Thursday, April 16, 2009

April Blocks

April has been a great month so far in the many quilting bees to which I belong. For example, check out the fabrics that Marilyn selected over in the SewConnected 2 group. She's making a quilt for her soon-to-be-born grandson ... but since the quilt will be living at her house, she wanted something that she could enjoy, too! I was really blown away (in the best possible way) by the selection, which included prints from Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner that worked together beautifully.

Marilyn gave us the choice of making either 6" or 12" blocks, which I think will make for a very dynamic and interesting quilt. I decided to go small this time and ... well, once I got started, I couldn't stop.

Here they are all together:

The simple one in the top center is my favorite.

And in the Cottage Quilting Bee, Katie from Metrosupial Designs sent out a color-coordinated scrap package to everyone in the group and asked for a basic block of 36 2.5" squares. I got my favorite color to work with -- orange -- and had a lot of fun fussy-cutting each and every square to feature something interesting.

Another grand, spectacular quilt in the making, I think!

Finally (and also from the Cottage Quilting Bee), my favorite British monkey sent out a charming selection of bird-themed fabrics ... but really, would you expect anything less than fabulous from Katy?? I went totally improv on this one, shooting for a "hop, skip, & a jump" look a la Denyse Schmidt. (Sorry for linking to your post, Kathy, but it's really the greatest example of the full quilt that I could find! Hope you don't mind ...) I pulled some coordinating Full Moon Forest from my collection to give the block some contrast. I hope she likes it!


  1. Go Quilt Dad Go!!!
    What a busy boy you have been.
    Love your work!!
    Andi :-)

  2. All are great blocks! I'm so anticipating my little quilt!

  3. Love the colors in all the blocks and love what you came up with!

  4. You're a sewing MACHINE!!! You are an inspiration...for REAL :)

  5. Your blocks look great John! I esp love the orange block - so very vibrant :)

  6. Wow! I love all of these blocks. They are fabulous. That orange one is great - but I like your fave too. Great job!

  7. John, great work! You never fail to inspire me. Great blog!

  8. Those are wonderful blocks! Your did a great job on these.:)

  9. Orange is my favorite too, I did one for myself.

    I love the pink flower block that looks like a window pane. Have to keep that in mind.

    You're one busy guy.