Sunday, May 8, 2011

Do You Want To Design A Quilt?

Try Adding Icing To A Cake

Okay, I admit it, this title doesn't make a lot of sense. But if you give me a chance I'll try to explain it.

Think of a traditional block as a newly baked cake that you can decorate. If you start with a simple block like Shoo Fly, or Sawtooth Star, you can add to it and make it your own. Think of what you add as the icing.

Here, let me show you.

Take a simple block, in this case Friendship Star, and place it on a grid.

Use the grid to add a design around the block.

The result is a new block that is yours to use in a quilt.

Here are some more examples.

There are a lot of different ways to ice a cake. You can use traditional blocks as the foundation for a lot of different new blocks and quilt designs.


  1. I really like this idea. I will have to get out my graph paper and try it out.

  2. Leila

    I'd love to see what you come up with,