Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WIP Wednesday - The #brilliantnutbag edition, by which i mean the epic paper pieced +x AMH voile quilt edition!

Just popping in to share my semi newest project with those of you that don't follow along on Instagram.

24 inch blocks and 3 inch block

After coming to the realization that my epic hexie quilt was never going to be completed, i made the decision to try my hand at the popular Japanese +x quilt block.
And after seeing Karen's from CapitiolaQuilter i knew i wanted to use a variety of sizes in mine.

So to my rescue once again, with yet another paper pieced project of epic proportions... the fantastical Sarah from Sew What, Sherlock? With super quick skills, she sent me the patterns for four different sizes, the same night we joked about me making the whole thing paper pieced! Awesome! And if you fancy trying your hand at pp +x blocks she has three sizes listed in her shop, including this adorable three inch block.

3 inch paper pieced +x block

And did i mention the patterns are free?!! Awesome.

So today's work was really getting the three largest blocks finished up. The twenty four inchers. 

24 inch paper pieced +x block construction
 
These went together super quick. Though i have to say, i'm not sure paper piecing was the best option for voile's. Super slippy, and somewhat tricky to keep on the paper while sewing!

24 inch paper pieced +x block construction

The next order of business was the + sections for the twelve inch blocks.

12 inch paper pieced +x block construction

All twenty two of them!

In an effort to keep some sort of continuity while at the same time feeling scrappy, i've decided to use the AMH Pastry Line prints for all the + sections of all the blocks and the same background fabric throughout as well. So far i'm loving how the plusses of the block really stand out! (so much so that i considered making six more 24 inch blocks and calling it done!)


But i guess i shall continue on and head back to the fun part! Pairing the rest of the Little Folks line with the Pastry prints!

Only 22 twelve inch blocks to go!... oh, and the 36 six inch blocks i need to make. And then there's the 68 three inch blocks, well 67 actually, i have completed one!... this project was supposed to be faster than the hexie quilt i had originally planned for this bunch of fabrics. Where exactly did i go wrong?

High fives for claiming my own hashtag on Instagram - #brilliantnutbag
xo nicole

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday, pop on over and see what's going on!
So that was my WIP Wednesday today, what fun little bits have you been working on?







22 comments:

  1. You're using AMH, which gives you an A+ for brilliancy. No matter what, this will be gorgeous. Personally, I love 6" blocks, they go together quick and they're so cute!

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  2. I can't wait to see the outcome of this, and loving that you've embraced your #brilliantnutbag

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  3. i love these blocks!!! of course you are using my most favorite AMH ever!!! i think voile and paper would be tricky!! I have made the 6" blocks (at least i think that was the size) with regular piecing. Cutting took me forever, but then they came together super fast with chain piecing. I usually prefer pp but with this block i think i would prefer regular piecing.... except for the itty bitty...pp would be perfect for that!! Sounds like another epic quilt!!!

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  4. p.s. what is the fabulous box with numbers on it?!?!

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  5. I like all those pretty piles but when you put down how many blocks you have to make I say geez :-) Epic for sure.

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  6. You may be slightly crazy, but the awesomeness that quilt will be completely outweighs the crazy.

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  7. Wow! Now that is commitment...you go you clever busy mummy :)...it will look stunning when it's done!

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  8. These are so pretty, especially seen together. Have you ever used double sided tape or a glue stick while paper piecing? I don't use it regularly, but it would help a lot with voiles!

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  9. I made a multi-sized X and + quilt too, but I didn't go down to a 3" size. They're so cute! I've never sewn with voile but I can imagine that it would be slippery, especially on the paper. But, since it's AMH, it will all be worth it in the end.

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  10. I love this! It's going to look fabulous!

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  11. You're crazy, but then so am I so we are in good company! ;)

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  12. I can't believe #brilliantnutbag wasn't taken. Hold on tight to that one! :) I love your ambition, I don't know where you find the time, but this is going to be fabulous and so worth it! Love following along with your progress on IG.

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  13. Looks like lots of fun! I've never seen this block before... thanks for sharing it (and all those helpful links!)

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  14. I really like these x + blocks. This quilt is going to be so cool. Have you tried freezer paper piecing? It might help stabilize the voile to make the blocks a little easier to put together, especially those itty bitty ones. Can't wait to see the finished result.

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  15. That tiny one is TOO CUTE! See, you're crazy too! :) Loving your fabric choices, of course. This is going to be awesome! #brilliantnutbag -s unite!

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  16. xPlus, AMH, Voile and mixed scale - could it get much better?! oh my, you're quilt is after my own heart. Glad that you were inspired by my quilt and hop you aren't swearing my name too much wondering what you got yourself into! Yes, you're crazy but it's going to be beyond fabulous.

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  17. this is going to be amazing! I love all of the different sizes. I want!

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  18. WOW. This is going to be so awesome! Love those blocks, especially the 3". So cute!

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  19. epic, but it will definitely be worth it

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  20. Paper piecing this pattern is genius.... I have made a few of the blocks for Bees traditionally but they were not as precise as I would have liked. I am so stealing this idea....thanks.

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  21. wow! those fabrics are really awesome. I can't wait to see the quilt with various sized blocks. I would have never thought to paper piece it!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  22. How did I is this!? Those fabrics are gorgeous together! I still can't believe how small you're making some of those blocks, but wow it's going to be great #brilliantnutbag for sure!

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