Sew New to Me VQB – July

July was Gretchen’s month for the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. This was a great month because the design of the blocks was left completely up to us. Gretchen only told us that these blocks were for a beach quilt, so to make them “beachy”. Up to our interpretation. At first I had no clue what to do. But inspiration struck and I decided to do a miniature version of the New Wave Quilt from Oh, Fransson!

All was going great at first. Rather than pieces that are 6″x9″, I cut 2″ x 3″, with 1″ wide white stripes in between. Some of you probably already know this, but when you are dealing with such small pieces, that leaves little room for error. Especially with this many seams and points.

Originally this block had 6 columns of waves. But the squaring up process required me to remove 2 of them. I think it still works though, and I love how the green and blue sashing turned out. I hope Gretchen likes her block, it was a blast to make!




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    Live a Colorful Life

    July 14, 2010

    What a great idea! It’s really beautiful. She should love it.

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    rafael's mum

    July 14, 2010

    Oh I love that block!! I am sure Greta will like it. I would be super happy!

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    Liz Taylor

    July 14, 2010

    What a great block! I definitely has that beachy feel.

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    July 14, 2010

    LOVE it! 🙂 I’m betting she will too! 🙂 I have an idea for mine… need to hang out in the sewing room and get busy!

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    July 14, 2010

    It’s gorgeous!

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    July 14, 2010

    It looks great! I love that the background and the foreground go from green to blue together.

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    July 14, 2010

    Gorgeous block! I love the wave pattern in the blue and greens

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    July 15, 2010

    What a great block! I love the mini new wave idea – brilliant!

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    July 15, 2010

    Love it! The sashing really makes it.

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    Cristin Wilson

    July 16, 2010

    Love love love!!!! Now…. any ideas for my block for Gretchen? 😉

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    July 18, 2010

    Wow, I’m in AWE of that tiny piecing – beautiful work!

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    August 1, 2010

    So, so awesome!

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    Willet Neverend

    October 4, 2012

    Beautiful. I think it would look great on its own as a full-sized quilt. I love the colours and the beachy feel. I think it looks even better than the quilt that inspired it. Great job.


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