Wednesday, October 21, 2015

You Can Quilt Blog Hop

Welcome to day 6 of the You Can Quilt! Blog Hop.  Today I'm introducing you to the Chapter on Improvisation.  This was a fun chapter and I think you'd enjoy making these three  blocks - I did!

To start with, I picked 6 lovely new fall fabrics from Island Batik.  The top three are from the line Sea Salt Sandy.   The bottom three are from the line Lavish.   I thought these bright cheerful fabrics went well with the fun improvisational blocks I was going to make.  I also used a white Island Batik fabric called Baker's Dozen - Flour for the background in two blocks.

The first block I made was a string block.  this is a good block for a beginner, or anyone wanting to make some fast blocks.  It's a great block to use up scraps of strips you might have laying around.

 After you make one block, you make three more and sew them all together into one big block- quick and easy!

The strips can be different widths in each block.  I made each color strip the same size.

The blocks in the book are made to be a 12" x 12" finished block.  This makes a large block and is very easy to make.

Since I only made three of the blocks from the book- not the whole quilt, I have to admit that I took some liberties of the size of the blocks I made.  To you - the viewer-  my blocks may look 12 1/2" x 12 1/2", but I actually made the blocks all 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".  Over the years I've make a lot of sample blocks and I don't like to have them just laying around. I finally wised up and decided any sample blocks I make, I will make into hot pads!  That way they get used and don't lay around forever in a box.

Here is the string block made into a handy hot pad.  I used Insul-Bright Batting from The Warm Company and one layer of cotton batting for the inside of the hot pad.

 The second block  in the chapter is called the Asterisk Block.  This block was really fun to make.  The instructions are very good, and it's very easy- just make sure you line up the rows before sewing.
 Here is a photo of the second strip sewn on, with a cut thru the block.  The book has very good step by step visuals.  Then I sewed on the red strip, and then the yellow strip.

I made this into a hot pad also.  Photos of the front and back.

 The third block I made was the House and Tree Block.  This is a cute block, and you can have fun picking out different fabrics for the house and tree and grass.  This would be cute on a kids quilt.

Here is a photo of the finished block.  This block is actually on the back of the String Pieced block, so the hot pad has the String Pieced block on one side and the House and Tree block on the other side.

As mentioned earlier, the instructions for these blocks are very clear.  There are good visual step by step photos and lots of tips.

Thanks to Island Batiks for the fun fabrics to use in this blog hop.  Check their website to see all the great new fabrics coming out this fall.

AQS  is excited to present their ultimate beginning quilting handbook- You Can Quilt!  You can purchase it here:

Be sure to follow all the other posts for the You Can Quilt Blog Hop

Bloggers are by Date, Chapter, Name, Blog
Oct. 9 – Ch. 1. Basics - Leila Gardunia
Oct. 12 – Ch. 2. HST - Tammy Silvers
Oct 14 – Ch 3. QST - Connie Kresin Campbell
Oct. 16 – Ch 4. Flying Geese - Maryellen McAuliffe http://
Oct 19 -- Ch. 5. Wonky - Christine McCrann Martinez http://
Oct. 21 – Ch. 6. Improvisation - Connie Kauffman http://
Oct. 23 -- Ch. 7. Foundation Paper Piecing - Joan Kawano http://
Oct. 26 – Ch. 8. Curves - Marlene Oddie
Oct. 28 -  Ch 9. One-Patch Blocks - Bea Lee
Oct. 30 – Ch. 10. Applique - Barbara Gaddy http://
Nov. 2 – Ch. 11. Inset Seams - Pamela Boatright
Nov. 4 – Ch. 12. Challenge Blocks - Linda Stewart Pearl http://
Nov. 6 – Ch. 13. finishing – Marlene

For the contest with this blog, Island Batik is offering a fabric bundle and AQS is offering a physical copy of the book to 4 lucky winners.  To enter, be sure to post a comment to my blog and enter the rafflecopter below.

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  1. Great idea with the hot pads! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I should learn paper piecing, but it looks time consuming.

  3. Those are adorable! I love that you made them smaller, too. Great use of the fabrics!

  4. nice potholders ty for the bright colors...

  5. I love string blocks. :)

  6. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netOctober 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Great idea to make pot holders. Love your colors.

  7. your pot holders are wonderful. I especially love the asterisk thanks for shairng

  8. I love the house and tree blog! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love your projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I'd love to learn to paper piece.

  11. Great blocks Connie and love the pot holders!

  12. Thanks so much for reviewing the book! I love the colors you choose and the idea of making them into hot pads. I also have quite a few orphan blocks lying around. :)