This is the Corn and Bean block, which is the main block in a quilt I'm making for my favorite brother, as he likes to be referred! I thought I would show you how the block is constructed. The quilt has 2,112 pieces, not counting the borders. You know, you really have to love someone to give such a time consuming quilt away. This will be my second queen size quilt.
How did I get into having to make another one you might ask? I made a quilt using the block for my in-laws. I won't even tell you how long it took me to piece it, never mind machine quilting it! Fortunately for me, this quilt could not have been given to anyone more appreciative than my in-laws.
I used the line of fabric Seasons by Kansas Trouble for Moda. I love Moda fabrics! The background is a Batik. I had one block made, as I wanted to see how it would look. My brother walked into my sewing room and said "I love it, could you make me one?" Well, at the time I had not yet done the math. I was working on it a little bit at a time. Taking my time and enjoying the process. It never occurred to me how time consuming this quilt would become. So, I said sure! I mean, I do love my brother dearly. This took place in the summer of 2005. My in-laws received their quilt Autumn 2006.
Last night I decided to work a bit on it. The only thing different about this quilt is the background. This is what it looks like so far. I have never cut so much fabric for a quilt. I have decided that I'll be sending the quilt out to be machine quilted. I'm thinking of a pantograph design. I'm certainly open to suggestions. I've never sent a quilt to a professional quilter. I'm thinking that I should perhaps contact a machine quilter soon to book a time slot. I need to do some research on this. There's a first time for everything!
The block is from Quilt's from The Quilt Maker's Gift. I just love that book. It's a good reference book and has lots of quilts made with a variety of fabric styles. I will advise you, read all of the directions before starting. Their cutting instructions are not as efficient as they could be. For half square triangles they have you cut your squares in half and sew on the bias. I prefer the uncut method using the The Angler 2 . For my in-law's quilt I used Triangle on a Roll. Thangles would work as well, but like Triangle on a roll you have to take the time to remove the paper.
I've noticed that my name is quickly coming up for UFO Stashbuster queen. Best get busy completing a project!