I’m still working my way through the ModernQAL with moderate success. Some blocks have been a neat and easy sew, others have been a real pain and I will probably end up redoing them.
The block for August was the Quatrefoil. It’s a lovely design and I could definitely see myself making a whole quilt out of this one. The green and pink with the elephants are a fun combination made up of some small pieces I had left over from other projects. The main elephant print in the centre is out of print now and is becoming hard to find so I purchased a fat quarter from a seller on eBay just to make sure I had some in my stash for future use.
Next up is the Escalator block, which was a total pest to put together. Lots of small fiddly bits and you can see that it hasn’t sewn up well. The shape of this block is really off and I wouldn’t be happy putting it in a quilt top. I’d like to try again with this one…some day when I am feeling very patient and have lots of time to devote to it. I do like the combination of fabrics through the middle, they are the same fabrics as the Quatrefoil block.
October’s block was the Best Friend design. The centre square lends itself beautifully to a cute fussy cut but I misjudged the size. My geisha doll looked great when I cut the 2 1/2 inch square but I lost too much in the seam allowance and she looks too big for the square.This one came out OK but isn’t quite right, so I will probably give this one another go and choose a smaller picture for the fussy cut.
Despite my imperfections with these blocks, it’s been a good project for me. Sewing garments, accessories, bags and pouches and more free form quilting projects don’t have the same level of accuracy. I’ve had to try quite hard to improve in this area and I’ve learned a lot with each block. Best way to learn is to make mistakes, right? And it’s a nice excuse to maybe purchase a couple of new quilting rulers and a better quality cutting mat!
All these blocks are from the book Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods.