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:

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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amish Star #8

Yesterday I played with an Amish Star by coloring it various ways and discovered this new block.

Today I want to play with the new block.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What Is It? #1

I'm going to explore some of the possibilities of an Amish Star block. But instead of playing with one block at a time I'm going to play with nine.

Instead of creating a block and then finding out what kind of quilt it will make I'm going to try creating a quilt and then discover what block was used to make it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Paired Blocks #30

 Nine Patch

I thought I'd try combining two very simple blocks and see what happens.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Paired Blocks #29

Snail's Trail
Log Cabin

I had fun playing with these two blocks in my last post; so I thought I'd play some more.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Paired Blocks # 28

Snail's Trail

Log Cabin

Snail's Trail and Log Cabin are two blocks that are made in a similar way. You start at the center and work your way out.
I wondered, what if these two blocks were paired up? So I set out to find out.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


This Old Block

This block is from my 18 April 2010 post.
What if I play with it again?
Can I find new things to do with it?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Something Simple

What if I start with these two simple units?

I can make these three blocks.

What if I play with these blocks? Try them in different combinations. Color them different ways.

I can make a lot of different quilts. Including These:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

5 Patch Block #2

I designed this 10"x10" block on a 5x5 grid; it is a 5 patch block.

Part of the fun part of designing your own block is you get to color it any way you please.

The other part is seeing what happens when you do:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Echo Block # 5

Friendship Star

Friendship Star is a very simple block. Adding a second smaller star to it makes it more interesting. Quilts made with the new block have more variety and life as a result.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Drunkard's Path

Drunkard's Path Plus

I got to wondering - What if a Drunkard's Path block had two quarter circles instead of one?

Here's what happens.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Shoo Fly Place Mat

Version 4

Once again I'm playing with the idea that quilting can change how a quilt looks.
This place mat is made using 6 Shoo Fly blocks.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Sun & Waves

The Ladies in
Foam Lake
Made This Quilt

"Some lucky person will win this great quilt. We have had many great comments about this quilt and have sold a lot of tickets as a fund raiser for the new Foam Lake Water Park. We had fun doing this and many have commented on the different design."

The quilt is from my pattern Winter Sun and Snow. However, the ladies decided to rename it Summer Sun and Waves.

A version of this quilt first appeared in my Sunday 10 April post.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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).

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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Shoo Fly Place Mat

Version 1

A place mat made with six Shoo Fly blocks is a little more interesting than one made with six Nine Patch blocks.

So I decided for a change to try designing quilting for a Shoo Fly block place mat.

This is what I came up with.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mats



Over the last week or so I designed quilting for seven place mats made from Nine Patch blocks. I thought it would be interesting to put all seven together to compare them.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 7
A place mat made using six 6"x 6" Nine Patch blocks is easy enough to make but not all that exciting.

I've  been experimenting with quilting designs to see what can be done to spice it up a bit.

At first it was a chore but I'm starting to enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 6

I decided to try a geometric design on this place mat. No leaves or flowers; just geometric patterns.

These are the three elements that make up the design. The first one starts in one corner and after traveling back and forth ends in the opposite corner. The other two more or less end where they start.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 5
This place mat is the result of sewing 6 Nine Patch blocks together.

Add a little quilting and it looks totally different.

This design uses only two elements.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 4
I've been playing with quilting for a place mat made from six 6"x 6" Nine Patch blocks.

As Sophie pointed out in her comment the other day, place mats are great for practicing free-motion quilting and experimenting with quilting designs.

There are two place mats on the left because I decided to play with color as well to see how that affects a quilting design.

I used two elements to make today's design.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 3

Yesterday's place mat used a simple loop for the quilting.

Today's place mat uses a simple loop once again.

However, the loop is used two different ways. Sometimes it follows the side of a square. Sometimes it follows the diagonal.

The quilting proceeds in the following manner: