Sunday, 4 December 2011

Orca Bay Part Three Finished!!

I have to say my collection of parts for the Orca Bay Mystery is beginning to look really black and neutral with a dash of blue!  Come on the reds!  I had loads of fun trying out the different ways one could produce accurate and quick HST blocks.  I must say that cutting them with the Accuquilt and speed piecing them produced the best results in the shortest time.  I did try Inklingo and I purchased some other block sets as well.  They will be used in future projects.  I just didn't like the fact that the fabric had to be cut paper size, then ironed on to freezer paper and then fed through the printer.  That process involved my printer and computer which are located in the house, when I do my sewing in my cottage at the bottom of the garden!  Also I am not a "stitch-on-the-line" sort of person.  I love the 1/4" guide on my machine.  I know exactly where I am and can merrily chain piece without a care in the world, knowing my blocks will be accurately pieced.  But that is just my opinion and the way I prefer to work.  We all have our own preferences. 

The blue blocks look like jewels in a sea of black & white
The whole set of parts

Would you believe that all three parts would fit in this container?  Well they do and there's room for the red blocks too.

I thought this was supposed to use up your scraps!  I seem to have made more scraps to add to my collection.

Could this be a possible setting for the blocks?
I could see the red blocks sitting in the corners in an Irish chain fashion.  But I think that would be too simple.

Roll on Friday's clue.

This is a project I am working on in between Orca Bay.  It is a scrappy strip quilt I have been working on for a few months.  Just sewing blocks together whenever I had the time.  It is the second quilt I have made using this style.  This is only one quarter of the quilt.  I have deliberately left the large plain areas to showcase my longarm quilting.  With so many lovely quilting patterns to choose from, I will enjoy selecting what to put where.  There will be a stop border between the quilt and the geese.  Not sure what colour to use.  Any suggestions would be gratefully received!


  1. Hi Sandra. Your Orca Bay is looking great!!!
    I love how you have played around with the blocks - your blues look vivid with the black and whites.
    Also love your scrappy string quilt. I think a nice rich plum would look fab as a border against the yellow :)

  2. Love the pictures of your blocks, they really look awesome, the pics and the blocks. I don't know, but I wouldn't think that your idea of the blocks is right since the main color (Bonnie's red and yours)hasn't been introduced yet. Seems like there would need to be more of it. I sure like the block that you came up with though, and if you're right it'll be gorgeous. Your strippy quilt looks great.

  3. Congrats on your speedy finish for part 3!! I too considered Inklingo but rejected it because sometimes my printer likes to eat fabric. Your possible setting looks intriguing, now I'm starting to wonder about those red string blocks we'll need to make!

  4. I really like your Orca Bay and wish I had the HST die for that size, I just have the 3 inch. Your scrappy quilt is beautiful!

  5. I am impressed that you are thinking about what these blocks are going to look like.... You scrappy strip quilt is gorgeous. Can you use that stripe in the flying geese for a stop border? Or too busy?

  6. I like the star block. I'll have to keep that layout in mind for another project.

  7. Oooh, isn't it fascinating to play with the blocks! Great job on all steps done! Can't wait to see the next step -and much later the entire mystery quilt lay-out!

  8. I like your guess on the mystery quilt...wonder if you are right?!?

  9. Well aren't you the organised one! I wish I was, then i probably wouldn't have lost my ruler! Loved seeing your Orca bay and the amazing in between project!

  10. Congrats on being up to date on the mystery. Loved seeing your other string project - it will be a wonderful showcase for some interesting quilting! Just checked out clue 4 and it's red - woo hoo :)