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Nov 17, 2015

You Can Quilt! Blog Hop

Nov 17, 2015
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I am happy to be a part of the blog hop for the book You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners today.  This book is by my long-time friend Leila Gardunia and Marlene OddieLeila and I have been online friends almost since I began this site 5 years ago and we were finally able to meet in person a few weeks ago at Market.  You Can Quilt! is a book based on Leila's popular Skill Builder Sampler that took place in 2011.
 
The book is chock full of quilting skill builder classics.  It starts off easy with the basics and works it's way up to some challenging blocks.  Think you've tried it all?  One glance at the table of contents and I bet you'll find several blocks to try out to expand your repertoire.  I really like that the book has 3 different quilt blocks (an easy, medium, and hard) for each skilled technique.  It's a great way to practice and build up your nerve to try new things.
 
As I am always striving to build my skills, I decided to try the Mini Lone Star Block from the Inset Seams Skill section.  I've never made one of these blocks before, but love the look of Lone Star quilts and the Aviatrix center medallion.  This block was the third block in the section - the most difficult.

Oi!  Do not attempt this block while you are tired.  Or when you have false confidence from rocking a 12 Y-seam block in the past 2 weeks.  Lone Star = Game Face.  I made these mistakes, and it wasn't until Lelia very nicely asked me in the instructions of the book to double check the position of my dark and medium colored diamonds, that I realized I'd sewn 7 of 8 four-patch diamonds together incorrectly!  Oh man.  I needed to walk away from my studio that night.  Have you ever had one of those nights?  It's best for everyone to just walk away.... :)  Since so many were already sewn, I decided to go with it.  I didn't want to unpick so many diamonds that were liable to get pulled out of shape.  This block should have red at the tips and blue in the center like the photo above.

Here's my version.  Pretty, but not quite the lone star you think of.  Still a pretty star.  :)
Want to win a copy of the book and some pretty fabric from Moda?  Head over the Sewn by Leila to enter the giveaway.
 

Be sure to follow along with the Blog hop this week.
 Blog Hop Schedule:
 
Nov. 16th - Lee (freshlypieced.com)

Nov. 17th - AnneMarie (genxquilters.com)

Nov. 18th - Leanne  (shecanquilt.ca)

Nov. 19th - Julie  (thatssojulie.blogspot.com)

Nov. 20th - Lyn (guest blogger at flourishingpalms.blogspot.com)

 

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5 comments:

  1. Beautiful block and the book looks great.Stars are one of my fav blocks.

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  2. The placement is tricky on that one...you're not alone! :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Ty for giving us your thoughts on the book ....Helps a lot on hat to buy or look for....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  4. I think I like this version even better. Thanks!

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