December T Block – Quilt Along

It is time for the reveal of the second block in the T Block Quilt Along that I am participating in. This a block a month project organized and led by Bella of Then and Again Quilts

For twelve months I am receiving a pattern for a variation of the T bock – the T for Temperance Movement, with much written and debated about this quilt origin’s and history. Please take some time and stop by Bella’s page she has written quite a bit on its history.

So how do I think I am doing with this project? I love the block a month, no pressure and I am actually completing two. Two because the first isn’t quite right and well, I think I could go three or even four and still wouldn’t have it spot on right. Here is my second attempt. (not bad)

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First and second attempts and you can see the difference. (The color is true in this first attempt photo)

I wanted to share the block that was done by Bella – it is so gorgeous.

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I was really excited to see this on her posting. I have a baby quilt I want to make for my granddaughter & husband who are expecting their first child – its a boy. I was going to use the pinwheel pattern but if I can get those darn geese down I think this would make a great children’s quilt. Bella called this her wonky blocks for this pattern. What do you think, pinwheel or T block ?

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November “T” Block Sew – Along

Back one month ago, I was delighted to join the “T” Block Sew – Along that is being host by Bella of

Then and Again Quilts

Some of you may remember her excellent post on the history of this block ~ The “T” possibly standing for the Temperance Movement…..

With so many projects on my plate I was hesitant but decided to dive right in and participate and I am so happy I did. Bella will be providing a new block pattern with instructions each month. I have posted from Bella’s page the following

From November 2018 – November 2019 we will be making “T” blocks: One new variation each month

T Blocks 1-4T Blocks 5-8T Blocks 9-12

THE ABOVE IMAGES ARE USED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE WEBSITE HTTP://QUILTHISTORYTIDBITS–OLDNEWLYDISCOVERED.YOLASITE.COM 

 

In preparation for beginning, I printed out the instructions, picked out my fabric, drew out and cut my templates.

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I also found it helpful to go on to youtube to look at a short tutorial on this block. I must admit I got a bit lost when it came to making the flying geese. But once I got past that success was around the corner – semi success that is. My block turned out 1/2 inch wrong, my second attempt was the right size but two corner pieces were way to short – my measurements were off again somehow but it sure looks good before assembling 🙂

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Here is my first block for the first month of the sew along

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Bella sent extremely detailed instruction and she was there to answer all my questions during the process, of which I had quite a few. I am working this project all by hand, no machine for this beauty. It’s a block in a day and even with hand stitching it was easy to get the block done in a few hours. I also may try reworking this block with the solid material as the T.

I am so excited to be participating in this sew along. I think it is going to not only be fun but it is going to improve my skill and quilting knowledge. There is plenty of time to join in and sew along so if your on the fence about doing this I say…join us.

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If you would like to participate in the sew along click here. You can also visit the other participants by clicking on their link below. Happy Quilting!

Please take a moment to jump over to Bella and Nanette’s page to see their blocks

Nanette & Bella