Nearly Insane…Nearing the Finishing Line…Blocks 40 to 46

It is Row 7 today, in my series of posts on the progress of my Nearly Insane Quilt,  based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp... I have now less than 20 blocks to finish! The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

Nearly Insane Block  40

Number of pieces: 29

Level of Difficulty: Easy. This is one block where I made some changes from Salinda’s original block, adding those diagonal strips in the corner pieces. Now I wish I hadn’t.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 40
Nearly Insane Block 41

Number of pieces: 31

Level of Difficulty: Moderate.   This basket block was another which would have been easier to English paper piece or even  machine piece with nesting seams. But it gave me a great opportunity to use up that pretty soft blue, lage floral for the background.  All in all, a very pretty block!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced with handle of the basket appliqued.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 41
Nearly Insane Block 42

Number of pieces: 120

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult…hmm…moderate? 120 pieces in a 6″ x 6″ block and so many points! I love this particular block and have made it into an 18″x 18″ cushion cover too!

Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 42
Nearly Insane Block 43

Number of pieces: 88 pieces

Level of Difficulty: Difficult, as a lone star block is. So many y-seams and then the 8 seams meeting at a point in the centre…I tried (unsuccessfully) fussy cutting the strips for the diamond pieces, succeeding only in the centre.

(Arguably) the prettiest block in the quilt!

Technique: Strip pieced the eight bigger diamonds and then machine pieced them together. Also machine pieced the 4 corners and the triangles to the star.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 43
Nearly Insane Block 44

Number of pieces: 84

Level of Difficulty:  Truly insane block! With four 8-point stars and 32 y-seams! And to add to my woes, I kept losing the pieces, despite doing my best to keep track of them.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced the centre strips and English paper pieced the stars.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 44
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 45

Number of pieces:44

Level of Difficulty: Moderate, because of the huge(!) 1″ pieces.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP) and machine pieced.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 45
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 46

Number of pieces:37

Level of Difficulty: Easy–another log cabin block, this time with a star in the centre! (Compare with Block 11 and Block 76)

Technique: Regular machine piecing

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 46

Would you say this was the prettiest row so far? In case you have not seen my earlier updates, click the links for each row below:

Row 1 ( Blocks 1 to 7)

Row 2 (Blocks 8 to 13) 

Row 3 (Blocks 14 to 20, with a couple missing)

Row 4 (Blocks 21 to 26)

Row 5 (Blocks 27 to 33)

Row 6 (Blocks 34 to 39)

 

 

 

Nearly Insane…Nearing the Finishing Line…Blocks 34 to 39

In  my series of posts on the progress of my Nearly Insane Quilt,  based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp , here is Row 6. I have now less than 20 blocks to finish! The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

Nearly Insane Block  34

Number of pieces: 33

Level of Difficulty: Easy star block. Salinda has a number of these; however, she added interest by sewing up different centres for each. On my part, I did some fussy cutting to prettify them. (The temptation to substitute these blocks with more interesting and complicated ones was great but I did manage to resist it).

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP).

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 34
Nearly Insane Block 35

Number of pieces: 64

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. I do not like to foundation paper piece hour-glass QST blocks ( nor pinwheels, for that matter!) They are much easier to machine piece with nesting seams.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 35
Nearly Insane Block 36

Number of pieces: 79

Level of Difficulty:  Hmmm…moderate? 79 pieces in a 6″ x 6″ block! The four-patches are also easier machine-pieced than foundation pieced. Lots of triangles and lots of points to match.

Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 36
Nearly Insane Block 37

Number of pieces: 97

Level of Difficulty: Moderate.  Though it has 97 pieces, not too many points to match; it is quite a pretty block too.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 37
Nearly Insane Block 38

Number of pieces: 45

Level of Difficulty:  Easy, easy! The fussy cutting and high contrast make it quite a delight to look at!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 38
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 39

Number of pieces: 29

Level of Difficulty: Easy and whimsical! Another one where I used up my larger prints.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 39

 

I think I may be able to get back to quilting pretty soon. My sciatica seems to have improved dramatically with the Kerala Ayurveda Oil Treatment I am taking! In the meanwhile, in case you have missed my earlier updates, click the links for each row below:

Row 1 ( Blocks 1 to 7)

Row 2 (Blocks 8 to 13) 

Row 3 (Blocks 14 to 20, with a couple missing)

