Monday, 23 May 2016

Block Design Possibilities

Today is a holiday in Canada, Victoria Day, or as everyone calls it May two four. I  have been enjoying some of the day in my sewing room a great way to spend a holiday. This afternoon I plan on enjoying the beautiful weather we are having.

Block design part two has gone a lot better. You can read about part one here. This is one of the oops parts of part one.

the oops 
I knew if I thought about it I could use part of the oops block. I took the center of it and added a strip on all four sides first.

adding strips

Once the strips were added it was time to put the thinking cap back on. I wanted to add triangles and thought of have the trusty Tri Recs Ruler. I use this ruler set a fair amount.  I centered the triangle in the middle of the strips and added them to all four sides.

angled strips added

One rescued center turned into a not to shabby a block. I do have plans for this 6 1/2'' block. That's for another post.

paper pieced

I did take time to draw up a paper piece pattern for the original block idea I had. This is the 6 1/2'' version. Paper piecing was definitely the way to go with this one. I'm still working on the 12 1/2'' version. 
Of the two blocks the paper pieced and the 'oops' my hubby prefers the oops.

side by side comparision paper piece on left and oops on the right
Which block do you prefer?

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34 comments :

Sandra Walker said...

Oh I'm with your hubby! I love the superimposed idea you've got going here. About Victoria Day or May 2-4 here in the East, out West (aka Alberta) we call it "May long"...funny how that goes. Wonder if our US friends have a pet name for their May holiday next weekend!

Lara B. said...

LOL Cindy, that's like asking me which I like better, chocolate cake or cherry pie. Both of those blocks are terrific! I love the co,or combination you've used too!
Happy May 2-4!

Bernie Kringel said...

Lara is correct - these are both terrific. Pressed to choose however, I would go with the oops block. I love that tri recs ruler and always forget that I have it! I should get it out and play around with it.

Bernie Kringel said...

To my knowledge, we don't have a pet name. Just Memorial Day!

Jennifer said...

I love the transformation of your oops block. It is gorgeous.

Quiltsmiles said...

I like both of them and think together they'd make a spectacular quilt! Just sayin'! Great way to spend a Holiday, glad you enjoyed it!

Allison said...

Both look really striking. I'd like to see the oops block without the floral 'frame'.

Maartje Quilt said...

Booth blocks are beautiful! Great way to save a lost block!!

Tish Stemple said...

I think your oops block turned out pretty darn good. I don't think you can call it oops anymore...it was a design that was just taking the long way of being born :)

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I like both blocks.

Kate said...

Both blocks look great, but the oops is my favorite too.

Lorna McMahon said...

Like most of the other commenters, I have to say both blocks are great and look fabulous together. Really enjoyed reading about your experience with these designs!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

i love the way the block peeps through the square, a real optical illusion. Your round robin sounds great fun, and with great friends. Enjoy

Kathy said...

I like the ooops block too!

Kathy said...

I believe it is, or used to be, also referred to as Decoration Day, for the practice of decorating the graves of the war dead. Goes back to Civil War days.

Lori Smanski said...

they are both fun blocks. but i love the opps block also.
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Linda said...

Both blocks are great - but I love the oops block!
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Karen Rowland said...

Love both blocks

sam said...

Your transformation is awesome.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful blocks!

Lisa Marie said...

I like the way both blocks look, but the oops block is extra creative! I'd be interested to see how it looks if you put a bunch of them together.

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PK Sews said...

They are both beautiful! I like the paper pieced better only because a whole set of them will give you more negative space for quilting. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Martina said...

I really love the one in the box! But both are great!

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Anonymous said...

I like the "oops" block. I also wanted to say that your applique projects were lovely. The alpha pin holder is a must-make. Thank you for sharing.

Kathy H said...

I love it when an oops block turns into something beautiful.

Teresa in Music City said...

Beautiful block! I loved seeing the different ways it can be done :*)

JanineMarie said...

Hi, visiting over here from Lara's fun mini hop. I like both of your blocks, but the Oops one sure has a lot of depth with that overlay look. Way to go in rescuing it!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Both blocks are terrific, but I like the oops just a wee bit more. Goes to prove that flying without a plan can often result in the most unexpected and lovely surprises!

Sandra @SewofCourse said...

I like both blocks, and they'd look great together! Wonderful that an "oops" block can become such a successful one with some thinking outside the box!

OhioLori said...

I actually LOVE your Oops! block!! agree with Sandra (above my comment)...they both look great together! :)

Shelley E said...

Lovely block. I really like your color scheme.

Kathy's Korner said...

I might need to try the Tri Recs Ruler.