Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Big Blocks

I love big blocks {little blocks, too!}. 12" has always seemed the standard for a traditional block. But go bigger and that traditional block takes on a modern look. And with the bigger pieces, our contemporary graphic fabrics get a chance to shine.

My "quilting" machine is still in rehab, so I've been spending my sewing time piecing some big blocks...
They've kind of filled up my design wall!


I'm sure you're familiar with Swoon. It's a 24" block and a favorite. I'll be teaching a Swoon class this Summer at Janie Lou. Details to come!




Next up is a new pattern from Thimbleblossoms, Red Letter Day. This has always been one of my favorite traditional blocks and I love it in a big block size!




And this 18" block is from a pattern called Gathering Flowers Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. The curves are pieced, but pretty easy, since they're gentle curves. I'm having fun pulling lots of scraps for this one!



Do you like making big blocks too?

12 comments:

  1. All gorgeous! Thanks for showcasing the larger blocks, I like to go bigger too! Admire your fabric combinations!

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  2. They're gorgeous! I love them all ~ thank you for sharing, and for the vicarious enjoyment of lovely projects.

    Now for a question - the floral in the background of the first Anna Maria block! What is that - it's gorgeous and I think I need some. :-)

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  3. I'm working on a quilt with 22.5" finished blocks right now. Only 16 blocks in the whole quilt! It is so much fun.

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  4. oh, I LOVE that AMH block, so pretty! They all turned out great though.

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  5. I have made many Swoon blocks, and now I really want to make Red Letter Day, and I'm definitely checking out the AMH block. Your blocks are just luscious!

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  6. Your work is gorgeous! Swoon has been on my to-do list for far too long. Thanks for sharing the inspirational photos!

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  7. I'm Swooning over these!!! =)

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  8. Great fabric choices, as always.The big blocks really do make the fabrics stand out. Can't wait to see how you put these together.

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  9. Enjoyed your blog can't wait to get the magazine,so I will have all the wonderful blocks in one place...bstewart951@nc.rr.com

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  10. Your blocks are beautiful. A lot of great ideas.

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  11. This post reminds me of the Sir Mixalot rap song "I like big butts". I like big blocks and I cannot lie!! They make a whole quilt top go together so quickly. I've made Swoon and Red Letter Day is on my list.

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!