Tuesday, March 15, 2016

More blocks for The Empire Quilt

I've got three more blocks from  my next QAL design, The Empire Quilt to share with you today. I've started writing the pattern and once it is done will have to have it scanned commercially so that the patterns are to size. Unfortunately my HP scanner reduces the size of documents and that's no good! I've found a place where I can have them scanned at a more reasonable price. I know this is taking longer than expected but I want to make sure my measurements are accurate and that you see the finished quilt top before I start posting the instructions.

This first block makes good use of stripes/directional prints and some fussy cutting. Stripes create so much visual interest and I just can't resist using them!

This is a fun block. While most of my fabric choices have been older style prints I've combined some modern prints in this one and they work. The dark brown in the border is a Brandon Mably print. I figured that if it didn't work out the basted hexagons would go in the box of leftovers and eventually be used in another project. Fortunately for me they did work!

I had mentioned that I was searching for a blue fabric I have in my stash. I eventually found it and used it in the rosette in the lower left corner. I must have about a zillion blues in my stash but I had my heart set on this one. I also had a couple of small scraps of Japanese fabric with owls so I fussy cut them for the centres of the rosettes at the bottom.

So far you've seen eight hexagon blocks that will form part of the border. There are four more to go and they will be quite different from the other eight. If like me you have leftover hexagons this will be the place to use them!

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. Oh Karen, all your blocks look amazing and I'm looking forward to see more!
    Have a nice day!

  2. I've been almost too scared to read about your Empire Quilt as it will be so hard to resist your wonderful design. I have been having lurking around and your fabric choice and designs are always so inspirational. My head is saying no (too many other projects) but my heart is saying yes.

  3. Those settings are different and great. Wow - those stripes are amazing. Do you cut them in order?

  4. Beautiful Karen,
    and I do have the cream and dark red print you used for backround too.

  5. Wow... your blocks are awesome ! What great inspiration....

  6. OK, this is all very exciting. I love how gorgeous this new design is coming along. I've picked out of the starting fabric and have lots of busy/bright scrappy hexie blocks going on. I have a project in mind for that.

  7. The 2nd block really is striking - Like a Star Burst! This is going to be a beautiful quilt.

  8. Boy, these are some great looking blocks. So much going on in each one that is out of the ordinary. Can't wait to see the whole quilt together.