I hope you all aren't bored to death hearing about the Magic of Christmas sew along! I promise I will give it a week or two before I mention it again.
The blocks pictured above are the block patterns given out by Lisa Bongean, who is hosting the sew along. She has actually put out eleven patterns, but I wasn't crazy about number 7, so I switched it out for something I liked better. Also block 10 has been seriously moderated by me because I was making a real hash of the pattern she released. The blocks are in order of release, going row by row, to the right. With number seven being skipped.
And these are some blocks I have added. I have used Judy Hopkins 501 Quilt Block encyclopedia for the patterns. I will name them for you in case you are interested in making any of them as well. The first two are Summer Winds, my modification of Lisa's dreaded Block 10. I was able to use the two and a half inch center star unit, but swapped out all the other units. To the right in row one is a pattern called Swamp Angel. Despite the name, I really think that block is pretty. Second row, the first two blocks are Mosaic Rose, a fun and easy choice where you can add interest by using two shades of the same color in each block. Next two blocks in row two are Crown. Another one that lends itself two two fabrics. Evidently I really liked it, because I practically duplicated it in the row below. I am getting ahead of myself though. Row three, first two blocks are Chinese Block. This was simple and I think is an interesting design. Next two blocks are Union, very similar to Crown, above it. Finally row four, is Crystal Star. All of these blocks are six inch finished.
Here is everything together, laid out in a diagonal set:
If I use this layout, I will need more red blocks to keep the color layout consistent. So what did I do to add more red blocks? Why I made basket blocks of course! Can you find them? I added four different basket blocks, all from Judy's book. I think all sampler quilts need basket blocks, don't you agree?
Have a great weekend, and I promise to take a break from talking about these sew along blocks!