Hearth and Home is an easy quilt block but impressive. It is made up of squares, half square triangles and rectangles. In Judy's book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins", she shows it with just two colors. I wanted to be more adventurous and made the block with four colors. Take a look:
I was making this into a baby quilt so I wanted to use some fun colors. I am pleased with the way it turned out. Watch what happens when you sew the blocks together. It gives you a grid effect. That's the magic of quilting!
You can definitely have alot of fun with this quilt block.
Block number six is called Paper Pinwheels. It is a simple block to make, just squares and half square triangles. I chose batik fabrics, my favorite fabric to use. Here is a sample block:
Okay, now for my favorite part and why I am creating all 200 quilt blocks from the book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". When you put four blocks together... SURPRISE you get another pattern. I have to admit I didn't see it coming. I didn't know you would get a repeat of the center pattern. Here it is.
Notice that the pink fabric now gives you the same design as the light blue fabric. That's what makes quilting so exciting. So I made a "Lovie Lap Quilt" out of this pattern. Lovie Lap Quilts are quilts I designed after visits with my grandmother in the nursing home. They have two pockets, one to keep your hands warm and the other for items close at hand. I have them for sale on my site. Click here to see more Lovie Lap Quilts.
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.
Quilt block number 5 is called Calico Puzzle. This is a simple pattern which I had fun playing around with. I thought my first choice needed a little something. Take a look:
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.
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.
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.
One square just doesn't tell you what your quilt will look like. You get a better idea when you put two squares together. I made a table runner using the Buffalo Ridge pattern, but I think it would have made a fantastic large quilt.
The purpose of doing these 200 quilts is so you can see how a pattern looks when it is multiplied, which always gives it a different look that just one square alone.
So this was my first of 200 quilts. My plan is to use a different pattern every two to three days. At this rate I should finish in approximately one year. I hope you join me on my journey. Below is Judy Hopkins' book that I am using.
I have been quilting for close to 30 years and after loosing my job twelve 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.
I am currently quilting 200 quilts from my favorite quilt book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". I am blogging about each block I create. Many of the blocks can be turned to make a different design for your quilt. I will be showing you some of these designs. I hope you enjoy my site.
200 Quilt Blocks
Around The Block
"Around The Block With Judy Hopkins
"Around The Block With Judy Hopkins"
Around The Block With Judy Hopkins
Art Picture Quilts
Block Number Seventeen
Calico Puzzle Patter
Homesewn By Carolyn
Homesewn By Carolyn Blog
Learning How To Make A Picture Quilt
Lovie Lap Quilts
Paper Pinwheels Quilt Pattern
Quilt Block Fifteen
Quilt Block Thirteen
Quilt From Photo
Quilt Patterns From Judy Hopkins
Split Nine Patch Block
Third Quilt Pattern
Wheelchair Lap Quilts