One Block Wonders
I spent yesterday playing with my friends - we all worked with the book "One Block Wonders". This is a technique we all have been wanting to try, but were either too chicken to tackle it on our own or couldn't quite find time. By setting aside a time to work together, we all had a great time and are no longer scared of the process!
Sue used a piece of Amy Butler fabric. This pic shows what her fabric looked like before cutting and how some of her blocks turned out.
Diane chose a Kaufman novelty print that is very "Jetsons"-like. She's making this quilt for her husband who likes to read science fiction.
Sarah chose the new Jasmine line of fabric.
I fondled every bolt in the store before making my choice. I ended up picking a Moda fabric depicting moose and woodlands. Not that I'm into mooses, but I liked the colorations of this scenic print. I guess I thought by using a scenic print, I would get more variations of blocks - and I did!
I must say that the whole cutting out thing was much easier than I anticipated. The only rule we broke was that we split our fabric on the fold so that we were only working with a half-width of fabric at a time. We just figured it would be easier than trying to cut a 45" strip of fabric - we wouldn't have to keep moving our mats or our rulers. After I got home last night from running errands, I finished piecing the first half of my blocks
The premise of the layout process is that you use a design wall and putter with your blocks to get your colorations laid out in a pleasing manner. This was my first attempt at throwing the blocks on the wall - I'm not crazy about this layout. But until you see them all together, you don't really know how they're going to flow together. I can see that there are more predominantly blue blocks; when I re-arrange, I think I'll start with the blue blocks towards the center and work outwards with the rest. The other thing I am considering is stopping with this amount of blocks. My best guess is this will make a center approximately 30" x 45" which would turn into a small lap quilt with borders. I can't decide. Do you think I should make the other half of the blocks?
All in all, this is a fun quilt to make. My only problem is now I want to whack up all sorts of fabric to see how the blocks will turn out. Just what I need.....another addiction......