This week I’m sharing some of the modern quilt blocks I’ve been working on despite being under a bit of time pressure.

The Canberra Quilter’s Annual Exhibition entry deadline is coming up and I only just decided on what I’m going to do, ordered the fabric and started to pull it together on the weekend.

It’s something that is out of my normal comfort zone and I’m really enjoying the challenge… it’s just a shame that I’m doing it under a little bit of pressure. But enough about that, back to those modern quilt blocks.

Hexagon A Go Go

gnomeangel-hexagons-epp-quilting-work-in-progress-modern-quilt-blocksAlthough it’s not a modern quilt block as such I can’t help but share these hexagons. I’ve plugged away on my hexagons a little more and have added more to the piece. It’s coming along and I’m kind of digging it. Shame it’s just moving a lot slower than I’d like – but at least it’s moving.

Vintage Quilt Block from Simply Retro


I managed to get another block done in my Vintage Quilt. I’ve done 5 block now so I only have another 11 to do. I have it all cut, it’s just a matter of making time to put it all together.

I have it on my design wall taunting me, but I’m loving seeing the colours there in the middle of my winter days. Kate Spain’s Daydream just brings such a great burst of summer into my day.

The only problem is that this quilt top was supposed to be completed by the 31st May. I’m a little behind and at this rate it won’t be done until August, but I’m learning to be ok with that. Life is full at the moment and that’s fabulous and I’m focusing on enjoy this time and not letting my inner critic harsh my mellow.

Cassie has finished her quilt top and you can see it here. It’s so bright and beautiful and I think it’s a perfect reflection of her soul. (How sappy does that sound?!?!)

Sharon has also finished her quilt top and you can see it here. It’s just so crisp and in colours I wouldn’t normally be drawn to but I love it. I love seeing how people use colour in a way that inspires me to rethink how I approach things.

Modern Quilt Blocks from Modern Bee

gnomeangel-modern-bee-gray-yellow-quilt-block-modern-quilt-blockIn amongst all the quilt top sewing I’ve been making modern quilt blocks for my partners in the Aussie Modern Instabee.

I’ve made and sent a couple of blocks now and it’s so exciting and such a joy to send them out and see the joy they bring.

I try to be a few months in advance at all times so that if anything happens I know that the blocks are there and ready to be sent.


The blocks are from the book Modern Bee and it’s so fun to see what people choose and then raiding the stash to make them.

I had the brainwave at the beginning of the Bee to make duplicates of all the blocks I make and send so I can make my own sampler quilt from these blocks and be reminded of what I made and the people I sent them to.


It’s been such a good idea because it’s made picking fabrics a lot easier because I’ll get to see them.. It was really freeing and I’m having such fun making these modern quilt blocks with bright and bold fabrics.


I’ve been having fun with a little bit of fussy cutting in all the modern quilt blocks. I’m not quite sure how well I’m managing to embrace low volume (really, does anyone fully understand low volume?) but I’m having fun and that’s the main thing.

8253389546_fdb631e427_owip-wednesday-buttonThis week has been all about fun with modern quilt blocks… under pressure. *wink*

This post was shared as part of WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Aussie WIP Wednesday at Little White Dove.

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  1. Lucy @ charmaboutyou June 17, 2014 at 1:24 am

    The blocks are all gorgeous and I adore your fussy cut epp! So cute!

  2. Vera June 14, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Or your blocks are lovely but I’m still in love with your hexies 🙂

  3. Tanyia June 12, 2014 at 2:56 am

    your blocks are all lovely but I really love that gray and yellow one!

    1. GnomeAngel June 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks Tanyia! It’s an amazing block and this colour palette just sets it off. You should see more of the blocks being done for Janelle as part of the swap – they’re all amazing.

    1. GnomeAngel June 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks Karen! The hexies are a lot of fun – just need to make more time for them. 🙂

  4. LittleWhiteDove June 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    They look fabulous! That first one is my especial favourite. Thanks for joining this week’s Aussie WIP Wednesday.

    1. GnomeAngel June 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks for hosting – it’s so nice to have an Aussie link party for Wednesday! 🙂

  5. Bron June 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I am loving seeing your bee blocks – I know I keep saying it, but I just love your use of colour vs b&w! That triple star block is so gorgeous!
    I think your vintage quilt is going to be beautiful! Though I am shocked to hear it didn’t spontaneously combust when you missed the ‘deadline’ – a sign from the universe perhaps to just relax and enjoy working on it 😉

    1. GnomeAngel June 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I think I would have cried if it had spontaneously combusted – all that Kate Spain fabric gone would be horrible. 😉

  6. Rosemarie June 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Love the 3rd last picture… The colours and pattern are really eye-catching!

    1. GnomeAngel June 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Rose! I have a real soft spot for bright fabrics. I love using the brights in the midst of winter. 🙂

  7. Cassie June 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Oh, that’s very sappy you big softie!! Thanks for the compliment. I totally love all your different fabric choices for all your amazing blocks, and your fussy cutting Hexies are just the bomb!! So excited to see what your Vintage quilt looks like, you know I share your Kate Spain fan-girl status!

    1. GnomeAngel June 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Thanks 🙂 I’m really loving all these projects, just wishing I had more time to work on them all. So much to do, so little time. (Could have worse problems!) 🙂