Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Creative Outlet: One Block Wonder

It's almost laughable when I sit down and write down my to do list everyday. The length and variety of my daily tasks is ridiculous. I have law school lists, homework lists, work lists, mom and wife lists. And at the end of the day, I rarely look down at my planner and see everything crossed off.
But I have a creative outlet, my quilting. When I feel overwhelmed, or need to procrastinate, I'll sit down at my sewing machine and do a little quilting.

My creative outlet recently has been this One-Block Wonder quilt.

When I found this fabric, from the Tranquility Collection by Kona Bay Fabrics, Cream and Rust Mums on Taupe, I decided it was the perfect large print that I needed for this pattern. But the fact that I was fabric shopping on Chinese New Year weekend, and found this gorgeous Asian print, it seemed almost preordained.

I won't get into the pattern specifics here, but basically, you fold and cut the fabric so that you can cut triangles with the exact same print on six different triangles.

With the six identical blocks, you then sew them into hexagons, and then from there into the quilt. My first hexagons thrilled me. They were gorgeous, and were completely different than what I expected from the original fabric.

Now, although my to do list is a mile long, if I have fifteen or twenty minutes to spare at the end of the day, I rush to my sewing machine and whip up a few more of these blocks. Just by sewing bits of fabric into straight lines I feel like I am re-energized.

A one-block wonder indeed.


BeeBeeZfa said...

Beautiful. I wish I was that talented!

Cowgirl in the City said...

I'm not that talented, it's just sewing and cutting straight lines. But thank you! :)

Alexandra said...

Hi there! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the fabric you picked for this one block wonder! I am making on soon and I have picked an asian fabric like this one. I hope it turn out half as pretty as yours! I was wondering, though, is this fabric one that you have had for a while? Or did you buy it right before you made it? I have seen it before, but can't find it anywhere now.

Thanks! Beautiful job!

Cowgirl in the City said...

Alex, thank you so much for your comment, sorry that I didn't respond sooner! I'm loving the one block wonder, and my fabric is from Kona Bay. It was a Chrysanthemum print, which I don't think they make anymore. I bought it in February, and it was a new release then. I bought just enough to finish the quilt and make a table runner, neither project is done yet. Maybe I'll just have to wait until Christmas break. :)


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