Another block to try

Here’s another “Not Block of the Month” for you to try – the free downloadable instructions are here.  This time we’ve chosen a simple traditional block, Goose Tracks, which looks good if made using just two fabrics  – this is the vintage black & white version from Barbara’s block collection –

vintage black & white block

Barbara made up her version using 4 fabrics – two closely-related main red prints and two backgrounds – putting more emphasis on the rectangles from the centre of the block.  

layout of pieces

You can see on the right hand side above that Electric Quilt was it’s usual helpful self – Chris drew out the block and put it into one of our shared files (thank you DropBox!) and Barbara just selected the block size – 12 inches finished – and hit the print button for a complete set of rotary cutting instructions.

trimming points

finished block

You could make various changes and substitutions in your version – let us know how what you decide to do!

Try this block

We’ve both been doing our fair share of chopping up fabric and stitching it back together again over the past couple of weeks.  So much so that during the course of one of our high level conferences at C&B HQ

another conference

we decided we would try a Not Block of the Month which would give us yet another reason to chop up even more fabric and stitch it back together.  Fuelled by further caffeine here’s our first offering, the State House block.  It really isn’t meant to be a Block of the Month, more of a Try This Block you might like it.  There is no further agenda, just the free downloadable instructions here.  Our other starting point was Barbara’s collection of vintage black and white blocks -here’s the original for your reference –

vintage black & white

Barbara picked up some Moda fabrics that had been lying around hopefully on her cutting table since before Christmas and in a very short time had put the block together –

making half square triangles

arranging units

putting small units together

units - correct arrangement

but it’s always fun to investigate the possibilities before committing to the “proper” arrangement …

this?

or this?

final block

– although looking at this last pic she wishes she’d slowed down a bit and made a better job of that 4patch unit!  Oops!!  (Probably had the music turned up too loud again – Chris)

So, it isn’t a competition or a sewalong and there’s no pressure, deadlines or any of that guilt-inducing stuff, just a simple versatile block – if you decide to make your own version do share it with us.