This first one is Block Zero, the learning block. I used the tutorial over at My Go-Go Life to learn how to do this one. Let me tell you, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, and I think that has a lot to do with all the great photos Kim put up with her tutorial. Plus, it's an easier block! I was going for Sunny and Warm, as a theme for one of the doll quilt swaps, but I really thought this one came out Sunny and Wan! Don't get me wrong, I adore it, and it was Fun to make it, but it just has a cool, end of summer Swedish look to it, the colors are just not warm enough. I felt funny sending it to my swap partner, who lives in a really warm place. So it's hanging out here in Sweden, where it thrives and belongs!
I used a bunch of batik from my stash, as well as some fantastic turquoise for the binding.
I'm sure where I live affects my color choices-- how about you?
The next mini quilt is the one I sent away to Sher, for the patriotic theme. I do sew other things besides the doll quilts, but it has been a slow summer!
I am not sure if it looks better sideways or upright, but I am pleased with it! It was tough, and I had to stretch to learn how to do it, but I can absolutely imagine making a full sized quilt with these! I love the puzzle aspect of the paper piecing, and I love the bold impact of the finished product.
The blocks here are Block 2, with a tutorial by Amy from Amylouwho, and Block 7, with a tute from Jeni of In Color Order.
I don't know if the quilting is puffy of design, or if it has to do with not having a walking foot, but I think I like it for this project. I think larger would cause problems. Any thoughts from you seasoned quilters out there?