Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Low Volume Block Swapping

I couldn't resist when I saw a block swap on Instagram.  It was a block that I'v been meaning to try but hadn't.  It plays with color and low-volume fabrics in a way I hadn't really explored.  Time for an adventure!
Check out the post on how to make this block by Craft Buds.
I pulled out my stack of 5" charms.  I had a pretty good stack of neutral/low-volume charms from the swap I did with The Amateur Quilter last fall.
The instructions are super easy to follow.  I would chain piece each one while using the next for my leader/ender.
So I started sewing blocks.
I pulled dark and bold fabrics for the pluses.  Something that would show up against the multitude of low-volume prints.
I made them in all sorts of colors.
I used up scraps for the smaller low-volume squares.  These are a great way to use up some of those smaller leftovers.
I think each of these has its own character.  And I made more, and more...
I ended up with a big stack of blocks before I even knew how many I wanted to make.  The final count is 59 blocks.  I promised to send 12 off for the block swap.  No matter how many go off to the block swap I know that I have enough for a good-sized quilt.

This Craftsy article is a great description of low-volume prints.  In this instance I'm just using light prints that read as a light background.

Have you joined a block swap recently?  Or any kind of swap.  Guiltily, I must admit I am currently participating in three swaps.
Quilting is more fun than Housework
Linking up with Oh Scrap!  Check out some of the other great scrappy quilts out there!

5 comments:

  1. This looks great! Definitely going to check out the tutorial on making these!

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  2. These are a great block for scraps and leader/ender use. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  3. Plus quilts are my new favorite. I need to try one too. Amidst the sea of gorgeous quilts at quiltcon, I was pulled in by the lure of the plus quilt. Go figure.

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  4. A plus quilt is in my future too; I won some Bonnie and Camille flannels and want to use them for a Plus quilt! Funny how you suddenly had 59! Whoa!

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