Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Echo Block #4

Clay's Choice

I get a new block (an Echo block) by combining two sizes of Clay's Choice blocks.

The new block can be sewn entirely from squares and half-square triangles.

What the block ends up looking like depends to a large degree on how it is colored.

I chose to limit my color scheme for the blocks to a neutral (brown) and a color (2 colors for the last one).

You might want to experiment with different color schemes.

Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Patch Block #1

I designed this 10"x10" block on a 5x5 grid.

The sewing is simple - Straight lines and connector corners (stitch and flip).

Having designed it I get to play with it. I can try out different color combinations and different settings.

Here are a few that I tried:

I thought I'd end with the one I started with so you could see how it came about.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Shoo Fly Place Mat

Version 3





I'm playing with the idea that quilting can change the way a block looks.

I'm testing the idea out on a place mat made of 6 simple Shoo Fly Blocks.  

In this case I'm using a kind of star to focus attention on the center of the blocks. 

Here's how I envision quilting this design:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Echo Block #3

Jacob's Ladder

This quilt design starts with  Jacob's Ladder blocks of two different sizes.

The two are combined to make what I call an Echo block.

There are 16 ways the two can be combined.

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.