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Mar 20, 2015

Patchwork Auditions

Mar 20, 2015
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This is the official announcement of something unofficial.  What on earth does that mean?

I've been thinking for a while that I would love to explore different coloring options for classic quilt blocks.  So many times, we become ingrained to see blocks colored a certain way.  Our brain only sees it that one way.

I began thinking about this while designing the Vice Versa blocks.  For those blocks, we made 2 of the same block - only reversed the colors.  One block was made the traditional way, the second block put the color in the background and inverted itself.  That was so much fun to do, it made me think that we are constantly missing a million other ways to color popular blocks.

I'm introducing a new series, called Patchwork Auditions, that will look at some classic blocks and expose some alternate colorings.  I want to look at the structure of the block and re-imagine color placements.   I'm going to focus on some great beginner blocks.
So what's the unofficial part?
I'm going to do this casually, which is a little out of character for my type A personality.  I don't have a plan, a schedule, a list of blocks, or a layout designed for a quilt.  I simply want to think about the blocks and make one.

Eventually, I'll put them together into a scrappy quilt.

You are certainly welcome to join me!  I'll be giving cutting instructions for the basic block in 12" and 16" finished blocks, but not a tutorial.  I hope that you'll audition other color arrangements as I am.  Or maybe make a ton of variations of the same block.  I'll keep a log of the Patchwork Audition blocks here.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook to catch the updates on the next block.  The first one is Tues 3/24/15. Pin It


  1. I love this idea! It took me years to realize that background fabrics don't have to be white - so I'm obviously a little slow to look at blocks in a new way. Can't wait to see all the varieties you'll come up with.

  2. What a great idea! It will be fun to see what you come up with.

  3. Oh I'm so excited to follow along with this. I also can't wait for the coloring sheet, the child in me loves pulling out the colored pencils and coloring blocks while watching TV :)

  4. This is a great idea!! It's actually how I "created" the modernized d9p, as I had a lack of prints and needed to add a lot of negative space. By playing around with the arrangement of color to background, and adding some variation along the way, it created something pretty cool.

  5. This sounds like a really fun project. I hope you will share via your blog as well as Facebook/Instagram as I'm not on either of those and don't have the time to start or I'd have to give up actually crafting :)

    1. Hi Helen- Yes, all the content will most definitely be on the blog. I find most people get their news flashes from either IG or FB, but you'll definitely be finding the content here on the blog first.

  6. Thanks for sharing! Color can change the look of the block!


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