Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pretty Blocks in a Row...




Here's another effort for our guild's Row Robin swap. There are 8 of us participating. Ordinarily the rows would not be shown until the completion date. However, it's safe to show this one now because the recipient is not online and won't see it. She chose a pretty, dusty lavender batik as her focus fabric, along with a tone-on-tone print for the background. And she's open to whatever block designs each quilter wants to dream up.


Well, that's all the permission I needed to sort through my batik scraps and come up with pretty bits for these four string-pieced Square-in-a-Square blocks. Such a delightful mess I made out of those scraps! Then I puzzled over the corner triangles, trying to remember the formula for cutting quarter-square triangles. What size, what to add... but at last it came to me... these are just half-square triangles, and the math for cutting them was easy. Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill. Problem solved.



I wanted to add some fusible applique to the row as well. Two Star Flower blocks from Cynthia Tomaszewski's "Aunties Garden" pattern seemed just the ticket. And I arranged the string-pieced blocks in both horizontal and vertical orientations when assembling the row.




These kinds projects are such fun to work on, and allow plenty of room to experiment with something small. No pressure. I'm not making a whole quilt... just a row. The rows measure 54" finished width. And we can create our choice of block sizes and combos within that requirement. Three rows down, and five to go. I look forward to our "big reveal", and seeing the quilts completed.

6 comments:

Nancy said...

Round Robin, what a great project to participate in......I know it must be so exciting to see all the rows put together.......I love your blocks and the fact that you added the flowers...nice touch.....Will we see the finished product?

Have a great weekend.....

LynCC said...

I would love to be in a Round Robin group. Looks like such fun!

Robbie said...

RR are fun and interesting to see when you get all your 'rows' back! I like what you're doing with this 'row' and the applique adds to the 'row'! nice work!

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Beautiful creative work, Nancy. It will be a fabulously interesting quilt with everyones interpretation. Can't wait to see it. hugs, Donna

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Nancy, I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog today. It got me here, too. And boy am I glad I came by. I am NOT a quilter, but I love fabric and art quilts. I am in awe of your quilts and I think my Grandmother would have quilted that whirlygig quilt!

Julie Bagamary said...

I've been in row groups too...such fun. The star flowers are perfect!