Monday, 19 May 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 70

Block 70 - Nearly Insane Quilt Saliinda Rupp
Block 70 - Nearly Insane Quilt
I feel as if I have really started the countdown towards the end of the Nearly Insane Quilt blocks now. I am even thinking that my next update will be when they are all complete!  Over the past year all this experience has helped me fine tune my design skills using tone, and I have really gained specialist knowledge about red and white fabrics on the current market!
Block 70 - red and white fabrics
Block 70 - red and white fabrics
For Block 70 I have managed to squeeze eight different fabrics into the 6 inch square, covering all shades from dark to light (all listed at the bottom of this post) - a real exercise in tone.  Even so, now it is finished there are still changes I would make ...
English Paper Piecing - Nearly Insane Quilt
English Paper Piecing - Nearly Insane Quilt
This is another star block, all done by English paper piecing.  I will admit that if I had been doing this project on the sewing machine there is no way I would have got this far.  As you know some of the pieces are really small, and I wouldn't have been able to even handle them under the machine.  EPP has made it a very pleasant journey. It doesn't just have to be hexies!

Block 70 - Nearly Insane Quilt
Block 70 - Nearly Insane Quilt

SMALLEST PIECE: Triangle 3/4" (20mm) x 9/16" (15mm) x 9/16" (15mm)

LARGEST PIECE: Triangle 3" (76mm) x 2  1/8" (53mm) x 2  1/8" (53mm)
TECHNIQUE: English Paper Piecing (EPP)
Polka Party III by Holly Holderman, Lakehouse Drygoods (#03035)
Red Garden Pindot by Michael Miller Fabrics 

Spraytime (Scarlet) by Makower #2800-R06
Apple Line Red Swirl by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures  # C5710
Homeschool Mini Mono Floral Red, LB Krueger for Windham Fabrics SKU# 35182-3
Cherry Sketch Basic Collection by Timeless Treasures #C8224
White floral on red (unknown)
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  1. It looks great! I think it is great when a fun project also teaches you things. Are you getting tired of red yet?

  2. I think the thing I have most enjoyed is seeing EPP used for all sorts of different shapes. You have inspired me to do more EPP - mostly my favourite blue, but with a little red!