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Block Ideas
Using 2 1/2" strips

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Click on this block to see a quilt made of these blocks.

Joann used this block in her "Study of Pinks and Purples". It is a 4 1/2" square with 2 1/2" strips pieced around it.  Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt made using this block, or see a picture of the quilt on the Gallery Page.

Click on this block to see a quilt made with it.

Here's a four patch with setting square the same size as the four patch. Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt made using this block.  Note that in that representation, we sashed the block with a colored cornerstone.

Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt made using this block.

X's and O's.  The easiest way to make this block is by making a tube.  One side of the tube will be the two strips sewn together and the other side would be a strip of white matching that width.  Using a 45 degree ruler, cut the tube into triangles.  When opened, they will be squares.  Arrange the squares as shown. Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt made using this block.

There is a video or me cutting a 45 degree block here but it is NOT the block above. The quilt made by Celia was made using 45 degree triangles cut from two strips sewn together, as was the quilt by Birdie.  The quilt made by TM was made using 60 degree triangles cut from two strips sewn together.  You can see both on the Gallery Page.  

The rail fence is probably the easiest of all strippy quilts to make. You can set this as straight blocks, alternating the direction of the strips, or set it on point. Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt made using this block, or see a picture of the quilt on the Gallery Page.   Note that the blocks are arranged to make a stripe on the quilt.

What happens when you add a nine patch to a rail fence? Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt using this technique. Or, see a picture of a quilt made only with Nine Patches on the Gallery Page.  

Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt using this block.

Here's a block inspired by an antique quilt!  To make a quilt, you need to make two blocks, one with a dark center and one with a light center. Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt using this block.

Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt using this idea.

Here is a perfectly ordinary four patch.  But what happens if you combine it with the block above?  Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt using this idea.

Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt using this block.

Here is an easy block - a four patch set on point.  What would it look like if you set it in a quilt with sashings and cornerstones? Click on the block for an EQ representation of a full quilt using this technique.

Click here for an article on how to set a quilt or block on point.

 

 

 

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