The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Did Not Make Lion Status

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb ...
except this year - there were no "kite-flying" days even offered for consideration.
March is leaving kinda wet and rainy today
 and the flowers cannot be more lovely this year.

Dogwood and Azaleas

Time for the Patchwork Times UFO finish for March ...
This started as a pile of swapped blocks with the Golden Girls.
They put their quilts together already, I was "waiting for the right year,"Hee, hee
so on my UFO list they went.
  I am finished so it will now be on the long-arm quilter's list of things to do. Yeah!!!
Did I tell you how much I love this challenge?  I am accomplishing far more
than if I were left on my own.

We exchanged disappearing nine patch blocks and
kept the center block black as the consistent element
between the six participants.
The pattern is Jewel Box from Anything But Boring and
I am sure you have heard of other Jewel Box patterns and blocks,
this one just happens to use D9P blocks and was a lot of fun.
Just Takes 2 Unit Five Blocks 19-21
To say this was a doozy is un understatement -  it finally worked.
Sometimes you just have to let the pieces of the block rest
before constructing and then they go together better for some reason.
This waited for two days...
This is my third feathered star and they do not get easier,
just more understandable.

There is embroidery offered along the way to enhance your blocks,
and so far I have chosen not to use it.  I could not resist, however,
putting white embroidery on the red block for this one.
I love it.

Unit Four Blocks 14-18

Had some troubles with these - three were paper pieced
and for whatever reason, two of mine came out 9-1/4" instead of 9-1/2"
and no one can tell me how to correct it.
One of those things I am going to let sit until later
before I attempt to redo it.  Who knows, someone may get around
to working out a solution before any more come up to be paper pieced.
Could not have done this without Carol Doak as most of the blocks
I have made were from her free patterns.
She has been such a wonderful teacher and great inspiration
to me in all things paper pieced.
Please be sure to come back and check it out.  Will be a lot of fun
as everyone thinks outside of the box.

Happiness Along your April Journey and may it be Delightful


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely work! The only recommendation on the paper pieced blocks is take a damp clothe and very hot iron and 'iron' those babies to stretch them into hopefully that extra 1/4". Unfortunately from one document to another to a printer, you lose the actual dimension - cut and lay your paper pieces together and take the 'final' measurement - usually it is the seamallowance that is smaller than the actual 1/4" You can make adjustments to your paper. I like to just make sure I leave extra on those outer seams and then square up to my ruler not the paper.

Janet O. said...

I really like that Jewel Box quilt. Very pretty with the consistent black to give a cohesiveness to everything.
I am taking a feathered star class right now. It is challenging.
I almost bought one of those little table top quilt holders, but opted for one to hang on the wall instead. It will be fun to see what people make!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

our azaleas and dogwoods are just about gone with the rain the past two days...

your new blocks and quilts are lovely...not sure how you get so much accomplished...very petty work!!

taylorsoutback said...

Happy you included a photo of the azaleas and is what I remember and miss most about Virginia and the Carolinas.

More wonderful completions, Judy! Our guild did a comfort quilt for one of our members using the D9P - a very fun block to do with fascinating results.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You're right about March... no lionly days this year. I love that D9P quilt top, I am still trying to decipher the block, it looks complicated... but, oh so stunning! I have a particular fondness for R&W quilts and yours is no exception, it is going to be glorious, Judy! I can't wait to see your mini table-stand quiltlet. I, too, love Carol Doak's tips and techniques.

Jennifer said...

i like your D9P blocks! I always forget about them... i should use them more for our church sewing group...

dianehobbit said...

I love the effects of D9P too plus I agree a really great challenge to get work done.

Susan said...

Love your jewel box D9p! the black makes the colors so bright.

Rhonda G said...

Your blocks look great.
I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can go to my site to copy the button. You have a great blog and it's well worthy of the nomination.

Lynda said...

I fully agree with you that Julie's challenge has certainly got me buzzing! I've finished UFOs which have been sitting in a drawer for years and didn't look like ever seeing a quilting stitch!

Grit said...

Was für wundervolle Quilts. Deine Arbeiten sind traumhaft.
Sooo Beautiful.
Ich werde gern öfter auf Deine Seite schauen.
Liebe GRüße Grit from Germany