Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Amor" - Desperate Housewife's Quilt

Late last year, Quilt Jane of "Want It, Need It, Quilt" asked me to design a block for her 50 week adventures of "The Desperate Housewife's Quilt". Because my week would fall around Valentine's Day, I knew exactly what block would tickle the fancy of any "Desperate Housewife"!!

So here we go -- the "Amor" Block.

I pulled out several fat quarters from my stash and cut out a couple of samplers. For each block, I used 6 different floral pinks and 1 background color:

From Background:
  • (4) 1 1/2" squares -- draw a light diagonal line on each.
  • (1) 2 1/2" square
From the 6 pink colors:

Color A -
(1) 2 1/2" square
Color B
(1) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" strip
(1) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" strip
Color C
(1) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" strip
(1) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip
Color D
(1) 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip
(1) 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip
Color E
(1) 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip
(1) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip
Color F
(2) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips

Starting with the 2 1/2" square (Color A), join the strips (Colors B - E) using the pictures as your guide until the unit is 6 1/2" square (unfinished).

Add the 1 1/2" squares to the top right and left of each of the two 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips (Color F), sewing on the diagonal line, cut away the excess, flip the corner and press to complete 2 units. Using the picture as your guide, add the 2 units to the top and left side, with the 2 1/2" background square in the corner.

As many of you know (because I have whined a few times), my sewing machine has been in the shop for a few weeks. One of the advantages, my sewing room is very clean, all the fabric is stacked so neatly and I have been playing with EQ -- and actually getting better at it!

Below is the block and 5 different ways to set these simple little blocks. I am sure when my sewing machine comes home, I will make several of these blocks and maybe have something by next Valentine's Day - 2013.

A BIG thanks to Quilt Jane for inviting me to join her special project.


Quiltjane said...

Jamie, that is so beautiful and in time for Valentines Day. I loved how you showed the different layouts for the blocks. Thank you for being a part of the DHWQ.

Sarah Craig said...

What a fabulous block, Jamie! Great work!!!

KatieQ said...

Thanks for the great block. I love all of the secondary designs it makes.

fancystitching said...

I love all the different settings you have come up with. Honestly, I have not looked twice at this block in the past, but now I will look with a different perspective.

Libby & Lee Accessories said...

Love this design!!! Plan on making a few today for some last minute Valentine's Day Potholders!! Thanks again for sharing this :)

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