Friday, September 24, 2010

OCTOBER BLOCK


12 of us from the site are going to be playing together, 
doing a BEE based on the scrappy making fabric concept.  

Each month we will be posting our idea blocks and the blocks made for each person. 

Please keep posting your 15 minute work as well, 
This is just an extra project all based on ideas from this site...

 Victoria's OCTOBER BLOCK
 


My INSPIRATION block was from a portion of my grandmother's quilts. 
IMAGE Above.. Her crazy quilts used many different shape, and many long strings bits. I wanted to see what will happen if I made a Scrappy block and kept cutting into it to add LONG strip bits at yet another angle to the block I have already made... I am going to tell you what I did on my block, But I do not want you to make your block the same size... I am looking for all different size blocks... ANY SIZE SQUARE, RECTANGLE OR STRIP, Make the fabric ( ANY COLORS, prefer BRIGHT and contrasty) either all in one piece or piece together a few block like I did below, Then as you assemble cut into it again to add at least TWO strips that cut through the block... Here's what I did.
 

I started with 4 square 8" pieces of Phone book paper,
set my machine to a small stitch length,
grabbed my scrap bin and very quickly
sewn down my scraps in as many directions as possible, meaning, horizontal, diagonal, vertical etc,
to cover the 8" block...

the more bits and pieces inside the block the better....

Press, trim down to 8" block , and tear the paper away...

As I started to put two blocks together, 
I spliced them and added a strip that runs through the whole thing.
Then I sewn together the WHOLE block and again, spliced 
through at another angle another long strip.

How you get to your finished block is totally up to you... 
I am only sharing with you how I did it...

I also made a long vertical strip , from two, 6" X 10" pieces, 
joined them, and cut into those as well...




So that is the basic concept...  ANY COLORS, ANY SIZES, think bright and contrasty....  
Send me an email with any questions... there is no right or wrong way to make this.
 
PLAY,  Have fun, and make it up as you go...

9 comments:

Nifty Quilts said...

Okie dokie! Looks like fun!

CharlotteP said...

Hah! I beleive in colour therapy! Just spent a great half hour raiding my scraps/stash for BRIGHT!! Just the kck up the a... I needed to get me going! thanks, Victoria

Sujata said...

Victoria,
This looks beautiful! I already started the block and enjoying the process.

WoolenSails said...

My brain is too tired to understand a thing you said, lol.
I like it though and will have to reread it tomorrow, but I do love crazy quilting.

Debbie

Sujata said...

I worked more on the block last night. I wasn't a big fan of crazy quilts until I saw your grandmothers pillow and made a block.
I can't wait to make another and another! I see how this can be totally addicting!

Carol E. said...

OK, I get this concept. But in the Bee are you exchanging blocks, just sending some to you? or .. can you take a second and explain it to me? How do I join, if it's not too late?

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Wow, V! I'm way behind in checking up to see what's going on over here, but seriously? OMG, so many cool things! I would be so happy to be half as creative as you. Thanks so much for sharing your gift!

Mama Spark said...

OMG I *need* to give this a try!!

Karen said...

This really is the coolest idea. You could really do this with any block!! Thanks for sharing.