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SAMQG Block of the Month Winner

on Mar 8, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, SAMQG | 5 comments

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

WOWSA! I won the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Block of the Month.

Do you have this at your guild? Some guilds call it Lotto Block. Everyone makes a predetermined block. Ours for January was designed by the Block of the Month Chairperson and is inspired by Rex Ray. The “humps” are hand appliqued to a white background.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

However many blocks you make is how many chances you have to win all the blocks turned in. In January – 24 blocks were up for grabs! The block was made in two sizes that would fit together when rotated 90 degrees.

I ended up splitting the group of blocks into a “mostly warm” and “mostly cool” color groups to create two lap/couch size quilts. The first one, “mostly warm,” is 60″ x 80″.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

For some reason I thought I wanted to try to quilt the first “mostly warm” quilt in a very difficult diagonal type design. I set forth to use rulers to stitch on my marked outline of a main zig-zag and then fill in sections of the quilt in a controlled graffiti-style of quilting.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Turns out, it was really really hard to do. HA!! But ya gotta try, right?

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

In the free-motion quilting fills there are feathers, swirls, McTavishing, echoing, pebbles, windy-swirls, meander, straight lines… everything.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

My main regret is that I used white thread. I do love the thread itself, but I probably should have used some kind of white/grey variegated thread on this project. I recently ran out of my favorite King Tut Morning Sky and figured the other white would work out.

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

The current white thread is very lightweight and hard to see on the finished quilt (without the help of dim light + shadows).

Rex Ray Inspired Quilt Block by San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild | Quilted by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Quilts

Although I’m loving how this one turned out overall, I think it is safe to say, I’ll be creating the “mostly cool” color version a bit differently. I don’t think the quilting will be nearly as complicated and I will own the thread by the time the blocks are pieced together to quilt.

The wheels are turnin’ and who knows how the second version will look.

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    5 Comments

  1. These blocks are so cute – so creative. I absolutely love the quilting on this one. I understand that it is difficult, but it looks like the results are so worth the effort.

    Shasta

    March 8, 2016

  2. I love every last thing about this. You are giving Angela Walters a run for her money, girl!

    Quilting Hottie

    March 8, 2016

  3. Very nice quilt! And so much quilting–it looks great.
    Our guild calls it a block party.
    Last year I won the June block party(I think). It was a fish block. I haven’t put them together yet. I want to use fabric that looks like water for the sashing and set each row in different directions so it looks like a school of fish darting through the water–we’ll see how it turns out! If it turns out!

    Liz

    March 8, 2016

  4. Wow I can see why you won. It looks like a jar of jelly beans exploded and landed perfectly. I can definitely see the challenge, but what a great project. Many thanks.

    BettyGee

    March 8, 2016

  5. What a colorful and fun quilt! It looks perfect for a kid’s quilt. Is there a pattern for it?

    Annabelle Hammer

    March 9, 2016

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