Friday, January 20, 2017

Sharing the love - The Love All Around Block by May Chappell

There's been so much anxiety and stress over world events in the last year, and that seems to have spread out across social media in the form of negativity.  On a personal front, I'm still reeling from losing both of my beloved feline children (one in August 2015 and the other in June 2016), my father in December 2016, and my father-in-law 10 days after losing my Dad.

So, I'm trying to do my part to spread love and positivity by introducing you to the Love All Around Block by May Chappell (aka Lee Monroe.)  I was thrilled when she asked if I would like to participate.  I'm a long-time fan of her stuff (and she's pretty awesome too), so I jumped at the chance.

Here's where you can find the tutorial - Love All Around Tutorial.

I think that Lee's instructions in the tutorial are easy to follow, and she provides excellent tips.  If you haven't had the chance to try one of her patterns, this is a great way to get a feel for her style of pattern writing.

The block works very well for a variety of fabric styles, color palettes, or designers.  As for mine, I opted to use some beautiful fabrics from the Seventy Six collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics] that I found at Circa 15 Fabric Studio.

The first four fabrics that I picked for the starting block

The 8" block (finished size) goes together quickly, and it's a great block to use for practicing your piecing accuracy (if you are into that type of stuff.)  Most importantly, in my opinion, it's a fun block to make.

Voila!  One block down and an undetermined amount to go!
Now I need to figure out what I want to do with the block.  I know that I want to incorporate it into a larger project, but I'm still not sure as to what.  I could easily see this block used in a table runner, a bag/pouch, placemats, pillows, or as a quilt.

Once I figure out the plan, I'll post an update!  For now, go check out the Love All Around Tutorial on!