Pondering and Sewing

While I ponder how to move forward on my Chipmunk Love quilt, based on the “Star-Crossed Lovers” class with Colleen Blackwood that I took last week in Sisters, Oregon, sewing continues on two other WIPs (works in progress).

I’ve made a few more wonky Greek key blocks using the pattern from the other class I took in Sisters last week, Karla Alexander’s “Rewind” using her new pattern of the same name. Here are the blocks I made before we came home . . .

Rewind first 9 blocks
Blocks Measure 8½” Untrimmed

. . . and the ones I have made since then:

Rewind blocks free form
Four More

These last blocks along with two from the first group were made by cutting the strips free-form rather than following Karla’s template.

Despite the wonkiness, all of the blocks look a little like the @ sign on a keyboard. Because of that I’ve decided to name my quilt Where It’s @. 

I’m also working on a quilt based on Chic Diamonds, a new pattern from those talented sisters at Sew Kind of Wonderful. This design calls for the original Quick Curve Ruler, and it’s been enjoyable working with these easy no-pin curves. Here’s one of my blocks:

Chic diamonds block
Block Measures 9½” Unfinished

Aren’t those fabrics gorgeous? The prints on the dark side of each blade are from a brand new line of fabric called Dance of the Dragonfly. Designed by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas Studio in association with Benartex, the fabrics are due in stores next month. The Pine Needle, where I teach, will be carrying several fabrics from the line. I paired the prints with batiks for my blocks.

I’m doing something a little different with the Chic Diamonds design. Here’s a hint: I’m naming my quilt Dragonfly Kisses. I’ll post a photo when I have the top together, which should be very soon.




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7 Responses to Pondering and Sewing

  1. Jeanne says:

    Gorgeous is the exact word that came to mind, looking at those blues on your dragonfly.

  2. Merethe says:

    Hi Dawn. I love the Rewind pattern and ordered it from The Stitching Post. Got it in the mail yesterday, and I’m looking forward to start making it.

  3. So it sounds like you might recommend this Chic Diamonds pattern for a first-time user of the QCR? I love how your rewind blocks are just slightly varied from each other when you aren’t using the template. I think it will give it some additional character. Can’t wait to see the next post!

    • Dawn says:

      Yes, Chic Diamonds is a good choice for a first-timer, Jennifer! Let me know if you decide to make it. I have some tips I’ll pass on to you.

  4. Merethe says:

    Hi Dawn.
    I hope to come for the Expo, hope to be able to take an interesting class, waiting for the classlist.
    But not sure yet.
    We’ll see.

  5. Diane says:

    Absolutely LOVE the Dance of the Dragonfly fabrics! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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