I just got home from a delightful 3 day, 2 night retreat of quilter/bloggers. I was grateful to be included in this gathering and I met wonderful people with whom I hope to develop friendships based on mutual encouragement. I am tired but inspired. On Sunday I recharged my batteries and tried to digest all the new ideas roving about in my head. I need to “capture” the thoughts while they are fresh, before they get pushed aside by the mundane but necessary routines like cleaning and cooking.
I rinsed and shaped five vintage quilt blocks that I had purchased. The outside edges are on the fabric bias on these hand-pieced blocks, so measuring for intended dimensions was a challenge. A product from the local craft store helped. I pinned blocks to foam board that has an “invisible” 1/2 inch grid. The grid exists as a difference in sheen on the surface of one side. I marked the block size with painters’ tape, then pinned the damp blocks to the board to dry. Meanwhile, I drafted the pattern on graph paper, calculated how much fabric will be needed to combine the vintage blocks with new blocks to make a nine patch, and pulled potential fabrics from my stash. Here are the pictures.
I suspect someone reading this can tell me the name of this traditional block.