First up is what I'm calling my BlueBird Vintage Blocks. I bought a FQ pack of Cotton & Steel's BlueBird collection last Fall. If you are unfamiliar with this line it is definitely worth a look.
The fabrics are various shades of blue, from light cornflower to dark indigo; and at first glance they could appear simple; but upon further inspection, you start to see some interesting designs including octopus, tigers, cutlery, and even intentionally "stained" fabric mixed in with the more calming floral and geometric prints.
I wanted to showcase the prints, so I chose a large block...specifically Vintage from Camille Roskelley's book Simply Retro. These large 20" x 20" blocks are reminiscent of crocheted granny squares, and go together very quickly.
I have decided on a 3 block x 4 block quilt layout, which means I have to make 12 blocks. I currently have 6 done, although as you can see...only 4 are shown here in the photo. It has been a very long time since I made a quilt just because I wanted to, so I am looking forward to putting this one together.
The other blocks that I have been working on are for various friends in my local quilting bee, the LouBee. We started a new round this year, and first up for January was Mary Claire, who requested Squash Blossom blocks in various prints from her stash.
For February, Juli Ann requested this Spinning Stars block; which is a free tutorial from Anna Maria Horner. Juli Ann actually cut into her beloved AMH fabric collections so we could make these blocks for her. I have two down, and potentially two more to go.
This block is interesting on its own; but look at how amazing it looks when there are more of them. JuliAnn shared a quick glance on her IG page...and you have to admit, that's pretty cool.
We already received the blocks for March; but I have yet to start them. It is a few months before it is my turn; which is nice because I haven't a clue what block I want to choose. Is there a block that you love, or go back to time and again that would be good for a block exchange?