“Sisters” Group Along

My friend Diane recently sent me pictures from a mini quilting retreat she enjoyed with three friends. (I met most of these ladies via the Black Forest Quilt Guild in Boeblingen/Stuttgart Germany about ten years ago!) As a group, they have challenged each other to make the blocks for the “Sisters” Block of the Month QAL. I think you will love seeing their color/fabric choices!

First up are Marah’s blocks. The pale, mottled blue is a perfect backdrop for the bold and bright batiks used in the patchwork foreground.

Rachel selected Civil War reproduction prints for her “Sisters” project. The muted tones and shirting background lend a comforting and comfortable air to the quilt blocks, don’t you think?

Suzanne is making two quilts. (Shall we say “over achiever?” LOL) The text print background adds so much interest to the first set of blocks. Its also fun to see the large scale floral prints in the center squares. In the second set, some of the geometric prints look very regular like gingham or polka dots from a distance. This textural difference shows up well against the small scale floral prints, making for a pleasing combination.

Diane selected a gray background which I find very unexpected and interesting; the other colors really “pop” against this hue. In addition to noticing the fussy cut center squares, take a look at the mini quilts she made with cut-off triangles from sew and flip corners. How fun!

Thank you, ladies, for encouraging each other in the “Sisters” quilt along and for sharing pictures of your progress.

Are you quilting along with a group of friends? If so, I would love to share pictures of your quilt blocks with blog readers (aby.quilts@gmail.com).

Several of you are planning to make larger quilts containing more patchwork blocks. You can find more 12″ blocks on quilterscache.com, with Marcia Hohn. Another source is Sherri McConnell’s blog aquiltinglife.com; she is also posting a block of the month in 2020. Moda Fabrics posts a block every week in their Blockheads 3 project. Moda is also spear-heading Stitch Pink 2020, a quilt along during October to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Happy Quilting! — Aby

4 thoughts on ““Sisters” Group Along

  1. Since I am also making 2 quilts (one xmas and one with 1.5x the blocks for a bed size rather than throw) I don’t think Suzanne is an over-achiever. If you make the extra blocks at the same time, it’s really not that much more effort. Then again I haven’t even started the October blocks yet and it’s already the 8th *eep* I need to catch up!

    Now, Diane, with those mini-quilts from teeny-tiny corner castoffs is way over-achieving!! OMG those are amazing. Love it. So cute ❤

  2. These are great to help me expand my horizons! I saved my triangles last year and made a table topper and five new potholders from them. Not saving them this year though, I needed a break!😆

    • Darla, it is so much fun to see the colors each participant chooses, isn’t. We can see first hand how the colors play together even though we did not choose those particular colors for our blocks.

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