Row 4 (Blocks 21 to 26)

Row 5 (Blocks 27 to 33)

 

 

 

Nearly Insane…Nearing the Finishing Line…Blocks 27 to 33

My sciatica pain is not yet gone, and that keeps me away from the sewing machine! So I continue my series of posts on the progress of my Nearly Insane Quilt,  based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp... I have now less than 20 blocks to finish! The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

These are the seven blocks from the fifth row :

Nearly Insane Block 27

Number of pieces: 16

Level of Difficulty: Difficult. A number of y-seams there plus the eight seams meeting n the centre! I also attempted some fussy cutting there! The block could probably have been prettier with more of a contrast; but I do like the soft colours too.

Technique: English paper pieced and hand-pieced

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 27
Nearly Insane Block  28

Number of pieces: 69

Level of Difficulty: Easy… despite the fair number of pieces. Again I did some fussy cutting for the corner pansies.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP).

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 28
Nearly Insane Block 29

Number of pieces: 45

Level of Difficulty:  Easy. Took me longer to cut the striped triangles ‘just so’ than to piece the block.

Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 29
Nearly Insane Block 30

Number of pieces: 34

Level of Difficulty: Easy.  What a delightfully whimsical block this is too.  I quite love it.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 30
Nearly Insane Block 31

Number of pieces: 24

Level of Difficulty:  Easy. Not my favourite block and I just might end up re-doing this one. I do believe it needs more contrast to work.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 31
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 32

Number of pieces: 58

Level of Difficulty: Moderate: Has a lot of points to match, so I would call it moderate. The plentiful half square and quater square triangles also meant there were several templates in the foundation paper piecing pattern. But it a pretty block, typically Ruppish, where she put together whatever she had at hand to make it add up to 6″!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 32
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 33

Number of pieces: 28

Level of Difficulty: Easy but pretty. The larger pieces gave me the opportunity to use the larger prints from the Summer Breeze 3 collection.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 33

 

In case you have missed my earlier updates, you can see

Row 1 ( Blocks 1-7) here   ; 

Row 2 (Blocks 8 to 13) on this post.

Row 3 (Blocks 14 to 20, with a couple missing) are to be found on this post

Row 4 (Blocks 21 to 26) can be seen here

 

 

 

 

Nearly Insane…Nearing the Finishing Line…Blocks 21 to 26

Here come the blocks from the fourth row of my Nearly Insane Quilt,  based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp... I have now less than 20 blocks to finish and I have started sharing the finished blocks in a series of posts, row by row! The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

These blocks are particularly pretty; I think Salinda was becoming more and more adventurous as she made newer blocks.

Nearly Insane Block 21

Number of pieces: 25

Level of Difficulty: Easy, but isn’t it pretty? I enjoyed fussy cutting those beautiful pansies.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 21
Nearly Insane Block  22

Number of pieces: 133

Level of Difficulty: Difficult… it did have a lot of points to match…And one thing I would never recommend is making a pinwheel with paper piecing!Not only did I join a couple of them the wrong way, there is such a huge bulk in the centre that it is impossible to get a nice point there. FPP is also wasted on 4 patches! Easier piecedthe regular way.

(Did you notice I actually tried to fussy cut those flying geese?)

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP). I recommend regular machine piecing for everything but the flying geese !

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 22
Nearly Insane Block 23

Number of pieces: 45

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate, only because those narrow 1/4″ strips were so fiddly!

Technique: English Paper Piecing and hand-piecing, as I did not have a sewing machine when I did this one!

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 23
Nearly Insane Block 24

Number of pieces: 89

Level of Difficulty: Difficult for two reasons. Firstly, lots of points to match and secondly, one of the more difficult ones to draft as well as piece, as the flying geese are not all the same  1:2 ratio!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 24
Nearly Insane Block 25

Number of pieces: 87

Level of Difficulty:  A very unusual block! The centre 3″ x 2″ portion contains such tiny pieces as compared to the huge outer pieces!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 25
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 26

Number of pieces: 32

Level of Difficulty: Easy.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 26

In case you have missed my earlier updates, you can see

Row 1 ( Blocks 1-7) here   ; 

Row 2 (Blocks 8 to 13) on this post.

