Saturday, July 7, 2012

Red, White and Blue Blog Hop






Hello! Welcome to Day 7 on the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop!

Can you believe that we're already at Day 7 of the Blog Hop?   The week has flown by and it's now my turn to share the blocks I've sewed up.  I've been so inspired by my fellow sewists in this Blog Hop.  I hope to do the same for you!

Without further ado, here's my little line-up of blocks...

The Texas Star Block!
"Texas Star" 12.5" Block from Blue Elephant Stitches (for template, click here and the tutorial, click here).
This block is wonderful for creating the illusion of curved lines, so I have plans to sew a few more! ;o)
"Berry Patch"; 10.5" block from Once More Around the Block by Judy Hopkins

"Berry Patch" seemed the perfect design for using scraps and well, as so often happens with me... one block soon led to  another and another and then one more for good measure!

That led to experimenting with possible layouts for these simple to make blocks...

1st Layout

2nd Layout

3rd Layout

The final block I'm sharing with you is more "modern" and required no template, no strip piecing, just simple "slice and stitch" construction.  Plus with only four fabrics in a block, I was encouraged  to use some larger scaled fabrics to make it bold.

"Rain or Shine" Block; 10.5" (I upsized it from the 10" finish given in the book) from The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman
Once again,  I went on to make 3 more blocks,  each using different fabrics than the others.
Going bold in Red, White and Blue!

The bonus in making more than one block?  The delight in discovering that placed side by side, an interesting and decidedly scrappy second pattern emerged.   You do know where this is headed, right? ;o)


I'm currently up to 12 finished blocks (only 8 of them shown below) and believe a new quilt is now underway (funny how it sneaks up on me like that! LOL).



 Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It's been a pleasure to share with you!

Please be sure to pop by all the blogs listed below to see what they have to share...


July 7th




sew me something good (you're here!)

** P.S.  Jane has the master list for all the blog stops on this hop.  Click the button at the top left of her blog to make sure you don't miss any of the fun! There's another week of hopping left... enjoy.

Huge thanks to Jane and Mdm Samm for putting this fantastic hop together.  Many thanks to my fellow sewists for sharing their wonderful blocks.  My  "to-sew" list is being greatly added to, thanks to you! LOL


73 comments:

  1. Wow you have been busy! I love the Texas star block and that quilt is looking fabulous too - cant wait to see it all finished.

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  2. Lovely blocks and I adore how you show them in settings and color and fabric. The quilt is going to be stunning. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  3. The Babushka dolls are sweet. But I am meant to be commenting on the blocks you certainly 'sew something good' the fabrics, blocks and soon to be quilt are wonderful. With an overwhelmed thanks.

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  4. I really like your triangle blocks, 1st layout the best. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Katherine,
    Love all of the blocks, so much inspiration. Thanks for participating in the bloghop. Happy Quilting.

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  6. Wow - love how everthing evolved and love the diversity of the blocks. Thanks for sharing the process. Judy C

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  7. Wow , some fantastic blocks and you will have a few lovely projects as a result of all your work .Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love the way multiple blocks create another whole new pattern, as you showed. This block making is addictive! Love the little dolls.

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  9. I love how your quilt is coming along! That is fantastic.

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  10. I liked all your blocks but I'm totally in love with Berry Patch! blessings, marlene

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  11. Making just one block was like eating just one cookie--I couldn't do it and it looks like you couldn't either. LOL! You did a beautiful job--just love them!

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  12. What fun blocks..love how you show how they look as they 'multiply'..and love your display!! :o) TFS

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  13. Crisp and colorful..I love your blocks and your fabrics...Isn't it fun how we can't stop at just one... The different layouts of the blocks creates such different looks. Thank you for sharing on the hop.

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  14. Wow, I love all of your blocks. I especially love your Texas Star and the Rain or Shine block. I love that you were just led by the fabric to make a whole quilt. So fun! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. Love the "Rain or Shine" block and the secondary patterns created when they are set together. This is a great scrappy quilt pattern. Also those little Russian dolls with the picture are wonderful.

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  16. Your blocks are lovely! I am bookmarking this post to look at leisurely.

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  17. NOW didn't you just overwhelm all of us with your colours, photos. pattern, choices...welllll, I love them all..and I love with one block what you can do to create such an amazing pattern...

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  18. The best thing about blog hops is discovering new artist and seeing their creations. I am now a follower and have bookmarked this post so I can review it later. Totally love the Texas Star and can't wait to see the Rain or Shine when you finish.

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  19. I LOVE those blocks all placed together!!! The secondary design is wonderful.

    Each of the blocks is fun and interesting.

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  20. WOW!!! Wow wow!!!! I love the mod and the secondary pattern you got from it!!!! It is overwhelmingly wow!!!! You know I guess I am kinda weird cause I really love a lot of the mod but then I really love a lot of the more country look too...I love your use of the clothes pins on your displays!!!! Thanks

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  21. Katherine, how cool your new quilt is developing with it's surprise second pattern! All your blocks are great.

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  22. GREAT blocks! and so MANY blocks! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Like the rain and shine blocks. How amazing to see the other pattern appear. Thanks

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  24. I really like all of your blocks. It is great how you can then take the blocks and rearrange them to come up with different patterns and surprises.

