Cassandra Madge

cassandramadge.com · May 14, 2017

Project 48 Quilt – May Update

I bet you thought I had forgotten all about this particular quilt project… Project 48. First blogged about HERE and updated HERE! If you are new to the Project 48 Quilt concept it is a long-term quilt-along that is hosted by two Australian quilt bloggers, Linden and Crystal. Starting last year, they recruited a collection of quilters and designers to all create a block, which along with the blocks the two hosts designed, would become a finished quilt. They had so much fun, they decided to start all over again for 2017. I have been lucky enough to be involved for both years, and although I haven’t yet made every block, I have enjoyed picking out blocks to make when I needed some pressure free sewing for an evening.

Here are my blocks so far for both years. I have only completed 3 so far from the 2017 collection. My main fabric choice has been Backyard Roses by Nadra Ridgeway, supplied by Millhouse Collections. These adorable florals have been ideal for playing around with the small scale piecing in these blocks. Other fabrics have been added from Riley Blake as needed to stretch out the colours and prints.

Some of the designs have allowed for some fun fussy cutting, as well as playing with tone contrasts, and techniques I rarely use such as the dresden plate block.

These four blocks from 2016 were so much fun to plan and piece. My first true 8 point star, complete with y-seams, was a definite challenge.

Before it was announced we would be back for 2017, I decided to make a few steampunk blocks, taking advantage of the fact that the finished size is 9″, same as the Project 48 dimensions. I will be really happy to include these scattered among the blocks in the finished quilt.

Here is my own 2017 design, working with the theme of ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’. A cute row of little two-storey townhouses. I loved the chance to use some directional print fabrics in the piecing for this block.

Are you stitching along with us? Do you enjoy these long-term projects, or do you prefer shorter time-frames for your quilts?

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