Thursday, December 06, 2007

More Royal Crosses

Four blocks down - twenty one to go! I made three blocks up on Tuesday - I wonder if I can keep that up on the days I don't work. The quilt top will fly together! Don't you love the circular pattern that is already starting to appear? I'm really thrilled with how it's looking.

I've cut more of the dark value pieces, so I'd say I'm 80% of the way thru the cutting for this quilt. Quite a few people were interested in how I'm cutting out the pieces, so I'll elaborate ... I made up templates from regular template plastic. I then layered up 4 or 5 fabrics with the wrong side facing me - traced the template shape on the fabric, and then used my rotary cutter to cut out all 4-5 pieces at once. Slow going on the curved pieces, but much easier and faster than tracing out each shape and cutting with scissors like I probably would have done it in the past.

As I've been cruising blogs these past couple of days, I keep seeing all the wonderful results of Bonnie's mystery quilt. I'm teetering on the edge of diving in with you all. The only thing holding me back is the fact that I don't have a lot of 1.5" strips cut ... but I'm seriously contemplating just getting busy and cutting some more. Don't be surprised if you see me having a go at it ... I'm on the verge ...

Today I have a couple of things I really need to do before heading to the quilt store. I MUST put up the Christmas tree and get busy decorating. And I MUST get busy with Christmas gifts. Last year (and in other years) I started in around August. Where did this year go, and why did it go there so fast??!!?? Better run, lots to do, and not much time :-) x o x

24 comments:

Diane said...

I love the Royal Crosses blocks! I can't wait to see more. Are the curves hard to piece? How are you sewing them?

Rose said...

Wow Tazzie!!! it looks fantastic. Ohhhh cant wait to see it all together now!!! Great job!!
Hugs xx

Tracey in CT said...

I am envious of your beautiful and perfect looking blocks! I could NEVER have the patience to do this design. It is going to be one gorgeous quilt!!

Karen (Misiz C) said...

Your Royal Cross blocks are stunning. The secondary design adds so much. Can't wait to see the top together. I'm allergic to curved piecing myself. :cD

Hope you can find time to join Bonnie's mystery project. I'm still amazed how quickly it caught on.

Su Bee said...

Holy cow! That makes me drool, literally! What a gorgeous, striking pattern - I can not WAIT to see it all done! Where did you find this gem?

anne bebbington said...

This is awesome - love that secondary circle pattern

Lucy said...

This is absolutly a thrill! Can't wait to see it growing

May Britt said...

I love this blocks you are working on now. And you always choose so beautiful fabrics!!!! You are so clever with colours.

Kathie said...

I LOVE these blocks oh I hope you will publish this pattern.
I need to make this quilt too.
what wonderful fabric choices...
beautiful...
Kathie

atet said...

Oooh -- that block is lovely. As for the Christms list of project -- um, let's just say I understand. Totally. I'm about to rethink my position on buying gifts for some folks -- or, well, maybe not yet!

Ruth's Place said...

It looks amazing, loce the circle secondary pattern that's going on.

Christmas sewing is going VERY slowly in my house.

Darlene said...

You are really moving right along with this beauty. :-)

Dawn said...

Oh I am just loving this! And I used to stay away from curves, but I've gotten ok at them! I love this!

Knitted Gems said...

This is getting prettier by the day!

Pam said...

That is going to be just a fabulous quilt!! I really love it... going to put it on your Etsy shop? Ah - I can only dream!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It looks fab. Can't wait to see the rest of it being put together!

Elaine Adair said...

You sure didn't pick an easy project! It's beautiful!

QuiltMom said...

Tazzie,

What a challenging project but it is a real beauty- I love circles in quilts especially when the curves are formed by an optical illusion.
I love forward to seeing the finished blocks.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Sonnja said...

It looks beautiful your work!
Kind regards,

Sonnja, from the Netherlands
BEERTJE ZONN

julieQ said...

Beautiful work!! Are you going to hand quilt this one?

JulieQ

Rose Marie said...

I've never tried sewing with curves, but these sure look tempting to try at least one block!

Pina said...

your blog is fantastic! ciao!

Anonymous said...

I *LOVE* this block! I really need to get better at sewing curves... I do fine when sewing them by hand, but not by machine.

Caroline in NH

Kathie said...

Beautiful! Fabulous!!

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