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March block for Design Camp 3

Its been a while since I’ve posted in regards to the flickr quilting bee, Design Camp. The girl assigned February is/was so behind getting her blocks finished & posted to other members that she felt guilty asking people to make blocks for her, so February ended up being a sort of catch-up month for anyone running behind. I’ve only received about half of the blocks from November, so I’m convinced she wasn’t the only one running behind from last fall! For march, we were given gray fabric along with 3 shades of pink, and asked to follow a rough outline to create a 12.5″x12.5″ block reminiscent of tube socks. IMG_9866 This block gave me a lot of trouble, more than I’ve had for a bee block for a while, mostly because the fabric stretched in bizarre ways when I pressed it. I’m not sure if it wasn’t shrunk before getting mailed out or what, but I ended up picking out half the block & resewing it in order to reach the proper dimensions. I think the finished quilt will look very fun, but I’m glad my contribution is finished & safely on its way to its new home.

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More Star Blocks

The 2011 bee for the LDQB is essentially over, but there were a couple girls who just dropped out, AWOL, partway through the year. I felt like the last 2 months kind of got the raw end of the deal since these ladies have made blocks (really awesome blocks!) every month, but won’t be getting blocks from these 2 AWOL chiquitas.

SO, I decided to make 2 extra blocks to make up for the AWOLs. I haven’t done the red, white, and blue traditional blocks yet, but here are the 2 extra star blocks I made. I used similar fabric as the block I did from myself so hopefully they will coordinate.

The technique is from a rectrangle quilting book that I got from my MIL for my birthday. The idea is similar to putting 2 squares on top of each other in order to get squares of sewn triangles…only with rectangles instead of squares. Hence the name. Personally, I think that the squares look better when its a plain star block, but if you want to do squares to get triangles on top of what you’re getting with the rectangles, then it is a technique that is extremely easy for the way awesome result! (I call the block below my ‘kamikaze star’, lol.)

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