Monday, July 21, 2014


Shoo Fly Place Mat

Version 2

This quilting is very different from that for Version 1.

The quilting is continuous. Here's how I suggest doing it:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Echo Block #2

Shoo Fly

The design starts with a large and a small version of a Shoo Fly block.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Echo Block #1

Ohio Star

I'm going to play with a kind of block I call an Echo block. I make an Echo block by combining a traditional block with a smaller version of it to make a new block.

Today I'm using an Ohio Star block. The small version is a quarter of the size of the large block.

The small block is superimposed in the corner of the large block.

The new  block can be made from squares, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.

It's easier to see the two stars when the block is colored in.

I tried coloring it several ways and like this version.

Four of the new block rotated make this larger block which I used to make the design at the beginning of this

The block can, of course, be colored other ways and used other ways.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Shoo Fly Place Mat

Version 1

A place mat made with six Shoo Fly blocks is a little more interesting than one made with six Nine Patch blocks.

So I decided for a change to try designing quilting for a Shoo Fly block place mat.

This is what I came up with.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mats



Over the last week or so I designed quilting for seven place mats made from Nine Patch blocks. I thought it would be interesting to put all seven together to compare them.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 7
A place mat made using six 6"x 6" Nine Patch blocks is easy enough to make but not all that exciting.

I've  been experimenting with quilting designs to see what can be done to spice it up a bit.

At first it was a chore but I'm starting to enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 6

I decided to try a geometric design on this place mat. No leaves or flowers; just geometric patterns.

These are the three elements that make up the design. The first one starts in one corner and after traveling back and forth ends in the opposite corner. The other two more or less end where they start.