Friday, September 13, 2019

Blog Hopping - Favorite Block Style

Celebrate the Square...

Welcome to the My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop!!!  This event is being hosted by Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks.  She's got QUITE the line-up of participants.  Myself included.  Here's the rundown of dates and bloggers:



Monday, September 9th


Tuesday, September 10th


Wednesday, September 11th


Thursday, September 12th



Friday, September 13th

SEW...  Let me introduce you to my favorite block...

I present the humble square.

Small. measuring 5 inches in a Charm Pack:



Smaller, at just 2.5 inches in a pack of Mini Charms:



And...

Smallest, my personal favorite, at a mere 1 inch:



There are SEW many ways to combine squares into quilts...

One patch squares, sewn in a row, as shown below:



Four patch:



Nine patch:



Plus block, straight-set or on-point:




And on and on...

I recently use squares (in two sizes) to make a Double Nine Patch Tiny Tuesday block for the 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge:



One of my current WIPs features 4-Patch blocks...


... Given to me by Dee Dee because she was having trouble figuring out a design plan for them and knew that I would "do something" with them.  I finally did in June of this year:


I will use the resulting quilt top for longarm  practice and will donate the completed quilt to one of our Guild's charity programs.

In case you were wondering...

Here is my MOST FAVORITE quilt (top) made of squares:



It's my SCRAPPY version of Rachel Hauser's Rainbow Picnic Sew Along quilt from 2017.  The instructions were posted on her blog Stitched in Color.  Ignore the fact that I'm sharing the UN-quilted state.

It HAS been quilted...



... But my computer isn't currently on speaking terms with my external hard drive (and I wasn't able to locate a photo with it quilted.)  The quilt STILL hasn't gotten a binding attached:



I have big plans for its binding and simply haven't taken the time to implement them, as one quilt or another keeps jumping ahead in line.  It involves a LOT of scrappy strips!!

For the My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop, I made something a BIT smaller.  I have used a scrap of  small squares combined with a larger square (and a rectangle) to create a Quilted Mug Rug.


Are YOU feeling lucky???

I'm offering this little gem to one of my Blog Hop readers:



Here's a look at the back, shown prior to completing the binding, in case you happen to like the large scrap of African woman fabric (Thanks, Maggie!) better than the front:



All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me about your favorite quilt block.

If your comment number is drawn, you will be contacted via email.  This will be done on October 11th.

Thanks for stopping by!

My apologies for being late to the party.  Sorry, Carla!!!  I set a reminder and then got involved in another project and totally forgot that it was Friday, already!!

Until next time...
Quilting at the (Blog) Hop!!!

46 comments:

  1. I love this post all about what we can do with squares, Joy! I'm a fan of square bits of fabric myself. Your rainbow picnic quilt is just beautiful - squares in a rainbow layout - there's nothing better!

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  2. The simple square makes wonderful quilts. Yours are all so pretty, Joy. Thank you for sharing and inspiring in this fun blog hop ... :-) Pat

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  3. What a colorful post! and fun to see ideas with the pre cuts!!

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  4. All of your projects are lovely, I love the scrappy look. The smallest square I've used is 1" in a modified Burgoyne Surrounded, they are finicky little things.

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  5. Oh gosh, those tiny squares... you are very diligent! I honestly can say I have no Favorite block, but I surely do tend to like the churn dash alot!

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  6. I am partial to the 9 patch. I use that to teach my friends how to piece a quilt. Like all the different sizes of blocks that you shared.

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  7. I love working with little pieces ... I like hsts because you can make so many different blocks with them. My all time favorite is the pin wheel. I think ... lol Really love them all.

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  8. Squares - my favorite cause they leave no waste. I'm impressed with your sewing of tiny squares.

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  9. 9 patches are so versatile! You have done them proud!

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  10. I think that simple square is a favorite for all of us. It's a great filler and as you've shown, cutting it up makes so many different versions. One inch squares are my least favorite, though...too tiny! Thanks for sharing your mug rug and all the ways to cut up a square.

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  11. I agree that you can do many things with squares, but I'd never touch the one inch size! LOL Too hard with arthritic fingers!

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  12. Love all your squares, especially the teeny, tiny ones! Favorite (and easiest, of course) the square! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  13. Great post. I agree the simple square can do so much, and it is like the best supporting player.

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  14. Great projects. Cute mug rug. My favorite quilt block is a basket block

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  15. Where would quilters be without the square block?!? Love your quilts! They are all great! You have inspired me to try a 1" square mini block.

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  16. Hi! I think this is brilliant - squares can be made into just everything can't they? Talk about versatile. My favorite block uses your favorite and it's the nine-patch. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  17. Love your blocks... & some so tiny..wow! lol I haven't made my squares using anything smaller than mini charm size :) Thank you for chance to win your beautiful creation!! Love it... Right now..my favorite Block is the Churn Dash :)

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  18. Great post, Joy! I am a rainbow lover so naturally I loved your favorite quilt too. You are such a busy, productive lady! How do you do it all?

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  19. I like the 9 patch, mostly because it's the first thing I learned how to sew, so of course it holds a special place in my heart. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  20. I like pinwheel blocks, also easy to do with charm packs. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I love the wee little blocks too. Those little four squares are irresistible. They might be my favorite little block. I love your Rainbow Picnic.

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  22. 1-patch, 4-patch, 9-patch -- bring 'em on!

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  23. Nice quilts! I love the log cabin the best! Thanks for sharing!!

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  24. Squares!! They are essential to quilting. Great choice!

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  25. I love squares and they make great quilts. Thanks for sharing all the inspiration with squares. Your picnic quilt is super cute. Thanks for joining the hop and sharing your favorite blocks.

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  26. Squares offer so many options. Pretty quilts. I love the little quilt, with the African ladies print. My favorite block is the Ribbon Star and I posted about it for this Blog Hop.

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  27. I love the versatility of squares too. Thanks for sharing all the creative ways that you used them!

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  28. My favorite is the feathered star block. Amazing how that little square can be so versatile!

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  29. Fun with the humble square. I love stars and log cabins.

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  30. My favorite is the log cabin, so versatile !

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  31. Love your squares, simple but effective design possibilities.

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  32. Squares are certainly the building blocks for quilts of all kinds. My favorite blocks are pinwheels even though getting a perfect center seam match can be tricky. the smallest squares I've used are 1.5" although I've used smaller bits in doing some of the tiny Tuesday blocks.

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  33. Squares are fabulous! I also am a fan of rectangles & triangles. Right now my favorite quilt block is the wild goose chase. It combines lots of shapes. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. As a bigtime 4-patch and 9-patch fan, I agree completely!

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  35. Those squares of all sizes are definitely versatile! I love 9-patches, stars and logs!! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. I definitely feel like some people underestimate the value of squares. I love quilts that are "simple squares" because they seem to get the most use, people aren't afraid to cuddle with them. And as you demonstrated, you can switch it up quite quickly just by changing the size of the squares! Thank you for showing off this great block!

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  37. 1 inch squares?!! Wow!! Thanks for showcasing the humble square, it is probably the one that we use the most of!! xx

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