Tilly Block

With my small swatch of Daisy Janie’s Tilly, I wanted to make a block inspired by a workshop I attended, taught by Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie.  The coordinating fabrics are Kona Solids and the yellow is a Moda Bella Solid.  I don’t think any of these pieces are organic, like my little Tilly is.

Since I had a small amount I had to get a plan that would spread out the print without using up the print too quickly.  I went with the wonky log cabin block and framed it in white fabric.

(sorry I cut off that lower corner!)

Now here’s something you probably didn’t see coming…. the whole little 12″ block is hand quilted.  I sat down during a bit of NCAA football on Saturday and thought- I haven’t hand quilting anything in about 3 years, lets see if I can still do it.

The answer:  Not really.  I was never great at hand quilting and really, the stitches look more like “folk art” than skilled quilting.  Of course, I used a crazy thick needle punched polyester batting so that didn’t help at all.  My quilting motif was old school, too, just going 1/4″ inside each shape and echo quilting the main color blocked area.  But it was super fun to do and with a little binding, my Tilly block will be done.  The block will likely be living on my studio wall with other mini’s and swap quilts.  It will remind me: I either really really need to practice hand quilting OR move on.  =)

So next up, brown binding.  And finitio!  Hooray for my little sample going as far as it did.

3 Responses to “Tilly Block”

  1. Corinne says:

    So THAT is what you do with is little piece of fabric! Nice job.

  2. helena says:

    Pretty result and I like your hand quilting stitches ; they are regular and I think they give more smooth to your little quilt.

  3. Jen! This looks great! Love the block, the solids AND the stitching! Whenever I go to the antique shops, I look at the old Amish quilts to see stitching just like this – and it never ceases to amaze me!

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