With a little help from my friends…

One of the things I love about blogging is hearing from people who comment and share their ideas.  Here are a couple of ideas that I thought you might enjoy, too.

When I blogged about some household items that are useful for quilting, Peggy commented that she cuts up her old calendars and uses the numbers to label her blocks and rows.

It was the perfect time of year for that handy hint, so I promptly cut up an old calendar. The numbers worked great for labeling pieces for a complex project. I clipped them to groups of fabric for the various sections of the quilt using binder clips–an idea I got from Judy Niemeyer’s class years ago.

Another friend, Claire, responded to my post on making single-color slabs by asking what I do with fabric that is a mixture such that no one color predominates.  I had been cutting out sections based on the predominant color, and that seemed to work.  But…

When I came to this piece, I realized I had NO desire to cut out chunks small enough to be mainly one color.  Then I started looking and saw that I had a number of prints from which I would NEVER be able to cut single-color pieces of any size.quilt slab, slab block, quilt block, modern block

So I made a block of multi-color pieces.  It is pretty wild, but so were some of the fabrics that went into it.  I’ll see how it looks with the single-color blocks when I assemble a quilt.  What do you think?  Make more of these or give up on the truly multicolored fabrics for slabs?


27 thoughts on “With a little help from my friends…

  1. Hmmm, now that is a good question. I think I would save them to use in log cabin quilt strips, pair them with a matching solid color for patch blocks, and/or use them to make very colorful houses and landscapes for a neighborhood quilt.

  2. My favorite tip from the internet….save the plastic bread ties. Have your friends save them for you and in no time you will have enough for alphabet and numbers. A homemade version of fatquartershop’s alphabitties!

  3. I have never been a fan of this sort of a block, makes my eyes spin, but I think cut into strips and used in a log cabin or a strip quilt would work nicely. Glad I do a lot of appliqué and use up my scraps in those, I also just do a scrappy quilt when they start to overwhelm my storage system.

  4. I love the block. I’d use them alternating with solidish blocks of that great blue, orange, and purple. They could be small projects as suggested above — placemats, lap mats, tote bags, tablet/laptop covers… Still, very fun.

  5. I like the multicolor block pieces! I have some fabric in my stash like that plaid and I have wondered what I am going to do with it (and occasionally – why did I buy it?!?!) Thanks for sharing the ideas!

  6. That looks like a good solution. I remember a time when the blended look was in for mixing prints, and that seems to be what has happened here. And I also notice that though you color coordinated the palette (if not the individual color); that may be the basis of the success of this block. And an answer to the question.

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