Monday, August 31, 2015

My turn on the 2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop!



Welcome! I'm sew excited to share with you the block I designed for Fabri-Quilt's New Block blog hop. This blog hop features 60+ quilt bloggers who have all created block designs and tutorials using Fabri-Quilt's Prairie Cloth Solids in Chartreuse, Turquoise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue and White.

In addition to getting more than 60 free block patterns, if you visit each of the blog hosts (links below), you can register to win one of 8 half yard fabric bundles of each of the fabrics featured in this blog hop. How cool is that!

Without further adieu, let me introduce my block - Tumbleweed Crossroads:

I really like how my 12" block turned out, but I really think it would make an awesome one block/big block quilt so I included cutting instructions to super-size my block in my Tumbleweed Crossroads pattern. For ease of sewing, I made my instructions into a pattern that you can print and use at your sewing machine rather than having to refer back to a tutorial on the computer:)

I know it looks like a lot of cut pieces in this photo, but my pattern breaks the block down into three smaller blocks (a center block, four corner blocks and four side blocks) which are pieced into a 9-patch for the finished block. When you break it down into sections, it's really quite easy!

This block also creates a beautiful secondary pattern, as you can see in this quilt rendition:

I had fun playing around with the photo of my block. Here I made it into a 4-patch photo mash-up to give you an idea what the quilt would look like if you made four super-sized 48" blocks (using 4 1/2" blocks instead of 1 1/2" - much easier) and combined them into a king-size quilt.....

I really had fun playing with the super-sized block idea so much that I made a super-sized block quilt from a second block idea I drafted. The block was my original idea for this blog hop but it required more than a fat 8th of background fabric, so I drafted a new pattern for today. Check back in next week and I'll share my super-sized quilt and free pattern!

Speaking of free patterns, here is a link to the rest of today's bloggers on the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop. Be sure to stop by each one to get your free block pattern or tutorial.

For a list of bloggers for the rest of the blog hop, check out my post from Sunday here. And don't forget to visit Fabri-Quilt's blog and our blog host for today for a chance to win one of 8 half yard fabric bundles of the featured blog hop fabric:
Thank you to Fabri-Quilt for sponsoring this blog hop and for providing the fabric for each blogger to make their blocks and for the fabric bundle giveaways. The blocks are going to be made into three charity quilts by our blog hop hosts to benefit three great charities: Meyers Center, a non-profit organization that helps kids that are physically and/or mentally disabled prepare for school; Teen Impact, an organization that helps kids with cancer; and Project Linus, an organization that gives handmade blankets to critically ill children.

And thank you sew much for stopping by my blog! I hope you'll come back and visit often! To make a return trip easier, you can use any or all of the links in the top right-hand column to follow me on all sorts of social media - Let's Be Friends!
~Sharla



40 comments:

  1. Your block is really amazing and so well pieced! I look at all the pieces and I think you did an amazingly precise job. :) This really would be gorgeous enlarged, and it will be fun to see your alternate design idea next week.

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  2. That is a gorgeous block! It looks really amazing when you use a few blocks to make a quilt.

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  3. Thank you! I love the look of this block.

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  4. Beautiful block! I love little pieces so this is right up my alley ;) Great job.

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  5. Gorgeous block! Thank you so much for making a PDF of your tutorial. So much easier to sew with!

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    1. Thank you Colleen! I like a printed pattern also, so much easier to take it to the sewing machine. BTW, did you know that you are a no-reply blogger?

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  6. My first thought when I saw all those pieces was OMG. The smaller the pieces, the worse my accuracy is so I was very excited about making it super size. It's really stunning. Great job.

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  7. I love the versatility in the sizes of this block. With the detail in the design, I'm sure it looks amazing in any scale! The secondary designs that emerge when the blocks are combined add even more interest.

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  8. Sharla--I love the intricacy of your design, and seeing how it all plays out large scale in a quilt! Gorgeous!

