Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Magic of Small Squares

Lately I have been working with 2.5" squares. It is amazing how versatile they are! First I ordered some squares from Wanda at Exuberant Color. She was (maybe still is) selling kits of pre-cut squares to use in a colorwash quilt like she makes so beautifully.

I added some of my own fabrics to her kit and started working on one big color wash quilt top. I found it overwhelming and wasn't sure which direction to go with it. I played around for a while and then decided to make ten-inch squares of one color at a time. That was a little more manageable for me.

Once I made the blocks, I arranged them in a variety of settings. I liked them but wasn't "sold" on any one setting. Finally I came up with this, and I'm very happy with it.

This measures 30" x 30". The final arrangement is actually slightly different. I moved the reds and browns around and sewed it together with the browns on top. Once I get it quilted I will show you a picture of the final product.

I also made this next quilt top from 2.5" squares (technically, they were strips). Last year I won a home-made jelly roll at my guild. It was leftover from our guild's store that we run every year in February during our show. My plan was to make nine-patches, but instead I decided to make this top from Quiltville's pattern (Bonnie H. at Quiltville blog), inspired by Joe Tulips' recent beautiful quilt of the same pattern.

Surprisingly, I found it hard to make these blocks using scraps from other people! If I were to just start in using my own scraps, I would have been more comfortable. But, I guess that was a good exercise for me, to work with other peoples' fabrics and fabric combinations.

Finally, I made a single block to send to Victoria at Bumble Beans. This was a reject block from the color wash quilt. I ripped it apart to fit Santa Claus in the middle, and had to add a few squares to change it from a ten-inch to a 12-inch block.

This Santa fabric was in the vintage fabric I inherited this week. Some of you who are getting the shared vintage fabrics will find a bit of this Santa fabric in your box. I hope you enjoy the fabrics.


joe tulips said...

That Santa block is great! I don't think you can go wrong with the scrappy trips quilt. I love this one.
and...looking forward to seeing the quilted Wanda inspired quilt.

Unknown said...

I have so many 2 1/2 squares that I cut up too, not anything lovely like you, but I have started putting some together. Your works are wonderful.

AnnieO said...

Your colorwash quilt looks great! I would have difficulty using other peoples scraps too, I think, but have had Bonnie's trip instructions printed out for some time to use with my own scraps! Cute vintage Santa fabric--very 1950's, don't you think?