Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Birds and the Bees or Where Do Quilts Come From, Grandma?


Four more 14 inch Blazin' Hot blocks. 

I didn't know the name of this block when I started making them so gave them the name Blazin' Hot since I saw that printed in one of the fabric pieces I used to make the first blocks.  Of course this is just the gestation period so the name is subject to change until the quilt is finished (born). 


I'm not very clever at making quilt patterns but I've had enough quilting experience to figure out how to make a lot of blocks that inspire me.  This was one of them.  

I usually make a few blocks while I am inspired (the twinkle in the eye stage) so I don't forget about making a new quilt.    At that time I was working with men's shirts from the thrift store making my kaleidoscope blocks so grabbed a few shirt parts (pistils) and a few florals (stamens) and made  quilt blocks. Whoopee!!    (Maybe that should be the quilt name). 

Ok...no comments that shirt parts can be stamens and florals pistils. Maybe...but this is my story and it has been written. 


And now there are 10. 

I will add a sashing that's a little wider (maybe 3 inch???)  between blocks like the inspiration quilt.  I think I have the perfect piece for that - leftover quilt backing.   I just need to figure out size of the quilt now. I like to give birth to big babies. 


And to follow up on the block name... Dot (aka abelian who is a no-reply blogger so I couldn't say thanks) left me a comment saying the block name according to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia #1911 is Buffalo Ridge by Nancy Cabot or Grandmother's Fancy.   #1912 is Buffalo Ridge or Country Roads.   I think the only difference between #1911 and #1912 is the whether or not the block sashing is the same size as the quilt sashing.     Anyway...after I had a name I found the Country Roads pattern at Quilter's Cache if you want to make your own 

Remember...inspiration, love, twinkle in the eye, important parts, whoopee, gestation.  And someday a quilt is born that needs a name and tender loving care. 

11 comments:

Cathy said...

Thanks for that great explanation of the Quilting Facts of Life. The best part is watching the gestation of a new, fabulous quilt!

gayle said...

I love story time at your house!
(And you're just determined to get me making large blocks, aren't you, you inspiration, you...)

Linda said...

Great story, Cathy. The block is super and I love your name for it. Stick with Blazin' Hot, far more exciting than the ' real' one. Great colours!

Kaja said...

I liked the inspiration quilt, like your version a lot too, but yours is funnier.

Quilting Babcia said...

Oh, you do spin a great yarn! Love it!

Ellen said...

I like to give birth to big quilts too, although, I am trying to shorten the gestation period! :)

Louise said...

I don't know nothin' about birthin' no quilt blocks! Quick, boil some water! :)

Ann said...

Such a great story! You are so clever and these are great blocks. I look forward to the quilt top; wonder what that sashing looks like. Does it have bees?

audrey said...

Loving these fabrics worked into these awesome blocks!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I love them - they are such great blocks and so colorful!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

These are just fabulous blocks in every way - riotous and wonderful -