Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Blockheads Update

The first Blockhead series started in March 2017 (see my first block here). Because I really enjoyed that series, I eagerly joined in when the second Blockhead series started (without finishing the first one of course!) 
 Blockheads #18 - #22

This second series has not worked out as well for me for a couple of reasons:
1) after a nice start with weekly blocks posted, they started posting 2 per week, with some blocks being large and complex and time consuming (which I usually enjoy)... but I fell behind, which eventually made it too much of an effort to catch up. 
2) the number of featured pattern writers and bloggers were doubled this time, and several of the featured bloggers were also not able to keep up with posting. It was hard to follow all those people and find the information.
Coriander Quilts became my "go to" site for this project because her blocks are posted regularly, and there is usually not a lot of other unrelated stuff to wade through. I can easily find what block I finished last and work on the next one. Also there is a list of blocks and patterns here.
In November I left off at block #17 and block #41 was just posted today. As I said, I am WAY behind. 
So... without further ado, here is my effort at getting a little bit closer to being "caught up":

Block #18 is a 6" block called Mishmash. Simple. Not great fabric choices on my part, but it's done!

Block #19 Rocky Road to California which is a block pattern that I know as "Jacob's Ladder". I love this text fabric from the Harmony fabric line and I worked hard to position it in the right (readable) direction on all units.

Block #20 Go Fish
This was an interesting and different kind of block made from vertical flying geese units. The challenge was getting the directional background "water" fabric oriented in the correct way in each of 12 triangles.

Block #21 Circle and Star is a hand stitching pattern. It's cut out and ready for some hand applique time so look for it on a Slow Sunday Stitching post.

Block #22 is called Economy Path. I have had this one sewn for a long time because it was fun and easy with little pieces. I like this one so much I am tempted to make the pattern become a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project! 

The Blockheads II consists of 52 blocks, so I'm not even half way! I hope to make major progress on this project at my winter quilt retreat in February.
Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts to see what other quilting friends are sewing today.


Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Mercy, two a week is just too fast for me! It is discouraging to have to search around to find the next step. I'll be having a mystery quilt along soon, but the steps will be just one a month, like I usually do, so it can fit around other projects.

Jeanne said...

I just gave up on Blockheads #2 a while back -- too much for me also. Too many blocks, too much info and chatter, the blocks didn't seem cohesive, too many contributors etc. I assembled the blocks I already had, and chalked it up to a finish. Good luck getting your to where you want it.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Hi I do like these blocks so much Kathy. I love the fresh looking prints and colours you are combining. Sorry if I'm repeating myself. We are into another storm here outside Ottawa; hope it's better where you are.

Janet O. said...

I am impressed that you are going to try and catch up. With the first Blockheads, when I fell behind by three blocks, I was through! Didn't even pretend I was going to do the second one. And it sounds like they just made it more complicated.

Dee said...

I'm with you on this one except I'm even further behind. I'm hoping to start catching up this week. Love your fabric choices! Good luck getting more of them done!

Kate said...

Two blocks a week is a lot if you can't sew much every day. You've got a good start on playing catch up.