Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ontario series #8


Paper piecing - either you hate it or you love it. I used to hate it now I don't mind it, ever since I became acquainted with the freezer paper method. It's easier, faster and less wasteful than the traditional method.

The blocks in my Ontario series of quilts are sewn using a combination of paper piecing and regular piecing.
The Ottawa block is sewn from three strips that are paper pieced. Paper piecing makes it easy to do the odd angles.

Here's what the Ottawa block looks like when I play with the colors and the setting.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Outline Block #1

Ohio Star is a simple block. I got to wondering how I could dress it up.

Then I remembered my Shaganappi alphabet. It's an outline alphabet.

What if I made Ohio Star an outline block?

Even better, what if I outline all the pieces that make up the Ohio Star block?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mix & Match #3

Start With Two Blocks 
Everybody Knows

 Ohio Star                    Shoo Fly

And Make Two Blocks 
Nobody Has Heard Of

 Ohio Fly                       Shoo Star

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Mix & Match #2

What If I Mix Up Two Blocks?

Shoo Fly                         Friendship Star

What if I make a Shoo Fly block and a Friendship Star block, cut them both into four pieces and then mix the pieces up?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mix & Match #1

What If Two Blocks Became
Two Different Blocks?

Jacob's Ladder           Ohio Star

What if you take two blocks. Cut them into 4 quarters each. Take 2 quarters from each block and sew them together to make a new block. What do you get?

We're about to find out as I'm going to do that very thing with a Jacob's Ladder block and an Ohio Star block.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Do Over

Four Friends

Four Friends is a quilts I designed quite some time ago. It is made from four Friendship Stars that Are cut into quarters and then re-assembled.You can find the pattern for it in the Summer 2013 issue of Quilter's Connection magazine.

(I can't find my picture of it finished; so you'll have to take my word for it that I did a terrific job of quilting it)

It has been brought to my attention that blue and yellow are not everybody's favorite colors. Go figure. So I thought I would try different color combinations for Four Friends.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pieced Alphabet

Part 6

Today I'm posting the last of the numbers for my Shaganappi Alphabet.