Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Do Over


Campsie is one of my earlier quilts. Back then I thought a block was a block. That what you saw was what you got. A block could be colored different ways and the results would all be different but not really different. I thought every block had it's own unique identity.

This is the Campsie block as I designed it.

If you change the blues to blacks and the yellows to tans and it would still look the same only different.

The Campsie block is made of two units that are colored differently. Because the units are colored differently but their structure is the same they look the same only different.

I no longer believe that a block necessarily has a fixed identity. I believe that changing the way units are colored and combined can result in very very different looking blocks. The same goes for blocks, they can be colored and combined to produce dramatically different quilts.

Here's what happens when I mess with my Campsie block:

All of these quilts are made using the same basic unit. But by playing with that unit I can make a number of very different blocks. And those blocks in turn make unique quilts.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ontario Series # 7

St Thomas

My Ontario Series of quilt designs use what I consider to be non-traditional blocks. St Thomas is no exception.

It's a simple block and easy to paper piece. It's also asymmetric which is why I think it makes a good block.

Here are some of the things I discovered I could do with it:

The block may not be traditional. But I think the quilts have a  modernized traditional look. What do you think?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ontario series #6


My Ontario Series uses blocks that are made using paper piecing. This is because the blocks employ non-standard triangles.

However, that doesn't make them difficult to sew. Using the freezer paper piecing method they are actually very easy to sew.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nine Patch

I got to thinking about a Nine Patch block. Somehow it looks very different on point.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Partial Block #2

What if

Clay's Choice

Wasn't All There?

What if I removed a quarter of a Clay's Choice block? What could I do with what was left?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Partial Block #1

What If
Bear's Paw
Wasn't All There?

What if some Bear's Paw blocks only had three paws, or two, instead of four?
I could combine Bear's Paw blocks and partial Bear's Paw blocks.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Card Trick

Sashing can change not only a quilt but a block.I've played with sashing occasionally and been amazed by the difference it can make.