Blocks, blocks, blocks + more blocks

Do you ever have one of those projects that you initial love but then the more you do it the less fun it is. The Pushme Pullme Quilt in blue is starting to feel a little like that. Luckily, I am almost there.

I made a huge amount of progress at the retreat last weekend and finished lots of blocks. This is my finish for the week. I am going to take the mini win, as I kept to my target for the weekend….sew everything I had cut. I will say, late nights/early mornings where I was up until 1-2 am sewing away.

Pushme_PullmeQuilt

So, what have I learnt so far about me and this quilt process?Β Β I now hate cutting. I know, for sure, I will never make a quilt where I cut all the pieces first again. I definitely need the break in between….cut a few, sew a few. I have found a new appreciation of those that have all the block pieces all cut, photographed and ready to go.

The good news is, once I am sewing, I do like the block and construction. I like seeing how the different fabrics change the block completely. My favorite of the blocks above is that bottom most left block. Which one is yours?

Anyway, two rows to go and then the joining of the blocks and the quilt top will be complete!! I should hit my November goal….I know what I will be doing Thanksgiving weekend ;-).

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday @ Crazy mom quilts + the mid check in for November’s goal “A lovely year of finishes”.

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44 thoughts on “Blocks, blocks, blocks + more blocks

  1. Beth B

    I know exactly what you are talking about, I was so excited to make the Swoon quilt, but half way through I felt like it would never end. Once it was all together I was thrilled with the results! However as much as I loved the out come, I am not sure I would make that quilt again.

    I do love the quilt you are working on, I have it on my list of 2014 quilts to complete. The block in the second row from the bottom with the blue and white stripes is AMAZING!

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thanks for the heads up on the swoon quilt :-). I hope you get a chance to make the block next year, it is a lot of fun and you can play with it in so many ways. Enjoy!!

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  2. Lorna McMahon

    This is FABULOUS! I agree, the way the different fabrics work with this design is a delight! Love seeing them all together and can’t wait to see the finished project. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. oneenglishteacher

    I think my favorite is in the second row down all the way on the right. And, I like how you alternated the white and gray around the outside of the blocks; I’m going to pin the picture so I keep that idea in mind when I use the pattern that I was lucky enough to win from you πŸ™‚

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  4. Susan @TheBoredZombie.com

    Yep, I go through that with almost every project I do. Somewhere in the middle the excitement wears off, there’s other projects I really want to do and I’m mad I didn’t give it enough consideration for how long it is actually going to take! It is always worth it to see it through though! This is fantastic and when you make it to the end, you’ll forget all about the middle and just love it. )

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  5. Sheryl

    I think my favourite is in the second row – it looks like it has some Simply Color leaf print.

    My current project is reaching that point where I can barely stand the sight of it because I’ve been working on the same thing for so long. Once you’re so far in all the little doubts creep in and my mind’s all a-whir with what I’d do differently next time.

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I am so sorry about your project. I hope it finishes up soon and I am sure you will love it as soon as it is done. You might not do it again πŸ˜‰

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  6. clumsykristel

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to see it all finished!

    I love that block with the Joel Dewberry Herringbone print on it (bottom left) (if that’s what that print is), and the one in the second row, third from the left, which is just bright and kind of pops out so beautifully.

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      It is Joel Dewberry herringbone + Les Amis teal πŸ™‚ I liked the addition of the aqua/teal’s I think it still stays within the blue family.

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      1. clumsykristel

        It’s always nice to have some variation like that, from lighter through to darker blues – keeps your eye moving around (though really this pattern does a lot of that on its own). Helps that they’re great fabrics, too πŸ˜€

  7. Carol B

    I like the dark blue on light blue stripe, the second one down on the left; I love the way the slightly off-set stripes seem to sizzle with energy!

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thank you. I just bought the little (12″x12″) olfa rotating board and now it means I can do it in front of the TV. I think that will help :-).

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  8. kris

    Well I don’t know that I have a favorite but the overall layout is stunning. It is one thing to see the work of one block or the others that did the block samples but it is quite another to see the whole thing and it is beautiful. The blue,gray, green colors are just lovely.

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  9. Jenn

    I love this! And I know what you mean, I thought I hated trimming, but I hate pressing even more…. My fav is the second row, third from left, but they’re all pretty fabulous!

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  10. Laura C

    I always cut a few, sew a few now–and sometimes, the only thing that keeps me piecing is my love of meeting goals. (“I have to get seven blocks done a day for four days…”) I’m so behind on everyone’s blogs because of my recent goals, but: congratulations on your pattern release; this looks FANTASTIC; I love your book review every-two-weeks idea (like, LOVE it). Keep swimming!

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I hope your goals go ok, definitely a keep swimming kind of thing around this time of year. I am definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving to get some more time + and then the Christmas break where all the Christmas things are done and I can get back to my designs and of course take a breather. Thank you for the support in the book review idea πŸ™‚

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  11. Heather North

    This is such a unique design. I’m glad you stuck with it and showed it to us. I can’t pick a favorite because I like them all. At first I only noticed the horizontal and vertical arrowss, but as I was looking for a favorite one of the aqua diagonal arrows jumped out at me. Such a cool design.

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  12. sarahschraw

    It’s looking awesome! This block looks so different depending on the fabrics and depending on how many other blocks it’s put with. Keep it up!! For me all projects are tough at the 2/3 or 3/4 done point…

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thanks πŸ™‚ All my blocks are cut now and I am on my way to sewing the last two rows….the top is on schedule to be finished for the end of month.

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  13. madfabriholic

    i love them all, but the bottom most left and right really make me smile.

    I have a quilt that I loved for a few weeks, that has been languishing for a few years now. I wish I had cut it all at once, but instead i went block by block, and I feel like I’m starting from scratch each time I pick it back up…

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thank you – I am loving making the final 9 blocks and enjoying the different fabrics.

      I have a lot of WiPs probably due to me doing a the blocks one by one. πŸ™‚

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I just finished the quilt top, so excited – it took me longer than I thought it would. I suppose it always does but I am super happy its finished.

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