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Sunday, January 1, 2012

January is all about Free-Form Quilts!

Happy New Year!  I don't know about you but I am starting off the year with super excitement knowing that Rayna Gillman, author of Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts, is going to be a guest on the blog! In Mid-January, she will be posting  a tutorial on the chapter in her book titled "Reinventing UFOs with strips and bits."

Until then we are preparing by playing around with other chapters and techniques from her book.  Here is the finished top I created with strip sets from an earlier chapter in the book and my double F motif.  It is currently about 36 " square but will shrink when quilted.

Now I am moving on to Rayna's chapter on "A square is a square is a square." So,  I found these white blocks that I prepared for who-knows-what.  How convenient! 
Notice the little bit of pink dye on the corner?  I am hoping it won't show.  If it does then I will make it a design element. LOL  Anyway, I have been trying some of  Rayna's variations for spicing them up.  Here are my first squares using the white blocks and some left over strip sets.

I'll keep making some more spicy squares and trying more variations.  I'll post pictures as I progress.


  1. I started one on Christmas........have lots of parts made and am working on HOW to continue........stripping and more! Such fun, but it really does take some time to make it all work. I find that the difficult part knowing what really works!

  2. Your blocks look great! Looking forward to seeing more and to reading Rayna's posts.


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