Friday, November 6, 2015

Moda's Sampler Block Shuffle Week 2

I hope you are enjoying making these blocks as much as I am!  I am beyond proud of the fact that I've been able to make 2 blocks of each of the patterns so far.  I hope I can keep going at this pace!

Here are all of my blocks so far!!!

This weeks blocks were designed by Moda's designers V and Co, Kathy Schmitz Studios and American Jane.  All three of these blocks are pretty easy to make and I was introduced to a different way of making half square triangles.  Sampler Block Shuffle was designed to be make out of Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarter Bundles or Fat Eighth Bundles.  I am making mine out of a Layer Cake and a Jelly Roll.  If you are using a Jelly Roll to make your 2 1/2" half square triangles (hst) you will cut 2 - 2 1/2" squares (1 focus fabric & 1 background) for each hst, draw a diagonal line, stitch right on the line and then cut off the excess from one side of the sewn line.  When you presss, make certain you set your seams first, you are working with the bias and bias stretches!  I have inserted a short video clip to show you how to make these out of 2 1/2" strips in this weeks video.

Sampler Block Shuffle Week 2

I realize that picking a favorite block is similar to picking a favorite child but I have to be honest, I am in love with the block designed by American Jane this week, I've always had a soft spot for Start! 

 I can not believe how much I've already learned about color value by working on these blocks and by placing the background color in different places (one of the benefits of doing two blocks for each pattern).  Last week when I picked out my colors for the block designed by Me and My Sister Design I was at first really happy with them but once I put the blocks together I realized the blue and the brown I had used were so similar in value that you really don't notice the overall pattern design.

 Notice the difference between the block in the lower left corner versus the upper right corner?  These are made from the same patter, just different color placement.  I'm not going to take this block apart and redo it, I'm going to put it in my quilt and it will be one of my learning blocks :)!

Next Friday will be blocks 7, 8 & 9 and I will also be showing you how to make Flying Geese!  I would love to see what your blocks look like!  You can show off your blocks by tagging me on Instagram @MissMarkersQuilts, Facebook @ Miss Marker's Quilts or email me your pictures @!

Happy Quilting!