By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts by Siobhan Rogers

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This book is SO. MUCH. FUN.  By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts by Siobhan Rogers and published by Interweave (F+W Media) is stinking loaded with great projects for everyone from the novice quilter to the maker who is “time-poor,” as Siobhan describes in her introduction.  The directions for each project are clear, with plenty of diagrams for the spatial learner, such as myself.

"Wild Horses" by Siobhan Rogers, page 119 of By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts

“Wild Horses” by Siobhan Rogers, page 119 of By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts

As I perused the pages, I found that there were 11 projects that I was seriously contemplating making.  Like immediately.  But I had to pick one.  Ugh.  If you ever want to know about someone’s commitment issues, ask them to pick a quilt pattern or a piece of fabric.

"Go Big or Go Home" by Siobhan Rogers, page 47 of By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts

“Go Big or Go Home” by Siobhan Rogers, page 47 of By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts

I finally settled on “Go Big or Go Home.”  I mean really, who wouldn’t love a quilt named that?!?  And besides, how can you go wrong with huge HSTs?  So, I got to work.  The hardest part was picking fabrics from my stash that were worthy.  See the comment above about commitment issues.  The fun part was the arranging.

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I chose to use two different large scale fabrics to go into this project, and I loved playing around with the effects of placement.  I was actually not having the best day, and was really excited when this last arrangement showed up on the design wall…

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Now to pick out fabrics for the next project… Maybe “Deco” on page 95- nestled log cabin hearts, which isn’t normally my thing, but hello, this one is cool.  But wait, “Wild Horses” uses fat quarters, and I just got that Alison Glass FQ pack from Spool…

See ya.  I got some sewing to do.

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