"Afternoon Delight" was one of Sue Garman's favorite patterns. This wonderfully scrappy quilt is truly a delight to make with its combination of simple appliqué and Double Nine-Patch blocks and modified Shoo Fly blocks. Each month you will work on pieced and appliquéd blocks, and in the final month, you will assemble the blocks and add the outer border. The finished quilt measures approximately 86 1/2" inches square.
Let's use this Topic "Afernoon Delight Show and Tell" as a place to show off your beautiful blocks. That way, you know where to come to see what everyone is doing.
The topics that apply to each month are a good place to ask questions or make suggestions for each block.
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I have the perfect fabric to make this quilt but no time to make it. This is part of a fat quarter collection from Jinny Beyer that I bought a number of years ago and cut into 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" pieces. I've used it to make 2 quilts so far. There aren't enough lights for the background but I have a cream colored fabric that looks good with it. I played for a couple hours last night and made 2 blocks by just cutting squares and triangles and sewing them to a background square. The block size that will work with my fabric is 4 1/2" so the small squares are just 1/2". Not sure I will ever get to make the quilt but may turn these into coasters.
And I learned something new. Read the instructions instead of just glancing at them before using Stabili-tee interfacing that I used on the back before stitching. A hot iron will melt it onto the back of the iron even with the fusible side down. At least it was an old iron and I have some equally old iron cleaner. I'm glad I learned this before putting it on my granddaughter's t-shirts, although I would have been more careful with those. This is her high school graduation year and I volunteered to make her a t-shirt quilt, my first. I need to make it extra special since the last months of her school year are not what they should be.
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I watched what others were posting before I started and didn't start until the very end of January. I have decided I will be satisfied if I am one month behind. Here are January blocks and February blocks, although I substituted one March block to make the correct number finished.
I have finished the blocks for March. I am really enjoying the applique. I did applique blocks 9 and 10 as I had done the previous blocks. They are raw edge using Quilter's Select Green Bean wt 80 thread in double blanket stitch. I wanted to do more matching of the colors. So block 11 is done with a red 80wt thread in the top and green bean in the bobbin. But I wanted to experiment further so block 12 is done with matching 80wt thread colors and Superior Threads Monopoly as the invisible bobbin thread. I did discover on block 11 that the tension has been off quite a bit. It just didn't show because the top and bobbin thread were the same. This is definitely a great quilt for experimenting and expanding skills. A skill builder as Barbara said.
Now on to finishing the remaining Shoo Fly Blocks and then month 6. Very exciting