Pushme, Pullme blog hop

The talented Michelle from Factotum of Arts designed a super cool quilt block that I volunteered to test for her.

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I had been looking for a great block that could read masculine enough for a set of pillows for a bachelor friend of mine. (Can’t say more just in case he reads this. Highly unlikely since this is a quilting blog, but I don’t want to ruin Christmas.)

This pattern was fun, fast and easy. The block finishes 15 inches so a quilt top would come together really fast. I love how dynamic the arrows are. Until quilting I mostly saw the inward dark arrows but now after quilting the lighter outward arrows seem to take center stage.

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After becoming obsessed with sketch stitching for appliqué I decided to try sketch quilting. Do you like it? I love it for these pillows but I’m undecided on whether it’d be a good idea for a full quilt. It’d be awfully time consuming! I was surprised by how long this took. It basically multiplied my quilting time by 4.

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I used this amazing paint by number print from Lush Uptown on the back. Couldn’t bear to cut it up for a quilt, even though in general I enjoy the effect deconstructed large scale prints can have in quilts. But now I have some good scraps from making these pillows so I’m sure they’ll pop up again. I’m pretty sure there is a paint by number of a woodland scene I did as a child that is exactly this percentage done!

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As a side note, this is the first time I’ve used binding on a pillow and I LOVE it. I made all the pillows in my house but none of them are pieced or quilted… and none have binding. Looks like I’ve got some work to do.

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I reluctantly admit that this block would be really cool in all solids. 😉 I can’t wait to check out what the other blog hoppers came up with! Be sure to visit them and see:

Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day
Kristel @ Work-in-Progress Girl
Mara @ Secretly Stitching

Oh, one more thing. Thank you guys so much for your kind support of my first real quilt design. I can’t tell you how much more fun quilting has become since I found you guys to share it with. Watch for a 2014 quilt-a-long announcement soon…!!

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day at Lily’s Quilts!