Mystery Quilt Star Blocks Sampler Nearing Completion

by Judy Tucker

As a member of Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild, I've been participating in a year long Mystery Quilt project designed by one of our members. Each month we were given either 2 star blockspiece or connecting blocks to piece. A color palette wasn't specified so everyone's blocks look very different.  One friend is making a yellow baby-themed quilt and is using all low volume fabrics. It's fun to see everyone's choices.

Above are 6 of the 9 stars in the sampler. The pattern called for 8 inch finished block but wanting a larger quilt, I increased the block size to 12 inches unfinished. Enlarging the patterns was a good exercise in quilt math--it actually turned out to be a lot easier than I'd expected!

I decided to just make the star sampler blocks and assemble them without using the Mystery Quilt's connecting blocks. I've definitely gone off-track with this project!

The completed quilt (or just the completed quilt top) is due next week, at our last Spring meeting. I'll post my completed quilt after the "Big Reveal" at guild!

Improv Scrappy Block Project 2017 May Blocks

by Judy Tucker

May blocks for my Improv Scrappy Block Project 2017.  This really sums up the month of May--the last daffodils in the beginning of the month and Memorial Day and the beginning of summer at the end!

The first block has my newest Spoonflower fabric/wrapping paper, Daffodil Trio. It's available at my shop. The preview of the design online look ragged except in the "Test Swatch" but it prints very well.  I actually think this design is probably best used as a wrapping paper though I do like the flowers peaking out of this block!

Improv Scrappy Block Project 2017 April Blocks

by Judy Tucker

Here are the two blocks I made in April for my Improv Scrappy Block Project.  Now a quarter of the way through this project, it's clear that I'm headed in a modern direction, using quite a bit of Kona® white in the blocks. Looks like there are quite a few dogs, too!

Here's what I have so far.

Improv Scrappy Block Project 2017 March Blocks

by Judy Tucker

I didn't get any improv blocks sewn for my Improv Scrappy Block Project sewn in February.  But I made 4 improv blocks in March, so I'm back on course with my 2017 project. (April blocks to follow in a later post)!

Three of these blocks have scraps of fabrics I designed--the dogs and the concentric circles on the teal background-- which were digitally printed at (These designs and others are available at my Spoonflower shop).

These colors make me happy!  They match the feel of March which is very early Spring/still really Winter in New England!

Wake Up the Earth--Squares of Hope

by Judy Tucker

A guild friend of my invited me to join her in making a block for Squares of Hope for the banner that JP Knit & Stitch is creating.  The banner will be used in Jamaica Plain's annual "Wake up the Earth" celebration event which will be on May 6th this year. 

On one side of the JP Knit & Stitch banner the squares will be knit, crocheted or woven and the opposite side the block will be fabric--either a quilt block or an embroidery block. Each square should be 6 inches finished (fabric squares should be trimmed to measure 6 1/2 inches to allow for seams).  The block should "reflect a community value you wish to champion including (but certainly not limited to) environmental protection, arts education, social justice, and human rights."  It's fine if they are abstract.

I chose environmental protection. Amanda Jean Nyberg (crazymomquilts) has a quilt pattern, Bright Birch Trees, that I thought would make perfect block. Since this is Spring, I added appliqued leaves and embroidered French knots to her design.  It's a fun block to make!

Then I got an idea about a polar bear block. When I was a kid, I'd often try standing on a kick board in the pool. It didn't have enough buoyancy to keep me on the surface, so I'd sink.  So in my square above, poor Polar Bear is standing on a melting ice floe that isn't large enough keep him on the surface of the rising sea. Sad--and true.

JP Knit & Stitch is hosting Stitch Nights at their shop on April 21, 28 and May 5th for folks to work on these blocks. If you are sewing at home, they've asked to have blocks dropped off by April 29th since they need to sew them together!  Click the link above for all the details about making the squares, sewing days and the May 6th event.

Boston people:  Do you have an idea for your own Square of Hope?  Join in the fun! Post your block on social media using #WUTECraftactivism.  Happy Crafting!