Over the last couple of weeks I had a chance to work some more on my Riley Blake Challenge hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild.
Post #1 for this quilt was about block design. This week I finished sewing my blocks and I’m pleased with how the quilt is starting to shape up. I may just make that February 17th deadline yet!
I had originally chosen a grey background for my improv blocks and it took me several tries before finding the right shade (I can be a little finicky like that).
However, once I made up a sample block it wasn’t really speaking to me. Then on a whim I decided to go with a much darker background – the Riley Blake Charcoal solid included in the original challenge bundle.
I pulled in several more Riley Blake Basics in coordinating colors, then cut out a bunch of different length strips and sewed them together in an improv way (so fun – even if it does waste a bit of fabric). Using a large square ruler, I trimmed the blocks to size. I was going for the effect of a foundation string pieced block – without the pesky foundation part!
Now I’m starting to like how the blocks are coming together.
I timed myself while working and it took a total of 21 hours to starch, press, cut and sew a total of 36 – twelve inch blocks (not including prewashing all the fabrics first!) That seems like a long time for me, but I sewed them together just a few blocks at a time to make sure I knew what I was doing.
This is my first attempt at an improv design and it was very liberating. As I finished each block, it was fun to see the wonky, graphic design emerge. I may rearrange them to balance out the colors and I’m toying around with adding a border of dark charcoal around the edges to make the whole thing appear to float. We’ll see.
I can’t wait to sew the blocks together and then start on the super fun part – the quilting!!
61 thoughts on “Riley Blake MQG Challenge Quilt Post #2 – The Blocks”
This is amazing! I love how modern it looks and way to go on your first attempt at your own design. Thanks for linking up at The Makers!
Wow, Christa! It looks beautiful! I really, really like this. I can’t wait to see what you do with your quilting!
Your quilt plan looks good! I had the same experience of going for lighter grays and liking dark ones better. I love the idea of strings with alternating solids instead of print by print. I’ll keep watching!