Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Love and a swap

I'd been putting off making a block for Julie's White Coat Project because I didn't know how to do it. I decided I wanted to make something using selvages since Julie has made quilts with them, but I've never worked with them before. I also wanted to make something with free-pieced letters, but I didn't know what I could do in a small block. Finally, I decided to try Tonya's classic LOVE block.
This is 6-1/2" unfinished, with each letter block finishing at 2-1/2". The selvages are stitched down only in the seams -- is that how it's done? Well, it's how I did it! I hope it plays well with the other blocks Julie receives.
I participated in an I Spy swap, so much fun! I make lots of I Spy quilts and a swap is a great way to get a variety of fabrics. I had a few plans for what I'd do, but the squares started out at 5" (so they finish at 4-1/2"), and that's awkward for using them with other blocks. I've been seeing some rainbow I Spy quilts -- like this stunning one at Mermaid's Purse --and thought I'd like to try one. The swap didn't provide me with 10 squares of each color, so I had to supplement from my stash, but that just means I have leftovers for another quilt! I bordered each square on 2 sides with solids and arranged them stepwise (the picture is sideways). I've sewn much of it together, just haven't taken the photo yet. It's fun and quick.

14 comments:

Millie said...

Julie will love her block! Love the I Spy idea. Love the arrangement.

VivJM said...

"LOVE" from selvedges - now that is cool!

The eye spy arrangent is looking fantastic too! Love all the fruit and veg fabrics in there ;-)

Sandra said...

The extra strips you have sewn to the I Spy squares really ties all the colors together. Can't wait to see this one finished!

Clare said...

The LOVE block is great. I'm sure Julie will love it.

Some of the fabrics in those blocks are gorgeous. Love the carrots and the pumpkins.

Tonya Ricucci said...

Julie's getting lots of love! that I-Spy is great - love the solids that you added.

Quiltdivajulie said...

humming a Beatles tune while I type ... Love, Love, Love

Yes, I DO love this block!!

jillytacy said...

The love block looks good to me and I think the rainbow I Spy is a fabulous idea! The colors and fabrics look great!

em's scrapbag said...

Love the love block! Your eye spy is pretty cool also.

audreypawdrey said...

The love block is awesome! I really like your rainbow eye spy too. It is really cool!

Maggie Szafranski said...

Love your use of the selvages!

sewkalico said...

Super block and love the rainbow too!

laura west kong said...

How fun ... I love them both!

Mermaid's Purse said...

Thankyou for the lovely comment about my I Spy Quilt. I really like the way you have done this one with the blocks of plain colour just on the one half of the print - it works really well as it's so hard to get a good arrangement in a rainbow/colourwash effect using just the prints!

Rebel said...

What a neat idea. I used similar borders on mine... but it didn't even occur to me to match up the blocks with the borders. I like the rainbow effect a lot!