Building Blocks quilt

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My older son is obsessed with construction vehicles. There is some dredging up of land down the road due to a new park being built and my son could not be happier when we take our daily walk past all the power shovels. Imagine my (and his) glee when I was able to pattern test this adorable quilt. He actually doesn’t know what a pattern test is but his growing interest as the motif became clearer was gratifying for me 🙂

This is another pattern by Rachel Rossi available in hard copy or pdf format. It’s perfect for beginners and has a nice mix of piecing, appliqué, and even some embroidery. Some of the testers even personalised theirs. It came together very quickly and the directions are clear and easy to follow.

I really like the colours I chose. The mottled blue I used for my sky came from the “Hawaiian” section at my local shop. I wanted my sky to look like sky and I also wanted to have the quilting look “windy”. I am not great at free-motion quilting! If you look closely (please don’t), you’ll see a lot of mistakes and wobbles, but from a distance I like the effect. The pictures I took are also some of my favourites of my little guys. As you can see, it makes a great little play mat as well!

Peony Parade quilted table runner

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen for some pattern testing recently. I did a couple of tests for quilts designed by Rachel Rossi. The first one was a beautiful table runner with appliquéd leaves called Peony Parade. I have made quite a few quilts in the past couple of years but I tend to do more “modern” designs (read improv quilting) and like to stick with straight line quilting. This table runner was great because I could practice precision piecing, which I definitely need practice with. I also discovered I really like to do appliqué. After getting familiar with my “Heat and Bond” type paper (I’m in Japan so the product is different), and ruining my already dingy ironing board cover by ironing the paper onto it, it was love. I decided to go for a darker look and chose navy blue for the background and used some batiks I’d been saving for the past couple of years. For the quilting, I used some colourful variegated thread that I was lucky enough to find in a dollar store.

The pattern is laid out well and easy to read. There are lots of diagrams to help with piecing and lots of advice and explanation of terms for beginners. I’d say this quilt would be a good challenge for beginners but definitely doable.

And here is my finished runner:

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You can see that my free-motion quilting has a long way to go but it’s fun to try. If you click on the link in the shop you can see a few other examples from other testers. It’s interesting to see how fabric choices make a piece look so different!

My next post will feature the second quilt I tested for Rachel Rossi and I have to say, it’s one of my favorites!