February Temperature Block and F2F

It’s been a blocky couple of days. First February’s high temperatures:

February block

Mostly 50s

It’s looking a little boring. If I’d chosen colors for groups of five instead of ten, I’d have had a little more variety, about twice as many  in the 55-59 range as in the 50-54. Oh well, I’ll stick the plan. The first three days were in the 40s. That is probably the last we’ll see aqua till autumn.  And always fun to introduce a new color, light green with the 60s. I imagine it will dominate March.

January was a little more balanced. Too bad the weather doesn’t accommodate design.

So this is my month to receive F2F blocks.  I’ll be making three on behalf of Pat, the woman who died recently, and my own three. I have made one set of three but am saving the second set to see if any colors need to be balanced out. I chose red/orange/brown with cream or beige as background.

March block 1

Dutchman’s Puzzle 12 1/2 x 12 1/2

If I keep making patterns that use the Flying Geese blocks I’ll have a good supply of “bonus triangles” to use for leaders and enders. I prefer this method because I get a more accurate rectangle this way.  Some people sew both seams before cutting, but I prefer using them as leaders and enders.

You can easily make Flying Geese any size you want this way.  Cut a rectangle of the “goose” color that is twice as long as wide then add seam allowance; i.e. a 3 x 6 block would be cut at 3 1/2 x 6 1/2. Cut the “sky” color a square of the smaller size, in this case 3 1/2.  Mark the diagonal and sew a needle width toward the part to be cut off. Sew one. Press. Trim. Then apply the second one. You must press the first one before adding the second.

bonus triangle

Someday I’ll dig out the pile of my unpressed, untrimmed triangles and take their picture. I have no idea what I will end up doing with them, but their day will come.

March block 2

Jacob’s Ladder 12 1/2 x 12 1/2

And a non-traditional block

March block #3

Layered Curves 12 1/2 x 12 1/2

I’m still enjoying working with curves from Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook. I am eager to begin getting squishies in the mail. I will probably make three lap quilts, but I won’t decide for sure till I see the blocks.

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5 responses to “February Temperature Block and F2F

  1. I rootled out some really nice browns, reds and tans from my stash today. Now I just have to decide what blocks to make! Your ‘Pat’ blocks are lovely 🙂

  2. Your piecing is very precise, no problems with your points, and I do like your layered curves block, it’s lovely.

  3. Sue

    I guess weather trumps design every time! But I think in the end, when you’ve come full circle with the “temperature” quilt, you will probably see relationships and patterns. It will be interesting to see it all together, and I’m tempted to try something like that myself. I also really like your Dutchman’s Puzzle block. I love flying geese, myself. You’ve made me want to do some.

  4. dezertsuz

    Thanks for posting your blocks – it gives me a better idea about color distribution. I honestly am not sure I have a single piece of orange in my stash!

  5. Looking forward to creating the blocks for you. Do you prefer patterned fabric or something that reads as a solid?
    Love these hot autumny colors you picked!
    Hugs
    Esther

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