MCM #93 – Gravity Quilt

Now that the latest version of Floating is finished, it’s time to move on to the next project on my To Do list. I was excited to see that my next project will be ‘Gravity’ by Jaybird Quilts.

You may remember that earlier this year I was asked to make ‘Cookie Cutter’ and a pillow using the Alphabet Soup pattern. I also used the Alphabet Soup pattern to make Jenny’s wall hanging.  I have to be honest, before I made those I wasn’t thrilled about Jaybird’s patterns. All those angular shapes! And having to purchase special rulers to make their patterns griped me. (Disclosure: I’ve since found that templates can be used, but no way I was doing that!)

But when I was at the AQS show in the spring, I bought the SideKick ruler. And you know what, it didn’t hurt much at all! 🙂 I have also added the Hex n’ More ruler to my collection and I’m happy to have both of them. Now I can whip up those Jaybird patterns and I love making them.

In 2018, I’ll be teaching Gravity as a block of the month program at the local quilt shop. So it is time for me to get the quilt made so people can see what the finished quilt will look like.

Yesterday I started cutting pieces for three of the blocks. There are nine colorful blocks, with each block made in two different colors. Here are the pieces for Block 1:

Gravity Quilt Block 1I am cutting two of each colorway for each block. One block will be pieced so I can make the quilt. The second block will be used when I start teaching the BOM program. Look at this – I’m feeling so organized right now!

Precutting Gravity Quilt BlocksHere is Block 1 and Block 7 hanging on the design wall:

Gravity Block 1 and 7

Block 1 and Block 7

I had a good time playing in my sewing room yesterday.  These blocks go together faster than one would think. The most time consuming part of the process is pressing out the fabric I’m using, and then making decisions on which six colors to use in each block. Once that decision is made, cutting and assembly goes quickly.

I just have to share with you a shot of the wastebasket in my sewing room. Nothing is better than playing with fabric and nibbling on some chocolate – right??

Scraps and ChocolateToday it’s back to work with lots of customer quilts to work on. I’m up against a couple of deadlines, so I’m working hard to make the best use of my available time. Tuesday night starts a new Beginning Quilting class; I’m excited to introduce more people to this fun craft!

These wonderful things are what I’m crushing on this week – what about you? What has you excited to be in your sewing space on this Main Crush Monday? You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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25 Responses to MCM #93 – Gravity Quilt

  1. kaholly says:

    I think I’m loving your fabric choices!

  2. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I love the Jaybird rulers. I did Park Bench and the pieces were so easy to put together! I just put alll the easy rulers together – half square, tri Recs, flying geese so when they come up in a project I can use them. I will get the alphabet book as it will come in handy.

  3. Andrée says:

    Hi Beth, it sounds like you’re going to be very busy! Your Gravity quilt, at least the blocks so far, are great. I love your colour choices.

  4. inquiringquilter says:

    I’m the same way about special rulers, but oh so glad when a purchase allows me to make such wonderful quilts. Have fun teaching Gravity! What an awesome opportunity for you!

  5. Cate says:

    I love Julie Hermann’s Quilts. I’m working on both August Stars and Sweet Tooth right now. Sweet Tooth was a BOM that…uh…went into overtime.

  6. Susan says:

    Great fabric choices for Gravity! Chocolate is power food, right?

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  9. Besides this being a lovely project, my favorite is the Mounds bar wrapper on top of your scraps!

  10. I just did a Jaybird quilt in September, and they are well written patterns. I grouse about buying rulers, too! But once I have one, I try to figure out new ways to use it. Your Gravity is going to be a neat quilt! So many yummy solids 🙂

  11. Based on the photo, this quilt will be stunning. I really like the color combo you are using. I am excited to see this come together Beth!

  12. Bonnie in VA says:

    Kudos for your organization. I have one of Jaybird’s mini ruler and loved how easy it was to use. Darn, but the right tool for the project and all that!

  13. I love how organized you are being for teaching Gravity as a BOM next year. I hope you have a great week and enjoy the start of a new class. 🙂

  14. Gravity is on my quilting bucket list, too. Great start. Best wishes on your quilt deadlines. I have one coming up pretty quick myself.

  15. Love the quilt blocks, but I too was distracted by your scraps in the wastebasket. I could take those off your hands 🙂 Wish I was close enough to come and take the class! Looks like fun!

  16. Vicki in MN says:

    You are a busy beaver too aren’t you! Good luck with meeting all your deadlines.

  17. karenfae says:

    I have one of Jaybirds rulers and used it only one time – I guess I need to think about another quilt so I get more use out of the ruler

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  19. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    That wastebasket shot looks a LOT like mine, but only ONE wrapper? For a Mounds?! Yeah, mine may have a few more wrappers in it and a lot less scraps . . . maybe. I love your new project, Gravity. The colors and fabrics are divine. I cannot wait to see it all together and then quilted. ~smile~ Roseanne

  20. Cindy says:

    Making two of the same blocks for a BOM is the same thing I do for my guilds BOM that I design. BUT be still my heart all those lovely scraps in the waste bucket..tell me it isn’t so.

  21. Kate says:

    You’ve gotten a good start. Love the rich colors you picked for your first two blocks.

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  23. The blocks look very intricate. Looking forward to seeing more. Have fun at the class!


  24. Emily says:

    You know we’re all looking at your trash thinking ‘look at those beautiful scraps’!! 🙂

  25. Liz W. says:

    I totally agree about the Jaybird quilts … beautiful, and so complicated looking! I have both of her rulers, and I absolutely love using them. That being said … I’m still so intimidated about piecing her patterns! The Gravity quilt is one of my pie-in-the-sky quilts. I wish someone at my local quilt shop(s) will teach that one!

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