For those of you who are new to my blog, I am quilting 200 quilts from the book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". This is one of my favorite quilt books but I was using the same blocks over and over. So now I have challenged myself to make a quilt from each of the 200 blocks. One of the great things about this book is Judy gives you the dimensions for six different sizes of each block.
So I decided to add a green in place of the side yellows. See what you think.
When I put the four blocks together, I noticed it made another square on the diagonal. I then took a darker turquoise to accentuate the diagonal. Then I wasn't sure about the green so I made it all yellow again. Here are the results:
I think they both would have worked but I liked the green added. Here are the results. I wanted to make sure you saw the square on the diagonal so that's how I quilted it. I really like how it turned out.
I am making 200 quilts from Judy Hopkins book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". I decided to do this because this is one of my favorite quilt books. Not only does Judy give you 200 quilt blocks, but all the blocks come in six different block sizes. So there is no math for you to figure out. I have also found out that when you look at a single quilt block, it doesn't tell you what the quilt will look like when the blocks are put together. Many of the blocks can me turned to form a different quilt pattern.
By my making all 200 quilts, it will give you at least one version of that quilt block. At times I will take pictures with the pattern turned to show you another design. Quilt block number four is called "Album". You can do this block in three colors, but I chose four. The block size I chose is 6". I am making a lap quilt for wheelchairs so I wanted a small block size. The book makes a suggestion that you could reverse the mediums and darks in every other block. For each of the different blocks, Judy gives you an alternate way to make it. No wonder this book is a favorite of so many quilters.
This is my own design Lovie Lap Quilt with pockets. I designed this lap quilt after visits with my grandmother in the nursing home. The pockets are lined in flannel for extra warmth and comfort. There are two pockets, one to keep your hands warm and the other for items you would like close at hand. The back of the quilt is also flannel. I have these quilts for sale on my site. Happy Sewing!
I am in the process of making all 200 quilt blocks from the book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". This is one of my favorite quilt books. One of the reasons I like it so much is that each block comes in six different sizes. Judy also gives you recommendations on how to alter each pattern. Pattern number three is called White Hemstitch. This pattern is not difficult but a little move involved. You want to make sure you square up each section you sew together. This will help when you go to put the block together.
The first picture is the quilt square. Notice how you make the same center square when you put four blocks together. This is one of the reasons I am making the 200 quilts; so you can see what the blocks will look like when connected with each other. I am hoping to have a complete liabrary of quilts to get ideas from. Come back in a few days to see what's next!
I am making all 200 patterns from the book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins. Pattern number two is called Aircraft. I have made a baby quilt using this pattern. I had alot of fun putting the pattern together and trying different directions with the pieces to make different patterns. Take a look.
As you can see by the pictures, here are three different patterns you can make out of one quilt block. I ended up using the third pattern to make my baby quilt. I did alter the pattern slightly from the original Aircraft pattern. One of the great things about this book is the fact that it has six different sizes for each pattern. I used the 10" block. Here is my finished quilt.
I have been using Judy Hopkins book, "Around the Block" for the past ten years. It is where I get most of my ideas and quilt patterns. Unfortunately I have been using the same few patterns over and over. So.... I have decided to make all 200 quilt patterns one quilt at a time.
When I first decided to do this, I wanted to let Judy Hopkins know what I am doing. I am sad to say that I discovered Judy had passed away in March of 2011. I would like to dedicate this blog and the quilting of her 200 patterns to the memory of Judy Hopkins.
Here we go. The first pattern I chose is Buffalo Ridge. I chose batik fabrics, which I love. The pattern was easy to follow and easy to make. I should point out that Judy's book, Around the Block, not only has 200 quilt patterns, but each pattern comes in six sizes. I used the 12 inch square pattern.
I have been quilting for close to 30 years and after loosing my job three years ago, I am now able to do what I love, QUILT! I specialize in baby quilts and have designed the "Lovie Lap Quilt" with pockets.