Anyway, I just read about Quiltstory's Block Party over at Sarah Pings & Needles blog and thought it would be fun to submit some blocks and, like the Blogger's Quilt Festival, have fun blog hopping to see what everyone else submitted.
So you can submit three blocks and choose between three categories: modern, traditional and creative. So here are my three blocks:
I made this block for Krista lolablueocean who asked for any kind of circle block at all and sent some wonderful, whimsical fabrics which lent themselves to a whimsical, dreamy, circle. The challenge for me on this block was making a dream spiral for sleeping beauty to sleep inside which I achieved with a 3/4" bias strip, ironed in half, sewn on with a 3/8" seam, folded over and then hand sewn down.
Amber (One Shabby Chick) asked for a modern block for the quilt she was making for her uber cool musician sister in law, Hope and we were given total free rein to make pretty much anything modern at all. The idea for this block is of course just a simple wonky nine patch with framed centres. For some reason, I made an enormous palaver of making it, probably because I was in a rush as I was going on holiday the next day and, had I just taken a deep breath, I would have made it in half the time. Hindsight. Not much use once the block is made really.
I wasn't sure which category to put this block into but put it into traditional because flying geese are a classic traditional quilter's shape and this block is just made of a couple of circles of flying geese. Karrie Lynn of Freckled Whimsy asked us for a block made of half square triangles and I, intrigued that I had only ever seen single circles of flying geese, wanted to design and make a double circle. Imagine my frustration when the block came out 1/4" shy of the required 16 1/2" requested by KarrieLynn - ah well, we can always add a skinny little layer of sashing to make a block grow to the requested size, albeit through gritted teeth.