Oh, We’re Halfway There….

Sorry.  I live in New Jersey now.  Bon Jovi is a local sport here.

Today is day 50 of the #100Days100Blocks challenge hosted by Angie at GnomeAngel.  I am having so much fun with these little blocks.  Working on just one at a time gives the opportunity to really think about fabric use in each one.  I’ve been doing a ton of fussy cutting, and I love it.  Mostly I just highlight an element in the fabric by centering it in a block.  I really want to learn how to do more kaleidoscope work, but that seems much more difficult to manage.

img_1863This is what my first 50 blocks look like together.  I’m so pleased.  (That crooked cutout for the power outlet really sucks. Sorry.)

A few weeks ago I came up with a fantastic setting idea.  I’m going to do a shadow block set, making them look like they float over whatever background I finally settle on.  I was thrilled/mortified to see Sharon at YellowCatQuilts post exactly that same thing on Instagram a few days later.  At least now I know my idea will look fabulous.

When I started I was convinced that not many people would take on such a big challenge, and very few would last until the end.  I was not the only person having that exact same thought, and we were all wrong.  There are lots of us.  Watching them scroll across my Instagram feed every day is just glorious.  Thanks, Angie, for such a fantastic experience.  I can’t wait to see how all of the different quilts come together.

The absolute best part of being at block #50 is that there are only five more terrible triangle blocks left.  I love the designs, but man, 1″ finished hsts are not a recipe for relaxing creativity. I can do it, and you know those points are spot on, but pretty soon Oscar is going to learn how to say “fuck.”

Here are blocks 25 – 50.  Clicking on individual images will enlarge the photo.

Are you participating in the challenge?  Are you loving it, too?



8 thoughts on “Oh, We’re Halfway There….

  1. Just have to say that your fussy cutting looks great, and don’t be afraid of kaleidoscopes, they aren’t that difficult and are such fun to do. Keep up the good work.


  2. I’ve been following your progress on instagram and it’s great to see the blocks all together on your design wall. Impressive! Don’t you just hate it when you independently think of the same idea as someone else? I agree the shadow boxes worked really well. It’s going to be a mighty big quilt!


    1. It is definitely going to be big. That is only a problem when I get to quilting. After that, the family is thrilled with another big quilt. Teen boys and full grown men get tired of trying to cuddle under baby quilts.


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