Thursday, August 05, 2021

sample blocks from the rectangles bins

Sample blocks from the 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch cut rectangles bins.
Yes, bins. Multiple bins.
One of three 1 1 /2 by 2 1/2 inch Everything bins

I love this unit-block size and in my cutting up scraps many land in this bin. I have three categories: Solids, 30s repros, and Everything else, which sorts itself into lights and others as I pull from it.

Here are four ideas from my sketchbook that made it to fabric. I want to do a solid quilt in the coming year, so I made the samples with solids.

The large solids sample block I made a couple years ago and now is being made in scraps from the Everything else bins. There were three bins starting out and it is now down to two. I used well over 3000 rectangles! And a number of squares. I'll post directions for that when it gets to the top finished stage. I call it Thirteen because it has 13 rows.
I have plans involving sashing for the two different stacked blocks.
The little tatami 4 1/2 block (so named for the number of units--it measures 3 inches) with the little red squares I think will be fun to work with. Tatami arrangement sites are a great place to go for ideas.

I make a few sample blocks and work with pressing when ready to commit to a design.

thirteen, block from a quilt in progress

thirteen, sample block in solids

stacked 4 inch squares

stacked 6 inch square

tatami 4 1/2 (measures 3 inches) Four blocks shown

Here are two quilts I have made in the past from the 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch rectangle bins.
Chinese coins, 2014

Unit blocks, 2013


gayle said...

Tatami arrangement is a whole new thing to me - and looks like it's a rabbit hole, too...

Jenny said...

You are amazing stitcing all those little pieces together. Thanks for showing us your two older quilts, incorporating so many teeny tiny pieces.

Ann said...

What fun you are having. The quilt with the grey alternate blocks looked like it had narrow diagonal sashing until I realized it was the quilting. Lovely.

SueR said...

I've been saving that size too for a long time for a Legos quilt but haven't actually started one yet. I also save 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles for a different block from a book by Margaret Rolfe. Those go together a little faster. :)

Jane said...

Thanks again for so many postings always showing such great projects. Jane