Monday, September 28, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Eight

Another week, another couple of blocks added to my design wall for my Epic Sampler project. I cannot tell you how fun it is to be marking the weeks of my pregnancy with these blocks - it makes the time pass by so much faster. At this point, I feel pretty ready for the baby, at least in terms of stuff. We've got the baby's room mostly ready, we've got clothes and diapers and other necessities...but we're just about three months away from her arrival, so having a little regular sewing to do every week really helps my mind from just going crazy. It gives my mind something to do, which I so desperately need in my down time.

And we've got just a few days to go before the Epic Sampler BOM kicks off, hooray! Just a few more days to subscribe at the discounted pre-sale rate!

This week, I made two 6" blocks, the Patchwork Wheel, which you may recognize from a 12" block tutorial that's been on my site for quite a while, and Baby Paw, which is a super simple yet adorable block. Two non-paper piecing blocks in one week! It was nice to give my printer a rest and stick with some super simple piecing, but next week, I'll definitely be craving some paper piecing.

Patchwork Wheel

Patchwork Wheel - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4830rt_zpslsvqzfhl.jpg

Baby Paw

Baby Paw - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4833rt_zpswcf8abqx.jpg

So, that brings the official tally of blocks for this quilt up to 17, which means that next week, I could quite possibly hit the halfway point, hooray!!! In the meantime, though, this week happens to be the last few days that you can purchase a subscription to the Epic Sampler Block of the Month Club at the discounted pre-sale price, so if you haven't joined in yet, hop to it! The club kicks off on October 1st, and the pre-sale ends at that time, so act fast! You can find out all the details for the club right here. Have a super week everyone!
Monday, September 21, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Seven

Just one block to add to the sampler this week - I unfortunately didn't get quite as much sewing time as I would have liked, but I can always try to make up for it next week! This week's additional block is the Bowtie Mania block.

Bowtie Mania by Elizabeth Dackson

Bowtie Mania
This simple half-square triangle based block absolutely makes me think of Batman and the Bat-Signal. It almost looks like it could be the Bat-Mobile or something like that, in quilt-form. I went with a medium blue sketch print for the background, and created both light yellow and dark yellow/gold half-square triangles to set around the block. There's a touch of navy in the center with the gold, to give the block a bit more depth. I'm really liking how this one works with the others I've made thus far, which I gathered for a lovely group photo...

15 blocks in! by Elizabeth Dackson

Fifteen blocks down, another twenty-four to go! Have a great week everyone!
Monday, September 14, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Six

Six weeks in, and there's definitely lots of progress to show here for my Epic Sampler. I finally dug into the 12" blocks this week, which was quite fun. I tackled two blocks this week, the Bear Paw and one I'm calling the Ninth Frame. I'm really loving these shades of teal and fuchsia and the way they work so beautifully with the royal blue and yellow. I cannot wait to get more of these blocks done and see how they look together!!

Bear Paw
This is a super traditional block, but it was the first paw I've ever made. I enjoyed it, and can see why it's such a classic block. I went ahead and brought four of the colors from my color palette to play in this block, which I think works really nicely and is all tied together with that center dark gray square, which adds a sense of calm to the block that I really like.

Bear Paw photo IMG_4621rt_zpsx2n491sp.jpg

Ninth Frame
Did you get the bowling reference? Ha, this is a simple twist on a nine patch block, simply turning it on point and adding setting triangles to it, but I do love a good nine patch block. For this one, I went ahead and went tonal for all three rows of the block, but in the center, to do something different, I only used two fabrics, rather than three, and I really like that draws your eye to the center of the block. I think this block would make a fantastic scrap buster. Mental note!!

Ninth Frame photo IMG_4620rt_zps2venltwj.jpg

So I'm now fourteen blocks into this quilt, nearing the halfway point here pretty soon, which is super exciting as I've passed the halfway point of my pregnancy at this point so the clock is ticking! The clock is also ticking on the special pre-sale price for the Epic Sampler BOM Club, which will kick off with the first kit of patterns sent to all subscribers on October 1st, so if you're on the fence, time is running out to save! Sign up today in my Pattern Shop or over on Craftsy if you're so inclined, and have a wonderful week!
Monday, September 7, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Five

Happy Labor Day! I'm hoping to get some quality time in my sewing room today, as I'm nearly done with the 6" blocks now, and I think I might just sew up a 12" block or two for next week, just to try something a little different. Not that I'm getting bored with my 6" blocks, they're super fun and quick to put together, but I've got a total of twenty 12" blocks to make for this quilt, so I'm going to have to start on them at some point. This week's new additions are two more stars, bringing our grand total of stars up to 5, but I promise this isn't going to turn into a star sampler, but I can't resist a small handful of stars :)

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Star Quest
This another block I'm going to have to make more of one of these days. This paper pieced beauty is my new favorite block for sure. I think it's the combination of the colors together that I'm just loving. It's blocks like this one that really solidify my fabric choices and make me feel happy :) Super simple, yes, but super striking, too, I think.

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This is another block that stems back from my first book, Becoming a Confident Quilter (signed copies available in my shop!). The Polaris quilt was one of my favorites from the book, so I was excited to downsize it and make it a part of this quilt.

Polaris - 39 Blocks Before Baby photo IMG_4487rt_zpswgrhgdvh.jpg

Twelve down, twenty-seven to go! Don't forget, you can subscribe to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, which will kick off on October 1st, right here!

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth, mom to a very busy nine year old boy and a one year old baby girl and I sew for my sanity. Let's get to quilting, shall we?
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