Wednesday, October 17, 2018

#100days100blocks....almost a real quilt

Two years ago I participated in a sewalong on Instagram hosted by @gnomeangel.

The focus of the sewalong was this book by Tula Pink...

First, I have to say this is a lovely book. 

All of the blocks are quite different on the most part from blocks I have done before and they are all quick and easy. I had no problem keeping up with one block per day. 

When it was done, I went on down to my LQS for some grey fabric for sashing and ended up instead with a beautiful coral/salmon colour. The quilt is beautiful!....I was very happy with the results!

Even Cooper and Minnie enjoy a rare opportunity to be up on the bed with the quilt...

The idea was to post one block per day for one hundred days on Instagram using the hashtag #100days100blocks. It was a fun time and when they decided to run the sewalong again last year I was sorely tempted...but resisted.

This year it came up again.....and on the day that it began, I figured what the heck!!!, I'm in!!!

I have to say, I enjoyed this 100days as much as the first. I decided to do this one in mainly "shirting" fabrics as a challenge. It wasn't long before some modern fabrics squeezed their way in, as well as a few subtle-coloured fabrics.

This time around I only missed posting on Instagram on one day. That was the day that I rushed upstairs to the sewing room late in the day, realising that I hadn't gotten my wee block done....and ended up with a nasty run-in with my rotary cutter.

....and number 100....

I only had to re-do one of the blocks. Here is the "before"...

....and after...

Here are some of them up on the wall....

At about the Day 75 point I had a vision of how I would put this together in the end. It will have no sashing, therefore making it a nice lap-sized quilt. It will have no binding, it will be have a facing instead. And, to me, it will represent a newspaper.

Now I just have to think of a name for the quilt. I am leaning toward "The Daily Mail", which is a newspaper my husband reads, but I am open to suggestions....please?

I am going to rush to get this one completed, as I would like to have it ready to include in my trunk show, which is to take place on November 7th and 8th in Ingersoll. Wish me luck, as we also have my son's wedding a few days before that!

Today I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social, with Esther for WIP's on Wednesdays, and with Susan for Midweek Makers.

And, because I am linking with Esther I guess I should show what is currently on the design version, so far, of her pattern, "Queen's Garden"!

I still have to add a few bits to the top block (which is actually the centre of the quilt). This one has been challenging to me...using all neutral Japanese taupes, although the fabrics are lovely to work with and needleturn very nicely.

Well, back to work for me....have a wonderful day!


  1. Okay, for the name of this quilt, I cannot resist -- I would call it "Fake News." :-) But it's really beautiful; especially love the places where you fussy cut the little horses and the word "joy." Your Queen's Garden applique looks spectacular in your Japanese taupes, too! That one is on my Wanna-Start-Soon list, but I have a few other priority WIPs that need to be wrapped up before I can dig into it.

  2. Boy that salmon color really makes your blocks pop. Aren't you happy you picked it? It's interesting to see the difference between the two. The 'newsprint' color way is stunning. I like the name you chose fits the quilt perfectly.

  3. Congrats on making this quilt twice! I like your name idea of The Daily Mail - with the low volume and with each block different, I think it works very well. Good luck at your trunk show!

  4. You continue to amaze me, a block a day for 100 days, WOW! I love the name you have chosen. It will make an awesome lap quilt, I hope you keep it.

  5. I think this is a wonderful example of how fabric and setting can dramatically change a pattern. I love the vibrancy of the salmon fabric! It's all about the color in that quilt, but the monotone-like grey and pastel is more of creating texture within the pattern. Such an interesting comparison. I wish you the best on your trunk show, Sandra. They're in for a treat!