Playing with Color

I have been working on my Delilah Four Patch Star by Jen Kingwell.   The fabrics I received in the mail were bold and beautiful:)

 

I decided to experiment with color this month.  All of my instincts wanted me to stick with a normal Jen Kingwell pallet.  

Isn’t it pretty?  But for some reason I decided to play with color, and see what happens. It is really amazing to me how color placement can alter the look of a block.   

Look at these four blocks. 

Can you believe they are the all the same pattern?  The striped fabric in the star made it disappear.  Lesson learned—don’t use striped or large prints  for small stars. 

Here are four more stars in softer tones


The contrast of the dark star compared to the lighter backing really makes the star pop.  While the pink star on the bottom right is totally lost.  It looks like an x.  

Crazy right?  I really like all of my four Patch stars,  but my original is my favorite followed by this pretty orange and blue one 

I am having sew much fun making these template blocks that look like paper piecing.  But I must admit that I am getting tired of  Y seams.  I look forward to next month because it looks like only straight joins are in the forecast.  Yea!!

The quilt party for Delilah is closed for this year, but there will be a pattern coming out next year if you want to make your own.  


Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. You make my day SWEET!

Why, Oh Y-Seams!

I am absolutely loving sewing along on this Delilah Template Block of the month by Jen Kingwell.   The blocks are advanced which really stretch my quilting skills.


Each month I look forward to my package from Susie Q quilts with my fabric, pattern and templates.  They are so colorful and happy;)!


I quickly set to work cutting my fabrics which is usually the hardest part.  But this month, the sewing was definitely very tricky.   


The angles were just a smidge different so I made sure to mark the corners for proper placement and then I had to leave 1/4″ tails at the end of each seam for the y-seam sewing. 


Getting those points just right took patience and care.


But look how they turned out!  Aren’t these blocks drool worthy?


I just love them!  I don’t know if I can call them my favorite block so far, but they really turned out pretty.


Here are all four of my blocks together.  

I wish that I could give you a link to join in this quilt Along, but there are no more openings.  Jen plans to make a book that will be available for purchase next year.  SWEET!

I hope you are having a fantastic day!  I am so glad you stopped by.  I will leave you with a beautiful picture from my morning walk today.  

Until tomorrow!

Delilah Quilt Along – North Star Block

It seems like forever since my last Delilah Block set has come in the mail!  I have been patiently waiting while watching and drooling over the beautiful finished blocks of others popping up on Instagram and Facebook.  Finally, here at the beginning of August the July North Star block came in!  

I was so  excited to open my package and see the pretty fabrics and new templates.   Ooooh aren’t they pretty?:)

The hardest part of these blocks is always the cutting.  I always breathe deep as I hope that the color combinations I choose are going on look good. 


Cutting with these templates gives the same sharp points as I would get if I were paper piecing.  But, yea! I’m not!:). There is hardly any waste of fabric and everything just sews together so easily.  Three triangles make a larger triangle.


And two pieced triangles sewn together make a square.


Put four of those squares together, and you get this beautiful North Star.  No trimming seams or tearing away paper either:).   Now we’re talkin’!

I made 5 beautiful North Star blocks and loved each one of them.❤️. I don’t think there could even be a bad color combination on this block:)


If you like this block and would like to join in, there might be a few openings online somewhere.   You can look for the Delilah Template of the Month by Jen Kingwell,  but rumor has it that all of the spaces are filled.  If you can’t find an opening,  don’t worry, I hear that there will be a book coming out next year.  SWEET!  I will definitely be buying it:)!

Thank you for stopping by and following along on my quilting and creative journeys.

Delilah Blocks 2 & 3

I have really been enjoying this monthly QAL by Jen Kingwell.   I was lucky enough to find a quilt shop with a few open spaces  back in February.  I’m so glad I did.  This quilt is going to be awesome!!

Each month I receive the templates and fabric to make an advanced piecing block.  The templates really help to make the cutting and the piecing easier.  

In fact, this month”s Star Blocks are so precise that they look paper pieced even without the paper!

I like this one so much, I might make a bunch of them someday and make a one block quilt.  Is it possible for me to make a quilt with only one block?  Lol:)

Here is a close up of those pretty points.

Last month’s Bells blocks introduced some fun curve techniques and a few mitered corner challenges.  Bring it on!

I carefully cut my fabric using the templates, placed them all on one of my preview boards, and took them to my machine


Curves really aren’t as hard you may think. If you gently guide the fabric making sure the centers match, the block magically curves all by itself.  

At first it looks like a mess, but a quick press of the iron brings all of the fabric back down revealing a beautifully curved block:)

The mitered corners are a little more tricky.  First you fold the whole block in half diagonally and then start to sew on the pre cut diagonal border.

The most important part is stopping exactly at the previous stitching in the bottom.  I like to stop just a stitch above that corner to make sure I don’t create a pucker.  

Really, it is not difficult at all once you get the hang of it.  And look at how pretty those mitered corners turn out!

These blocks are simply beautiful.  Thank you Jen Kingwell for designing them!


I’m so happy you took the time to stop by and read my blog.  I hope you have a super SWEET day!!

Delilah Has Arrived Amongst Spring Flowers!

I am so excited to say that my Jen Kingwell Delilah Template and Block of the Month finally came in.  Yea!  The templates are this fun bright orange and are very easy to use.  I am joining in the fun through Suzie Q Quilt Shop.  I love the fabrics they sent.  I was so excited that I started cutting right away.   My first two blocks, called Rising Sun, are finished:)Aren’t they pretty?  They remind me of these beautiful wild flowers I picked today while I was out driving about.   The road was a blaze with them.  I couldn’t help myself.  I had to stop and gather some:)Really, these little flowers are a brilliant magenta.  The camera is not over exposing them.  They are that bright!  What a beautiful world we live in:)

Well, enough of my nature exploring tangent.  Back to my colorful Delilah block….Some people are sewing this block by hand, but I found it very doable on my sewing machine.  I cut out my fabric using my new handy templates, and then pressed a fold line down the center of each piece.

I stacked my pieces together in groups so I wouldn’t get lost during sewing.  Each group has three small arcs and three large square arcs.

It really isnt as hard as it looks or sounds to sew a curved seam.  I just started at one end and manipulated the fabric as I went, making sure that the fold lines matched up and the end pieces overlapped about the 1/4″.  

I just lined the groups all up and chain stitched away.  No problems here!

The end result is a bunch of very pretty curved blocks.  Now that wasn’t hard:)

I laid out all of my blocks in the specified pattern that Jen designed and laid them by my sewing machine to sew them all together.

I like to sew one row at a time so I don’t get lost. This one has the blocks set on point, so I sewed them in diagonal rows.

I am all finished with Delilah for his month.  I am excited to see what next month will bring:). I am so going to keep on top of this one.  I don’t want to get behind like I did on my Splendid  Sampler.  It is only one block a month instead of two a week.  I can do this!

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a super SWEET Day!