54 x 72
This quilt top is made of 9 inch blocks that Alycia is collecting for a Quilts of Valor block drive. She's not going to collect these. This top, after it has been finished into a quilt, will surprise a relative (my brother-in-law Tom) on Veteran's Day. I'm going to be surprising three family veterans and Tom's quilt is the only one I have left to finish. I had started a disappearing four patch top for him but quickly grew tired of sewing together and cutting apart blocks so I was stalled on the darned thing. Then I saw this block, made a few for the QOV block drive, liked it, found it easy to make and before I knew it a quilt top was born. I didn't think up this layout myself...Alycia included it with her block tutorial which she says is based on a block created by Jan O of The Colorful Fabriholic.
I originally made twelve blocks for the block drive in the "2. A lot of color" colorway.
There's probably a gazillion ways to lay these blocks out (oops...I forgot to clip this photo...now you can see my measly design wall - an old cutting mat with a piece of leftover batting on it.) But with a design wall like this there is no room to layout blocks and dither forever so I just sew my blocks together willy-nilly and hope for the best. Although for this quilt top I kept a diagram next to me so I knew which way to sew the blocks together.
Looks like sail boats ready to sail away to Alycia. But first I need to make a few more with the leftover scraps from making my quilt blocks. Then I will send off a dozen plus. It's not too late for you to join the fun...dig out those red, whites and blues and get sewing for a good cause!
These blocks are a half log cabin variation (if you ask me) so I'm going to link up with some other Log Cabin Loonies at JulieKQuilts.
And even though these blocks aren't made from scraps they are pretty scrappy so I'm linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.