Tuesday, May 18, 2021

And Now to Use the Blue and Green Squares

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less.
~Rick Warren

Quilting


With a new set of cool colors, mainly blues and soft greens but also a few lavenders, it's time for a new block idea, too. Many versions of plus blocks caught my eye online last year so I decided to make my own version. Lucky for me, Nann sent me a surprise package of black, white and grey strips cut 1.5" wide when she gifted me a spare copy of Donald Hall's essays. And we're off.

Cutting the six-inch bases crosswise in both directions at 2.25" create an off-centered plus {or maybe the beginning of a plaid.} I enjoyed finding black, white or grey strips to fill in. And there were a few red squares set aside for a long-forgotten project that became the posts. 

Off-centered plus blocks

Here's the layout of the first set of blocks.  Their wonky lineup looks great but unfortunately they will "straighten up" when sewn. 

Plus block arrangement for a baby quilt

Reading


A Promised Land
, Barack Obama's latest book, explores his thoughts and post-presidential life.  It's the first of a planned trilogy and covers his first run for state office through the bin Laden raid.

Enjoy the day, Ann

18 comments:

  1. You could trim them a little to make them wonky. Just a thought. LOL

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    1. Yes, but then they'd be smaller. Next time perhaps.

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  2. I like these slightly off center plusses. I don't usually like plus quilts but this is just terrific! Good mix of fabrics and that off center bit

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    1. Blocks that aren't completely symmetrical have more setting variations. The colors make this work... and the fact that it's only a baby quilt size.

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  3. That set looks like it was fun to arrange and rearrange. The bright red center square ones caught my eye as a nice focus.

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  4. Loving the little bits of lavender thrown in!

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    1. It was fun to push the envelope a bit there.

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  5. Maybe you could make a straight version, then a wonky version. I like them a lot.

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    1. That's a good idea. This is just a way to use up some of my scraps and get some quick baby quilts done. A more free-style version might be good as part of a medallion.

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  6. Wonky would be fun, but all lined up is great, too. Glad to play a small part in the project!

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    1. Your black and white strips came in very handy. Thanks for sending them. And now they are mostly used up. I may pass the final bits to someone else. The fabric will be more travelled than I!

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  7. Black, white and red can be the perfect uniting factor in this baby quilt. I love slight wonkiness. Normal is Boring :-D

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    1. Thanks, Preeti. It’s interesting to figure out how to use all the different scraps to their best effect. I will have to revisit this with a more freehand style.

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  8. It looks wonderful! Can I ask what size squares you used please?

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    1. Sorry. I thought I'd put that info in the post. The blue squares are 6". You could use any size, just cut them off-center, Clare.

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  9. Thanks for the cutting instructions. I love your blocks!

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    1. You’re welcome. You can easily adjust the measurements to your own scraps.

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