Skip to main content

Blocks 17 and 18 - Unknown Blocks




Up till now, all the blocks in the quilt I'm reproducing have been popular blocks that I had no trouble recognizing.  But not these next two.  I've looked through pages and pages of quilt blocks and haven't seen anything similar so I don't know what to call them.  No made up names are jumping to mind so I'm going to leave them unnamed.

These blocks are also different in that they appear to be pieced by a less experienced quilter than the others:  points are cut off and corners don't line up.  Perhaps they are early effort or perhaps they were done by someone younger.  They use the same pink and purple fabrics that appear elsewhere in the quilt so they were made from the same stash of fabric as the rest of the quilt.

They were placed in opposite corners of the quilt .  So, I've also used the same color scheme for both blocks.

The first block is above and below.  It finishes out at 10 inches and is really just a 4 patch but two of the patches are pieced.  The block reminds me of 2 Pac-Man gobbling in different directions.


I think this block would make an interesting quilt on it's own.


The second block also finishes at 10 inches and has an interesting zigzag shape to it.


I pieced this block the same way it was pieced in the original quilt which probably wasn't the easiest way to make the block.  Looking at it now, I can come up with many ways to make the same look.  It's definitely easier to follow cutting and piecing instructions that to calculate them yourself.  I had the first major goof of the project.  Notice the triangles in the wrong shade of purple?  I thought I'd added in the seam allowance in my notes and I didn't.  When I went to sew the triangles on they were the wrong size and I didn't have enough of that fabric left to finish the block.



Luckily that wasn't a problem with the fox fabric.  I wouldn't have been able to find an easy match.

This block is made up of two identical halves.  The center of each half is a half square triangle, with small triangles added on opposite sides and larger triangles added on the other sides.  As such, it wasn't easy to piece.

The block reminds me a variation of Delectable Mountains and if I did it again, I'd piece it more in that style - with 4 strips.  I think a quilt with this block rotated and mirror imaged about would be very striking, either in 2 colors or scrappy.  But to make a quilt full of blocks, I'd have to simplify the piecing.





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The ABC's of Cross Stitch Alphabets

Alphabets are quite popular on cross stitch samplers and there are many decisions to be made when choosing an alphabet.  Upper case or lower case is one decision.  It seems that upper case is most popular.  Using lower case causes all sorts of compications.  Extra space is needed for j, k, l, p and the other letters that extend above or below the main line. 

Another important decision is even or odd.  The alphabet above is odd.  That is, it is and odd number of stitches high, in this case 7.  Notice the B and D.  Both are symmetryical.



This is an even alphabet that is 6 stitches high.  Notice that the B and D are no longer symmetrical.  I prefer odd alphabets.  I've been known to change the size of a sampler to mak an even alphabet into an odd alphabet.

Both of these samplers are in a traditional font.  But it is easy to re-arrange the stitches to create different looks for you alphabet.  Here is an elegant alphabet that is only 7 stitches high:



Each letter takes up more space and gi…

Do Overs

Starting over means re-doing some of my projects.  A lot of the projects that I've done I don't want to do over.  Some turned out not to be the worth effort and others were not fun at all.  There's also a feeling of "been there, done that".    I've also discovered that I enjoy the act of creating more than the results sometimes.
My first do over was this penstemon I designed a while ago.  It's small and simple and only 2 colors.  I'll eventually be restitching many of my own designs.  Luckily, I still have the charts even if I no longer have the item or pictures of the item.
My second do over is actually actually stitching something for the third time!

After the second stitching, I'd had enough.  But, I was given the 2010 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue with the pattern and that was a sign that the reindeer needed to be stitched again.  Hopefully, that's it.
My last do over represents all the EGA seminars that I attended over the years.

This…

Blocks 2 and 3 - Hourglass and Square in a Square

The next two easy blocks in my quilt are Hourglass and Square in a Square.  Both finish out to be 9 inches.  They are good starter blocks for working with triangles.  As the quilt progresses and the blocks get more complicated there will be many more triangles.
The Hourglass is also known as a Quarter Square Triangle Block or QST.  It is easier to make 2 blocks than it is to make 1 so that's what I did.  The picture is of 4 blocks, not one block made up of 4 units but it is fun to combine multiple hourglasses in one block.
For both colorways I used a directional print and it's easy to see where the quarter squares are in the block.  Since you want the edges on the straight of grain making one would waste fabric and by making 2 blocks at once, you can deal with piecing squares together instead of triangles.
There are plenty of QST tutorials to be found.  I started with 10 1/2 inch squares to yield the 9 inch blocks.



The square in a square can also be pieced using squares but I…