Go Teal it on the Mountain #11

And another! They’re coming thick and fast now…

This wonderful block is from Cathy, who has never made a quilt block before, but is giving us something totally ravishing! I love this desert mountain/pyramid, with a camel train passing below, under a gorgeous orange harvest moon. It’s all Midnight at the Oasis, isn’t it? I’m so delighted with this block, which brings a fresh and funky vibe to contrast beautifully with all the austere elegance we have so far. A little fun is an important highlight in a quilt like this, so if there’s anyone else out there wondering what to make, do consider something different and fun, or use some unexpected fabrics.

Cathy’s original block was irregularly shaped, as I’d offered to trim it out to the size and layout I needed. There’s actually a bit more cream below the camels, and a bit more on either side in case I want to adjust the positioning later on, when it’s quilted, but I’m giving you the main highlights of the design 🙂 I had to take off the very tip of the mountain in order to keep the camels, but I find them indispensable!

I’m blown away by the ambition, creativity and quality of work from the contributors who haven’t made quilt blocks before. Ladies, you rock!

And we’ll be happy to have you along again for the next quilt – assuming you enjoyed yourselves, of course 🙂

Go Teal it on the Mountain #10

And here’s yesterday’s squishy delight!

Emma has sent me two beautiful Mountain blocks, despite being incredibly busy with her new baby Clark. I think you can see from the fabrics in block 2 that Emma is a new mum and has Christmas on her mind a little… 🙂  These are such gorgeous happy fabrics – I’m especially in love with that dark teal ‘constellations’ print. Emma is a novice quilter but has splashed out bravely to create two lovely and unique mountain blocks for this quilt, and I’m delighted and grateful!

I’m also very grateful for the gift of two fun fat quarters, one a cute Christmas print and the other featuring another of Emma’s interests, knitting. Those sheep are such fun! Thanks for everything, Emma 🙂

I know there are some others in progress on the way, and I’ll be posting about those when they arrive.

These are blocks 17 and 18, so we’re approaching the two-thirds mark.

Go Teal it on the Mountain #9

And here’s one from the UK.

Margaret has made a block featuring her favourite fell peak, Catbells (aka Cat Bells). It’s a 451m/1480ft mini-mountain in Cumbria that gives amazing views over the Lake District, in the north of England. I love how she’s chosen fabrics to represent the mountain’s reflection in Derwent Water, and the upper part in cream looks like swirling clouds.

As you can see, Margaret has embroidered the peak’s name and height in feet, such a lovely detail. Another thing I really like is that this block is also a ‘portrait’ of a real mountain rather than an imaginary one.

This is the 12th block of the 30 required to complete the quilt.

Go Teal it on the Mountain #8

Another lovely block has arrived.

This one is from Joanne in the US. I love the fabrics, and the contrast between the curve and the spiky mountains. It’s is block No. 11 out of the 30 we need.

I now have blocks from Lynn, Sue, Lynda, Jean, Esther and Joanne. Still to come are those from Carla, Cathy, Robin, Gun, Emma, Tracey, Kathy, Nanette, Jenny and Margaret; if any of you cannot manage a block just now, this is a good time to tell me so I can make a few more myself 🙂

Once a few more are in, I’ll be able to start thinking about a layout!

Go Teal it on the Mountain #7

It’s Delectable!

And in case you think I’m being a bit fancy-schmantzy, this is an interpretation of the classic Delectable Mountain quilt block, and a beauty. It comes to me from Esther in the Netherlands, and I just love her fabric choices, especially that perfect background with the tiny stylised floating clouds.

We’re up to 10 blocks now. If you’ve promised a block but haven’t yet got round to it, I do encourage you to maybe make a start… Christmas will be on us all too soon, and there are always other, important things to be done and made in the lead-up. I have a tight deadline for this quilt and I don’t want to rush it and spoil it after everyone’s hard work. If you think you’re no longer able to make a block, do let me know now, so I can make more myself. And if you can’t remember if you’ve offered to make one, just email me and I’ll confirm the list.

What an amazing range of Mountains we’re making, between us!

Go Teal it on the Mountain #6

And another couple of beauties in for this quilt.

Squishy season is definitely upon us. There’s a couple more en route, and rather than go out to the mailbox only every couple of days (I get very little mail otherwise), I’m now excitedly checking it every day.

These two are from Lynda in the US, who’s made a couple of really distinctive and beautiful blocks. You can’t see it so well in the photo, but the moon in block 2 has shadowy ‘craters’ in the fabric design – such a clever choice!

We now have 9 blocks on the design wall. Still a good few required, but we’re almost 30% done!

