F2F: July blocks

This month was Annett’s turn and she chose orange, turquoise and green with a white background. I struggled a bit this time. I tried several ideas but didn’t like how they turned out while it took quite a bit of time to make them. These experiments, unfortunately, also ate up most of my white fabric so I had to throw in some off-white instead because I had no time left to get more. It made me realise that I don’t work with white very often; I only had 1 fat quarter in my stash. This has been remedied now as the next two months also require white.

failed experiments

Some of the things I made and ended up not using. Perhaps they’ll make another appearance later in the year in someone else’s block?

Anyway, eventually I managed to produce 3 blocks that I like and they were sent off only a couple of days late.

The first is a wonky log cabin, the simplicity of this shape and the asymmetry really attracts me.


At least I managed to use two of the diamond strips in the second block that I made. I really love these strips (and the point matching on these turned out pretty awesome if I may say so myself), but when too many of them were put together it just didn’t work for me.


The last block was started by playing with the left-overs from the other two blocks and turning them into narrow strips bordered by white. I quite like the abstract art feeling of this block. The orange border was a happy accident, it was originally not planned but I didn’t have enough white fabric left to make the block 12.5” x 12.5”. I think the block would have had less visual impact without the additional orange.


The blocks made by the other participants can be found on the F2F page.

15 comments on “F2F: July blocks

  1. alaskannancy says:

    I very much liken both your wonky log cabin and your final piece. Thank you for sharing your process: That is incredibly instructive and helpful.
    I saw from an earlier post that Rayna Gillman’s book is one of your favorites. Guess what?! She is in my hometown (Anchorage) and is delivering a lecture Thursday evening and conducting a three-day class beginning on Saturday! I will be in attendance at these events. Afterwards, I will blog about it all. In the meantime, I will look through your previous posts for inspiration and ideas, since I am an absolute beginner quilter.

  2. katechiconi says:

    I especially like the curved leaf shapes, which are very clean and perfect! I hope you do get to use them later; there’s a fair amount of teal in all the colour choices. I’ve been working on Susan’s blocks this last week, and it’s made me realise that my stash is now seriously short of red – plenty of small scraps, but no larger pieces. I feel a visit to the fabric shop coming on….

    • Emmely says:

      Yes, I love those leaves too, but when I put them together it just didn’t make my heart sing. I think there may have been too much white around them. Ah well, at least it provided me with some curve sewing practice. I don’t think I have a lot of red either, that’s another colour I don’t use that often. Blue on the other hand is absolutely no problem.

  3. Magpie Sue says:

    I like what you turned out, even if you had a couple of false starts. That’s always frustrating but it often pushes us to better things in the end. :- )

  4. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Am not a quilter, but really enjoyed seeing how you worked through this. Your last square is my most favourite. My eye goes straight to those gold bars, then to the central orange… oh, now I spy the matching outer border!

  5. tialys says:

    I love your innovation. It makes your blocks unique.

  6. knettycraft says:

    Hello Emmely… thank you again for the lovely blocks you made for me. I love them, especially they are made with so much creativity and are absolutely individual. Thank you so much.

  7. Katinka says:

    Hey Emmely! They are really pretty and I especially like that you made them asymmetrical!

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