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.