One block quilts made with scraps are one of my favorites. A simple block can look amazing when all the colours in your quilt scraps come together in one quilt.
A few years back I made a log cabin quilt in this way, taking a 1 1/2 inch strip from each fabric in my collection. Mixing all the colours together in order of light and dark, the result has been one of my favorite all time pieced quilts.
Here are few of my favorite blocks in the log cabin quilt. I think this first one is my all time favorite.
I bet you can see some familiar fabrics. This quilt taught me a huge lesson, mixing all the fabrics into light and dark, not caring about colour. Then stitching them randomly together into blocks. I was amazed at how it all seem to work out fine. You can find the blog post that includes the pattern for the log cabin block here.
I have decided to take the challenge again, this time using a nine patch block. Every time I have had left over fabric large enough, I have cut a 1 1/2 inch strip. I have now collected up enough strips to make a start on my nine patch blocks. I have no idea at this stage what the layout or finished design of the quilt will be. I am just having too much fun making the blocks. Winging it so to speak.... I seem to find this works best for me, too much planning ahead can hinder any new ideas or thoughts I may have during the process. I love to see the quilt grow as I work on the blocks, it often takes on a mind of its own so to speak.
This book has some great inspiration ! I love books with pictures of antique quilts in them. You can learn so much from the past.
I love to have an alternate piecing project on the go when I am doing a lot of applique. Giving me the best of both worlds, these simple nine patch blocks can be made along with other projects, piecing the squares together in the manner of leaders and enders.
Choosing fabrics, and combining prints and colours that work well together in each block. Having fun going with my instinct works for me. Loving the process, until I have enough blocks to start laying them out and playing with the design.
Here are a few of the blocks I have made so far.....
I would love to have you follow along with my process, you may even like to take up the challenge yourself and join in on the fun.....
The pattern will be available as soon as I have decided on the final layout of the design. I have been pushed for time and will send out the measurements of each block very soon so you can start making your blocks along with me.
I am looking forward to sharing my progress with the nine patch quilt.
I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and pictures
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