The Plan, should there happen to be one,

is to make a new lap quilt. The old one is dated 1984, and it’s getting a little grubby.

This is the fabric I’m using:

Most of it is a collection of quarter yards purchased in a bundle at Schoolhouse Fabrics in Floyd, Virginia, in 2002. Yep. This is fabric in its prime.

Since I can’t decide on one block er am flexible in my choices er prefer to be spontaneous er like variety er am a Crackpot er don’t have a plan, it will be a sampler quilt.

I haven’t done any serious piecing in a while so I decided to go back to the old standby–Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party. This means that however many blocks get done will be nine-inch blocks. To make it easy to get started, I decided to group my fabric into sets of three, with varying colors and values. Then I looked for blocks that used just three colors. I eliminated all the blocks that called for measurements of 1/16 inch (indicated in the book as +) because my rulers don’t have that marking.

My first block was Ohio Star, and here it is:

The second block was Perpetual Motion, and here it is:

Now, what shall I make for the next one? Get out your Block Party book (I know you have one) and make some suggestions.

3 Responses to “The Plan, should there happen to be one,”

  1. cathy says:

    Oooh, so many choices. The first 3 blocks you’ve picked are all based on a 9-patch grid, with a plain square in the middle. Do you want to keep that up? If so, there are lots of options: I am a big fan of Eddystone Light, and Capital T is rather nice, too. Dolly Madison’s Star is a neat variation on that theme (it has a 9-patch in the central block) as is Fifty-Four Forty.

    Or, you could do some blocks that take that “central square” idea and do it on point: Beacon Lights is nice, and I love Castles in Spain though I think I’d want to do a variation that made it rotationally symmetrical.

  2. cathy says:

    Oh, and I meant to add that “square in the middle” and “square on point in the middle” was one of the organizing principles for James’s birthday quilt:

  3. Nancy says:

    I like Big T, and Nicholas likes Blazing Star, though it uses templates rather than rotary cutting, so I don’t know if you want to take that on. Andrew likes most of the stars.

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