Monday, October 26, 2009

Around the Block - November

I am participating in the Around the Block Swap, which involves making patchwork blocks for a participant, from fabrics that they have sent to you.  For the month of November Lara (Thornberry) requested a12.5 inch block, using the following fabrics in the color palette chocolate, orange and blue:


Lara also requested a block inspired by whirligigs, pinwheels and stars. After much careful consideration, and bearing in mind that some of the large scale prints could detract from the overall impact of the block, I chose just five of the fabrics to work with (three was the minimum).


This block is called Blackford's Beauty.  It is not easy to piece, and even though I have previously practiced this block in a Block of the Month from Amitie, I  still managed to mess up cutting the pieces to the correct size.


Lara, this block is on its way!  Thank you for the challenge of the fabrics, the colors and the block.  I hope you like it.

18 comments:

  1. I like the block, and you used the fabrics well in it (e.g., cutting the polka dots to take advantage of the different colors. I'm sure she'll love it.

    joan

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  2. You did a fantastic job meeting the criteria. The fabric choices were great. I have some of them in my stash. I am sure she will love it.

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  3. A great block, Lara will be thrilled! I am yet to think about what I am going to do...doubtful it will be as lovely as this!

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  4. Beautiful block! I love how there's a lot going on within the block but it still looks so clean.

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  5. I'm sure she will love the block you did a great job.

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  6. Lara is a lucky girl having you in her swap - this is a wonderful, well thought out block. Well done.

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  7. Great pattern for the fabrics you chose. I'm sure she will love it.

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  8. It's a great block and I love the way you fussy cut the spots. Lara has got to be happy with this one.

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  9. Wow that is fantastic! The spots look great! I love the visual impact!

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  10. Whauw, that looks amazing! I love how you used the prints in the blog!

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  11. WOW!! What a beauty! How do you get involved in your block swaps? I see so many going on and they look like so much fun and such a great way to meet people and be inspired... do you have to be contacted? do you ask? Please, fill me in if you can, anybody!

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  12. Fabulous block! I love the little fishes in the centre. It's always challenging yet fun to work with other people's fabric.

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  13. That is a great block! I can see a lot of secondary patterns that could be created by changing that up...

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  14. Oh my goodness Rita, I absolutely LOVE your block! How could anyone not? Your talent and experience really shine through in this one - it is fantastic. Thank you!

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