Sunday, March 4, 2007

Dreaming of Spring

This is the block I was supposed to be working on for our guild's round robin. The colors in this picture aren't great; I didn't think to take the picture until it got dark outside. I had all I needed--fabric and a lovely sunny afternoon to work--and I started out with the best of intentions. I was thinking of a square in a square at each corner with three bars connecting them. It was just a matter of deciding which fabric was going where.

As I said, I had the best of intentions...then I finally located my little collection of charm squares. I've been looking for these ever since Darlene at Quilting Daze posted about how to make four square blocks using charm squares.

I thought I would try just one or two squares to see if her technique would work for me. Those worked out great. Then I tried a few more, then a few more...and now I have 50 of these little beauties! I've never had something go together quite so well and so quickly before.

These are from the Moda Picket Fence collection. Don't you love the spring colors? I'm going to set them together with some cream fabric (from my stash) and border it with another piece of the collection that I just ordered. (I'm not on a fabric diet, but I should be!)

These lovely pinks and blues were just the right thing for a sunny afternoon in the almost-spring.

13 comments:

May Britt said...

Great colours in your spring block. Spring seem so far away here. And I look so forward to spring.....and summer.

Libby said...

Love those charm blocks - can't wait to see them all put together.

Pam said...

Great little charm squares. Such pretty spring fabric. I have a bunch on order - so as soon as they get here I am going to give it a go.

Ms. Jan said...

I love all the colors--charm blocks and guild round robin. So springy!

Forgetmenot said...

I really do like the colours in your block...so very spring-like.

Isabelle said...

Hi Diana, thanks for responding to my shameless plea for comments! Alas, the Salford person has lurked again today...

Just popping in for a quick read - what a lot of lovely quilty things! - but will be back.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Oh, my goodness your four patches are cute, cute, cute!!! I was so surprised when I saw the picture and I'm so excited to see that my technique worked for you. Enjoy!

Did you see my finished quilt top on my blog - you must stop by and see it. I pieced the backing this evening and I'm planning to quilt it very, very soon! ;-)

meggie said...

I adore the colours in that spring block.
Have been over to Darlene to check on her quilty news too! Thanks for the link.

Siren said...

Those purple colors are just beautiful! I have just spent some time looking through your blog, and wow, you have made a lot of nice quilts!

Shelina said...

I just love the colors on your top block. Besides being my favorite, they are just so fresh and springy. The block is super too. I like how it creates so many secondary designs.

Your charm blocks are also cute. If you liked the technique, and want to learn other nifty things like that, you might want to look at Beth Ferrier's block of the month. It is free, and she usually includes nifty piecing techniques in her blocks. Even if you don't make her quilt, I think it is worth reading her directions, just to see how to do things like this.

teodo said...

I really like the colours of your spring-block! ciao, ciao from Itlay

lappemor said...

I love your little four patches! I got some charm packs in the mail today, and will try to make some tomorrow (also inspired by Darlene).

Molly said...

Hmmm.... thought i'd already left a comment drooling over these blocks! Where did it go....