Modern Blocks and Patience

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.
Elon Musk

When my friend bought me the Modern Blocks~99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers, I knew it would be a fun project. Marti makes everything fun! But, I also set a goal for this project. I want to practice and learn different FMQ designs. I knew this project would also give me the opportunity to learn patience! I have been trying to learn FMQ for some time now, and it has been a bit difficult. I know that it takes practice…and patience. I am not a very patient person when it comes to learning new things.

Today, I completed the Everything Equal block designed by Louise Papas. I liked the simplicity of the design. The fabric I chose is the same fabric I used on the Birdsong quilt block. I am planning to have these two blocks facing each other when I make the signature for the fabric book. I was planning on working on the fabric journal tomorrow, but I will be celebrating my birthday instead.

I practiced making the Crazy Eight FMQ design today, and I actually had fun with this. The results are a bit uneven, but it is a start. The thread kept breaking on me. I thought it was the an error in threading the machine, because the thread had slipped out of the threading alignment. But after the third time the thread snapped, I started wondering if I was pulling the fabric instead of guiding. I eased up the hand motion and it seemed to go better.

Everything Equal designed by LouisePapas

I plan to have these two blocks facing each other in the book signature.