Monday, March 2, 2020

Dust off a Quilt Book Blog Hop

It is day 2 of the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop. It's my day. Thanks to Bea for hosting us and encouraging us delving in to our quilt book libraries.  Make sure you pop over to her blog Beaquilter to enter the giveaways. Here is the full schedule.
March 2
March 3
March 4
March 5
March 6
Now to find out what I had in my quilt book library.
Looking through my collection, I was looking for the first book I purchased when I first started quilting. In theory it is the oldest book in my collection but it's not that old as I start in 2006. So I took a different tack what is the oldest by the publication date to see what I had in my collection.
This is the book I found.

    Better Home & Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks

Now I was given this book. My mum found this book at a market when she was browse the book stalls and brought it for me. It is dated 1994. To me 1994 doesn't seem that old, it is the year after my husband and I got married. When you count up the year, it is 26 years old.
There is lots of blocks to choose from, different techniques, in theory there is something for every quilter. Now I have never used the book, I have looked at it a number of time.  There is a bit of work to be done to work out how big to cut your fabric. No rotary cutting instructions for your fabric. So it is time to delve in to it and make something. I have  selected this block. X-Quisite


Once again my scrap stash is the focus of this blog hop. I am making a serious effect to use up anything I can, to reduce my scrap stash which is getting too large. I don't want to throw it out. I am willing to share it with a few of my special friends but not everyone.
What is on the page is all you get measurement wise, there is basic instructions in the book. I had to measure the block picture and work from that.
It is a fun block, it would be a great block to use as a Leader and Ender project. I have enjoy making what I have, that I am thinking I will keep going to make a quilt but do I want to keep going at this size?

Now I did have a go at resizing the block but I think I have made a miscalculation as it hasn't turn out quite right but does it matter? Maybe I will end up with two quilts and make a dent in my scrap stash.
I will play around with this block a bit more. I hope you are enjoying this blog hop.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

14 comments:

Rebecca Smith said...

I hate when they don’t give you any real instructions even though I’m awful at following the directions anyhow.

beaquilter said...

A great block! Thanks for doing this hop!

piecefulwendy said...

I have always liked that design. Your blocks look great!

MidwesternWoman said...

That is one of my favorite books. I don't own it, but I did check it out of the library a couple different times. Love your commitment to lessening your stash, and love this project... so Fun!!!!

Karrin Hurd said...

I have that book too. Great blocks, thanks for sharing!

Marjorie said...

I am pretty sure I have a revised edition of this book. I pull it out and look at it every so often. Good on you for working out the measurements the ' old way '. I think we are all spoilt now with ready to go patterns so available.

Farm Quilter said...

It fun to find new-to-us blocks and really challenging when the cutting directions are non-existent!! You figured it out and made a great start to a quilt! It rather reminds me of Bonnie Hunter's Lozenge quilt.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I love both of your blocks. Scrap blocks are the best!

Angie in SoCal said...

Great block for scraps! A great leader and ender project - I'll be sure to remember this one. These posts are so interesting. Thanks for posting.

Joyce Carter said...

I love this block. It will make a beautiful scrap quilt.

Carol S. said...

That's one of my favorite blocks and it will look beautiful finished! Thanks for sharing!

CathyC said...

:) pretty fabrics Cynthia :)

Joni said...

My small quilt group uses this book for our block swaps! It is a classic. I agree with Angie, it'll be a great leader and ender project.

Frédérique said...

I have this book too ;) Pretty block chosen, and you made a lovely quilt!