Jacquelynne Steves has offered another series of free blocks-of-the-month called Cozy Afternoon.
There were five blocks in the series, each with a pattern to embroider or applique for the center. I have a large hassock with a lid which I’m going to cover, using five blocks – one for the top of the lid and four for the sides.
My version of Block 5 is shown in the top picture. This will be one of the sides of the hassock cover, using a vintage embroidery pattern for the center.
I made all of my blocks with a beach or nautical theme.
Jacquelynne has completed the series with suggestions for setting and borders, but since I will not be making a wall hanging, I will work out how I want to place these blocks using one top panel and four side panels to make the hassock cover. More on that in a week or two.
Jacquelynne always offers interesting blocks that are simple and easy to make but very pretty. I’ve enjoyed this quilt-along.
Susan at Desert Sky Quilting is hosting a block-of-the-month quilt-along featuring stars and pinwheels. The first block is Indian Star – an easy but interesting block offered in two options. The first option is using squares and half-square triangles; the second option has flying geese patches.
Since I have back problems and don’t make large quilts any longer, I’m participating in this quilt-along by using each block as I make it into something I can use at home or into a project that will make a nice gift. I made the blocks in both versions.
I used the first block to make a book bag for carrying my requisite 4-books-at-a-time back and forth to the library. The back of the bag includes a vintage embroidery piece adapted from an old coloring book.
The second version was made into a project box which I designed to set on my sewing table with pockets on the inside to hold instructions and other essentials along with the fabric for the project. I lined the bag with medium-weight canvas and added stiff interlining so the bag will set upright.
The embroidered panel is from one I found on the internet and good for me since I do almost all of my quilting on the machine.
This promises to be a fun quilt-along and Susan is meticulous about her instructions which makes everything easy and enjoyable. Hope you’ll join us here.
Since Christmas preparations took top priority this past month, I just completed block #2 in Jacquelynne Steves’ block-of-the-month series, Sew Sweet Simplicity. As with the first block, I used an embroidered panel of a vintage bluebird design. I’m not sure yet how I’ll be using the blocks.
The piecing isn’t perfect, but then neither is the embroidery. I like the overall effect, though. I already have block #3 cut out and ready to assemble.
This was block #1.
The free vintage embroidery patterns are available here: