Hugs and Kisses – Block 6

It’s June already!  Can that be right?  Block 6 was a delight to make.  I love it because it looks rather complicated, but it honestly consists of mainly circles, and a few curvy flowers, just for fun.  The block has a few different sizes of circles so it is a really good practice blocks.  I always say “to get really good at something you have to do it a lot of times!”  Or…Practice makes perfect!

So Block 6 starts with some tiny stems and some large flower.  I know I have shown this tip before, but I think it bears repeating.  I use only 1 template that I have photocopied onto freezer paper…so no tracing.  I prep the largest outer shape and then remove the freezer paper.

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Next, I cut off that outer section, and I am left with my next shape to prep.  Once you prep the large circle, trim that section off and prep the next section…and so on.

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I thought the block was looking a little dark so I thought I would spice it up with some light pink circles.

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Next, I added the brown leaves and called it a day!  I am thrilled with the way these blocks are coming together:)

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If you are part of the Hugs and Kisses BOM, this is what your block will look like.

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I am still working away on two “I Spy quilts” for my two granddaughters.  These quilts have proven to be so much fun.  Finding the perfect fabrics has given me an excuse to go fabric shopping for fabrics that I wouldn’t normally buy.

I have been searching high and low for an astronaut fabric (one of the granddaughters wants to be an astronaut when she grows up lol).  I finally found this adorable fabric and the astronauts actually glow in the dark.  Life is good!

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I just knew I had to fussy cut those cute astronauts…

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So darn cute!  I am hand piecing these blocks (not English paper piecing) and I am quite amazed how quickly they are coming together.

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Since I am making two of these quilts, I fast tracked one so I could get on to hand quilting it.  I am quilting 1/4″ inside each shape.  So far, so good!

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I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to have my “Friends of Baltimore Squared” win a Judge’s Choice Ribbon at Quilt Canada 2018, recently held in Vancouver, BC.  You can click here to see all the winning quilts.  I am sure you will agree with me when I say that every year the quilts get more sophisticated, original and breathtaking.  So glad we have Quilt Canada to show the world that quilting is alive and well!

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Til next time…

Kerry

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New Block-of-the-Month!

I’m so excited!  I will be launching a new BOM that will start in January, 2018. “Hugs and Kisses”, designed by Sue Garman, is a quilt that I have been on my mind for a while.  Here are a few of the 12″ blocks.  This quilt is a perfect project for beginners and experienced stitchers alike.  I cannot wait to finish it:). You have until December 15 to sign up on the website.  The fabrics you will receive are exactly as shown below.

If you are interested in signing up for Friends of Baltimore/Baltimore Squared Block-of-the-Month, you still have time.  Registration closes November 1.  You can check out the details on the website.

In my spare time, I am hand-piecing my “Smitten” quilt.  Here are the first 3 blocks.  My plan is to make this  “eye-spy” type of quilt for my granddaughter, Gracie.

Of course, once I started hand-piecing, I got a little sidetracked with my Inklingo shapes and decided I needed to start working a quilt made entirely of 60 degree diamonds.  Honestly, I can’t stop myself!

Til next time….

Kerry