Thar she grows!

The Hawaiian Appliqué quilt continues to grow one block at a time. Here’s the latest blocks done by me and Mr. Peabody:

by Mr. Peabody

Ti leaf Hawaiian Appliqué Pillow Block by Mary’s Treasures
Start Date: December 30, 2009
End Date: February 12, 2010 approximately

I work on my blocks a bit here and there. I think if I worked on nothing else, I could finish appliquéing a block in about a week of evenings. But the current pace of a block every few weeks suits me just fine at the moment. I feel no pressure for a finished quilt just yet.

White Ginger Block by Pokilani
Start Date: January 3, 2010
End Date: Mid February 2010

It’s a nice background project. A little bit of appliqué here and there finishes each block. Then it’s time to prepare another appliqué snowflake and get going again. Before I know it, all the blocks will be done and it will be time to quilt the sucker. I have all that echo quilting to look forward to. I think it’s going to be a blast. But for the moment, I’m enjoying the rather mindless needle-turn appliqué. Doing it by hand gives a much nicer result than by machine, no question.

Not Qualified to cut

Big Giant Fail. I should have my rotary cutter and ruler revoked. I should be pulled back to kindergarten to relearn how to cut things properly. Insert many expletives.

So here’s the story. On a Saturday crafternoon, I alternated cutting out hexagons for quilt n°1 and cutting out background blocks for Hawaiian quilt n°2. 18 x 18″ blocks. No problem right?

Well, when I went to cut out one of the batiks for creating the appliqué, I ended up cutting a 13″ square instead of the 14″ square that I intended. So I went and checked the other ‘squares’ I had cut out. Out of the 12 blocks that I cut ONLY ONE is actually 18″ square. ONE!

The culprit? My green cutting mat. It has two sets of ‘starting lines’ and I usually use the more interior one. Unfortunately there’s only one set of numbers. And they start from the outer starting line. So when measuring I should either mentally add an inch to whatever I intend to cut, train myself to measure from the outer line OR (probably the best option) USE THE RULER TO MEASURE instead of the mat.

I’m going to consult with the other Courtepointistes to figure out a solution.

What I did on my Winter Vacation

I was very lucky this holiday season and was able to go to Hawaii with my whole family for just about 3 weeks. It was fantastic. Hawaii at Christmas is kind of a family tradition and I hope it’s one that continues well into the future.

While on vacation, my brother signed us up for a Hawaiian Appliqué quilting class at the Maui Quilt Shop. After knitting like a maniac to finish my mom’s Christmas present shawl as close to Christmas as possible, I was ready for a change of scene craftwise.

There were 7 of us in the class and after quickly picking our kits, Mr. Peabody and I sat down and got to work. At the end of the 2 hours I came away with an understanding of Needle turn appliqué and a drive to finish my block. It only took me a 6 days to finish it (between the beach, tropical drinks and Hawaiian sunsets of course). I became so addicted to the Hawaiian appliqué that I bought enough fabric to make 12 more blocks. Our pillow kits included enough for 2 blocks, so I’m going to be making a 16 block Hawaiian appliqué quilt! I’m super excited.

I predict that 2010 will be the year of the quilt for me.