A Quiltalong for giants

/ Thursday 17 March 2011 /
I'm not really anti-social, although it seems like I have been, since I have joined in no bees or quiltalongs in 2011. I do enjoy quiltalongs, and I've been keeping my eyes open, but haven't seen anything that really appeals to me. While I really enjoy the camaraderie of working on a project at the same time as many others, I only want to invest the time in something that I think I will really like. (Although I know it can't be the case, I feel like the only person on the planet who doesn't like that Single Girl pattern that is all the rage.) But just recently I read that Lynne at Lily's Quilts is starting a Dresden Plate quiltalong. Normally, I don't like Dresden Plate blocks. But this one won me over because the ends of the blades are flat, rather than round or pointy. I am surprised that this makes such a difference but it does. But what really charges me about this QAL is that the blocks are a honking 30" square. I adore the look of oversized blocks, and I've been longing to make something really GIANT - seems like this will fit the bill. Interestingly, this block has the plate set in to the background rather than appliqued on top. I will wait and see how it goes before I commit to that - I may just fall back on the old-fashioned "stitch it on top" approach if it looks like people are having trouble with the curved seam. Although with I Dream of Ogeenie under my belt, I should be a curved-seam pro.
After working with the subdued tones of Maison de Garance, I am ready for some vibrant colours. Here are the fabrics I've chosen for the QAL. The yellow (Art Gallery Lace Elements) is to be the background. I will either go for a four- (60" square) or six-block (90" square) construction.
If you're interested in Lynne's QAL, visit the Flickr group where folks are posting their fabric choices and find the links to the templates.  Some keeners have jumped ahead, but in the main, things haven't really hotted up yet.


{ Lee D } on: 17 March 2011 at 09:50 said...

oh that is going to be so fun! great colourful fabrics you have chosen

{ Dee } on: 17 March 2011 at 10:18 said...

Love the colors you've picked...I haven't joined anything else yet either....still finishing up my IMQG bee...only 5 people have returned my block...I had January. I'm not in panic mode yet! lol

Can't wait to see you and your progress here!

{ Rene' } on: 17 March 2011 at 10:19 said...

Oh, wow, Lesly, I love this giant block!!! I can see why it would peak your interest. I have the same opinions as you regarding dresdens....may have to check into this QAL. Thanks for the heads up. I really love the bright fabrics you have chosen.

{ Jennifer } on: 17 March 2011 at 11:32 said...

i vote for a 3x3 layout, so that you can have a huge quilt made of huge blocks.

{ felicity } on: 17 March 2011 at 12:25 said...

I love giant blocks because you finish the quilt top so quickly!! I have a space that needs a new wallhanging and the one-block option will be perfect.

I am with you on not liking the traditional pointy or round dresden plates. I'm a fan fan.

{ Claudia } on: 17 March 2011 at 16:39 said...

This QAL looks like fun. I made a Dresden Plate quilt before they were the "in" thing and now I'm contemplating another. I saw a double dresden plate quilt at a quilt show recently and it piqued my interest.

{ Rhonda the Rambler } on: 17 March 2011 at 21:11 said...

I love your background choice!! This is going to be stunning. I have to say I am not a huge fan of the Single Girl either. AND like you, this is the first QAL in a while to catch my eye. See you there.

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