When I thought more about turning the 12-inch HST Sampler blocks into larger backgrounds for a new project, I realized that they really didn't need to be whole blocks because they would become background/frames for large circular elements and whatever was in the center would be hidden/cut away.
And this is what happened.
I don't know anyone who likes to rip-rip-rip out seams, but somehow it isn't so terrible when you're not ripping out mistakes to fix them, but are creating building blocks to play with on the design wall to create something new.
The new blocks are 18-inches square. They will surround 14-inch circle elements. Some are symmetrical; some are almost symmetrical; the rest are not symmetrical at all.
I plan to turn the original 20 HST swap blocks into a dozen larger ones, with more HST units made and added, if needed.
The original blocks are below.
Deconstructing the blocks was a little like quilting archeology. The flying geese units in one of the blocks had been paper pieced and while there was no sign of paper on the back, it surrounded the threads in the seams ... and being the well-made block it was, the stitch-length was smaller and not a joy to pick out. I don't know if there will be enough HST-fabric to make the backgrounds I need; unfortunately, a couple blocks had stains and scorch marks that I chose not to include.
I'm adding this post to the links for Vicki's HSTeria QAL and Design Wall Monday (tomorrow) on The Patchwork Times.