Rain Clouds and Silver Linings

6 Apr

Fellow Quilters,Quilt Block Mania Rainy block patterns

Guess what day it is?!?!? Yup, that’s right, it’s Quilt Block Mania day 😊, and that means another round of free blocks from 24 generous designers.  Yay!  This monthly event is organized by none other than Carolina of AlwaysExpectMoore.  A shout-out to Carolina for her hard work.

The theme this month is RAIN.  I will admit that an idea didn’t immediately pop into my head.  Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Rather, it forced me to exercise my creative muscle.  I scrolled through the designs that had been posted by the other designers – there are some waaay creative people out there in designland!  Of course I wanted to do a pieced block, and so my block is mostly pieced with a bit of easy applique.  And I think my block plays nicely with the other blocks – always a bonus – and makes an interesting quilt on its own – also a bonus.  On my last run into Northcott, I snagged some scraps of lovely Toscana texture and also a piece of Canvas for the darkest color in my block for a perfect match.  Here’s my Pouring Rain

Patti's Patchwork - Pouring Rain

Pouring Rain by Patti Carey of Patti’s Patchwork

block.  I’m thinking it looks like driving rain from some very dark stormy clouds above.  I live at the base of a ski hill and we get copious amounts of precipitation (rain or snow) as clouds similar to these come over the hill regularly.

Naturally I tested the pattern (found here) to check the math and the methodology and can share the following tips for the applique.

#1  – From heat-proof template plastic I cut a piece of Template 1 without the seam allowance on the curved edge and used this to press my fabric pieces to a perfectly smooth curve.

#2 – I spray-starched (using MaryEllen’s Best Pressed) the curved seam allowance prior to pressing it so that it was wet.

#3 – I used just the tip of my iron to press the seam allowance up and over the curved edge of the template plastic.  Master appliquer Karen Kay Buckley shared this tip in a workshop that I took.  Side note:  Karen Kay Buckley’s scissors are THE BEST.  Worth every penny. I have 3 sizes of them.

Here are a couple different quilt layouts. 

Straight-set quilt layout with 12 blocks

Straight-set quilt layout with 12 blocks

The first one is straight-set with 12 blocks and the 2nd option is on-point with 8 pieced blocks. 

on-point Rain quilt

On-point layout with 8 blocks

The quilts are roughly the same size, approx. 38” x 50”.  Which layout do you prefer?  Please leave a comment below for your chance to win a bundle of these fabrics – over 2yds of luscious Toscana and Canvas from Northcott.  Comments must be posted by midnight EST April 12 to be eligible.  Good luck!

Here are the links to the other designers’ blog posts and blocks.  Enjoy!
Rainbow of raindrops by Carolina Moore
Raindrops by Perkins Dry Goods
Rainy Day Walk Home by The Quilted Diary
Raindrop by Blockofthemodotcom
I Love Rainy Days by Heidi Pridemore
Petrichor by Althea Gyde
Gray Skies are Gonna Clear Up by Blue Bear Quilts
Rain from Heaven by Faith and Fabric
Umbrella and Gumboots by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
April Showers by QuiltFabrication
Pouring Rain by Patti’s Patchwork
Spring Crocus by PhoebeMoon Designs
Playing in the Rain by Puppy Girl Designs
Rainy Day by Studio R Quilts
Rain Showers by Slice of Pi Quilts
Rain by Oh Kaye Quilting
Doves in the rain by Sara Flynn
April Showers by Inquiring Quilter
Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow by Devoted Quilter
I’ve Got Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Let it Rain
Splish-Splash by Pretty Piney Quilts
April Showers by Cotton Street Commons
Rain on the Window

Speaking of links, the super-fun Hexie Crush Quilt-along is only 8 days away! Hexie Crush Quilt-along During this 10-week online event we’ll be going step-by-step through the 6 different blocks of the Hexie Crush lap or queen-size quilt (you choose your size.  The pattern has both options).  We’ll share our photos using #hexiecrushqal for a chance to win weekly prizes (woop! woop!).   You can sign up for the quilt-along here – I’ll be sending out an email with all the details very shortly.  And don’t forget to grab a copy of the pattern here.

