Alright everyone, I have to tell you my quilting project is really slowing down with the quilt blocks getting more involved. I was thinking I would finish this project in two more years but at this point I feel it's going to take a lot longer. I think I need to take the pressure off myself and not talk about a deadline. I am just going to plug along and enjoy each quilt.
When I started laying them out on my design wall, I started seeing a striped look that I really enjoyed. As you can see, I have practicing my feathers with free motion quilting. What fun! This is one of those quilts that looks a lot better in person than the pictures. (I wish I had a photographer in the family.)
Northwind is in the top three of my favorite quilt blocks for the simple reason that you can put different color blocks next to each other and make magic happen. This works because of the lights and darks. It's that simple. And of course, I didn't know this until I started putting the blocks together.
At first I made four blocks all the same color. I used different colors, but had all four blocks the same. It was really boring. (I forgot to take a picture of this.)
Then I decided to mix up the colors and wow! I loved the results. When you squint your eyes, you can almost see movement.
This is not a difficult block at all. Northwind is made up of half square triangles and triangles. It moves along fairly quickly and you don't get bored with the same two fabrics. The part that takes the longest is squaring up the half square triangles. I have tried in the past to skip that step but then your points don't always match.
I loved this quilt so much that I put it as the header of my new baby quilt website. Take a look at my new site and let me know what you think! http://www.babyquiltsforsale.com
See you next time with quilt block 108!
In Judy's book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins", the square on square quilt block is done in just two colors, a light and a dark. I chose, of course, to add more colors to my block. I knew I wanted to make a baby quilt using this block so I played around with different fabrics. I alternated the colors on the blocks but kept the red fabric the same. This really worked out well. The blue and yellow block border gave it a railroad feel. I added a train flannel to the back of the quilt.
I have been quilting for close to 30 years and after loosing my job twelve years ago, I am now able to do what I love, QUILT! I specialize in baby quilts and have designed the "Lovie Lap Quilt" with pockets.