Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Simple Block #8

This quilt top was designed.....

....using this simple block.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Simple Block #7 Version 4

This quilt top was designed using this simple block.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Simple Block #7 Version 3

This quilt top was designed.....

...using this simple block.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Simple Block #7 Version 2

This quilt top was designed .....

...using this simple block from yesterday's post.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Simple Block #7

This quilt top was designed using....

...this simple block

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Look What Pauline Did

Pauline started with a Shoo Fly block; cut it into quarters; and reassembled the quarters to make a new block. She then used the new block to make this quilt.

If you are having trouble picturing the Shoo Fly block it looked like this:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Look What Darla Did

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!"

Darla sometimes goes by the name of Scientific Quilter.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Look What Wendy did

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."

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Do Over

Modified Clay's Choice

This quilt top design was based on a modified Clay's Choice block.

It needs a border. I don't want to do a plain border. I want to do something that relates to the design itself.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Do Over

Nine Patch En Point

29 November 2014 I was wondering if I could design an interesting quilt using only Nine Patch blocks.

This is one of the quilts I came up with.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Do Over

In April of 2015 I designed this block and this quilt top.

I wonder if I can improve it by adding a new border?

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Do Over

Mix & Match # 1

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.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Do Over

Another Seebe?

Once upon a time I designed this unit and colored it two different ways.

I played with the units and came up with these blocks that I used to make my Seebe quilt.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Simple Block # 6

What if I use a square, a split square and a half square triangle to make a block?

This is the block I came up with.

Here are 4 ways I came up with for using this block:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Old Block Plus

Nine Patch

This is obviously a Nine Patch block. I've placed it in the middle of a grid. What if I try filling the empty grid squares around the Nine Patch block in many various ways?

The best way to find out is to try it.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Paired Blocks #32



Quite some time a go I designed a swirl block I called Sharon and another one I called Theresa.

When Tried pairing theses two sister blocks to create quilt designs, this is what I got:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Old Block Plus

Snail's Trail

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:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Old Block Plus

Shoo Fly

What if I start with a simple block design, in this case Shoo Fly; place it on a grid; and then add new design elements?

I get new blocks that I can use to design my own quilts..

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Do Over

Indian Cabins Block

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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

One Block, Two Sizes

King's Crown

What if I start with
12" x 12" and 8" x 8"
King's Crown blocks?

What if I experiment with how an 12" block and an 8" block are placed side by side and with how they are colored?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

One Block, Two Sizes

Clay's Choice
I've experimented with a Clay's Choice block many times before. But there is no limit to what can be done a with a block.So I decided to give Clay's Choice another go.

This time I'm using both a 12" block and an 8" block to create my designs.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Four Friends 6

Look what She Did
Sandy made this quilt from my Four Friends pattern.