I had so much fun the other night looking through my new vintage quilt booklet from the last post, sketching out the patterns. Most of them, as they’re presented in the booklet, are pieced in the smallest number of pieces of fabric. Which conserves fabric, but makes for lots of y-seams. Not something I’m fond of. So I graphed out one of the blocks, then broke it down into squares and half-square triangles.
I do think next time, I’ll cut it so that the four small squares are all one large square. It will make piecing easier and make the block look better. In fact, I’ll probably take this one apart and redo that much. But I like the effect. The grey fabric is Kona Graphite, and the red is a print from the Pam Kitty Garden collection. I’m considering doing up a whole quilt with this block, and some solid squares. What do you think?
The red and grey block is a 12″ block. I seem to like this size, best. Though for next month’s meeting, my local modern quilt group is doing 18″ blocks. Here’s mine:
Each month, there is a pattern and set of colors posted for the group. Everybody (or at least everybody who wants to participate) makes a block from that pattern, in those colors. Each person who brings a block to the meeting can put their name in a hat – the winner goes home with all the blocks. Now. 18″ is a little big for my tastes, but it does make it easier to get a useful finished item when you’re likely to go home with 9-12 blocks, total. What size blocks are you most comfortable working with?