We are nearing the end of the A-B-C Challenge. It isn’t to late to join the fun. The challenge is still going strong and in the home stretch! Bring your ABC Blocks for June to the June 2 meeting. These blocks should start with Q & R
Q was hard! Your editor found only one Q block in the Around the Block! Fortunately, if you need an easy one. Some examples of Q blocks are:
- Quilt in Light & Dark, Around the Block Again, pg.99.
- Quatrefoils is a great looking block. It is all squares except for a house shape that will prepare you for Jaye‘s version of the Swoon pattern. 😉
- Queen Charlotte’s Crown has a great name. I’ll have to look up Queen Charlotte sometime and learn her story. This 10″ block uses some half square triangles.
- Queen’s Crown has a lot of pieces. They are mostly squares, but if you are doing a 6″ block, I would look elsewhere for inspiration. The pattern makes a 15″ block, which would be a great medallion for your challenge.
- Quilter’s Cache claims that the Quills & Arrows block is an original. Again, this 14″ block has a lot of pieces and would make a great medallion. It requires a lot of half square triangles, so if you need some quick piecing tips for HST’s check out the tutorial.
I didn’t find Electric Quilt to be very helpful in locating blocks by name if I didn’t know the name, e.g. by letter. I did search for “qui” and “quo”, being the most likely starting combinations and was really only moderately successful. I need to contact them and find out if there is a way to only find blocks that start with ‘Q’ for example.
Some examples of R blocks are:
- Rolling Stone – Around the Block Again, pg. 104
- Rolling Squares is a slight variation on Rolling Stone and can be found, also in Around the Block Again, on pg. 103.
- The Rail Fence block is a frequent part of sampler classes and is very easy. It is great for beginners and for those of you (everyone?) pressed for time. The pattern is for a 12″ block.
- Railroad Crossing includes four mini versions of our original charity block. The pattern given is for the 12″ size.
- Road to California includes squares and half square triangles. It is a classic.
- Ribbons and Stars is another 12″ block and will give you some practice on your Flying Geese.
- Are you from Rhode Island? Making a quilt with blocks from all 50 states? The 12″ Rhode Island block is for you. it is a great Sawtooth Star within an Ohio Star. The block is paper pieced, but it probably could be done, with care, using regular piecing.
- Rally ‘Round is very effective. It looks a lot harder than it is. The instructions make a 9″ block.
- Rainbow Wheel is a 7.25″ paper pieced block that would make a wonderful color wheel for your studio.
Below are a few of the many block resources available to inspire you:
- 1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon
- Around the Block with Judy Hopkins: 200 Rotary Cut Blocks in 6 Sizes by Judy Hopkins
- Around the Block Again: More Rotary Cut Blocks from Judy Hopkins by Judy Hopkins
- The Civil War Love Letter Quilt: 121Quilt Blocks Inspired by Love and War by Rosemary Youngs
- The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: 55 letters and the 111 Blocks they Inspired by Laurie Hird
- Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix & Match by Susan Briscoe
- Judy Martin’s Ultimate Book of Quilt Block Patterns by Judy Martin
- Modern Quilt Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers by Susanne Woods
- Once More Around the Block by Judy Hopkins
- The Quilter’s Album of Blocks and Borders by Jinny Beyer (out of print)
- The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4044 Pieced Blocks for Quilters by Jinny Beyer (2009) – you NEED this book if you don’t have it.
So, go forth and make blocks. You can do it. Have fun, use great fabric. Enjoy!