Row 3 (Blocks 14 to 20, with a couple missing) are to be found on this post

 

 

 

 

Nearly Insane…Nearing the Finishing Line…Blocks 14 to 20

This is the third in my series of updates on my Nearly Insane Quilt, based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp... As I have now less than 20 blocks to finish, I have started sharing the finished blocks in a series of posts, row by row! The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

You can see Blocks 1-7 here    and Blocks 8 to 13 on this post.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

There are two blocks yet to be done in this row, so I have only five blocks here instead  of seven.

Nearly Insane Block 14

Number of pieces: 25

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 14
Nearly Insane Block 15

Number of pieces: 35

Level of Difficulty: Easy, but did have a lot of points to match…

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 15
Nearly Insane Block 17

Number of pieces: 121

Level of Difficulty: Difficult.

I found this the most difficult block in the 80 odd that I have pieced so far in this quilt. Not only were there dozens of points to match, it also had rectangles, which are not very easy to foundation paper piece. When I was cutting the fabric, I didn’t realize these were rectangles, so all my fabric was cut wrong! I had also drafted it as a series of ‘square in square’ templates, and matching the points was quite a task. The least bit of discrepancy appears quite glaring when the pieces are so small. So I resorted to hand-piecing at assembly time.

Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing and hand-pieced. I would suggest hand-piecing or English paper-piecing for this one!

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 17
Nearly Insane Block 19

Number of pieces: 44

Level of Difficulty: Easy, but lots of points to match again. This block was one of the more difficult ones to draft, as the pieces are set on point!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 19
Nearly Insane Block 20

Number of pieces: 40

Level of Difficulty: Easy. A very unusual, but very pretty block.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 20

 

 That leaves Block 16, which is almost totally improvised, made with all the scraps Salina was left over with, I am sure. So I have also kept it for the last. Block 18, on the other hand, has 229 (yes, two hundred and twenty nine!) pieces and is next on my list. Cutting the pieces took me over four hours! So, let’s see when I can get around to it. Meanwhile, here is happy quilting to all you quilters out there!

 

 

 

 

Nearly Insane…Nearing the Finishing Line…Blocks 8 to 13

Continuing the update on my Nearly Insane Quilt, based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp... As I have now less than 20 blocks to finish, I have started sharing the finished blocks in a series of posts, row by row! The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

You can see Blocks 1-7 here.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

So here comes Row Two, with six blocks!

Nearly Insane Block 8

Number of pieces: 148

Level of Difficulty: One of the more difficult blocks, with lots of pieces and lots of points to match! But this block also symbolizes what I love about this quilt. Salinda did not worry about the directions of the HSTs; it is the whimsy that makes this quilt so charming.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 8
Nearly Insane Block 9

Number of pieces: 76

Level of Difficulty: Moderate, mainly because of the number of pieces.

Technique: Hand-pieced (because I did not have a sewing machine at hand when I did this one.

Nearly Insane Block 9
Nearly Insane Block 10

Number of pieces:  25

Level of Difficulty: Very Easy! I think Salinda needed to do a few really easy blocks after 8 and 9!

Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing

(The fabric here, other than the green, is from the Dutch Garden Collection.)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 10
Nearly Insane Block 11

Number of pieces: 24

Level of Difficulty: Easy log cabin block with a little bit of fussy cutting for the centre 4-patch. But how very pretty it is. There are two more similar log cabin blocks in the quilt; #46 has a star in the centre and #76 has a square.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 11
Nearly Insane Block 12

Number of pieces:

Level of Difficulty: Easy. Another whimsical block where Salinda just just pieced whatever small bits of fabric she had at hand. I love it!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 12
Nearly Insane Block 13

Number of pieces: 9

Level of Difficulty: Easy. This has to be the simplest block in the quilt, identical to Block 78 except for the width of the strips, I think.

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 13

So that takes care of Row 2.  Check back to see how Row 3 is progressing!

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly Insane…Nearing the Finishing Line…Blocks 1 to 7

An update on my Nearly Insane Quilt, based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp, has been long overdue. As I have now less than 20 blocks to finish, I’ll start sharing the finished blocks in a series of posts, row by row! The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

So here comes Row One, with seven blocks!

Nearly Insane Block 1

Number of pieces: 35

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 1
Nearly Insane Block 2

Number of pieces: 21

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: English paper pieced (because I did not have a sewing machine at hand when I did this one.

