19 Jan 2015

Latest Quilt Block Patterns

Quilt block images © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Latest quilt block patterns
The past month has been a busy one for me ... and I am sure it was for you too. Now that the holidays are over, I hope to be more productive in creating new quilt block patterns for you. Within the last month I have designed four new block patterns and they are shown in the image.
  • Fan Waves features half square triangles, quarter square triangles and flying geese units.

  • My version of Blackford's Beauty is simplified for your ease in construction.

  • Sunshine is a little more challenging, but only because it contains more pieces.

  • Rainy Day was chosen just by chance. I did not even remember that I had also created Sunshine. How coincidental!

image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

12 Jan 2015

Hovering Hawks

Image courtesy of Tina Phillips at FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe Hovering Hawks quilt block is a an excellent choice for those who are new to quilting. This four patch block is created using two different sizes of half square triangles. It looks wonderful if you choose to raid your fabric stash and use up some of your scraps, but looks equally great if you use just two different fabrics. The key is to have good contrast between the two parts of the half square triangles.

'Hovering Hawks' image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Hovering Hawks
When I created one of the sample quilt layouts, I was surprised to see that the quilt (shown on the left in the pattern) looks very much like another quilt, called Ocean Waves.( You will have to bear with me until I create that pattern so you can really compare.) You can use the blocks as individual units, or use four blocks together with rotations of the four parts, (as I did in the illustrations) to create your own personal, fabulous heirloom.

Download the free quilt block pattern.

Quotes about Birds

  • "Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."
    ~ Dale Carnegie

  • "A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."
    ~ Chinese Proverb

  • "I don't know if it's animalistic or what, but men become like peacocks with their feathers up when women are around."
    ~ Bradley Cooper

'Hovering Hawks' image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Hawki mage courtesy of Tina Phillips at FreeDigitalPhotos.net