Tuesday, February 15, 2011


All the planets must have lined up just right for me yesterday. I spent nearly the whole day sewing! (What a great way to spend Valentine's Day!) The day before I'd made this set of blocks using the stack, slice, and shuffle method. From past experience I knew they would be a little on the boring side so before I sewed the final seam I added narrow strips.

They were still kind of bland. Blocks like these usually get trimmed down a good bit, and that will help, but I decided to see if I could take it a little further.

In the photo below, the block in the upper left corner was not one of the original set. I made it after I had been playing with sticks for several hours. Basically I started out with a chunk of the light blue, cut it in half, and then inserted strips in each half before sewing them back together again.

Here are the sticks blocks I was playing with before then:

I also layered two prints, sliced through them to make two freestyle nine patch blocks, and then decided to spice them up a bit before I reassembled them.

I made other nine patch bl0cks too:

All this play was inspired by my Intuition Quilt swap with Janet. I still don't know what I'm going to do with her block but now I have some parts to play with!


Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

a whole day to sew! YIPPEE! congrats on that! these are so fun! I love that your just letting it happen... just play more, and it will tell you what you need to do... follow you instinct!

Nifty Quilts said...

These all look great! Love those sticks.

Helen said...

Your blocks remind me of Pick-up Sticks, which I still enjoy playing. So fun!

CharlotteP said...

Love them all! Combine the two lots of sticks and you'll have a 'cats in the wood' quilt!

Alexis said...

Nice! Looks like a fun & productive sewing day!

Miki Willa said...

These are all so fun. I love the cats peeking out. Charlotte's idea would be cool.

Cindy said...

Wow! Great blocks...I love them!