Go Teal it on the Mountain #5

Two more in the mailbox today 🙂

Right about now, the postie is rolling his eyes and thinking: “She’s off again, it’ll be envelopes from all over for a couple of months now”. He’d be right, but hey, it’s a nice change from bills and flyers.

This first one is from Jean in California. She tells me it’s inspired by trekking in the Sierra Nevada:

“I wanted this block to mimic how a mountain range looks in the fading light of day. How the foreground hills have deeper color and the farther, distant mountains are taller, more rugged and their color is more muted, almost blending away into the sky.”

I think she’s achieved her desired result pretty well, don’t you?

The next two are from Sue in Washington state. Sue always has the most beautiful fabrics and perfect piecing. The block is called Hill and Valley. Perfect choice!

I know there are more on the way; once I have a few more I’ll be able to see whether there are ‘holes’ in the layout calling for darker or lighter blocks, or a focal point, etc. When I get some more, I’ll post a photo showing them all on the design wall so you can see them collectively. I also still have to make the teal ‘ribbon’ block, and I have a few mountain ideas I’d still like to try out.

But if there’s anyone out there who’s said they’d make a block or two, and who fancies giving a Delectable Mountain block a go, let me know, as I’d really like to have one in the quilt. If none of you makes it, I’ll do it myself. Or maybe we’ll have two 🙂

Back to the embroidery frame, I have an SAL coming up!

Go Teal it on the Mountain #4

There was a squishy in the mailbox this morning!

It’s from Lynn of Tialys; two gorgeous blocks for Go Teal it on the Mountain. She always chooses such beautiful fabrics and I love love love these two blocks.

I admit the first one is my favourite: I really like the contrast between the white peaks and the teal ombre sky, but the Husband loves the second one because of the animal print. The first thing he said when he saw it was “Squirrel!” (looking straight past the much larger deer). Clearly being married to a quilter has alerted him to distractions of that sort, and I really think he’s become more observant about quilting and block designs. He can even name some of them…. remarkable!

In other news, I’ve finished quilting the first side panel of Colours of Happiness. I’ll need a short break before starting the next panel as I’ve managed to impale the tip of my index finger on the less pointy end of my needle while pushing it through a thick seam, and the split in the skin won’t heal unless I stop stitching. Give it a day or two and it’ll be fine. Meanwhile, I can mark the next piece up. I’m also feeling a bit ordinary right now, I have an infection, so a little down time wouldn’t hurt. If I get too restless doing nothing, I can always go and sew some more bits for Days for Girls.

There are more GTOM blocks on the way, so watch this space for more teally lovely work!

Go Teal it on the Mountain #2

A little light relief from pink, then….

I’m really happy with the photos I’ve seen so far of the Ovarian Cancer team blocks for Go Teal it on the Mountain. (While I’m at it, shall we just shorten that to GTOM?) I’m not planning to show them till the blocks arrive, but I know some are on the way already, so you won’t have long to wait.

It was time to make a start on my own blocks. I like the crispness and accuracy of paper piecing, so that’s what I chose to start with.

A quick sketch of the idea, and then onto quilting graph paper. Designing a paper piecing pattern isn’t hard; the trick lies in deciding where the dividing lines between the sections need to go. One helpful point is that if you don’t make the block symmetrical, you won’t have a thousand seams all meeting in the same place, and your block will lie flatter. Anyway, I drew out the design, put in numbers to show assembly order and marks to ensure good alignment when the pieces are sewn together, and cut them out. Then I photocopied the pieces and added seam allowance around the outside. I always add more than ¼ inch, to allow me to trim out and to ensure the piece isn’t skimpy. You do need to remember that the finished design will be a mirror image of what you’ve drawn, since the fabric is stitched onto the back of your pieces. If you don’t want this, you have to trace all the lines and markings through onto the reverse, and make sure you work on the same side of each piece. It might help if you use a different colour on the reverse.

There are a thousand tutorials for assembling paper pieced blocks, so I won’t go there, except to say I like a dab of washable glue stick to hold the first piece in place rather than a pin, that I use an old, dull needle so I don’t spoil my good ones, and that tweezers are less dangerous than stitch rippers for fishing out those little elusive bits of paper in the corners 🙂

Here it is, assembled. The photo doesn’t give the true colour of the ‘sky’ so the contrast between it and the snow caps isn’t very clear. Three are darker and one is lighter than the sky. It’s the first of several different blocks – I have to wait and see how many I’m getting from the rest of the team, but I imagine I’ll be making at least three or four…

More soon.