Weeeeell, hello friends!!! How are you?? I missed you last week! Yes, I’m behind a week! Not to worry- everything’s ok and Block 13’s post will be up on Wednesday, so we’ll be ready to get back on track with #14 on Monday (commence everyone with OCD, including myself, going nuts!) I know! A little funky this week. Why the skip? Well, I think I’m gonna have to come clean…let’s just say we’re REALLY cooking up something behind the scenes in this house and I’m not just talking about quilt blocks.
That’s right! We’ve got a bun in the oven- our fifth bun to be exact! We are THRILLED and so excited to meet this new little angel in October! Who will it be??? Boy? Girl? Either way, it’s a tie breaker! We can’t wait to find out.
Admittedly, these first 12 weeks have been rough. Sleepy, sleepy, sleepy, and a legit case of what we affectionately call my “evening sickness” – every evening, starting at about 3 or 4pm and continuing through bedtime, it’s basically like I have the flu- full body aches, major nausea and fatigue. In a word…nonfunctional. But we’re making it work! I finally learned to reverse my meals- I eat a big “dinner” in the morning when I’m ravenous, a moderate lunch, and then little to nothing in the evening. Come sundown and I’m quarantined in my bed (away from the dinner smells!), surrounded by zillions of pillows, a fan, and ice water. I’m pretty much a big baby, tucked in and put to bed before the kids even start their bedtime routine- ah!
Needless to say, I CAN’T WAIT til I’m out of this stage…hopefully within the next couple of weeks, fingers crossed. Then hopefully back to some version of normalcy (I’ll take what I can get!).
Anyway, that’s the low down on what’s up over here! Did you stitch up block 12 last week anyway?? If not, no worries- it’s a really easy one!
(Ok, seriously, how funny is the timing on this block title? My husband and I had a good laugh when we realized the irony).
I really love this baby quilt that Amy Friend made, using the Plus One block and a darling owl in the center. So creative! See what you can come up with just a single block? So many possibilities, and sometimes the simplest ones are the prettiest.
I love how she continued the leaf shape in the unpieced corner blocks to. It really is the perfect touch in the overall design. You can find the pattern for Amy’s owl motif in her book, Intentional Piecing.
I jumped on EQ7 and really like what evolved through some play with this block….a really striking geometric quilt with just the one block and some simple sashing and cornerstones.
The sashing and cornerstones are cut at a width of 1.5” (so 1” finished), and the wider outer border is cut at 2.5” wide (2” finished). It’s nothing complicated but that’s what I love about it. I think it brings out the beauty of the block with a simple repeat, some nice spacing to let the shapes “breathe” a bit, and then, of course, some strong color contrast to make everything pop.
Yay! Have fun with the Plus One block! Oh BTW- if you’ve not done raw edge applique before (that’s the technique used to attach the petal shapes), check out this video for a helpful demo. It’s a different block with more petals, but the steps are the same.
One more thing, in case you’ve been waiting to snag a signed copy of the book and missed the first printing, you’re in luck! Reprints are finally in and available in my shop HERE (they’re updated, so no errors- HALLELUJAH!). Those of you who pre-ordered, your book is on the way! I’ve finally got them all shipped so be on the lookout!
Until Wednesday, friends…