Saturday, December 28, 2013

Revisiting basic block patterns

My friend, Shannon, at Fabrics N Quilts, recently wrote a blog post about giving herself some ME sewing time. With all the card-sending, cookie-baking, gift-buying and box-wrapping the past few weeks, I've been wanting to run away to my studio and do some "just for fun" sewing, too.
Chain piecing 3.5" fabric strips.
Shannon is working on "crumb blocks" using bits from her scrap basket. I decided to revisit a few basic block patterns—simple construction, quick cutting, and mostly petal-to-the-metal chain piecing.
Starting with: the snowball block.
Snowball blocks.
The humble 4-patch. 
Here I used small prints, tone-on-tones, and several solids in shades of gray and brown.
4-patch blocks.
 And, the versatile half-square triangle.
Half square triangle blocks.
Piecing these blocks was so relaxing, therapeutic and I felt very productive. Go ahead and stitch some of those basic block patterns and you'll know what I mean. I'll post soon on how these blocks develop.

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