Have you been to a quilt show lately? I was at our guild’s annual a week ago, and boy did I miss seeing friends. Many of my sister guild members I had not seen in over 3 years. It’s even odder since I would normally have seen them when I worked at the quilt store. I have to say, there were so many beautiful quilts, I was inspired by the quilts and my soul was nourished by encountering all the quilters. My small group, the Sewatorium Bee, had its own challenge which I thought I would share with you.
Almost every year our bee, the Sewatorium Sisters, has a challenge for the Rising Star Quilters Guild show. This challenge was for 2021 but the show was canceled, however, we decided to carry it over to this year.
For the challenge, we were each given the same 4 fabrics. We were to make 4 – 6″ blocks with our initials. The fourth block would be an “S” block for the Sewatorium Sisters. This would result in a 12″ block, which you will see that I forgot about as I finished my piece.
The Chosen Blocks
My initials work out to be K (Kathleen), S (Scargle), M (McCormick) and S (Sewatrious Sisters). Here are the four blocks that I chose:
- Kaleidoscope Rotated
- Signal Lights
- Maple Leaf
- Starry Path
I wanted the blocks to interact in some way, but couldn’t find blocks that did that. I felt that they needed a little separation, a narrow 1/2″ finished border was perfect.
Now, when you see the others, you will realize that I forgot the part where we were supposed to end up with a 12″ block. I decided to also add a border as I loved the mums, Floragraphix V 2020 by Jason Yenter, and wanted to place this on my nightstand. Above you can see the layout I used in Electric Quilt 8*.
The Other Versions
I thought it would be fun to show you a slideshow of all of the quilts we displayed. I only see two duplicated blocks (starry path and the maple leaf).
My Paper Piecing Files – A Gift for You
It has been a while since I had any bonuses for my readers, so I thought you might enjoy these paper-piecing files. There is one pattern on each page and the files are for 6″ finished paper pieced blocks. Make sure you print at 100% to get the correct scale,
Also, I thought it would be fun to give you some other ideas, here are some samples of quilts made from repeating each of the blocks. Only the maple leaf needed some rotation to make it a bit more interesting. I love the pattern that both Starry Path and Signal Lights make when they are placed next to each other.
Coming Up on the Blog
PopStar QAL Finish (10/27/22)
FQ Support Group Stitch and Quilt Along (10/2922)
Second Quarter Finishes (11/1/22)
Music Blog Hop (11/15/22)
Tips and Tutorials (11/22/22)