Salinda Rupp Quilt Nearly Insane by patchworkofmylife Block 2
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 2
Nearly Insane Block 3

Number of pieces:  37

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 3
Nearly Insane Block 4

Number of pieces: 33

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 4
Nearly Insane Block 5

Number of pieces: 40

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

(The blue fabric here is from the Dutch Garden Collection.)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 5
Nearly Insane Block 6

Number of pieces: 21

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 6
Nearly Insane Block 7

Number of pieces: 36

Level of Difficulty: Easy (though did have a number of poiunts to match!)

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 7

Aren’t they pretty? I am so totally in love with this quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly Insane Progress

There was finally some progress on my Nearly Insane blocks, thanks to the fact that I was without a sewing machine while visiting my son! I had printed out patterns for the first fifty blocks at home and had the sense to carry them with me along with the Summer Breeze III fabric by Moda that I am using for my quilt. With time on my hands, I sat for several hours and cut out the templates for foundation paper piecing ( hundreds of them!) before it struck me that I couldn’t use them without a sewing machine! Now what?

I could, of course cut out the fabric for the blocks. I had the pieces done for five random blocks, when it finally dawned on me that I could piece the blocks without the machine. English Paper piecing it was to be. But for that, the templates had to be cut again, into individual paper pieces. Not a happy thought, as the average number of pieces in each of the blocks must be around fifty.

It was certainly a tedious job, but I finally had the pieces ready for EPP.

Prepping the pieces for EPP

I started on this particular block, but gave up half way to do a really easy one–Block 2.

But before I show you Block 2, you must see my Block 1, completed on my sewing machine before I went to the US.

Block 1

Isn’t it pretty? I attempted some fussy cutting with this one.

Patchworkofmylife Nearly Insane Quilt Block 1
Block 1 of the Salinda Rupp ( Nearly Insane) Quilt

Vital Stats
Paper foundation pieced
No of pieces: 37
No of templates for fpp: 5
Level of difficulty: Moderate (because of the tiny square in squares in the centre).
Completed in August 2018

Block 2

The white floral fabric isfrom a charm square I had lying around for years!

Patchworkofmylife Nearly Insane Quilt Block 2
Block 2 of the Salinda Rupp quilt was English paper-pieced.

Vital Stats
English paper pieced
No of pieces: 21
Level of difficulty: Real easy–had I foundation paper pieced it!
Completed in November 2018

Block 3

This block was foundation paper pieced it came up quickly!

Patchworkofmylife Nearly Insane Quilt Block 3
Block 3 of the Salina Rupp (Nearly Insane) Quilt

Vital Stats
Foundation paper pieced
No. of pieces: 37
No. of templates for fpp: 9
Level of difficulty: Easy
Completed in March 2019

Block 7

This block had 10 templates, so I would call it moderately difficult! The 3″ centre portion within the yellow strips had to be pieced in six steps (templates)!

Patchworkofmylife Nearly Insane Quilt Block 7
Block 7 of the Salina Rupp (Nearly Insane) Quilt

Vital Stats
Foundation paper pieced
No of pieces: 36
No. of templates for FPP: 10
Level of difficulty: Moderately difficult
Completed in March 2019

Block 9

Here is another block I started while in the US.
The inner 4.5″ portion on this was English paper-pieced, it had 28 pieces!

Patchworkofmylife Nearly Insane Quilt Block 9
Block 9 of the Salina Rupp ( Nearly Insane) Quilt; 28 pieces here, 48 more to come to complete this 6” Block!

But wait – the outer 1″ ring had 48 more pieces coming up. Terrifying! There were 16 half square triangles, 1″ each, besides four 4-patches of 1″!

I thought it would be sensible to wait to foundation paper piece them on a sewing machine. I finally sewed the 4 remaining templates of the block last week, when back in India. I discovered that I had made a mistake when drafting the pattern and I ended up hand-piecing it partly!

Patchworkofmylife Nearly Insane Quilt Block 9
Block 9 of the Nearly Insane Quilt was partially English paper pieced!

Vital Stats
English paper-pieced, foundation paper pieced and hand-pieced.
No of pieces: 76
No. of templates( had it been foundation paper-pieced): 14
Difficulty level: Difficult!
Completed in March 2019

Find out more about Salinda Rupp’s Quilt, popularly known as the Nearly and my version of it here! To see more blocks from my quilt, link on the `Nearly Insane’ link in the page menu.