Revisiting Traditional Piecing: The Blocks Part II

Sharing a quick follow up to the post – Revisiting Traditional Piecing: The Blocks Part I in which I shared the first 8 blocks I made for a traditional block sampler, made with non traditional fabrics (a collection of fat quarters from Northcott’s Stonehenge fabric line) for a wedding gift.

Here are the next 8 blocks I have pieced – four (4) different blocks from the Ladies’ Art Company Block Tool by Connie Chunn, each in two versions:

This weekend I got to play with different layouts now that I have 16 blocks completed. I tried out a traditional sampler layout with sashing and corner stones; and a layout setting the blocks “on-point. I liked the “on-point” version (diamond) instead of square next to square layout.

McCalls’ Quilting has a nice online pdf on Setting Blocks “On-Point”

I also came across this cool article on Blossom Heart Quilts web page with wonderful examples of block layouts – FINISHING A SAMPLER QUILT: USE YOUR QUILT BLOCKS

My plan is to make a queen-sized bed quilt, so I determined I need at least 4 more blocks for a total of 20- 12 inch (finished size) blocks. I tentatively plan to do a 4 by 5 block layout and borders.

Today I completed 2 additional blocks (for a total of 18) and I will post them on the next update. I am also now looking through my quilt book collection and the web for innovative “on-point” sampler quilt settings (and of course going to make the remaining 2 blocks so the blocks can be finished).

More to come but wanted to get this update out there. Happy Stitching!


15 thoughts on “Revisiting Traditional Piecing: The Blocks Part II”

  1. These blocks are looking good! I really like how the orange contrasts with the neutral browns and greens. I am looking forward to seeing the final block layout, especially with these beautiful fabrics (and of course the expert piecing!)

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  2. I’m glad you are experimenting with different settings for your traditional blocks, Tierney. And this reminds me of how we first got connected! I had been working on a guild challenge of 20 traditional blocks and was ready to set them and I bought some beautiful ombre fabric from you for my background. I chose to go for the look of “just toss them and see where they wind up” after putting a small border around each block. All the quilts in our challenge are pictured on our guild website here: in case you want to see several different and innovative settings.

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