Some Fun With Mini Blocks

16 Nov

Fellow Quilters,
What is on your design wall? I have a little project on mine – literally! A while back, Carolyn Beam, editor of Quiltmaker magazine, asked if I’d like to participate in a fun little sew-along that she and the staff at the magazine are doing this year with some of the blocks from past issues of “100 Blocks”. The sew-along features half-size versions (6″) of 49 different blocks from past issues of “100 Blocks”.

3 color options in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks mini sampler

3 color options in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks mini sampler

The digital pattern is available from Quiltmaker here and kits for 3 different options are also available here . My Lavender Lattice #856 from Volume 9 was included in this special sew-along. Here is what it looked like originally, made in Northcott’s Lavender Market.

original Lavender Lattice #856

original Lavender Lattice #856

I also used the block in an issue of “Quilts From 100 Blocks”, this time using Christmas Traditions. Here is a picture.

Featured in Quilts From 100 Blocks, using Christmas Traditions

Featured in Quilts From 100 Blocks, using Christmas Traditions

I used an alternate block with it, and set it on-point, and it took on an entirely different look.

detail of Christmas quilt

detail of Christmas quilt

This time around, my block seemed to say “star” to me, so I selected a variety of yellows and golds from the Artisan Spirit Shimmer collection, and added a piece of yellow Sandscapes and a lovely rich gold from the new Shimmer Echoes. I chose a navy background for the night sky. I also selected 4 other blocks from the sampler pattern and colored them in the same fabrics. Here are my 5 chosen blocks.5 blocks in Shimmer
Now, if you have followed me on any of the “100 Blocks” blog tours, you know that I love to mix and match. Today’s 5 blocks yielded some great results! I initially combined 2 different blocks in a straight setting. Here are the various combinations. #169 variations#194 variations#856 variationsSome of them are a bit too rigid for my liking, one is a bit too busy, one is too plain, but several of them turned out quite well!
Then I combined different pairs in an on-point setting, and they really sparkled.#169 on-point variations #856 on-point variationsother variationsI rather like the ones that include the outer triangles from block #90 in the setting triangles. Some of them are so different from the others. I’m having a hard time choosing a favorite, so I would like your help. Please post a comment on my blog by Friday November 18 telling me which one is your favorite, and how many projects are on YOUR design wall. I will randomly choose 3 comments, and those commenters will win a packet of Shimmer fabrics. Quiltmaker has also given me an issue of Volume 9 (rare – it’s out of print!) to give out. You can also stop by Quiltmaker’s blog to see which fabrics they’ve used to stitch up my block. Thanks for your help, and good luck!
Cheers,
Patti

23 Responses to “Some Fun With Mini Blocks”

  1. Wanda November 16, 2016 at 7:41 am #

    My favorite setting is #155+90 on point with plain setting triangles. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Patricia November 16, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    155and 90! I have one up on my board.

  3. Lynn D in NC November 16, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    856 & 155 is my favorite

  4. Marsha November 16, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    I like 856 and 90 with plain setting triangles! It seems like there is a little more space for my eye to rest since it’s not as busy. Your lattice block is lovely!

  5. Joellyn Partyka November 16, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    I love the one with #856 and #155. It just seems to twinkle.I have about 3 quilts going on my design wall, plus 2 more small projects in their boxes that are waiting for hand embroidery.

  6. Vicki H November 16, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    856 and 90 with plain setting triangles.

  7. Sandy K November 16, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    I like 194 and 856.

  8. Nance November 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    I like #195/155. It’s amazing how many different looks you were able to do! Love this!

  9. Janet T November 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    #856 & #155 together. Nice design. What a difference there is in the block arrangements! ndfromsd at gmail. com

    • Janet T November 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

      I forgot: I have too many! About 15 in various stages of construction.

  10. Lisa Marie November 16, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Wow, such a variety of quilt designs! The one that really grabs my attention is the combination of 169 and 155. But honestly, if I look again tomorrow I might pick another as they are all lovely. I usually start and finish my projects fairly quickly, so I probably have about 5 UFOs but they aren’t really on my design wall (which is actually a bed in the guest room). Right now I’m finishing up the quilting on a Thanksgiving table topper which I am very excited about. I just started it a couple days ago and have been in a frenzy to get it done and on the table!

  11. Mara November 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    169 and 90 on point with 90 without center point, I have 1 too many project in a UFO state, in fact someone needs to send in the government for some project control.

  12. Sandy A in St. Louis November 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    I like #856 & 155 the best. I have a portable design wall that has to come down when I need to use the room for other things, so right now nothing is on it. I do have 3 different projects in the works right now, and many others waiting to be worked on.

  13. CateD November 16, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    My preference is for 194 and 90. I just have one on the design wall but so many ufo’s.

  14. Cecilia November 16, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    I like #194 and 155, but it was hard to choose just one. I have one on the design wall, but am also working on a table runner for a Christmas gift.

  15. Barbara Young November 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    I like 194 and 90, I like the simplicity of this block – it isn’t as fussy as some of the other choices.

  16. Arlette November 16, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    I loved all of them, but if I have to pick, I will go by Number 856 and 155, I have one quilt on the design wall, but am also working on one small quilts for a Christmas gift
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  17. Rachell Reilly November 17, 2016 at 1:13 am #

    wow, I love playing with color and shading. I love all these versions
    reillyr2@hotmail(dot)com

  18. Nancy D November 17, 2016 at 4:30 am #

    My favorite is 194 and 90. I like the less busy ones. I have several quilts that need to be finished. They have been laying around way too long!

  19. Delaine November 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    My favorite is #856 & 155. I have nothing on my design wall at the moment. Thanks!

  20. Nancysue November 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

    I have 2 on my wall right now. One has been there a while, awaiting my inspiration LOL!. I love the christmas quilt with it placed on point. I really like the 155 and 90 layout. The blocks look like they are suspended over the gold blocks (but you can only see the corners, so it’s more suggested that they are there underneath! 🙂 Very Cool!!

  21. Whiskers November 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    A little late to the party. 856 & 90 is my favorite.

    My design wall? It would make you groan.

  22. Whiskers November 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Apparently I wasn’t specific enough. 856 & 90 on point with plain setting triangles.

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