The first free BOM for 2014 is Turnaround, which is one of the easier blocks with only thirteen pieces. The choice of fabric reminds me of a firestorm in the wind blowing round and round with sparks flying out everywhere.
WOW doesn't the change in fabrics change the whole appearance. compare Carol's two blocks just below with the collection beside.
OK I assume you can easily find my Stringing Away block in the collection to the left but being honest, how long did it take you to work out which of my blocks is Bamboozled. It took me a while. That's the thing with Raconteur a small change can result in quite a change.
The blocks are easier to find this time round although I would still guess that it wasn't a walk in the park as they say.
Carol has used an amazing selection of fabrics and it will be something to see when it is totally finished. I am sure that task also won't take her as long as it took me. she has only been working on Raconteur for twelve months and I am positive she is past the half way point.
Carol uses a large variety of colours in her blocks as well as conversation prints. I am always amused at the secondary idea one gets from the fabrics she uses.
At the time of designing Tinkle of the Keys I enjoyed using incomplete shapes and so made the hearts in four sections. Here Carol uses a background of heart fabric making another play on the background theme.
|row 1, cell 3|
Must say Carol's English paper piecing method appears to have less bulk in the middle than I remember having with this block. Initially it was to have six of those fine pointed arrows coming to the middle but it had miles too much fabric in the seam allowance. The smaller arrows meant that I could make the middle sit easier.
Funny I never realised how many of my blocks were named after foods. I think I must be a male in disguise as the old saying 'a way to a man's heart is through his stomach' definitely applies to me.
|Paul says he still remembers the first time I visited him at his place. We lived about five hours apart at the time and I arrived one Friday night. He had prepared a roast lamb and he said as he watched me devour the lot it reminded him of his father... who also was another example of a person who enjoyed his food:0|
|I still love food particularly sweets and yesterday made a fantastic apple and ginger marmalade... I wonder which marmalade I had made when I named this block. Mind you the block must have been made around 2009 as that was the year I discovered when a person makes jam/marmalade there is no need to make 100+ jars of it. My mum only ever made plum or nectarine jam and never in quantities less than 100!!!|
Carol decided it was time for a clean up in her sewing room and found these three left overs from other projects. Perfect she figured for a few more of her blocks.
Carol is making a king size Raconteur and her preferred layout needs three more collections than the original, so these definitely won't go astray.
For other delightful original blocks by Carol simply click on the 'original' label on the right.. you will adore here angry bird :)
|Well Collection 11 must be the most insane collection. This collection contains about 500 individual pieces! Yet it doesn't contain the block with the most pieces from the entire collections.|
these are gorgeous blocks but if you haven't paper pieced before then I strongly suggest you do the exercises in the tutorial I uploaded earlier.
|Don't you just love those little children who hold up an assortment of fingers declaring I'm Three and what could me more enjoyable than a Rose Garden... well a rose garden that is maintained by someone else. I live opposite a TAFE college which taught horticulture. The students practiced on my garden and I enjoyed the fruits of their labour. Carol's blocks I'm Three and Rose Garden|
|Mandola at Midnight - yes I did design this at midnight. I had received QNM just that day but being very busy didn't have the opportunity to read it until bedtime. This became another night of little sleep and so I decided I may as well get up and have a go at designing my own mandola as the directions seemed so easy :)|
To read more about this block and also to see Carol's block click here.
|Lynn Hewitt is a NSW quilter who teaches throughout the state. At one retreat I attended she taught sashiko and everyone in the class agreed it was a most relaxing pastime.|
|Tall Ships was a variation on a block that I found in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I can't remember which issue but it was an early one. The original block was an eight point star and didn't resemble ships at all... shows you how poor I am at trying to modify something... new block though|
|Hunter's Web was supposed to be a log cabin. If you found you way into this cabin you might not find your way out. Carol's block|
|I know there is little Winter Sun apparent in this block but it is what I think the winter sun would be like in the cold northern hemisphere where the sun seldom shines in summer. Carol's block is a lot brighter.|
|C2 I Love Lucy|
|C3 Burning Bright|
|C4 Blackberry Freedom|
|C6 Crystal Dreams|
|C6 Enter With Care|
|C2 The Rice Pickers|
|C5 Baby Blue|
|Gourmet Quilter's Tree|
|Never let it be said that Carol is one dimensional. Not only does she sew but she also knits and crochets as evidenced by the photos here.|
On the left we have Collection 9. I think that is here fourth or fifth collection finished so far. Aren't the colours dramatic?
To the right is one of the scrumbles which she made.
I love the whole idea of scrumbles & attempted to teach Mum how to make these when her dementia was impacting on her crafts. Mum's work in earlier years was exquisite & though her eyesight was failing it had not deteriorated so she couldn't see the change in her work.
She saw the scrumbles as something I would do, but not as something a 'good' craftsperson would do. Oh how wrong. Wouldn't you love one of these?
|Initially I planned for the block to simply stretch out from the centre in four directions but wasn't too excited by the block that resulted.|
Next I tried simply spinning the triangles around and still thought it could be improved.
|I had been looking at some perspective drawing and then tried to encompass that idea into my design... Patrise's Gift was the result.|
As you may guess red was not my first plan for the colour.
|Once I worked out my block design the next bit was to find a design that would work with it it.|
The central medallion was easy as I thought it was perfect way to showcase the blocks and they were active enough to carry the middle
|That left two considerations - the corners and the area surrounding the medallion.|
The first two pictures showed the two possible ways to slope the blocks and although I initially thought all going the same way was boring, the alternative was too disjointed.
|I still however thought that the corners were too heavy and so to lighten it I took the outer strips from the block and simply made the centre block and framed it in plain fabric.|
This was definitely the best choice.
|Initially I had placed four of the triangle centres around the medallion to fill in the space as I am a piecer and not an appliquer. However when I added borders etc there was too much action and no where for the eyes to relax or focus so I removed them.||The plain areas would be perfect for detailed quilting - I'm only just beginning on my machine quilting experience:)|
|So why have I cut off the corners? So that the quilt can be turned around in all directions on the bed and so equalise or minimise fading due to the sun. Also it means that the corners don't hang lower that the rest of the quilt when on the bed.|