Quilt Block

Overlapping Squares Modification

A quick update on the charity quilts that the BMQG has been working on.   It’s been unanimously decided that the Cross Block is a favorite for charity work, so we will continue to accept these going forward.  I recently learned a good lesson with the coordination of the charity quilts.  The second block that I choose was beautiful, and a fun improv challenge, but it may be a bit too time consuming for a charity block.  The block is the Overlapping Squares block.   I made this block in the same amount of time that it took me to make 12 cross blocks.  Lesson learned:)

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I do truly love the block, however, I started playing with the design, and ended up with a quilt top with several versions of the block which was completed much faster.  This is my favorite block from my explorations, having substituted solid fabric for some of the improv piecing:

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The overall quilt top was pieced at the last Thursday evening sew, and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

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So the overall lesson is to make the block at least once before you ask others to spend time on it.  Hopefully this quilt will find a loving home with a senior citizen around the holidays.   For guild members or others interested, any blocks you make will be put to good use.  The idea still is for quilters to make a coupleblocks and then combine them to make great, colorful quilts as seen here.

Have you learned any lessons, secrets or shortcuts when quilting for charity?

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7 Comments

  • Reply Sharon Diehl June 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    The charity blocks are lovely!

    • Reply josiheron June 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks so much Sharon! They were fun to make, now on to other projects!

  • Reply Anne June 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Great point about the time involved with charity blocks. I love the look of what you did by adding solids for the overlapping squares block. But I will probably continue with the cross blocks for ease of making. I wish some of my bee mates would think about the time factor when they request blocks. In the last three months I’ve had 2 out of 3 blocks be quite time consuming. Glad you added Bloglovin as a means to follow you. I signed up. : )

    • Reply josiheron June 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Hi Anne, it was a good lesson to learn. I was aiming for a modern block, but as soon as I started I was frustrated with it! Dohh! I think one block would make a great overall charity quilt if it was expanded significantly. Just trying to find the balance to get the most participation! Thanks for bloglovin me!

  • Reply Shelly June 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Love how those overlapping squares blocks look all assembled into a top!

    • Reply josiheron June 23, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you Shelly! I was really happy with the overall layout once I modified the block. It came together quickly after that!

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