I have been enjoying my virtual trip around the world with Marion's block program over at Seams to be Sew. In honour of this summer's Olympic Games, she created blocks representing 24 countries and their traditional or iconic costumes. Each month features 2 countries, one set of free patterns representing one country, and the second country's patterns can be awarded by showing your finished blocks on Flickr or you can purchase all the patterns from her Payhip or Craftsy stores.
I had been downloading all my free patterns since July, but with all the craft shows and Christmas commitments I hadn't taken any pictures of these blocks. Relax with your favourite drink and enjoy the fashions from Spain, Arabia, Antarctica, Canada, England and Greece.
I really love the batik on his shirt. I think I will use a metallic thread to outline everything and really make this guy shine!
This flamenco lady looks ready to move! I'm not sure what I did, but somehow I assembled the skirt incorrectly and the top ruffle doesn't line up with her waist. I should be able to fix this up with some creative topstitching, or maybe a button flower.
This block had some large pieces and the only detail was the bow and ruffle. I really like the two colours on the ruffle and I think with some stitching it will look even better!
I had troubles with the headdress on this block, the pieces wouldn't line up correctly, and I ended up getting one bit stuck to the iron. It looks OK now, and hopefully it'll look great when I get all the topstitching done.
This is such a fun block! The baby polar bear makes this so special :)
And this super cute penguin makes me want to visit Antarctica...or maybe not ;)
I used my favourite Canadian flag fabric on this block. This flag waving female Mountie is my very favourite block so far - and I wish I had made her gloves in a different colour, but I should be able to correct that with some thread.
I like this block...but wish I 'd used a solid black for his uniform pants!
I love everything about this block! The pose, the fabric selection, the perfect amount of detail in the pieces. Really looking forward to seeing it outlined.
I had so many tense moments while fusing the phone booth together! My fingers got burnt, and I didn't quite get the letters lined up properly but I'm good with the result.
I really liked these colours when I laid them out, but they just don't look the same fused together. Maybe the grey washes out the other colours?
Another fast block with big pieces - love how they match up too!
I have another 2 countries cut out, and after I upload these to Flickr, I can get a few more bonus blocks. I hope to get all the blocks fused by the end of January.
You may have noticed some blocks look bigger than others. Yep - good eye! Back in April or so, I printed one country's block at 9 inches, while the first bunch had been printed at 12. After I realized my error, I started intentionally printing some countries at 9 inches. I haven't determined a layout yet, but I think that should be my next step so I print the last few countries at the size I'll need to finish the quilt. I like the idea of a centre block, there is spot for a larger block in 2 of the layout options Marion provides...but that also assumes the country blocks are all the same size. I think I can figure the math to layout the 9inch blocks in one ring and the 12 inch ones in a second ring, and they would need sashing to link everything together. I could also make a lap quilt with small blocks and sashing on one side, large blocks on the other. So many options! I think I need to sit down with my pencil crayons :)
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.