Welcome back to Week #2! I have seen so many lovely blocks for week #1 and am excited to see you guys moving along on your BLOCKHEADS journey.
If you would like some more background info on the program, how it works or how we are planning on doing our version this year, please scroll back to the two previous posts for all kinds of info.
This below is our starter palette and we will be adding creams, reds and greens throughout the program so if you have a chance to add in some of your own from your stash… go for it. If you are looking for some more fabrics to mix in, we will offer bundles throughout as we have more fabrics to offer. For example our STITCHED collections should arrive in late April and we will for sure have some fabulous little color bundles to offer then.
AS A QUICK REMINDER…
We have decided to just use 25 blocks which gives us a bit more flexibility in case we need to skip a week or a particular block doesn’t work with our setting. Our finished quilt will be app. 69″ square. We are working on our second 9″ block this week.
Whether or not you are going to follow our color scheme, I HIGHLY recommend that you chose a limited palette of some kind to work with. When you have a project like this, with 28 different designers, blocks and styles, a unifying color scheme will go a long way in helping all of the blocks feel cohesive and like they belong in the same quilt.
BLOCK #2: COOEE By Jenelle Kent
You will not want to miss the fun extras that Jenelle has designed for us with her block… beautiful goodies I think!
HOW WE DID OURS
Once again I decided to feature the red prints… I think you will be seeing a lot of that in our blocks as we sew along. I added a softer directional print in the 4 corner triangles and my favorite green ditsy print in the surrounding squares.
For fun and extra sparkle, I added a cream based print that has both red and green in it for those 4 outer accent squares and plain ivory solid for the outer background triangles.
As you can see above and below, this quilt can feel Christmas flavored or not depending on your vision. If you remember from our last post and when talking about our setting, we are going to go a non Christmas route in the end but it would be just as beautiful with a red/green setting too!
SOME MORE SETTING INFO
I have gotten a lot of questions about this so am just repeating all the setting info here below:
We have gotten a lot of questions about when we will have our setting directions up with cutting instructions so wanted to share with you guys that we won’t be doing that for at least a few weeks. We are going to work on getting at least several of the blocks done and laid out together and we will see how everything is coming together first.
We have FOR SURE decided on the blue chambray as our setting fabric. If you have decided to follow along with us and are using the same fabric [we have gotten some more in HERE], I recommend you either wash or at the very least spray starch the fabric well. Personally I would do both with this fabric. I am not really worried about the other fabrics and will lightly spray starch them before I work with them.
Normally I am not a washer of fabrics but with the chambray/crossweave fabrics I have done that sometimes to make sure I don’t get any bleeding down the road. Wash with color catchers to make sure the fabric is not bleeding. Also wash the fabric on the same temperature that you would potentially wash the quilt on.
We will see you guys next Wednesday with Block #3.
See you soon, Joanna