Hi Guest, Welcome to the quilting forums, register now —or—

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 24
  1. #11
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    1,281
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    I did the Moda Block Heads last year and whenever Lisa Bongean (Primitive Gatherings) was the designer, the pieces and blocks were tiny. I enjoyed those the least, though when seams matched up and the block went together it was very satisfying. The blocks were released weekly and I felt that pace was about right for me. Kudos to you for jumping in Deegles; it's going to be a gorgeous quilt. My challenge right now is a Gypsy Wife. I enjoy having a long term project going, taken in small steps.
    BTW, Block Heads 3 is starting up again Jan. 15 if anyone is interested.

  2. #12
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    5,432
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    One of our forum members made this one year. I had the opportunity to see this in person it was amazing.

  3. #13
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,017
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    Good Luck Deegles. I'm excited to see your work.
    Katrina


    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
    ― Maya Angelou

  4. #14
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    619
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    I took on this challenge in 2016. I was a novice quilter, and my skills improved a great deal. I learned a LOT making this quilt, including an education on choosing fabrics. This quilt is a HUGE time commitment. I was not able to keep up the grind of cranking out a block every day, but I did download the directions and just kept plugging along at my own pace. It took me about 18 months to finish piecing the top. And yes, those pieces are small -- and there are more than 10,000 of them!

    Once I finished the top, I had it custom quilted by a fantastic local LA quilter, and gifted it to my step-daughter and her husband as a wedding gift.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	fullsizeoutput_2918.jpg 
Views:	25 
Size:	215.3 KB 
ID:	162032

    It was fun to incorporate some meaningful fussy-cut elements. The coffee is for my SIL, who worked at Starbuck's during grad school, and my DSD had sunflowers in her wedding bouquet. The bear is because they lived in the north woods of Wisconsin.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	fullsizeoutput_1cd8.jpg 
Views:	14 
Size:	209.5 KB 
ID:	162033 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	fullsizeoutput_1cd0.jpg 
Views:	14 
Size:	199.6 KB 
ID:	162034

  5. Thanks TMP, chelea, DeniseSm thanked for this post
  6. #15
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Missouri, but not close enough to MSQC!
    Posts
    20,518
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    Several of our members at the forum retreat were working on these blocks. Our member Klasien from the Netherlands did this several years ago, and it turned out lovely. She came to visit me in the US and we quilted it on my longarm. Turns out, airplane tickets to the US are cheaper than longarm services in Europe! We even got to visit MSQC while she was in the US and got to show it to Jenny at a trunk show! If you like working with small pieces, it turns out great! But that kind of challenge isn’t for everyone!

    Also, there is another quilting/longarm shop in Hamilton in the next block down from M*, she was doing one, and it was gorgeous! Can’t remember her name now.

    But, if anybody can do this, Deegles, you can! Go for it!
    Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; December 29th, 2019 at 06:56 PM.

  7. #16
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    9,178
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    Amazing work. Not a challenge for me. I like larger quilt pieces & a quicker finish.

  8. #17
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    6,936
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSN View Post
    I took on this challenge in 2016. I was a novice quilter, and my skills improved a great deal. I learned a LOT making this quilt, including an education on choosing fabrics. This quilt is a HUGE time commitment. I was not able to keep up the grind of cranking out a block every day, but I did download the directions and just kept plugging along at my own pace. It took me about 18 months to finish piecing the top. And yes, those pieces are small -- and there are more than 10,000 of them!

    Once I finished the top, I had it custom quilted by a fantastic local LA quilter, and gifted it to my step-daughter and her husband as a wedding gift.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	fullsizeoutput_2918.jpg 
Views:	25 
Size:	215.3 KB 
ID:	162032

    It was fun to incorporate some meaningful fussy-cut elements. The coffee is for my SIL, who worked at Starbuck's during grad school, and my DSD had sunflowers in her wedding bouquet. The bear is because they lived in the north woods of Wisconsin.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	fullsizeoutput_1cd8.jpg 
Views:	14 
Size:	209.5 KB 
ID:	162033 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	fullsizeoutput_1cd0.jpg 
Views:	14 
Size:	199.6 KB 
ID:	162034
    Wow, just wow what a quilt. It would have broke my heart to give this one away after all that work!!!! I am wondering if these blocks were hand or machine pieced? You must have the patience of a saint. Thanks for posting your pics. Inspiration for the rest of us!

  9. Thanks MSN thanked for this post
  10. #18
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    1,281
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    What a gorgeous quilt! That's a once in a lifetime finish.

  11. Thanks MSN thanked for this post
  12. #19
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    619
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    Everything was rotary cut and machine pieced. Some of those little 3-inch blocks had more than 40 pieces of fabric. I don't think I have exceptional patience; it's more that I have a great deal of determination. Occasionally, I got stymied by a block and had to put it aside for awhile. For example, the block for Easter Sunday had 16 mitered corners. When the instructions were released in March, I knew that my skills weren't good enough to tackle it. By October, my skills had developed to the point where I was able to complete it. The designer kindly includes directions for several extra blocks, so I had the option to substitute something else if a particular block gave me fits.

    Did I mention that this was my very first bed-size quilt? Previous to this, I had only done small projects like wall hangings. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread!

    Actually, it was easy to give this one away. When I started the quilt, I figured it would end up on our bed. When DSD got engaged, I realized that it would make a good wedding gift. Having a deadline increased my motivation to get it done, and it was fun to find fabrics that truly made it "theirs." My DSD and I enjoy a wonderful relationship, and I was thrilled to be able to give them a unique and memorable wedding gift. And I can go visit that quilt whenever I want.

  13. #20
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    1,889
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: has anyone signed up for the 365 block challenge, a block a day for a year?

    MSN your quilt is gorgeous! I admire anyone who can do such tiny beautiful work.

    I enjoy doing the quilt alongs and I have learned so much. Its fun to see all the different fabrics people choose and how fabric selection can change the quilt completely. I have done several quilt alongs. I am currently working on the Frolic one and plan to join the Moda one when it starts. I prefer the ones that you make a block a week and not the one where you make a simple 150 blocks per week.

    Its a stunning quilt but I think that this one with the small pieces is just beyond me and making a block a day would drive me crazy.
    Last edited by TMP; December 30th, 2019 at 06:22 AM.

  14. Thanks MSN thanked for this post

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •