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It’s ME again,

After I finished perusing the book I talked about in yesterday’s post, I went to my other quilt book purchase: Simplify retro by Camille Roskelly. Camille is one of those “modern” quilters who is building a following on a national scale. She and her mom are the team of Moda fabric designers known as bonnie and camille. You might have loved the very popular Moda lines Ruby or Sky or Bliss that they designed. Camille’s premise in this book is using classic blocks, with modern fresh fabrics, often super-sizing the blocks. I’ve been looking for ways to make some of what I think of as the bedrock blocks of quilting, like a churn dash, or a log cabin, more fun for beginners. Generally I’ve liked those classic blocks in a smaller size, like a 4″ or 6″ or even smaller finished size. Seeing them over-sized has given me some new thoughts. We’re talking really big blocks now, 24″ or 36″. I like the focus that puts on the fabric choice(s) and that some of the “nitzy” work of matching the block parts is simplified for rookie quilters when the blocks are bigger. You can easily make a baby quilt or table topper from just one humongous block and a border. Of course not all blocks will work for this idea-for example I can’t imagine a 36″ four patch being much fun, but how about an Ohio star?

What block is your favorite? Maybe you can make something for yourself quickly from one, or maybe 4, of that block done in a very large scale. What block do you think would be fun to try out for this technique?


  1. Rosellen says:

    On EQ 7 there is a library where you can take a block and turn it into a large quilt. It might work in a fantastic manner for modern quilts. One can also change the dimension by pushing and pulling on the design. I made a queen sized quilt for my kids with it and it turned out great. You may have just inspired me to try another. Rosellen

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    Great idea. I use Quilt-Pro as my program, since EQ has not put out a Mac version and I don’t want to use the virtual PC on my computer. I’m going to have to explore and see what I can do to super-size a block or small quilt. Let the computer do the math for us!

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