Thursday, 3 November 2016

#BraveQuilter October Wrap Up

The school break doesn't help sewing progress as we are trying to go out and about every day, still I think I met my October challenge of trying the quilt-as-you-go technique of putting blocks together. This is my progress to date:

I've put some of the blocks together to form larger blocks, but I'm still thinking whether I want to add something between those or just to trim them and connect as they are.

I found a lot of tutorials on the technique, many of them variations on the same basic process. This is the one I used a basis with a minor adjustment - I make the back sashing strips 1 1/8'' wide and stitch them down by machine. It's not as accurate on the back as hand-stitching (and this is why I don't usually stitch my bindings down by machine), but I just wanted it to go quicker.

I must say the block connection process was simpler than I had anticipated and technically goes very fast. It's all the design decisions like choosing the sashing for each piece and trimming down the blocks, which are all odd in size, that keep me back. I'm enjoying the work on this piece as it seems so unusual for me and I'm amazed how people comment on the color scheme in it, although it's very subdued and very natural - just the kind of colors you're most likely to see outside, especially this time of year.

A huge thank you is due to Julie at Pink Doxies, who has been hosting the #BraveQuilter challenge for a long time and has inspired me (and many others) to try out new things, share the experience and take pride in being a Brave Quilter!

Linking up to October #BraveQuilter Wrap Up Linky Party at Pink Doxies
Fabric, Thread and Yarn at France Nadeau
Off the Wall Friday at Creations by Nina-Marie
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


  1. I've been following this month hoping you had a good experience. It's not something I've done, and I was curious which method you would use. I'm glad to hear it went well, and you were pleased with the results. This is a most unusual subject for a quilt, but you've done it so well. It's truly become a work of art.

    Congratulations on your progress, and your many months of participation on #BraveQuilter.

  2. This is coming together beautifully. I think many of us have gone away from greens and browns and maybe we are coming back full circle.

  3. Looks good! I love the nature theme.

  4. this looks fabulous. Really striking in design, and all neutrals too. LeeAnna

  5. Natural colors are always appealing to me and yours in this piece just suit the season. I really like the stripes you've added between the blocks and I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll decide for the rest of them.
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party!

  6. I love this piece! The colours are unusual but so harmonious, and the images are lovely.


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