Old Blocks, New Tricks

Last week I ended up making two pop up (like summer thunderstorms) quilt tops from old stuff. They certainly weren’t on my to-do list, which is loaded with other tops to quilt. But I came across my bag of 1.5 inch squares and HSTs. (Yes, I save even the little bits.) Then, I found blocks left over from another quilt, shown below, and decided I needed to combine them with new blocks made from those HSTs.

Akron Amish

Here’s the result, based on Sandi Cummings’ Thinking Outside the Block.

Transitioning Traditional 1

While that one was still warm from the iron, I found the 25 dancing stars blocks I had paper pieced with Amy Ellis’ pattern. Here’s a previous post about this project. I recalled that Vicki Welsh had recently finished her version and decided I had to finish mine. But, 25 (actually 24) blocks set on point make a very small piece, so I decided to expand my top by inserting sashing between the blocks.

The resulting top is the most traditional thing I’ve done in years, but I like the sharp edges and the brick colored setting triangles. It’s still not very large, though.

Dancing Stars

So, I’ve converted some traditional blocks into ones that look like they’re swimming upstream to spawn; and I’ve turned what was to be a modern quilt into a symmetrical one with sashing, no less. Of course my husband loves this one.


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4 responses to “Old Blocks, New Tricks

  1. I think you worked magic with all 3 tops! It must feel great to have these done!

    • Thanks for the kind words. I think surprised might express my feelings best. So often I seem to nibble away at a quilt for weeks, and sometimes months, but these almost put themselves together. Of course, it really helped that I had made all those dancing star blocks earlier.

  2. I agree with your husband! I love that last one–but, then, I am an unrepentant traditionalist! The dancing stars add so much movement to that quilt!

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