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Tilly Block

on Nov 8, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, classes, fabric stash, WMQG | 3 comments

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.



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


    November 8, 2011

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


    November 10, 2011

  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!

    Jan | Daisy Janie

    November 15, 2011

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