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!


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

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

  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.

  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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