Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Blocks in Progress

     On Sunday I was at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild meeting where we had a block lotto for Pick Up Stick blocks.
Everyone who participated got one ticket for each block they brought , a ticket was drawn and the winner got to take home all the blocks.  I made these four blocks.

          They finish up at 9 1/2 inches and were really fun to make.  The lotto was organized by Berene who blogs over at Happy Sew Lucky and posted a tutorial here.  I did not win the blocks but I was happy that Adrienne won them as she made 8 of these addictive blocks.

     No worries as I will be making more, this time with variable grey backgrounds. It's a summer project for the small modern group at the Royal City Quilter's Guild.  We will be putting them together in one or more donation quilts this fall.

     Speaking of donation quilts.  The community outreach group of the RCQG handed out block kits to all members at our meeting in June.  Here is the completed block for the first of three kits I took home.

    It's a really colourful block.  All of these blocks are sewn with the fabrics in the same sequence.  I'm really curious to see how they come together in the finished quilt.

     The block below is from the Sea Star Pattern by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs. I participated in pattern testing for Cheryl this spring.  I made the one block and I thought I would make it into a pillow cover but I I loved making the block so much that I think a lap quilt is in my future.  You can check out other versions of the pattern here. It's amazing how different pattern choices change the look of a quilt.The pattern is on sale until July 6th and you can get the details on Cheryl's blog. 

       I'm one of the 70 or so  participants in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Terri Ann of ChildLike Fascination, Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs  and  Stephanie of Late Night Quilter.  My turn to post will be on July 12th and my blog has become a work in progress. Some of the participants made a lot of changes very quickly.  I'm moving at a slower pace so we'll see what I manage to accomplish by then.  I'm linking up to Let's Bee Social and Works In Progress Wednesday( Nope this one got cancelled this week).  Happy Canada Day Everyone.

Oh Yes.  I forgot to mention that Donna who likes the patriotic (U.S) colour combination of red, white and blue one the Grande Scrappy Tiles Pattern.  Congratulations Donna!


  1. I love those four blocks! I plan on checking out that tutorial for sure! I can't wait to read your Blog Hop post, it has been such a pleasure learning about other blogs and people!

  2. Cute Pick-up-Sticks blocks - I can see how those would be addictive to make. Looking forward to seeing your stop on the New Quilt Bloggers blog hop and your blog progress. I participated last year and learned a lot!

  3. I like the Pick-Up Sticks blocks and also the Sea Star. The colours you used are so pretty, it would definitely make a great lap quilt.

  4. Wow those pick-up stick books really pack a punch for as simple as they are. Love them!!

  5. Very nice! Your Sea Star block is striking.

  6. Wow, what lovely blocks you made (how do you keep those sticks so straight?!). I really love it when you make something intending it to be a small project, then fall in love with it and it just grows - your lap quilt will be fabulous I'm sure!

  7. I'm really attracted to the crispness of the Pick Up Sticks blocks (maybe partly because I have fond memories of playing the game when I was a kid). And your Sea Star block deserves to be a lap quilt. It's so cheerful and calming to look at. (Thanks for your kind comment on my blog today. It came in as no reply, but I wanted you to know I appreciated it.)

  8. Beautiful blocks - really like your pick up sticks - looking forward to reading more on the 12th

  9. Your pick up sticks blocks are great, I can see why you would want to make more. Do you have any tips on how to piece the blocks together and get the sticks to line up? Mine always seem to be offset when I sew them back together.