This month our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics tutorial included two quilt blocks because it's so cool how these two simple blocks make a stunning pattern when put together. Can you see the simple nine patches and humble snow ball blocks here? The print fabrics I used are Harmony from Blend Fabrics. Monday is the last day to enter to win a beautiful fat quarter bundle of these fabrics by just making one block! Visit the tutorial for more about that. The binding and solid white fabrics are both Kona Cotton (celery and snow).
I let the piecing guide me on my quilting choices... and my first intention was to quilt it all using my walking foot. I used the walking foot to do the curved lines around the nine-patch seams, making that flower pattern. I love it, although I see I need more practice. :)
Then I decided to 'echo in' with my walking foot for the snowball patches. I did the first one with my walking foot (the one above) and I love how accurate the walking foot make my quilting lines. But quilting that one block took 2 hours! It took so long because I had to stop and turn the quilt around a zillion times.
So after that I switched to the same pattern using free motion quilting. I didn't have to turn the quilt around at all but my lines aren't nearly so accurately placed. They wobble a lot and the space between them varies a lot. But each block only took me 20-30 minutes. I wish I could have done all of the snowballs with the more accurate walking foot, but I just didn't have time.
Here's the back. I had so much fun putting this together with one big orphan block (the star), some leftover Harmony (from Blend Fabrics) and three similar taupe fabrics. I was pinning the star and print pieces to my quilt wall (like I learned from Elizabeth Hartman's free Creative Quilt Backs Craftsy class) when I noticed the empty step shape at the bottom and decided to fill it in with neutral fabrics from my stash.
This is one of my favorite parts of the quilt because it shows off the quilting.
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