[personal profile] emmne
As the weather turns cool, it becomes easier to lap quilt and more fun to cuddle. Select a color scheme or gather five or six fabrics from your stash that go well together, cut simple strips or squares for a weekend quilt, and try your hand at lap quilting, maybe try tying if you haven't before, or a more complex quilting pattern if the fabrics aren't too busy.
[personal profile] emmne
A bit late, but lots of my life has been running behind plans this summer. September and October are a time for starting school, getting ready for the holidays, and catching up on what doesn't fit the summer weather, so now is the time to start holiday plans. How about a fall, Halloween, or Harvest wall hanging and table runner? Leaf patterns are plentiful: just shift to warm and sunset colors to get the seasonal look.
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Off center squares-inside-squares.

Suggestion: use the same base color for all the outer squares.

Advanced: use different shapes inside or different sized outer squares and rectangles (e.g. 4, 8 12 or 3, 6, 9) Make a stack of each and fit them together.
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June Block of the Month Prompt: Find a crazy quilt on line or a crazy quilt pattern (yes there are a few out there). Use some stash.

Large block variation: Use the same fabrics in a different arrangement to make four or six different crazy quilt blocks.

Designers challenge: Take several crazy quilt blocks (they can be drawn on paper and colored with crayon if you like, then cut the blocks out). Put them together so that the matching fabrics/colors from different blocks are together as often as possible. Compare that to putting as many contrasting fabrics together along the edges as possible.
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Prompt: Find a star block you haven't tried before.

Large block variation: consider using several small stars to make a larger block, sampler-style

Designer's challenge: integrate two star block patterns into a single, more complex star
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I was writing a blog about writer's prompts and realized that they served much the same purpose as block-amonth type projects: a challenge to try something new or different, to learn a technique or get better at a known one without committing to a whole book/quilt. That it results in a decent sized quilt once all the blocks are made is bonus. (They can also be turned into place mats, bags, wall hangings, etc., and often quilters never quite get around to doing anything with their results, just like writers, who rarely publish their prompt-based "practice" pieces without major modification.)

Along that line, how about a block-a-month prompt: not a specific block (which I have yet to figure out how to post online even when I've developed instructions), but a category or suggestion for something to look up or try from our collection of books, magazines, and free patterns online. Just to show how it works, I'll start with something easy: half-square triangles. Find a block that calls for half-square triangles and make it.

You can do the same size or different sizes each month (or however rapidly I post prompts that you feel like making). You can make matching fabrics or use scraps (the idea is practice, and you can make a nice comfy quilt for yourself even if you don't really like the results, and different sizes can be assembled into a single quilt though it helps if you do 4-8-12 (pus seam allowance on each size), 3-6-9-12 (plus seam allowance on each size) sequential sizes for easier assembly without borders). You can make more than one if you find several squares in the category that look fun.

If you are all too familiar with half-square triangles, look for a different way to make them (I've found at least three, all called the same thing) or invent your own block that uses at least four triangles.


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