Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Rakish Needle - The Starter Block Parade

Welcome to the Rakish Needle Starter Block Parade. Not all of our round robin participants use social media outlets to communicate with the wider interest affiliated world. Therefore, I decided to blog not only about my own sewing progress but about the group's progress on the whole. Let's see how that will pan out. I also put the idea of guest blogging out there but only heard crickets so far.  =)

The group agreed to roughly work towards throw size quilt tops, although a little smaller or bigger would be OK too. Thus, rectangular quilt tops should end up around 65 x 50 inches and square quilt tops at around 55 x 55 inches.

Dauntingly, the girls have not yet revealed whether they wish to grow their quilt into a rectangle or square in our common communication channel. Likewise, I do not know for the most part yet, whether we are looking at future medallion quilts or not. I love this project already. The prospect of developing these quilt tops together is endlessly thrilling to me.

Starter blocks on parade

The blocks have all got various sizes and incidentally all ended up being squares. I do not know the size of each block as the sewists did not say and therefore, I shall wait and see until I get to see them in person.

Rachel's Block - Colour Play

Puppilalla, Round Robin, Starter Block, Curved Piecing, Patchwork, Quilting, The Rakish Needle

Rachel said that she initially was not sure what the theme of her quilt ought to be and thus went for preferred colours instead. She made this fabulous circle in mostly teal, purple and yellow. This opens up the field for all kinds of modern interpretations. I think adding accents in black paired with the afore mentioned colours would be nice. And next? More circles, semi-circles or quartered circles? Other geometrical objects? We’ll see. =)

Anita's Block - Arrows

Puppilalla, Round Robin, Starter Block, The Rakish Needle, Patchwork, Quilting, Arrow Block

Anita asks for her quilt top-to-be constructed free style. She does not want a classic medallion quilt with border being added upon border. I am with her on that, as I too wish for free from construction of my quilt top. Her starter block shows arrows and alluringly thin strips and a limited colour palette. There is plenty we can do with that. She also showed us a picture of a sample quilt that illustrates nicely, how a free form constructed arrow quilt could look like.


Maja's Block - Scrappy Stars

Round Robin, Starter Block, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Quilting, The Rakish Needle, scrappy star, Puppilalla

Maja pieced that lovely bright and scrappy star and already announced that she expected us to provide her with many more. She also pieced some extra stars that we are to add in at a later stage. This is looking to become a bright and happy quilt with lots of scrappy negative space added. Can one ever go wrong with stars? I should not think so. Luckily, there is an abundance of free resources for constructing interesting stars to chose from. I can’t wait.

Ileana's Block - House Hunting

Freddy Moran, Round Robin, Starter Block, Puppilalla, Patchwork, Quilting, The Rakish Needle

Ileana made this wonderful House Block to start her quilt. If the association 'Freddy Moran' just popped into your head, you are dead on track. This is the direction we were asked to continue in.  And I get to work on this baby first. Yay! I have tons of ideas already and am currently drawing little sketches while fabric piles litter my sewing space. Lot's of primary colours and of course the ever present black and white prints to rest the eye. Some applique maybe. Such a fun task. 

Karin's Block - Starry Starry Night

Round Robin, Starter Block, Dresden Plate Block, Puppilalla, Patchwork, Quilting, The Rakish Needle

Karin is asking us to create a starry firmament for her. To that effect she has sent along the background fabric she would like us to use for the entire quilt top. This first block is the sun and the stars are to follow (though technically of course, all suns are stars rather than planets and ... I digress =)

Karin's block seems the most enigmatic to me. It is so self-contained that it seems to say 'I'm not telling you where to go from here'. All other blocks kind of sparked a 'Oh yeah, let's retain this element and repeat this shape...' reaction in me but this little Dresden Plate Sun just does not give me anything (in a good way that is). Mysterious little bugger. Others will work with this block before I do and I am curious to see what they will come up with.
Feeling mischievous however, I felt sorely tempted to piece a 'Dr. Who Tardis' block and smuggle it in among the stars - but Karin is not famliar with 'Dr Who'. Hmmm... What else lurks among the stars... I know ...Cthulhu! =)

My Block - Adventures at Sea

Round Robin, Starter Block, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Quilting, The Rakish Needle, Mariner's Compass Quilt Block

You can read all about my starter block here. I envision jewelled adventure galore on a low volume background. What unknown lands will we discover, what weird creatures and which magical myths? Anita, who got to work on my project first, designed her own block even. This is already the best project ever  - (this year! - ha ha  =)


  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for sharing all the blocks with us. I was hoping that you would. One of my favorite things about RR's is everyone can start with the same "rules" but the centers will all be so different. Can't wait to see how each of these progress. The house block will be a fun one to start things off with.

  2. Oh how fun! Nice of you to show all the different blocks in a "collection post". It's very interesting to see the different styles and what speaks to you - or me - or... I think I would have BIG problems with the house block but love the night sky theme - just adding lovely stars to that blue - I am in :)

    And that rainbow star - it took me a while - but man those diamonds are pieced from 4 (!) different fabrics!

  3. It looks like you will have a lot of fun with this. It's great to see all the blocks together and I'm looking forward to seeing future installments.

  4. So many possibilities with so many blocks! Which reminds me...I've got my next round to complete by Saturday! It really fun seeing all the blocks for your Round Robin and I hope you will continue sharing with us!

  5. Looks like you are in for lots of fun!!

  6. A lovely collection of blocks!! Have fun!!



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