Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Old Block Plus

Nine Patch

This is obviously a Nine Patch block. I've placed it in the middle of a grid. What if I try filling the empty grid squares around the Nine Patch block in many various ways?

The best way to find out is to try it.

Is this an easy way to design new blocks,or what?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Paired Blocks #32



Quite some time a go I designed a swirl block I called Sharon and another one I called Theresa.

When Tried pairing theses two sister blocks to create quilt designs, this is what I got:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Old Block Plus

Snail's Trail

I want to make new blocks. But you know me; I'm lazy. I don't want to start from scratch. So I'll start with an old block, Snail's Trail, and add a few extra pieces around the outside. I can do this a lot of different ways.

Here's what I get when I do that and then use the blocks in quilt designs:

I'm sure there's a lot more that could be done. But, like I said, I'm lazy so I'll let you do it.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Old Block Plus

Shoo Fly

What if I start with a simple block design, in this case Shoo Fly; place it on a grid; and then add new design elements?

I get new blocks that I can use to design my own quilts..

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Do Over

Indian Cabins Block

One thing I've learned is that you can always do something new with an old block. A long, long time ago I designed my Indian Cabins bock as part of my Alberta Series. It's time to see if I can dress it up in new clothes. But first some history.

Back in 2012 I was asked to submit a block to go in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 6. I submitted this version of my Indian Cabin block. To see it used in a quilt design or two, go here.
The block is built from 4 identical units that look like this.

After that Quiltmaker magazine asked me for a quilt made from my Indian Cabins block to go in Quilt's from Quiltmaker's 100 blocks.
I recolored the block to look like this. To see what the quilt looks like go here. To see other possibilities go here.

Today I thought I'd see if I could find other interesting ways to color the block and also to see what happens when I use the unit the block is made from to make new blocks.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

One Block, Two Sizes

King's Crown

What if I start with
12" x 12" and 8" x 8"
King's Crown blocks?

What if I experiment with how an 12" block and an 8" block are placed side by side and with how they are colored?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

One Block, Two Sizes

Clay's Choice
I've experimented with a Clay's Choice block many times before. But there is no limit to what can be done a with a block.So I decided to give Clay's Choice another go.

This time I'm using both a 12" block and an 8" block to create my designs.