case for this block.

This is one huge lily, 10 inches finished.

Someone asked if this block was paper pieced, nope, nothing but regular piecing on this block.  There are only 15 pieces to each block, so once I get the pieces and parts cut and pieced the assembly should be a breeze.

White, someone asked about my background fabric, I'm going with a Moda Bella Solid, Bleached White.  I think a pale yellow would have made a nice background too.




So there were a few new things to figure out with this first block, besides the regular piecing I needed to select a decorative stitch for the bloom berry stems and decide how I wanted to make my berries. It took awhile to make this first block.


Right off the bat there are a couple of things that I love about this block.  The bloom points float so I don't have to worry about cutting off those points when I assemble the quilt top, I'll just need to look out for the leaf points.  The stem is pieced  not appliquéd.  And finally, aren't those bloom berries the cutest thing?  I love circles, I would love to make a quilt with nothing but circles.

Just in case you've forgotten,  here's the pattern, Coastal Lily by Minick & Simpson.


And here's my fabric.


I have 105 more berries, 180 flying geese and 35 more lily blocks to piece before I can start assembling the top, I'll blog about my berry method and that decorative stitch another day.  Now that I have the first block done I won't have very interesting pictures to share until all the pieces and parts are done.  But I love my first block and it will literally be my inspiration block.




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16 comments:

  1. So pretty and clean looking. I will look forward to your technique on the circles and the decorative stitch.

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  2. So are the lilies all different fabrics? Is this more scrappy than what the pattern shows?

    I love your work.

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  3. What a great pattern and the fabrics you've choosen are so bright and happy.

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  4. This block is really fun...you are going to have a blast!

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  5. I love Lilies! It's always in my paper flower collection that I design. The flower-pieced quilts are my favorite and can't wait for this to unfold, XOXO

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  6. Love this pattern. I have this on my exceedingly long to do list. I am looking forward to more posts about your version. Your fabrics are wonderful.

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  7. i also am curious abt your berry method i thought abt tiny yoyos i have my pattern and alot of pink and red fabric so i think that is what ill use and a tan leaves i think i love the grey leaves on yours i was on the fence abt how they would look but i love!!!it

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  8. I love your block, Thelma. It must make you excited to make more!

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  9. I had not noticed the berries. That would make this a long term project for me. lol!
    That is a very interesting block. I stared at it for a while and still could not see how you put it together. I love the pattern. It has so much going on but it's all symmetrical and organized. looking forward to hearing your decision on the berries and stem.

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  10. I love this block, Thelma! Your fabric choices are right up my alley. It's going to be a very sweet quilt. Have fun!

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  11. Boy, I can't keep up with you - always something new and wonderful!

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  12. Love your first block! I think you should show sneak peeks when you make more as the colors you've chosen are so different from the original. Would like to see how your combos come along :)

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  13. This is going to be awesome - such a lovely start. I don't go for modern fabrics but the combination you have selected is lovely! You are such an expert at foundation piecing too :)

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  14. You have a great eye for putting together fabrics and colors. I would never had thought "brights" for this pattern - but I can tell it is going to look so great and I will certainly be jealous! Can't wait to see more develop!

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  15. Fabulous, love your block. The Peony block is also a favourite of mine

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