Winter Solstice Quilt Block - August Update

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

I have made lots of progress on my Winter Solstice quilt block project this month! My goal for August was to cut all the pattern pieces and stitch them together so the block is ready for embroidery - lots of embroidery! And I am almost there!

Like I said before - making blog posts of projects that have been languishing on my to do lists year after year - best idea I ever had! Quite an effective motivator!

And then there is the unexpected but hugely appreciated piece - your comments and support and interest! Thank you 1 million times for sharing in these adventures!

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

I began by transforming the little sketch I shared here into something a little more concrete.

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

And then I transfered the drawing onto a 13"x19" piece of card weight graph paper. (I am so sorry, I have no clue where I found this very useful graph paper - have had it for years.)

The double horizon line - just me changing my mind! I am using the lower horizon.

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

Tracing and cutting the paper pattern pieces took time and focus. I began by securing the pattern paper with tape and then using a straight edge to ensure that the paper pattern edges were perfectly straight.

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

Seam allowances are not included in the drawing so it was necessary to trace and cut one piece of the design at a time, adding the seam allowances at the time I traced each paper pattern section.

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

Sun rays are numbered 1 through 15 on the graph diagram and the numbers transfered to the corresponding paper pattern piece. Not wanting to get lost while stitching, paper pattern pieces will remain attached to each piece of  fabric until stitching time!

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

The paper pattern pieces were cut to allow for extra fabric at the borders (outside edges of the block design) so that the block can be squared up when a "frame edging" is added.

I also added a bit more to the paper pattern edge that will be hidden under the sun - giving me a bit of leeway for sun placement.

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

I learned quickly that pinning and cutting  pattern pieces was not the best choice. Once the pins were removed, the fabric piece was larger than the pattern. (I used to know this!)

It is a small amount to be sure, but I learned long ago that when it comes to quilting - "close enough" can result in a very wonky quilt block! Accuracy is key.

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

I love a good see-through straight edge and rotary blade! Makes cutting sooooo much easier - not to mention much more accurate

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

And ... tada! All my block pieces laid out together. I know! I know! Bright! But remember - I have a whole forest of trees to embroider so that the brilliant sky will only be peaking through the trees.

My sun has solar flares, prominences, filaments and gas plumes!  Did you notice?

I am considering making a change of fabric for rays 14 and 2 - A little too much pattern. But again they will be covered with embroidery and the virtual image appears much more pronounced than it does in reality.

Winter Solstice Quilt block in progress

A peak at some of the perle cotton floss selected. I can hardly wait to start!

Atarashi

A huge thank you to my friend Maryline - she writes the beautiful Mary and Patch blog.

She suggested the perfect solution for completing the edges without binding - Atarashi! Thank you Maryline for sharing your sketches to demonstrate Atarashi and how it would work in this project!

My blocks will be both square and rectangular - she solved that too!

  Feast your eyes on these examples of Atarashi! The back is going to be as pretty as the front!!!

So pretty Pam. Can't wait to

So pretty Pam. Can't wait to see what you do with the embroidery...

We seem to be on the same wavelength. I'm all about quilting lately. :)

Oh- so stunning! I can't wait

Oh- so stunning! I can't wait to see it with trees.

My, Pam! I'm so impressed!

My, Pam! I'm so impressed! The block looks very complicated and advanced! I
loved to make puzzle like, complicated patchwork patterns like that many years ago, but haven't sewn any lately. Makes me want to start again!
But I'll send you a short email lesson on foundation piecing, so you can save a little time with such complicated designs! :-)
Have fun with your beautiful project!

This is going to be gorgeous-

This is going to be gorgeous- looking at the block as it is I agree with you on the pattern for 2 and 14, it does jump out (at least in this digital version). But that could, as you suggest, change with embroidery. I love the bright colors and can just picture them peeking through the trees! The whole thing reminds me of Eric Carle's style- it's funny that I never before connected that quilting blocks with different pattern fabric could be so closely tied to the way he makes it collage art.

I like it!

I like it!

Yay!  Thank you June!

Yay!  Thank you June!

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