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Thursday, April 3, 2014 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio


I am playing with a slice and dice, stack and whack technique to make some block in a block (courthouse step) blocks. Normally, I would take the measurements and make precise cuts to achieve the block. Today – I feel that I want to try to get ‘out of my comfort zone’ and try something a little more spontaneous. The nice thing about this idea is that you just make the cuts, mix them up and sew them back together. I got the idea at one of my favorite blogs From the Blue Chair. See Kati’s tutorial here. Originally I was going to go with the angled wonky cut idea but after testing on some old fabric, I wasn’t sure I like it with the fabrics I was using. Decided to just go with straight cuts of various widths.

As you can see by the photo, the colors are warm and sunny unlike the view from my window. Here I sit at the computer writing this post, munching on popcorn and watching the snow start to fall. We are anticipating 6-10″. I am soooo looking forward to spring.

Well…I have made a bunch of blocks without thinking of how big to make the quilt/wall hanging. I like the concept and what I have done so far but how big do I go with this. I thought it would be a ‘fun’ wall hanging of a 3×4 grid which with blocks around 8″ square would make it about 24″ x 32″. Well, couldn’t decide so I made more blocks. Maybe I will go with 4×6 but that seems a strange size of 32×48. Should I make more to get it to a 5×7 grid = 40×56? Is that big enough? Do I make more blocks? Yes, I have more fabrics and I don’t mind making more blocks but the fabric colors wouldn’t be my first choice for a bigger quilt. Do I leave it wall hanging size and then use the leftover blocks into a small baby quilt for charity? Or do I make it a more useable lap size? I think a lot of quilters make their quilts with someone in mind. Perhaps, for the new baby in the family or a wedding present. My quilts are generally for me…just for the enjoyment of quilting.

Decisions, decisions. What would you do?