Wednesday, April 4, 2018

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days--Day 5

When Carla at Creatin In the Sticks put word out she wanted to do a blog hop with 30 blocks in 30 days.  I thought I can do that!  I even have some fabric I can use!  (Because using up stash is a total win right?)  I can do a small project!  I chose the day I wanted quickly because it would work the best with the fabric I was going to use.  I even went and located the fabric and brought it down out of the sewing room, to my sewing area downstairs......then I procrastinated.

The pattern I chose is called surround.  You can find the instructions on Carla's Blog, plus the instructions for all 30 blocks under the tab labeled 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days

Then I started, and my small project grew bigger, and bigger until I had a lap size quilt! It ended up measuring 50 X 70.   I am calling it Bridgetown Surround. 

Sorry no quilt holder so I had to improvise, and of course it is extremely windy, overcast, and snowing off and on now that I need to take a picture--and I am just not up to chasing a quilt across the lot.

The fabric I had was Bridgetown by Violet Craft for Michael Miller.  The line had came out in 2013 and I had purchased a couple  of yards when I was visiting Oregon that year.  The bridges are the many bridges that cross the Willamette River in Portland from the East side to the West side.  I used Robert Kaufman's Maze in the Ivory colorway for my surround.   I knew I needed an alternating block surround, but the two different blues in Robert Kaufman's Maze line did not work.  Do you know how hard it is to match a navy blue?  I finally settled on a navy blue grunge that I purchased at my LQS.

I fussy cut the bridges.  I used the ivory maze fabric for the center of the alternating blocks, and the surround of the bridge blocks. 

Tuesday afternoon I did a crash course on how to make a water ripples quilt pattern.  I think it turned out alright.

Here is a better picture of the back of my quilt and my quilting. Of course I had some assistance while trying to square up my quilt before binding.

I used the left over grunge  for the binding which I machine stitched down Wednesday morning (I told you I was procrastinating).  As you can see I must have constant supervision.  

I am very pleased with how the quilt turned out.

Here is the line up for the rest of the month.  And if you missed the first four go check them out for some awesome projects!

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee

Thank you Carla for an awesome blog hop!


  1. Thank you for showing us your quilt. My "small" projects often end up bigger than I intended as well.

    1. LOL Glad to know I am not the only one with the "small" turning into huge problem. Kind of like Alice in Wonderland.

  2. Love the quilt! It's amazing how those "simple" blocks can make something so beautiful, isn't it? Of course, your fabric choice makes the quilt too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love your quilt! I like the color combos and the bridges. mary in Az

  4. The blue is lovely a lovely choice. Very masculine and subdued. Bridgetown fussy cuts are great!

  5. Don't feel bad about procrastinating. Your project came out great.

    I do the same thing; seems that I work better under pressure. LOL

    Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day.

  6. great pattern and quilting. But bobbin is cutest!

  7. Simplistic is sometimes the best idea for the striking blue colors.

    1. Thank you. I had a tough time this color scheme is so out of my norm.

  8. Hi Colette,
    That is a fun block, and your 'small' quilt looks great. Oh Bobbin! I'm glad she is keeping you under close supervision. Somehow I suspect you need it!! ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Great job on your quilt! I have to admit, I too procrastinated on my project! Yours turned out great. I love using grunge fabric!

  10. Lovely quilt, and it appears to be just the right size. :) I really like the bridge fabric you fussy cut, too. Your snoopervisor is adorable.

  11. Beautiful effect of those squares and How nice to use fabric that has a meaning to it too. That little guy is the cutest workmate!

  12. Blues are always so hard to match! It's a great looking quilt.

  13. Cute quilt. It's not been a good several weeks, so, no stitching has been going on.

  14. That looks great and I love the quilting on it.

  15. Well now you have a pretty quilt to snuggle on the sofa with.

  16. I just finished reading two books, "Julia's Chocolates" and "The Last Time I Was Me", by Cathy Lamb. Both are set in this area, which makes your fabric choice a bit serendipitous for me. The author wrote of the bridges. I think your quilt is an nice example of what can be done with this block. Thank you.

    1. I grew up in Portland, so when I am home I pick up stuff that remind me of home. Thank you for the lovely comment.

  17. This turned out really beautiful with the bridges and grunge. Great job on creating such an amazing quilt with Carla's Surround block!

  18. Looks like a beautiful finish...can never go wrong with Grunge and that bridge fabric looks like a fun one :) I am in a quandary on getting a photo of my quilt too...that wind and the other wintry mix has me stuck with one that is less than ideal. This feels like winter, not Spring!!

  19. I love your quilt. Turned out wonderful.

  20. Lovely quilt! The bridge fabric is awesome!

  21. What a fun way to use those special fabrics as a focus fabric. Great job matching those crazy navy blues. Its hard to match color some times. LOL!!!

  22. That is so neat! You're very creative.

  23. Wowzers! This is a gorgeous quilt. From the fabric to the quilting and everything. Great post too! Thank you for joining in on this crazy vision I had. You rock!

  24. Love your bridge quilt. The surround block worked out really well! I have had the ever growing phenomenon happen to me. What starts out as a mini ends up to be a queen sized quilt.

  25. That is such a great block - and perfect for fussy cutting! Your quilt turned out beautifully!

  26. I’m loving these quick and easy blocks. You’re quilt turned out beautifully and is Bobbin approved. You can never go wrong with Grunge.

  27. A great quilt...funny how our ideas start so small...and GROW!

  28. Lovely idea for this great fabric. Navy and white is so classy and you picked the perfect quilting pattern with the water ripples design to set off those wonderful bridges.

  29. Love the colours and I must try that quilt pattern

  30. love your quilt! I will have to try that quilting design when I can see again

  31. What a great way to showcase the bridge fabric! Great quilting too!

  32. Love the way you quilted your project. The block is really great to show off fabrics. Could be an excellent "eye spy" type.

  33. great way to showcase the fabric.

  34. Love the bridges! And yes, navy is almost impossible to match!!

  35. Some times procrastination produces the best results. Great quilt.

  36. Great use of that fabulous fabric. It's a wonderful looking quilt.

  37. Love it! Love the colours and the fussy cutting. It is plain to see Bobbin is a very good supervisor!

  38. The “ripples” quilting looks great.

  39. Your quilt is beautiful. The fussy cutting really makes it something to keep looking at for new discoveries! I love the quilting too.

  40. What a beautiful quilt! I love two color quilts. Thanks!

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  41. Such a great pattern. I made a very similar quilt for my great-nephew when he graduated from high school.

  42. SEW Hoping for a rainy weekend! I need to sew several of these blocks!!! Love your quilt!!!

  43. Your quilt is great! I really like this pattern.

  44. Haha, I love how your marvelous quilt evolved. Great fabrics, neat block design and I really love your quilting on it! Well done, Colette!

  45. I really like the simplicity of this quilt. And I like how you fussy cut the bridges. The water quilting is a great finishing touch. Lucky you having such a cute supervisor. Thanks for sharing


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