Monday, November 30, 2015

Three Block Quilts # 2

Drunkard's Path

Snowball Variation

Shoo Fly

Today's question: What if I combine these three blocks to create quilt designs?

Today's answer:

Negative space plays a key role in all of these designs. The positive shapes of the original blocks chose to fade into the background. It's not an effect I was trying for; it just happened.


  1. Hi Wayne, I enjoy seeing these 3 block constructions because I like to assemble quilts for Quilts of Valour made from blocks sewn by people from across Canada, which are then collected in Edmonton, grouped into sets of approx 30 blocks, then sewn into quilts by volunteers. The individual blocks are called Hug Blocks, and a quilt sewn from the hug blocks is called a Hugs Across the Nation quilt when presented to an injured Canadian Armed Forces member, or to a CAF Veteran.
    However, I see in this post that the 9 Patch has been replaced with the modified Snowball block from 3 Block Quilt #3. Am I correct? Doesn't matter as it's all beautiful and all adaptable to the Hug Blocks. Thank you for the inspiration, Gina DeLorenzi

    1. Gina

      My wife Linda makes quilts for Quilts of Valour here in Calgary, so I knew about Hug blocks. But I never stopped to realize that they could be used in my three block quilts. Thanks for pointing that out.

      I've done 4 Three Block Quilts posts using different block combinations each time. So far I've used Drunkard's Path, Friendship Star, Nine Patch,Shoo Fly and Snowball blocks. Any suggestions as to what I should try next?

    2. Gina

      It seems I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes. My wife Linda pointed out that none of the patterns contain a Nine Patch block but they do contain Snowball blocks. That, of course, is exactly what you were trying to tell me.

      I've changed the introduction and the discrepancy has been corrected.