Block Twelve

I was invited to design a block for the current Layer Cake Quiltalong at Moose Quilts and it’s my turn this week to present Block 12, our last block. This is the block I designed:

And this is the block I made, using Moda’s “It’s a Hoot,” the line I used for the entire project.?

Yes, it is wildly colorful, but that is the nature of this line of fabric and it has challenged me over and over again.

For those of you who may be sewing along on this project, I have to admit I came within threads of not having enough fabric left to complete this block!

Late last summer when I designed the block, I knew I would be using a fabric line with some large scale prints. I thought it would be nice to design a block that would allow some fussing cutting, so this block was born. That was then. Fast forward eight months and eleven blocks later…

I fussy cut the birds and started looking around for the yellow check for the setting strips and found I didn’t have enough because I had used it in another block. To make a long and stressful story short, I had to sew pieces of fabric together in several places to have pieces large enough to make the block. Amazingly, you have to look very closely at it to see the extra seams. It was improvised, but I was able to finish (a lesson learned).

It has been so much fun watching the Flickr stream and seeing what other quilters are doing with this block. So many beautiful color choices. I have enjoyed participating in this project and would like to thank Konda for inviting me to submit a block design.


3 thoughts on “Block Twelve”

  1. The reason why I love your block so much is that Moda Eden is so hard to work with when stitching a lot of the other blocks in the QAL. There’s not enough contrasting prints and not enough distinction between prints. Most prints weren’t suitable to cut into small pieces and still be able to see definition in the block. However I also am making a 2nd quilt and am using 12 Days of Christmas, and that has been a lot easier to work with.

    It seams (pun intended!) that some fabric ranges are more suitable for sampler style quilts with ‘traditional’ blocks, where the design of the block does the talking and some ranges are suitable for quilts where the fabric prints do the talking.

    It’s been a fun QAL anyway, and I’ve learnt a lot in the process!

  2. I agree! Thanks for your supportive comment! Some large scale fabric lines that don’t include a lot of “blenders” are hard to use in a project like this, but I am chalking that up to “lesson learned”.

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