For this month, I've chosen the stacked books block...it is a gentle and easy beginner block, and makes use of all of your odds n' ends in your scrap bags.
I was inspired by this quilt and this quilt and and this Flickr gallery and this tutorial is fantastic and the one you should use to make this 12" block. I think the design will work well for a Bee effort...
Some ground rules:
- Please use plain white...no white on white please! I used Kona White for mine and love the crispness of the white. If you don't have Kona, please find a whiter white instead of a creamy white.
- I love bright and cheery modern prints (I'm not keen on mottled solids or batiks), and based on my experience with the 2012 quilt I made, fussy cut objects that make it in to the final quilt layout will give me delight for years to come...I play iSpye on a regular basis with my first quilt!
Here are my step by step photos to show how I made my first block!
The stash...for the 'books'.
The final choices ironed and in neat little piles. I tried to use all colours, and mix up the values.
Pressing open the seams during the ironing...
Laying the strips out (I played around with the colours and placement quite a bit) and then I cut down the left side of the strips to make a straight edge...and then sewed the white tails onto the other sides!
The first block done...I may undo the seams at the fifth strip and move that Amy Butler green more in the middle...it bothers me all the way out there on the left, and I just realised the bottom blue could move over a bit more to the right... But, you get the idea!!
Can't wait to see you what inspires your creations.