Wednesday, June 02, 2010

flock block


As much as I love free piecing quilts without a pattern, sometimes it's refreshing to piece traditional quilt blocks. This one is called the flock block. Each block finishes at 12". (Three complete blocks and one partial block is shown here.) When the blocks are rotated, it forms a neat secondary design. I made the block as I wrote a tutorial and I loved the design so much that I decided to keep going and make an entire quilt out of it.
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This is going to be for my youngest son, since he has been quite vocal about the the fact that there are way too many girl quilts going to the youngest member of our family. Such injustice in the world, I tell you.

55 comments:

Q said...

I love free piecing quilts too - or with my own designs. I haven't tried piecing with a set pattern before from someone else.

This seems like a nice design - a traditional block - to try out. :) I do love traditions.

beth said...

This will be beautiful!! And justice will be served. ;)

Cheryl Arkison said...

Heart, heart, heart. It's solids too, but you had me at HSTs!

Needled Mom said...

I can see that secondary pattern forming. It will be awesome.

Kristen said...

Beautiful block! I agree. We are so attracted to florals etc. It is hard to find manly fabric. I like these colors!

Leeanne said...

This ia a really sharp, crisp looking block, I hope your son likes it.

nettie said...

i totally agree about traditional quilts! I love them!

(and i am not ignoring your email you sent weeks ago. I'd love to see you in November...maybe I can even make it to the retreat this year!)

AnnieO said...

Great colors in your block. I love secondary patterns, they are so cool!

That injustice/not fair thing kinda never goes away, does it!

Regina said...

I LOVE it! I tend to make more things for my son than my daughter BECAUSE he's so vocal about it. I also like the challenge of making boy things.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

This is really a beautiful block - Love your colour choices! I hope you will post pics further along so we can see that secondary pattern emerge.
Hugs,
Kerry

What Comes Next? said...

HSTs never cease to amaze me - and your colour and contrast choices are wonderful!

Asiyah said...

Solids are such a refreshing change from all the mod prints that are popular now. Love the block!

Lilla Marilla said...

It's very nice and I like the colours too. Hope you will show the whole quilt when it is ready.

Jackie said...

Really loving the flock block and the colors are wonderful. He will love it when it is complete!

CrimsonBruin said...

Cool that your son wants a quilt! Love the colors and looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Glenn said...

love the color and composition.

luv2quilt2 said...

Love that design; what a gorgeous quilt it will be.

Sarah Craig said...

That is a beautiful block! I think it's amazing how you can take a traditional design and make it contemporary by choice of fabric. And I find that it's hard to find good fabrics for "male" quilts - little boys are easy but once they get older it's hard to find appropriate fabrics. I'm currently hoarding old shirts of my husband's to use in one....

Sarah said...

I LOVE traditional blocks. I feel they really come alive with modern fabrics or solids. This one is stunning in those solids! One lucky boy!

tracy_a said...

Love that block! It is nice to get to see an arrangement as well. Great colors too - thanks for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- isn't it fun that boys love our quilts too? My boys loved the quilts that I made for them. Love your block -- that's my kind of quilt -- one you put together from a favorite block!

Jessica Christensen said...

I like your color choices, and I do love traditional blocks/patterns too. I'm pretty sure we have WAY more girl quilts around here too, even though the boys outnumber the girls almost 3 to 1. The girly ideas just pop into my head, whereas I have to actually THINK about a boyish one. Thanks for the inspiration (as always).

mascanlon said...

I do like the challenge sometimes of piecing a complex block. Love the way your color choices make the pattern sing! (Or is singing girly too?)

tarabu said...

So when do we get the gift of your wisdom? And if I need to pay for a pdf of the instructions, I am totally okay with that. Here's my paypal card, just email me. In fact just let me start a tab for all of them when the book comes out ! (I do wish you'd write a book and get published, although heaven knows that could take a year or more.)

Kristin said...

I really love that...beautiful!

The Whimsy Cottage said...

How wonderful that your son can appreciate a handmade quilt!

Cindy said...

Great color combination. I'm really loving solids right now. Lots of possibilities with this block!

Barb said...

My son (12 y/o) picked out the fabrics and the pattern for a new quilt. I've got the top 99% finished and it's been sitting in the UFO pile for almost a year now. My poor kids are always the last to get the good stuff.

Jeanne said...

It's going to be a wonderful quilt!

Anonymous said...

You have no idea how happy I am that you are back out here showing us all your beautiful artistic talent! I look forward to see what you are going to create next!

Leslie

Michelle said...

YES! YES! Your back!! (Does happy dance!) I'm so happy your blogging again. You were missed.

John'aLee said...

I so agree with you. Because I design patterns, I am thrilled to just sit down and follow some other designer's pattern.
Your block looks great. So glad you are back to blogging!

Doris said...

I love this quilt so far! What fun, and I agree, new takes on traditional blocks sometimes make the best quilts!

Katherine said...

This looks great. I like the solids you've combined because they don't detract from the design plus the colours look masculine without being too dark. Perfect for the youngest man in your house.

Clair said...

I think it is a good choice for P.

carol said...

We MUST keep our men happy now, must'nt we????

carol said...

We MUST keep our men happy now, must'nt we????

Munaiba said...

That really is a lovely block and it those colours really show it off to best advantage.

Karyli said...

That is an inspiring block. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Teresa said...

That's a beautiful block...and in my favorite colors, too!

Renee said...

Love the colours!

Princess and the Pea said...

Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt! The colours are gorgeous - very aquatic.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous! Love your eye for color and pattern!

That Leini Girl said...

LOVE this design!!

happy zombie said...

I'm crazy about your block... crazy mad love! And I love that you used solids, and I love the colors. AGAIN... you have my jaw hitting my keyboard!

Logopaedchen said...

I love your colors..just absolutly stunning!!

sulu-design said...

You know that my heart melts when I hear stories about your kids (especially your sons) asking for their own quilts. How awesome that they love what you do!

That Leini Girl said...

I am designing a quilt for a Lebonese friend of mine, and I just realized that this pic was the inspiration for it...lol

Guilitta said...

Hallo,

I love your flock block. I like to get the tutorial for a quilt or block. I Ilike to see your finished Quilt and the secondary pattern.

Greeting
Guilitta from Germany

Peris said...

I love it..what is your trick to get your points to come together so perfectly...its my biggest struggle....I love traditional blocks....I am sur eyou son will love it.

Jennifer said...

Really love it!

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Suzie said...

It already looks great! Your son will love it!

American Quilter's Society said...

Love the colors!

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pratima said...

Beautiful block! The solids look delicious :)

savvy stitch said...

Love this block