June 26, 2015

Vanna ... spin me a letter.

Wheel of Fortune quilt block
The Wheel of Fortune is a nine patch quilt block, and is an easy one to construct. It uses one of my favourite patches -- the three-quarter square triangle. This patch is not used as frequently as many others, but I like it because it gives the quilter a chance to utilize both the common half square triangle and the quarter square triangle patches. See if you can pick out which triangle is which.

I guess you realize that I just couldn't resist these quotes due to the title of this quilt block.

From those famous "Wheel of Fortune" word wizards

    Wheel of Fortune image courtesy http://www.wheeloffortune.com/
  • "If I went in to pitch this show to a network, I would be laughed out of the room."
    ~ Pat Sajak

  • "Sometimes you just stumble into something that works, and here I am a quarter of a century later."
    ~ Pat Sajak

  • "Anyone who has seen me spin that heavy, giant wheel on television knows that I'm not a steroid user."
    ~ Pat Sajak

  • "I enjoy getting dressed as a Barbie doll.
    ~ Vanna White"

  • "When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought that it would pay off.
    ~ Vanna White"

  • "It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters.
    ~ Vanna White"

'Wheel of Fortune' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
'Wheel of Fortune' image courtesy http://www.wheeloffortune.com/

June 22, 2015

Bring on the marshmallows ...

Forest Campfire quilt block © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Forest Campfire quilt block
The Forest Campfire quilt block has lots of possibilities with the layout of the quilts. Setting the blocks side by side produces a secondary pattern which seems to give you "more bang for your buck", so to speak.

Flying geese patches and three quarter square triangles make the block, so this is a time to test out those shapes, if they are new to you.
Campfire Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Camping Fun

  • "Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business."
    ~ Dave Barry

  • "We're not much of a camping family. When I was in Cub Scouts, we went camping once, and my dad snored the whole time and kept me up. It wasn't that fun."
    ~ Chandler Riggs

  • "If you're not in New York, you're camping out."
    ~ Thomas Dewey

'Forest Campfire' image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Campfire Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

June 12, 2015

A rose by any other name ...

I seem to be on a "pink" kick, but isn't pink a favourite colour for the roses you receive?

The English Rose quilt block is comprised of simple patches -- the square and the half square triangle, so there is nothing difficult in the sewing of the block. The fun begins when you start to play around with the layout of the blocks, to see what secondary pattern can emerge as a result.

These two quilt illustrations show you just some of the ways to set your blocks to get secondary effects.

English Rose quilts

You might also be interested in other "royal" quilt blocks as well, such as ...

Thank you Mr. Shakespeare

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet; ...."
~ [Act II, Scene II - Romeo and Juliet]

'English Rose' images © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

June 01, 2015

Anyone up for Checkers?

There are lots of things going for this quilt block called Checkerboard Friends.  It is a seven patch block with quite a few pieces, but works well as a larger block -- hence fewer blocks to make for a quilt.
Checkerboard Friends quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Checkerboard Friends quilt block

I chose to construct this block as an uneven nine patch as I find working with larger units easier to manage. However, you can easily make this block in rows if that is your preference. Half square triangles are featured in the outer border, but the main patch used is the simple square. Easy, peasy.

Lots of options present themselves for a quilt layout and if you throw in a few blank blocks as shown in the illustrated sample, your quilt goes together faster and you get to showcase your quilting skills. A win-win situation!

Download the free quilt block pattern.
Checkerboard Friends quilt

And Speaking of Friendship ...

  • "I value the friend who, for me, finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar."
    ~ Robert Brault

'Checkerboard Friends' images © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com