South Beach


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?



  • maiden hair fern

    I think it depends, like you say, how much you love the fabric. If you really love it, you will want to love it on your wall. If you make it a quilt, make a lap, I think that is the most used. Bed quilts eventually get retired. Or keep making the blocks but don’t make your decision at this point, keep your options open. If you decide on the wall hanging, then, like you said, you can make a baby quilt with the rest. Love the colors!

  • Snowcatcher

    I like the pattern, and the colors are working together well. Maybe you could just keep going until you get bored with it, finish it off, and if it isn’t your cup of tea when it’s done, you could donate it to charity. It would be a beautiful and cherished quilt!

  • Shauna

    I really like the colors, I think it would be a great wall hanging using the 3 x 4 layout, but to be honest I really like the 3 x 3 as it is now.

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