Katja Marek – March & April Blocks

I hate running behind on a project, I really do.  Once I got into gear and finished off the February blocks, I was feeling ambitious.  My husband was quite accepting of my turning the dining room table into my studio for the weekend, so that I could fussy cut while he binged on TV series.  It was lovely.  Over the course of the week, I have managed to piece most of the blocks I have papers for.  For the remainder of the month I will be putting on backings.

Block 9:  Doris

IMG_0627Block 10:  Kelly

IMG_0628I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that these pieces were not able to be reversed after gluing the fabric down.  Of course, 3 were one way, 3 were the other.

Block 11:  Susan

IMG_0625Turning a favorite piece of fabric which was saved for years into a piece of swiss cheese has been surprisingly painful at times.  It does make some lovely blocks, but I will never be able to use it again.

Block 12:  Brandi

IMG_0626This one makes me wish the focus fabric had symmetry.  How awesome would it be if the girls were looking at each other?  Thank you to the members of the Quilt-a-long on Facebook for helping me pick the blue center fabric.  Having an online group is awesome.

Block 13:  Judy

IMG_0630Sometimes when I quilt I am amazed at what I create.  This project gives me that feeling every month.  The more I listen to the fabric, the better it gets.  I just wish the bad fabric voices would stop telling me I need to go shopping.

Block 14:  Willa

IMG_0629Block 15:  Lorna

IMG_0632Block 16:  Louise

IMG_0631Block 17: Brenda

IMG_0633This one is not cooperating at all.  She is in danger of being stuffed in a bag until next month.  The green marble fabric has been demanding a place in this quilt for a few days.  I don’t think this is the place.  Or maybe this isn’t the right girl for the job.  We shall see.

 

Once again, I am leaving the bonus block for later.  I communicated with Paper Pieces, and they are working with Katja Marek to put together a set of bonus block papers.  Hooray!  As much as I like hand stitching, my attention does not stretch to the preparation of the pieces.

Here are all of the blocks I have made so far.  I was less than inspired by some of them.  Once I get more completed I may decide to re-do a few of them.  The extras can be used as mug rugs.  Originally I had planned to do a rainbow quilt, but the Erte ladies are steering me in a different direction.  They are overly fond of blues and greens. This is the first time I have done a sampler like this, where the fabric leads the way.  Usually my efforts are more planned out.  It makes me a little nervous.

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