Monday, November 13, 2017

A surprise block...........

I went down to the basement to look for something and found this paper pieced block that goes perfectly with the colors in my 16 patch quilt.  Since it is a 12" finished block it will work with the 4" and 8" blocks.

I have parts ready for two more 8" blocks.










I finished adding the row to the right and one across the bottom for a 17 x 17 wallhanging.  That will finish at 34" square.  This is the orientation on the design wall.







This will most likely be the finished orientation though.  I still have to tweak it.  I can see a few pieces already that need to be moved or exchanged for a different fabric.  I will work on it while my 2 students are working on their design walls today.


I pulled out my 53 trays of 2.5" squares to find the final fabrics.  Each stack is a color range.  In the front are pink to red and next to it is yellow to orange.  There is one stack of multi-color.  I think I have the most trays of green and purple.  Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge them.
All 53 trays nest and fit into this blanket box.  I buy the reusable aluminum cookie sheets.  The ones that are 2 for $1.98 are sturdier than the 2 for $1 from the dollar store.

21 comments:

LynneP said...

i LOVE your surprise block in the new quilt. It adds so much and makes the quilt pop.

I am so happy that you are feeling better and that you are creating again!!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Hard to believe you found the right color block and that it looks so gorgeous with the squares! It is going to be beautiful all together.

Beth-near Louisville KY! said...

SERENDIPITY!!! My favorite form of surprise and creativity.... maybe purple and/or green are your favorite color, either consciously or unconsciously? The star will look GREAT!

patty a. said...

What a fantastic find! That star block with look wonderful with all the other blocks. Your sure have a lot of patience cutting all those fabrics for the colorwash kits.

Debbie said...

Exactly right with the addition of the star to the 16 patch blocks. After playing with a few strips this weekend, I pulled out my book 9 Patch Pizzazz and thought that if larger blocks and squares could mix with a 9 patch, it would work with 16 patch. So I really like your inclusion and inspiration!
The watercolor is looking great!

GO STARS! said...

That star block is perfect for your sixteen patches!

Cheryl said...

I like the star block addition...good find. Isn't it fun when random things like that happen. And....I really appreciate your idea of using trays and stacking them in to totes....keeps everything neat and organized.

Hedy Hahn said...

I love that pp block, it is perfect. Your color wash is looking good too.

Diana from SC said...

Love the star block in the quilt top.

Marie said...

That star is perfect! It's great having blocks already made up that you can find a home for, isn't it?

Melinda Hirsch said...

Hah! Would love to walk into my basement and find a ready made star block—good for you. I’m afraid that will only happen in my dreams LOL

Anonymous said...

Love the surprise block, Wanda! What a great find.... I love it when something like that happens....the colors are perfect!
Sandra B
scb304@juno.com

JJM said...

OMG ! OMG ! LOVE your giant star addition ! What a glorious quilt top this is ! Makes me happy, happy.

And your color wash as always SUPREME !

And your 53 trays all nesting in your blanket box... Yesterday I said you were meticulous and I will say it again today.. (*._.*)

JJM

Sewing Up A Storm said...

Yup that block was just waiting to go with your 4 and 8 inch blocks. That is going to be a beautiful quilt!

Roxanne said...

Amazingly perfect!!

em's scrapbag said...

What a pleasant surprise your star block is with all the other blocks.

Kerry said...

Wow! The star is perfect! You are making up for lost time I see with the colourwash :D
Love your trays too. Nice and neat. As opposed to my mayhem and I really need another blitz in mine!

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

Love your process and organization, how the colorwash is turning out, and the amazing fabrics on the blue blocks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Wanda, I just looked at your fabulous quilts.
When looking at them I felt a sense of joy
about them. It's very obvious you love making them.
Your use of colour is beautiful.
It is so good to see quilts that doesn't consist mainly
of white, cream taupe or grey.
I'm a newbie quilter and as such need to see your type
of quilts. Good health to you and long may you
continue to produce such beautiful work.
Mary.

Ann Pierson said...

Oh my goodness..what a wonderful surprise to receive the tutorials! I have been such an admirer of your perfect seam matches as well as straight strips! Now I hopefully can do mine the same way with your oh so helpful instructions!
I am so thankful for your awesome gift!!!

Sally in Saint Paul said...

Thanks for offering the pattern for the Boston Commons quilt.
I will call it "Half the Work, Twice the Fun." I will try this soon in a small size to get comfortable with the technique.