Wednesday, 27 May 2015

One Big Block

     This is what's on my design wall right now.  It's one big block 24" by 24 ".

     I'm testing a pattern called Grande Scrappy Tiles for Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.  This is my first time testing a pattern and I'm really enjoying the process.   The quilt is designed to get the look of improv piecing by orienting the blocks in different directions.    I mostly used fabrics in my stash and looked  for modern graphic fabrics in blues reds  greys and yellows. I threw in the red ninja fabric for fun.

     Some of the pieces in the block are quite large.  If you don't already know this, the way to cut fabric pieces that are larger than your ruler is  to place two rulers together like this.

          Here I am cutting an 8 1/2" strip.  The smaller ruler is placed at the 2 1/2"mark on the ruler and the 6 inch ruler is placed against it.  

     The Grande Scrappy Tiles block is made in smaller sections which are then pieced together.  Before sewing the sections together I placed them on the design wall to see  how they looked.

     When I did this the medium blue fabric in the top row jumped out at me.  The colour was good but I in my mind the style of the fabric didn't fit with the other fabrics.  I exchanged it for the simpler textured  fabric you see in the first photo.  I'm happier with the textured fabric as the look is more cohesive.  I'm liking how the fabrics work together (this is only a few of them) and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.  I'm linking up with Laura of Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.  


  1. Thanks for that ruler tip! I will use it. Great block, I cannot wait to see the progress to a finished quilt!

    1. I'm glad that this little tip could be helpful to someone.

  2. Always looking for a new scrap buster quilt pattern, this one looks very promising.

  3. This is looking good. I like your improved fabric choice, and the little ninjas made me smile.

  4. I am loving your fabric choices, the red ninja fabric is so cute! Thank you so much for testing for me!