Monday, March 29, 2010

Barb's Blocks and April Packets

I have mixed feelings about this technique. I love the completed block but it did take quite a bit of time. I would consider it for a smaller quilt but I don't think I'd have the patience for it on a larger quilt. However, it is a great way to use my scraps, so I will probably try it again on a baby or lap sized quilt. Thanks for having us learn this. I really enjoyed it.

The packets for April will go out today. Do you want a sneak peak??

The theme for my blocks is one I found at the flickr site for another bee I am following. It is called "Opposites Attract" and I loved the way the blocks turned out so much, I contacted the queen for that month and asked if I could use her idea. She gave me permission so we are ready to roll.
Basically, the block is an improvisational block in which there is a busy, pieced area and a quiet, un-pieced area. You are free to do what ever strikes your fancy. The only thing I ask is that you use the Starling fabric (white fabric with birds) as the focus fabric for the quiet area. It might sound complicated but it really isn't. Check out the blocks from the other bee for ideas. You can go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. I may have over done it with the fabric, but I wanted you to have plenty to work with. Just send back any that you don't use. If there is enough fabric and you have the time and the desire to make two blocks, I would be very thankful.
I hope you have fun with this. Be as creative and wonky as you want. I would like 10" blocks. I can't wait to see what you come up with!


  1. ooo. . . I love that block idea! I'm already working on ideas. And, I love the starlings so much that I happen to have a few yards of them set aside for my month-lol! Do you want a 10" finished block (10 1/2" with seam allowance) or 10" with seam allowance?

  2. Sorry I wasn't clearer. I would like a 10" finished block so make the block 10 1/2 ".
    Thanks! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  3. Thanks Tacey, the blocks look beautiful. Excited about your block, but also a wee bit nervous!

  4. No need to be nervous. The block can be as intricate or as simple as you want. I will love whatever you come up with :)