Darla made a large version of my Disappearing Shoo Fly design.
"I could not believe how easy it was to do this quilt. I really think it should
be done as a quick & easy video, and I think people would flock to this
design....Can't wait to quilt this thing, but I have a few more ahead of this in line!"
Wendy sent me this picture of her version of my Disappearing Shoo Fly quilt.
Here's what she had to say:
"Hi!! I am the Australian tourist whose Canadian cousin challenged me
at Drumheller last July to replicate your 'Disappearing Shoofly' in my
own colours. I really appreciated your permission to photograph the quilt
and have regularly checked your website- and will continue to do so. The
colours were inspired by our lovely white beaches with waters that go from
teal to deep blue, plus the colours of desert sand hills. Happy memories."
Last year some time I cut a Jacob's Ladder block into 4 quarters and then did the same with an Ohio Star block. I shuffled the pieces and came up with two new blocks. Then I used the blocks to design a quilt top.
The quilt top deserves a better border than the one I gave it. So I thought it was time I did something about that.
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:
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.