Saturday, November 9, 2013

Block Play

My burnout on quilting seems to be continuing. I just can't seem to get interested in anything. I have been in the sewing room putzing around with a few things. I drew out an appliqué willow tree block and made a couple of those.

I have also always liked a red and white school house block quilt, but the Y seam piecing was just not appealing. So I played around with making an appliqué school house block.

Still not interested in making a whole quilt out of either of these.

I have been working on the Freelove Hazard sampler, but cross stitches over one thread on 25 count linen can only be done for short amounts of time.

I was looking through some blogs and came upon Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. This quilt is by English novelist Lucy Boston. It is done with English paper piecing. I drafted a 90 degree hexagon and started playing around.

These blocks have endless possibilities and are enhanced with fussy cutting.

This fabric was in a group of 6 inch blocks that I won in a give away by Kathie H over at Inspired By Antique Quilts.

I don't know that I have the fabric stash to pull off this quilt, but it has been fun to play with. Maybe this will be the one to get me back in the quilting mood.

Happy Stitching,



  1. I have found the Patchwork of the Crosses blocks to be very intriguing. I had the book for a good while but have since passed it on to someone with more interest than I had in actually making them. Your willow tree blocks are my favorite of your play time projects.

  2. I totally know how you are feeling; I just re-surfaced from a "blah" period! I think it's just our minds' way of saying it needs some R&R...hugs, Julierose

  3. I'm sorry you are having the blahs. The elongated hexies look like lots of fun to play with. The schoolhouses and willow trees look interesting too. I'm sure you'll get back into it again :0)

  4. What a neat hexagon block. You could always make it into a pillow if you didn't have enough.
    There is nothing wrong with stepping back form quilting for awhile. It's not fun if you pressure yourself to create. Remember it is supposed to be enjoyable and fun!!

  5. The new sampler looks great. I think the crosses block is amazing. Keep it up.

  6. What fun- those hexagon blocks! Just enjoy whatever you are doing. I had a quilt dip most of last year, and you can't really force yourself to do something if it's supposed to be fun!