Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Picture Perfect

Polaroid swap
i had such great fun making Jacey's wonky bee blocks that a Polaroid quilt went straight onto my list of to-dos someday. seeing this finished quilt sealed it for me.

i hadn't participated in any public swaps for awhile, so i jumped at the opportunity to share some polaroid blocks with the Picture-Perfect Polaroid swap group. you swap just the "pictures" and trim and make the backgrounds yourself so it's happily very flexible. i searched through my stash last night and pulled from the fat quarters and the scrap bins. i had originally signed up for 15 but i haven't even touched yardage yet and i already have 40 squares ready to sew. i think i'll wait and see what i get back before i cut into yardage. i made 2 sets--one for me and one to swap. there's a tutorial on how to chain-piece the blocks here. sign-ups are still open if you're interested.

i took the advice of one of the posters in the group and made a 2.5" square template from a cereal box. i cut out a 2" square window so i can see exactly what will be visible after piecing. it was a very helpful tool. i'm sure i will be using it lots for future fussy cutting projects.

it's hard to say right now because so many of the squares are much loved fabrics but i think my current favorite block is the photographer in the upper right (fabric courtesy of Nicke). Say cheese!


  1. Aquilterstable7/11/2012 09:07:00 AM

    Very fun! Glad you joined in and are having fun with it!

  2. Lots of good choices! Hmmm, that's a great swap idea. I may have to look into the group. I haven't touched the blocks from you ladies, although I have pulled some scraps for additional blocks. I know your version will be amazing!

  3. that is a great idea to use a window to "view" your blocks.  very cute.  it is going to be such a great quilt.  i can't wait to see jaceys!

  4. So cute!  I love this quilt!

  5. Looks great!  Great idea on the cardboard square to view your subjects!

  6. Capitolaquilter7/11/2012 03:46:00 PM

    from 15 to 40 - I love it :)  The choices are really nice that you picked and I hope I'm luck and get some.

  7. Katiemaequilts7/11/2012 08:01:00 PM

    Love your picks! The laundry makes me laugh. :)



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