Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Heart Crazies

Sometimes when I take a class I get lost in the little stuff and don't get much out of it. However, as I become more proficient as a quilter I seem to be more at ease when I take a class, and have gotten to the point when I am relaxed and "who cares" if I make a mistake, it's my quilt. It is a shame that it seems to take several years to get to that point. Look at all the worry wasted on something so trivial, lol. I used to be that way about other crafts too, as well as I remember.

All of this just to say that the class on Heart Crazies was fun! Laid back and very enjoyable. So I cut one side too small on one block when I was cutting it out. Who cares, I will put a filler strip on it if I need to and no one will be the wiser.

The following pictures are the steps we went through to make one block. This was after we cut out all of the blocks using freeezer paper templates and storing each color family in a pizza box. It was kinda funny to see everyone with 6 pizza boxes on their table, lol. It didn't even occur to me to take pictures of the class, I haven't been around Ms RGC enough yet to remember to do that,

After we cut everything out we sorted it by the putting the top one on the bottom of the stack and shuffling until there was a different print of one color family in every pile.


Then we picked out the main heart pieces from another color family and put that on the top of the pile to use with the outside pieces of the heart. Next we picked the surrounding blocks of the heart from a third color family and put that on the top of each of those piles.
Then using a little hocus pocus which I won't explain here (it is in the pattern), we proceeded to start sewing the seams together. The first seam went together effortlessly. From then on it was anybody's guess as to whether the seam would match or not. As each piece was added, it was sewn on and then trimmed to fit.



The heart all done and trimmed, now for the edges of the block.
Moving right along, trimming as I go.

Ready for the last piece
All the pieces sewn on and then the block is trimmed. Only tons more to go, but isn't it going to be pretty? The blocks will end up being a mixture of 7 colorways. I had to put them away when I got home, because I have to finish up a couple of others before I can bring it back out again, but I love, love, love it!

17 comments:

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love doing those cut a part patterns. They are so forgiving. Love them!!!

Su Bee said...

Too Cool!! I love that fun arty look; can't wait to see the whole thing so I'm going shopping. Gotta get that!

Lisa D. said...

Cool quilt, Perry! I've wanted to make one of the Buggy Barn Crazies quilts, but wasn't sure if I could do it on my own with the book or if I needed a class. Your heart quilt with those beautiful Robin Pandolph fabrics is going to be stunning!

Shelina said...

It is a beautiful block - I love how you have an outline of the heart - and it does tend to lend itself to free piecing, and being more flexible. I think a quilt like that would look better if you did more free piecing, instead of making them all look exactly the same.

dee said...

Love the wonky look and the beautiful fabric. Nice work.

Carol said...

What fun Perry and your colors are beautiful...those Buggy Barn patterns are so darn much fun to do.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Oh Perry, I love the heart block and I LOVE the fabrics.

Gena in Dallas said...

The Buggy Barn Bunnies go together the same way... it was fun to do all the "mixing up". Great heart!! Glad you are having fun with the class.

Suzy Quilter said...

How cute are those heart blocks!?! I love Buggy Barn patterns. The fabrics you are using are soooo great, too! Can't wait to see it all put together. Happy stitching! :o)

Libby said...

Oh boy does that look fun *s* Your fabrics are just right!

Mar said...

Yummy Robyn P Bed of Roses... loved that line! I have always wanted to try one of their patterns.

Ginger Patches said...

What a fun project! I saw one somewhere with squares but I like hearts much better! Love your fabric too :)

Karen said...

Your heart is mighty fine. You made good fabric choices.
And yes, taking a class gets easier and more relaxing as we get along in our quilting life. I took a class from Carol Breyer Fallert years ago. We were to bring solid color fabric strips in many shades, colors and widths. I carefully sorted all mine and rolled them neatly. I sweated over color selection. Then at the class, she had us throw them all in one big pile on the floor and everyone worked out of it all week. We were to bring a landscape picture that we liked. I searched and searched and picked and repicked. It had to be perfect as I thought we would use it for inspiration to make a scene with those strips we cut. The picture was just for color mood and nothing else. What a laugh on me.

May Kristin said...

Love your heart-block and love that pattern! The pattern and fabrics are waiting for me to get started. Bought a full kit in Ft.Lauderdale last may...
Look forward to see more of your quilt!

Marcie said...

That quilt is going to be yummy! I love the browns and pinks-so romantic.

Nan said...

What great photos, and that quilt is going to be gorgeous when it's finished! I want to make one now - it looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing, Perry.

Lou said...

Hi. Love your block. I am desperately trying to locate some of the Bed of Roses fabric that you have used in the heart. You don't have any left over do you? Or know where I could locate some? Thanks. Louise from Aus.