Thursday, 10 March 2011

"One Block" and other "Wonders"

I have two of Maxine Rosenthal's books - one Block Wonders and One Block Wonder Encore - and always wanted to make one of her quilts. But only after I've seen my friend Hilde's quilt I finally got serious. The beauty of making these quilts is that you only need one fabric (and a contrast for the border). It's fun to see how each hexagon makes a new pattern.
I'm pleased with how it turned out. I haven't decided yet how I will quilt it. I'm tempted to hand quilt it myself as I haven't done any hand quilting in while.
My friend Liv and I are meeting one day a week to work on our tessellation quilts. We both first fell in love with "tessellations" when we saw Giselle's BOM organized by Material Obsession. The idea is that we choose the fabrics and cut all the pieces for one block when we meet and then sew it at home. We had fun digging through each other's stash and what a stash this girl has. Do you know that saying about "who dies with the most fabric wins"? Let me tell you, it would most definitely be her. 

These are my first four blocks.  I haven't decided on the background fabrics yet.
And here are Liv's. While my blocks are quite bright,  Liv's are more muted. 

As you can see, Liv has already eight blocks finished while I have only four, although we jumped off the starting block together. But that's neither here nor there :)

This book and the charm pack  arrived here last week. Marnie from the  Smith Mountain Lake Quilting Store  was kind enough to sponsor the Valentine quilt contest (which I won), organized by the Quilting Gallery . Thank you very much Marnie!

And if that wasn't enough I also got this lot, which was a gift from me!
I, like so many others, just love the Dr. Seuss fabrics and I'm intending to make a quilt for my daughter who is a brand new primary teacher. The solid coloured charm packs I want to combine with the charm packs I recently won at an auction. I have no idea what I'm going to do with the Little Menagerie Fat Roll, but that's beside the point. I just wanted it, and that is rather that ;).

And now to my next project. I've decided I won't buy any fabric for it and only use my stash. This is what I found:

I hope I'll be able to show you more next time.

Till then, take care.
Vreni

22 comments:

Jessica said...

Wow! Your quilt looks amazing! I have um'd and ar'd about getting that book, maybe I should.
I love your tessalation blocks!
And all you new goodies look lovely, the fabrics in the last pic are just up my alley!

Samelia's Mum said...

I love your quilt and your blocks are captivating. The 2 bottom ones are striking!

Vickie said...

That is a gorgeous quilt! I can't wait to see how you quilt it! And your tessellation blocks are beautiful! I love your bright blocks! They will make a gorgeous quilt, as well!! Quite different from Dr. Seuss!! Isn't fabric fun!? Hugs!

Janet said...

The quilt looks amazing! I love the tesselation blocks you're doing with Liv, they're so joyful looking and you have some great loot there.

Silvia said...

Vreni!!!. The quilt looks fantastic. The blocks are so original, i lile them very much. With these blocks , you will sure make a wonderfull quilt!!. By the way a Blck -roll, is where you save the blocks before you add one to the other, just to keep without dust...
Hugs

Preeta said...

Wow!! Vreni, your quilt looks fantastic!! So... creative. The blocks are also lovely..

LintLady said...

Hallo Vreni,
hattest du einen Anfall von Arbeitswut? Ich bin sprachlos, was du so mal eben zeigst! Gaaaanz toll!
LG Doris

Hilde said...

Wow! I know it is all already said before me, just above here, but this posting is GORGEOUS! Did Liv really let you go through her fabrics? Wow! ;-D

Lynda said...

Such a beautiful quilt! Those blocks are amazing.

Lynne said...

Beautiful blocks - I love the Material obsession books. How wonderful that you can get together with a friend to sew every week, so much better than sewing in isolation.

chrisi said...

wunderschön, bin gespannt auf die tollen Stoffe und was daraus wird

meli B said...

I'm loving what you are doing. The first quilt and your new blocks are fantastic. Are they all hand sewn?

SewSofie said...

Vreni, one word. Stunning.

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Cathy said...

Love that gorgeous quilt and your blocks are amazing. Great fabrics for your next project. xo

Theodora quilts said...

Vreni those look very difficult to make ,you do the most intricut patterns ,I wish I would one day have the patience to make something like that.xoxo theodora

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, look at all that fabric goodness! I'm very pleased to see that you've succumbed to The Cat in the Hat!

Very pretty quilt top -- and I LOVE those circle blocks. Very, very cool!

Shirley said...

Wow Vreni,
What a fabulous show and tell. I just love your fussy cutting.
Love Shirley.x

Linda said...

I have just discovered your blog and the wonderful things you are doing! I love these quilt blocks! I have seen the One Block Wonder quilts and have admired them. Yours is stunning! I have never seen the tessellation blocks. You did a great job of choosing colors! Beautiful!

Valentina said...

Oh Vreni: I am dazzled beyond words: LOL seriously love your one block wonder, and can't get over your tessalation blocks... I'm in love... ok, back to Klosjes... LOL

Barb said...

I soooo love your quilt!!

Handmade by Mai said...

You really make beautiful quilt. One block wonder is so beautiful, it's on my want-to make-list