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  9. The block you created is fabulous! I just love it! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

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  10. I love this block, even with all it's small pieces. I also like how you played with the scale of the block. I hope you make this into a quilt, it will be STUNNING!

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  11. Wow look at all those pieces! Very detailed 12" block, and they look so cool together in a large quilt.

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  12. This is beautiful! Great job Sharla!

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  13. Wow, that is a really fancy block! Looks like you had a lot of fun creating it. Great work.

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  14. This is truly the best block yet! Fabulous work! You could totally sell the quilt pattern.

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    1. Thank you Robyn! BTW, did you know you were a no-reply blogger?

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  15. a great block with a lot of precision sewing Sharla, well done. The secondary patterns when you increase the number of blocks looks brilliant. I love your name too, tumbleweed crossroads, very appropriate

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  16. I thought this must've been paper-pieced, but you showed how to get the precision the traditional way! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you Cristy! Yes, I am definitely more of a traditional quilter, although I have tried paper-piecing a time or two. BTW, did you know you are a no-reply blogger?

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  17. This beautiful intricate block really suits your style. I am so impressed with your piecing skill. I love the idea of a supersized version of a one block quilt and I just might have to try it ...although the small version would make a wonderful mini...so I might try that.

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  18. Sharla, I have been following you by email for several months now. I do not always leave comments but I do read each of your posts. Well today you really showed your WOW factor big time! I absolutely love the block you created and the magnificent quilt that it creates. It may take me quite awhile before I can actually make this quilt but I am going to print the pattern and keep it in a special folder that holds my definite quilts to make patterns. Thank you so much for creating this block and printable pattern. Have a wonderful creative day!

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  19. This would look awesome as a supersize block quilt! Love the secondary pattern it creates. Great job.

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  20. Your block is amazing, great piecing! That is a ton of tiny pieces for a 12" block, beautiful!

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  21. This is very interesting block. The quilt layout looks amazing. It reminds me of pictures I saw in a kaleidoscope.

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  22. This is amazing! There is so much beauty to take in. Your design has a primary, secondary and third design elements. Congrats!

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  23. 1" blocks would be punishment for me! I like the idea of making it a one block quilt though, I could see that as a great baby quilt. Pretty design.

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  24. Wow. Amazing block. I agree that it would look great as a one-block quilt.

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  25. Such an amazing block and a beautifully illustrated tutorial Sharla! I can absolutely see this as a fabulous oversized block, I think at this scale I would become terribly frustrated with all those small pieces.

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  26. Such an amazing block and a beautifully illustrated tutorial Sharla! I can absolutely see this as a fabulous oversized block, I think at this scale I would become terribly frustrated with all those small pieces.

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  27. Wow! So many pieces! What a great block. I love the secondary design. Just four blocks together (or even one) would make a great mini! Doubling the size would make a great single block mini. Great work! Thank you.

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  28. Ooh! I especially love the king sized version!! What a lovely block!

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  29. Sharla! What an amazing block! If I calculated correctly, there are 144 pieces--all beautifully cut and so precisely pieced. As a beginner, I bow before you :)

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    1. Ha, Ha Karen. I hadn't counted, was kind of afraid to. But I did, and there are actually 172 pieces in the block! Oh my, I hope that doesn't scare people too much! BTW, did you know you are a no-reply blogger?

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    2. I did not--thanks! And at 172, I'll have to pick my jaw off the floor :)

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  30. Very creative Sharla and what a wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much.

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  31. Nice Block! I think it's my favorite!

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  32. Such beautiful work Sharla! I've been having problems posting comments and finally got it fixed today, so I'm trying to get caught up with all the New Block posts. I love Tumbleweed Crossroads and wish my brain worked in a way that allowed me to create such a beautiful design.

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  33. Sharla!!!! I was so impressed with your block for the 2015 Fabri-Quilt Block. Extremely Brilliant along with the design of the quilt. You are very talented with colors, design, blogging and MORE!!!

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