You may notice right away that my #5 Block is very different from everyone else's.
I love Jacquelynne's design....
......... but as you can see, it doesn't have half-square-triangle corners, which I need in order for the block to fit in with my overall quilt design for this quilt.
If you've been following along, you might remember that I've chosen to have my corner blocks appear round by using the black and purple half-square triangles in each corner .... (and if you're new to AQAP, you can go HERE to catch up on my design process for this fun BOM project!)
Soooooo, I had to put on my creative cap and come up with a design that would complement Jacquelynne's other wonderful blocks, but still give me those hst corners.
Of course, my first task was to choose my final Laurel Burch cat to have center stage in this block, and then to surround it with the black solid frame ....
Is she sticking her tongue out at us? I really think she is!!! She's saying, "Hey, can I help it if I'm gorgeous? And I know you're jealous that I get to sit under a magnificent purple sky full of dazzling rainbow stars, but what can I say ... I'm a Laurel Burch cat and that's pretty darn special. So there!"
I think she's pretty darn sassy, is what I think!
And gorgeous too of course
For the design, I really liked the strip look Jacquelynne has incorporated in her CA block designs, so the first easy decision was to stick with that concept. I began to play with options in EQ7 - still a huge learning curve there for me, but I'm plugging along at it :*) This is what I ended up with in the design program ....
Looks pretty close to the finished block shown at the beginning of this post, doesn't it? I was thrilled with the way this worked out for me with my novice EQ7 skills :*) From there, I was able to print out the paper-piece foundation sheets and work out measurements and piecing order....
Next I auditioned fabrics....
Don't you just love the name of this happy red?
I really enjoy reading the names on selvedges :*)
Before long, my strips were cut and I was ready to sew.....
This was a pretty simple block to sew up. I just had to be careful to match the seams in the middle of each section. Again, here is my finished Block #5 .... TaDa!!!!
And here it is in it's place on the Design Wall ....
I'm really happy with the way this quilt has progressed. I just love Jacquelynne's designs for both the Sew Sweet Simplicity and Cozy Afternoon blocks - and I love the way they play so well together :*) I'm not sure I can wait to show you the final assembly and reveal the finished quilt top on our next post!!!
If you have not been stitching along with us, it's never too late to join in! Click on the BOM names above and it will take you to Jacquelynne's site where you can get the blocks. You will be glad you did, because Jacquelynne has planned another fun Sew-Along Day coming up! Click HERE to find out more about this exciting event!
Jacquelynne has planned a super-fun, sewing party day, filled with fun, games and lots of giveaways, so don't miss it!!! You can use this day to join others in assembling your quilt top, or maybe just get caught up on your blocks - or even make extras!
And in other exciting news, Jacquelynne has announced the addition of Cozy Afternoon Quilt Labels and Note Cards in her online shop!!! There are 10 adorable Quilt Labels, and 2 each of 4 designs for the Note Cards. Click HERE to get you some :*) Hint-Hint ---- I understand these labels have sold out TWICE already, so don't delay, order now! Could anything be more perfect for the final touch on your Cozy Afternoon quilt?
Now, last but certainly not least, I know you are excited to see what Jacquelynne is offering this month for her Giveaway, right?
Isn't that exciting? Pinwheels make me think of childhood playdays in the park on a crisp Fall day! You know you want to win!!! So first thing, leave a comment here telling me what you love most about Fall. Don't forget to make sure I can contact you if you win!!! Then go over to Jacquelynne's post HERE to find the other hostess bloggers who are revealing their #5 blocks and offering this amazing giveaway. So many chances to win - and you get to see how each hostess has chosen her own fabrics and methods to bring this block to life!
This Giveaway is open through midnight of September 20, 2015. And the best part is that since the patterns are digital, anyone can win!
I'll be back with the final reveal on October 13! In the meantime, I hope you all have some fun Fall activities planned. I have a few retreats in the next couple of months, and one very special beach trip with my Mom - just me and her :*) I'm like a little kid in my excitement!!!!
Hugs & Blessings!