Black and White and Red All Over Quilt (part 2)

Next up in the Block of the Month 2012 Course were the half-square triangles.

I was really apprehensive about cutting out so many triangles, but the method taught was to cut squares and sew them either side of the diagonal; two half-square triangles made at a time, with no bias-edges to deal with.

First was the Chunky Chevron block. I love the bold design and think it could look great as a full quilt, showcasing some great prints.

Craftsy BOM 010bChunky Chevron

Balkan Puzzle BlockBalkan Puzzle Block

For the Balkan Puzzle Block I decided not to use plain white background fabric, and instead chose white with dots. Hmmm… was it a good idea? I can’t decide whether it is too busy or if it will look good with all the other blocks. I love polka-dots but maybe this was too much! What do you think?

Other posts in the series:
Part 1 – Slashed Blocks 

Black and White and Red All Over Quilt (part 1)

What is black and white and red all over? Nope, it isn’t a newspaper, a penguin covered in ketchup, or any other classic joke punchlines… it will be my next quilt!

I signed up to the free Craftsy Block of the Month series and decided to go for the 2012 BOM instead of the current 2013 course. I had searched for images of both quilts and really preferred the 2012 design; the uniformly sized blocks should provide some structure  and calm to busy prints (and I don’t have to wait until the end of the year to complete it).

PicMonkey Collage

I started this a couple of months ago, and recently returned to it as a quick project after my couture jacket; some of the pairs of blocks can be cut and sewn in an evening.

The first blocks I made were two slashed blocks:

Craftsy BOM 008bThe Asterisk Block

Craftsy BOM 009bThe Wonky Pound Sign (or #hash-tag)

These two blocks were really quick and easy to make, with minimal measuring and cutting, and I think just using 2 fabrics will really make an impact in the final quilt. To make these blocks you start with a square and strips of contrast fabric, slash the block into two, join with a strip along the join, and repeat. Easy-peasy.

Stay tuned for more BOM updates over the next few weeks, while I take a rest from intense sewing!