Sometimes I post a lot of things on the blog in quick succession. I want to assure all of my crafting friends that I don't really sew this fast. In fact, when I'm in the middle of a crazy craft binge is when I skip some sleep, some meals, and some showers and I'm not very social--including blogging. I can't be bothered to take pictures and find words to describe what I'm doing until after the moment (or week) has passed. So, this batch of blocks were made about a week ago. I would like to add that this sewing spurt was sponsored heavily by my patient husband who would pour the cereal and milk or make a turkey sandwich for me to keep me going. (Love that man.)
First up is Peaceful Hours with Heather Ross's bagged fish. I love this print so much that it had to be in the quilt. I used freezer paper templates for the center piece and all of the orange pieces. Then I sewed the blue stripe pieces on the edges and trimmed off the extra fabric to make the squares. This ended up being a pretty easy block when constructed that way.
Shooting star was made entirely with freezer paper templates. I'm really enjoying green and pinky/purple together.
This block is not in the Farmer's Wife book. I learned about this block from Amy's blog post here. I don't have the book she referenced but I did the math myself to make it a 6" finished block. Mrs. Fay must have been a special lady to get a block named after her.
This block came from Amy's same post again. I changed some of the light and dark values from Amy's version.
I thought that squash blossom would be harder than it actually was. I used the templates from the book and a boatload of starch.
The Wild Duck block pattern came from Quilter's Cache. The map fabric may be a busy background, but it made me think of the birds that fly over the city during migration. I did the block math to make it a 6" finished block.
And, lastly, here is a second attempt at the Cups & Saucers block. In my last version I used the same Suzuko Koseki button print with a busy print from Modern Meadow but the flying geese didn't show up at all. The pale pink in Bliss doesn't seem like it matches well, but it does allow all of the geese to shine.
Does anyone need to remind you to eat and sleep when you feel creative?