Also, all aboard for the Quilt Bee at Sea 19-day Hawaiian cruise February 2-20, 2022 (that’s next year).

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

I’ll be teaching 7 classes on this fabulous quilt retreat/vacation.  This is THE BEST cruise for a quilting cruise – lots of days at sea for quilting, and ample time for sightseeing the spectacular ports of call in Hawaii at the perfect time of year for this.  Who won’t be ready for some fun in the beautiful sun by next February?  This cruise is almost completely sold out so please contact Deb Roberts at World of Quilts Travel to reserve your room.  You don’t want to miss the ship!

Last month I offered up a prize if you commented on the Rosebud Wreath block, and the winner from last month is Maggie Khaja.  Congrats !  Maggie wins a copy of Fons & Porter’s Quick & Easy Quilts.

So, what about the “silver linings” part of this post’s title?  Well, some of you may know that my #1 Son has been battling cancer for the past 10 months.  After an aggressive chemo treatment followed by a very major surgery recently, there appears to be no live cancer in his body.  We are over-the-moon elated, so grateful and thankful for the incredible care he received and helping him get back to normal.  Small steps forward every day.  

Enjoy this month’s blocks, good luck in the draw and we’ll see you in the Quilt-along!

Cheers,

Patti

18 Responses to “Rain Clouds and Silver Linings”

  1. Sandy Allen April 6, 2021 at 7:47 am #

    I love the first setting as it reminds me of a gentle spring rain. The second looks like a storm with the rain coming sideways!

  2. Nancy Gillies April 6, 2021 at 9:41 am #

    Patti, I love the block! I tend to be a traditionalist but I am immediately drawn to the first layout. The colour choices are perfect, and remind me of a spring rain. There are very few of the other blocks that can stand alone to make a quilt and I like yours the best. Congrats!!

  3. Cathy B. April 6, 2021 at 10:04 am #

    I’m the opposite! I like the on point setting and the play of colours with black clouds overhead. The straight setting looks like a downpour to me!

  4. Judith April 6, 2021 at 10:23 am #

    Love this design. Living in rainy Oregon, I like the one on point. Looks like a typical rainy day here.

  5. Lorraine Facca April 6, 2021 at 11:15 am #

    Very glad to hear the news about your son Patti – that’s wonderful😀

    I like them both but gotta go with the first (straight set) layout. Love the feeling of falling rain💕

  6. kpbc2021 April 6, 2021 at 11:21 am #

    I love the on point setting!

  7. judyschulz April 6, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

    I like the on point layout. It gives depth and movement to the rain drops. I love rain anyway but your block is lovely.

  8. Betsey Ryan April 6, 2021 at 6:16 pm #

    I like the first layout the best. I really love both the Toscana and the Canvas collections. Many years ago I received through Craftsy a box of Fossil Fern Fat Quarters. Probably 30 -40 different FQ for a really great price. Wish Northcott would consider doing something similar with these two collection!!!!….. hint hint hint
    TTFN Betsey

  9. Glenda Lalonde April 6, 2021 at 9:08 pm #

    Such good news about your son. More prayers coming your way for continued good health.

  10. Bonnie Larson April 7, 2021 at 8:11 am #

    I love these Toscana fabrics. They are gorgeous. I like both layouts, but I think I prefer the straight set . Thanks so much. This is a lovely pattern

  11. Darla Daugherty April 7, 2021 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you for your Pouring Rain Block. I love the colors you used. I like both layouts of the quilt but I like the second one just a bit better. Continuing prayers for you and your family.

  12. Debby Patz April 7, 2021 at 5:50 pm #

    I love the straight set. It looks just like the rain is being blown sideways. The changing background gives it wonderful depth! Thank you for the free block and the chance to win.

  13. Donna Hawley April 7, 2021 at 7:05 pm #

    I really like the on point setting for your block. thank you for the design.

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