Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tossed Salad, Cascadia, and Sew Simplicity Blocks

Even though I have too many flimsy's in queue and ought to be quilting, I spent some time over the weekend piecing a few blocks.
First up, I had a lot of fun choosing fabrics for the November Aurifil BOM, Tossed Salad:
Visit Pat Sloan's Blog to read her interview with Scott Hansen, Aurifil's November Designer of the Month, and to download the pattern.

It was through Scott's blog, Blue Nickel Studios , that I first learned of the Aurifil BOM. Scott has an interesting and artsy aesthetic, which first attracted me to follow his blog. He embraces color, and has that genuine, down-to-earth quality I gravitate toward. Even though I follow Blue Nickel, I had not realized Scott & his wife live in the Pacific Northwest, near the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. At this point, it would be easy for me to start drawling out the homesick blues, so I will move on...
Then, last week I happened upon the Cascadia Quiltalong Mystery, led by Lori of Humble Quilts. Impulsively, I dove in and finished two of the four strips needed for this week's assignment and have the others queued up to piece as leaders and enders. Pieced with 1.5" squares, this will be a doll-size quilt. I just happened to have a lot of squares this size, so it is a win-win and I could not resist!

Last up, I finished the first block for the Sew Sweet Simplicity QAL.
I knew right away I wanted to used this hand-dyed blue from my stash. The other fabrics took me awhile to select. I am trying to cut down my decision making time lately, but it is soo hard!

I must begin FMQing again! Such a procrastinator! I rented Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) Audio book from the library to entertain me when I sit back down with Mr. Juki. At 31 disks, it ought to help me persevere!

Linking up with BOM's Away, Building Blocks Tuesday, and Monday Makers


  1. Love your Tossed Salad block. And, I can totally relate to procrastinating on FMQ. I have at least 3 quilts all basted and stitched in the ditch just waiting for some FMQ, and I just don't want to do it yet. Perhaps a nice long audiobook would help me too.

    Thanks for linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday!

  2. Sure love the fabrics you picked for your Sew Sweet block. Your Toss Salad block is excellent as well.

  3. Really lovely blocks! Now get to work!!!!

  4. Wow! That block is so gorgeous with that blue fabric. I'm really in love with it. And the fussy cutting for the Aurifil BOM block is fun - LOVE that bicycle in there. :)

  5. Hey Heidi, The blue and red project looks great! And I love the scrappy lines for Lori's sew along. The blue of the star block looks almost like denim, very 'touchable'. cheers!

  6. Beautiful hand dyed blue! And lovely block. The mystery quilt looks quite mysterious...


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