Tuesday, December 04, 2007

What's Your Go-To Block?

When we were making batik sawtooth star blocks for the October block lotto on the quilting forum, Amy shared that someone told her that sawtooth star was her go-to block. I know it's one of mine, too.

Over the weekend, I smiled when I realized that I was making a couple of another one of my go-to blocks . . .

Oriental Lone Star 30's Lone Star

Both of these are for Kate's Birthday Block swap. The block on the left is for Christine, who asked for 12 inch blocks made from oriental fabrics on black background. I had originally planned to make a kimono block, but when, first, I couldn't find my pattern, and then, someone else make a kimono block for Christine, I went to one of my go-to blocks. It came out so nice (and flat), that I decided to make a second block, in 30's repros on a white-on-white background, for Faye. It's the one on the right. If I'd had some cream batik, Diane would likely received a purple batiks version, too . . . I was on a lone star roll.

My go-to blocks don't always serve me well, though. Here's the smaller 9 inch version I made (and rejected) a couple months ago for Amy. You can't tell in this photo, but the block is not even close to being flat. So I made a different star for Amy–the Wyoming Valley block on the right. I think it turned out to be a better choice and plays nicely with the other blocks she received.

Lone Star for Amy For Amy

4 comments:

The Carolina Quilter said...

Love these! The Sawtooth Star is definitely one of my favorites but these are to die for. Good they turned out flat.

sophie said...

Thanks for the compliment. I love when the planets align, I'm focused and these things come out well ;-)

Laurie said...

What is a go-to block? Slang? Favorite block? What you go to over and over?

sophie said...

Laurie, you got it, it's the one you go to over and over.

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