July Block Lottery

spring carnival pillow
Photo by Katy Jones at I'm a Ginger Monkey, used with permission.

There are really never enough lazy days of summer...life can be busy as we make the most of these precious sunny days.  Accordingly, this months block is an English Paper Piecing Project.  We will be using Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey fame's Spring Carnival Tutorial for a block that can go to the beach, in the car, or in my case - to any of the 12+ baseball games and many hours of baseball camp that my boys have in the current 10 day span.

Here is a link to her tutorial, which includes templates for the papers that you can print on cardstock and cut out yourself. The last page of the set of downloads is the instructions.  On this page you will see two basic shapes in the top row.  Each set of the two basic shapes will be the equivalent of one block. 

We will prepare these blocks for our July meeting, so I've chosen the Design Seeds Forest Hues palette which has a summers' end/Indian summer feel.  I think these blocks would make a great set of pillows or table runner to carry your decor from August into September.  For a background we will use creamy low volume prints and an assortment of the colors below in solids or small scale prints for the circular links.  Please use a minimum of two different colors per block, with block entries not being identical.

Here is a flickr mosaic of some of the spring carnivals on the interwebs:

Spring Carnival Mosaic using Katy @ I'm a Ginger Monkeys' Tutorial for MSP Mod Guild July Block Lottery
1. spring carnival - quilted, 2. spring carnival pillow, 3. be still my beating heart, 4. Spring Carnival paper piecing and Duck Dynasty to quiet my mind., 5. English Paper Pieced Spring Carnival Pillow, 6. spring carnival pillow

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  1. Should we sew the two basic shapes together or keep them separate so the winner can mix them up?

  2. Regarding "background", does that mean the hexagon (I think it does but want to be sure...)? and then the triangles and squares should be the solids or small scale prints?


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