|Permission by Lisa Francis Photography|
So I had a thought why don't we set out to create a block that we ARE willing to share with others. I know that there is software out there that is super-great for designing and quilt planning, but I will show how to use just plan pen/pencil, paper and a couple other items you probably own as a quilter.
|What you need: Pen or Pencil, paper, cutting mat with lines, and cutting ruler|
|2. Using the lines on the cutting mat, mark out a simple design to start, perhaps a nice 3 stripe block like this.|
|3. Here I added to extra lines in the middle where I plan to use a different fabric. You can make your block as simple or complex as you wish, either way have fun with the process.|
|4. For fun, why don't you give your new block a name, don't forget to also put the date. It will be fun to look back on your block designing as you progress through the years. You may notice your leaning towards a certain type of design.|
|This is my mock up of my "red-eye" block, the measurements are not exactly like my plan because I used scraps.|
|This is my "earning my stripes" block|
|This the quilt top I came up with yesterday using both blocks together. I still have plans to add some sashing on the outside and maybe a fun print for the binding. (update 7/25: I bought some neat border fabric & orange for binding)|
The other reason I started writing down the designs that pop in my head is that I already have way too many WIP's to be starting another project every time a thought comes to my mind. Sometimes I will even write out my idea for a block or quilt, pull the fabric I want to use and put it all in a gallon sized bag. For the most part it helps me resist most efforts my brain has to derail my focus. With this project, I came upon scraps I had left over from making my A Mother's Love Memorial Quilt (Read about it HERE) and wanted to create something from them.
So why don't I have a little contest? Create a block on paper and share it with us. I will put up a linky party for the next week or so, you can link up your Sharing block, then we'll open up voting next Monday,07/30 at 12:01am US Central and close it Thursday, 08/02 at 11:45PM US Central. I will announce the winner On Friday, 08/03 by the end of the day (Central time).
UPDATE 7/25: One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop (They are not sponsoring this contest).
Smallish print: You do not need to be a follower to win, but you must have a valid email address. You can link from a blog or flickr account or another photo-sharing account as long as we can see the block pattern in the picture you submit below! If I cannot contact the person who won within 36 hours of announcing the winner, I will contact the 2nd place winner. I will give them 36 hours to respond before moving onto the next until someone receives the prize. You may submit up to 2 separately linked blocks. I wish all of you well and I cannot wait to see what you create!
I am linking this post up to:
Fabric Tuesdays @Quilt Story and
Tuesday Linky Party @ Quilting By the River
Sew Cute Tuesdays @ The Creative Itch
Work In Progress Wednesdays @ Freshly Pieced