Saturday, April 26, 2008

Rectangles

Remember these blocks? I did make a few more - maybe enough for a small lap / cot quilt if I put sashing round them. But ... whilst I love the effect, I fear I haven't got the patience or tenacity to make a whole quilt one block at a time. Which is a pity, as I have cut out enough 2 1/2 inch squares, half-square triangles and rectangles to make one (and it took me hours).

Still, nil desperandum, squares and half-square triangles always come in useful but I was trying to think what I could make with the rectangles - they are 2.5 X 4.5 inches so I couldn't use them to make flying geese. Could have done a very simple rail fence. But then inspiration struck - I remembered I had a copy of this book.

All the quilts in the book are made from simple rectangles so I used one of the patterns. They are really a form of one patch but you can vary the way you set them. I used the layout here.


I wasn't sure at first, but now I've laid out a few of the 'blocks' together to check the effect, it's growing on me. My kind of quilt really, simple and scrappy. And best of all, quick.

18 comments:

Shelina said...

It is beautiful! I'll have to keep that pattern in mind. I love the colors you have chosen as well.

teodo said...

The effect is very good................nice fabrics and nice colours.

I know that you are a "fan of Italy" and Thanks for this.
ciao ciao

Chookyblue...... said...

I like the rectangles......and I like the colours you have choosen................

Karol-Ann said...

I love those blocks (so pleased I own this book, I'll go and take another look at it!)

McIrish Annie said...

I like this a lot! i LOVE quilts with squares and rectangles. something about those shapes appeal to me.

Joyce said...

I like this block. It looks complex but is really easy to do. My favorite kind.

Clare said...

I like it! I can see mini blocks out of scraps and crumbs.

Lovely colours.

JoAnna said...

Pretty quilt. I may just make one of those out of the leftovers from Carolina Crossroads - if I ever finish it!

Agapequilt said...

As the job it is beautiful that you are doing
okgbva

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Now you have reminded me that I have that book...and a lot of blocks cut out for the quilt already!!
Thanks for that, hope it turns out as good as yours! Tracey

Knot Garden said...

I love those lavender and green colours,so effective in that pattern!
I see on your profile that you like Now Voyager, that's one of my favourite films too, and I also like Jane Eyre:)
Caroline

Bea said...

It´s a cute pattern - very variable! I will remember to use my stash!

julieQ said...

Gosh, I just love it! The block is simple, and when I saw the next pic of the top, it is just so pretty! Very scrappy and spring time looking!

Libby said...

Looks like fields of flowers viewed from above *s*

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

I love the lavender squares. What an easy and effective technique. It looks beautiful.

Leah said...

Coincidence - I used this book for the first time today too :0 and i'v e had it forever....

Purple Pam said...

Your purple/green quilt is lovely. Of course, anything purple is lovely, I think! Such simple construction, but a great effect. I need a tea cozy also. Did you get one made yet?

YankeeQuilter said...

This quilt top just glows...looks like my type of garden (no watering required!)