Category Archives: Designing a Block

“Design Your Own Block” Quilt Finished

After all the trouble auditioning border fabric, this is what I decided on.  This border focuses the attention on the blocks and really makes them pop.  The quilt is 44 1/2″ square.

The theme of the next project is ” What block have you always wanted to make, but thought it was too hard?”  It is going to be stars with partial seams and we will be starting in January.

I should receive the cone of rainbow King Tut thread tomorrow, so then I can finish quilting the alphabet quilt.  Then I need to get everything ready for the pieced curved class that I will be teaching in October.

Have a great day,


Designing Your Own Block – Part 2

I realized that I haven’t posted an update on the “designing your own block” project since May.  We have been working on this project – just slowly.

Here is the original block.

The name of the block is Many Stars and can be found in Jinny Beyer’s Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.  The first four blocks were all made from this grid, but the second batch was made from the opposite grid.  Every line that was upper left to lower right was redrawn as lower left to upper right.  Such a little change, but so many possibilities.

and this one –

The lady who made this block was really thinking outside the box.  I like it!  Black & white and very cheerful – doesn’t it make you smile?

This is my favorite of all the blocks that I made.

There were nine blocks completed, so then it was time to set them together.  I decided to set them with blue sashing and white cornerstones.

This is where my troubles started.  I had some red and white with dots fabric that would be perfect for the border – but wasn’t.

The problem with this fabric is that it is too directional and too busy, so I tried this fabric.

Too dark – so I went back to the store and bought another yard of the blue sashing fabric.  The borders are on and I am 2/3 done with the machine quilting.  The plan is to have this finished by quilt guild on Saturday.  The blue borders calm everything down and really focus attention on the blocks.

I encourage everyone to break out their crayons and give this project a try.  It is amazing how many different ways a block can be colored, thus creating new blocks.


Break out the crayons

What could you create if you took a block and remove all the preconceived notions of how it was colored?  I talked a couple of gals from the quilt guild into trying such an experiment with me.  I found a quilt block from a block book and printed out just the outline of the block.  Then it was time to break out the crayons and start coloring!  The object is to make two completely different blocks.  What do you see when you look at this block?

This is what I saw:

 The second part of the experiment was to sew the two blocks that you liked the best.  My two favorite designs were the top left and bottom right.  Here is the top left block.  While coloring this block, I asked myself how it would look for a modern quilt block.  The answers were white background, solid colors and a minimal look to the block.

The second block shows my fondness for rainbow quilts.  I am always drawn to them in a quilt show.

I am very pleased with both of the blocks and I think that they look different from each other.  It will be three weeks until I see what the other ladies have done with their blocks, but I am sure that it will be something different.

Are you ready to dig out your crayons?