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  25. Great blocks! I loved them all!

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  26. I love how the Rise and Shine blocks look when put together. Now I have another quilt to put on my list of "someday I'm gonna make" quilts.

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  27. Your pics are wonderful. Everything looks so crisp. Looks like you were enjoying the process! Thanks for showing them all.

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  28. You did a great job with all your blocks. I thought I liked the first one best until I saw the last ones you made. WOW! What an awesome quilt these will make.

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  29. Katherine! Your blocks are wonderful!! :) :) I love the all of them ... especially the Berry Patch... so have to add that to my have-to list. I'm becoming a follower of yours as I like your style!! and I think we can relate ... the blocks just get away from us :)

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  30. OOOOOOHHHH!!!! I am in Love with all your blocks!!! WOW!! I amy have to copy!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane
    P.S.
    I'm a new follower and would love to have you come for a visit at Grandmama's Stories!

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  31. Wow! Have you even slept? You've done an amazing job with all those blocks. I really like that Texas Star block. It took a bit, but I finally found the tutorial on Blue Elephant Stitches blog. Thank you for telling us where you found that block. It's very nice.

    And the "Rain or Shine" Block from Elizabeth is stunning. I LOVE the way it looks when put with more of those blocks. Amazing.

    Thank you for all the work and for showing us. Really awesome post.

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  32. Happy Hop Day Katherine! What a parade of blocks you have!! Love the Texas Star and I see that in my future. Thanks for the link.
    Berry Patch, you silly girl, simple, I think not! Look at how perfect they are.
    Now I have that book so I am of to see the "Rain or Shine" block. Thank you so much for all your inspiration. Just beautiful, and I forgot to say how much I love your fabric choices.

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  33. Nice job, all your blocks are so cheerful and fun...not sure which I like best! Good to hop with you!

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  34. Nice job, all your blocks are so cheerful and fun...not sure which I like best! Good to hop with you!

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  35. Your blocks are so nice! I added to Texas Star to my future projects and I love the secondary design from the Rain or Shine blocks. These hops add so much to my to-do list that I think I should have started quilting earlier in life!

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  36. wow what great blocks thanks for sharing

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  37. Wow! all your blocks are amazing. I like seeing the designs you have created. The modern blocks are going to make a fabulous quilt. Love your little dolls too.

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  38. Your blocks are beautiful. Don't you just love it when you get a secondary pattern from putting your blocks together.

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  39. Hmmm..which one do I like best??? Yep..Texas Star. Totally cool.
    xx

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  40. You have been busy.Your blocks are awesome.My fav is Texas Star.I love stars!!

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  41. The blocks are great, they really come together, it will make a great quilt.

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  42. Wow! you accomplished a lot of sewing ... I like the Berry Patch and the Texas Star. Good work!

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  43. What beautiful blocks and your little dolls are adoreable!

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  44. Both of your blocks are stunning on their own but once they multiplied and joined together they just take off. Job well done.

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  45. Love those triangles and colors!! Great job!

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  46. Don't you love it when a secondary pattern appears- I love how this quilt pattern is working out- its a very pretty design.
    Thanks for sharing your quilt block and for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  47. Love all your blocks and your little dolls! Very neat about that secondary pattern, great way to use up fabrics :)

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  48. Your blocks are amazing! You went well above and beyond. I love all your blocks and what a beautiful quilt you will have. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Your blocks are fantastic! You have been busy! Happy quilting :)

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  50. I'm going to follow your blog! I've decided that the RWB quilts are my favorites - I think perhaps I'll have to quit my job so that I have time to make everything I want to make!

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  51. The first layout is my favorite! But others are great as well! I love these simple colors and ability of playing different layouts..

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  52. Beautiful blocks! Realy like your Texas Stars block, it's my favorite.

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  53. The Rain or Shine quilt is very pretty. I appreciate the pattern for the Texas Star. I've been really loving star patterns lately.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Love your blocks! You did a fabulous job on all of them and your NEW quilt will be lovely! CongratS!!

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  55. Love how you're getting a secondary pattern with the stars in the middle. If you want to, you could lay it out so that it shows on every 4 block! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  56. Wow!! Your blocks are all wonderful!!! I think you have a few quilts in the making now!! Lol!!!

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  57. I loveeeeeeee all your blocks!!

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  58. I love your blocks!! I especially love when secondary pattern emerge when blocks are put together. I think I need to try all 3 of your blocks! Great inspiration...thanks!

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  59. Thanks for participating--I love that berry patch block! I also really like the secondary star pattern created when you put multiples of your spiral block together. I'll have to learn that technique you mentioned--that's new to me.

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  60. fabulous blocks - can't wait to see the finished rain or shine quilt - love the secondary pattern it makes :)

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  61. I Love your RWB Block! I love your Texas Star and your Russian Dolls! Thanks for this Great Giveaway!

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  62. I like them all but I love that Texas Star one the most.

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  63. You do lovely work. Thank you for sharing.

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  64. I love the Texas block, beautiful colorcombination.And you are really busy busy!!!!!!!

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  65. Great blocks. Sorry I am late with the comment, but I've been picking peaches and dealing with those at the moment.

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