Baby blocks and big quilt bee blocks – 2017.03.29

This week I’ve been working on blocks for a couple of group projects.

My guild, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, has an ongoing project to make baby quilts to give to our members when they have babies.   The current project is using square in square blocks in rainbow colors.

Earlier this month I made 4 blocks and took them to the guild meeting.  We had a table covered with colorful blocks, but I neglected to take a photo of them.  This week I made 6 more blocks.  They’re quick and easy to make, and I love how they all look together.

VMQG baby_blocks


The second group project I’m working on is Canada’s biggest Quilt Bee.  To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Quilting Association is inviting quilters make blocks, quilt tops and/or finished quilts.  The goal is to make and donate 1,000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.

The blocks are 12.5″ slab blocks with at least some of the Canada sesquicentennial fabric in each one.  On the weekend, I bought some of the Canada fabric, and today I made 6 blocks.  They are quick and easy to make, and I’m using fabric out of my scrap collection.

Canada fabrics 2

Canada blocks 1


This was my first opportunity to test my theory about how my new scrap strategy will work.  I have several 11″ black fabric storage cubes labeled with color cards. Each cube holds 2 jumbo size zip-lock bags full of scraps.

I pulled out the bag of red scraps and then the one with black scraps.  When I was finished sewing the 6 blocks, my cutting table looked like this.

messy cutting table


I put all the scraps back in the appropriate bags, and plunked them back in their respective storage cubes.  Five minutes later, my cutting table looked like this.  It’s working for me!

clean cutting table 2


Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

   Esther’s Blog   Sew Fresh Quilts


Updated April 14 – linking to this blog celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday:

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5 Responses to Baby blocks and big quilt bee blocks – 2017.03.29

  1. I love your square in square blocks. Such a simple design but the combination of low volume, greys, and bright fabrics looks wonderful. It will make a great baby quilt!

  2. Love the baby blocks and the slab blocks will look great in a quilt.

  3. Kerry Leach says:

    I just love the maple leaf fabrics – pity they haven’t found their way over to us yet. I may have to beg a Canadian cousin to bring some when she comes this year! 😀

  4. Rachel says:

    Very nice! I like your scrap storage technique – thanks for sharing! And those square in a square blocks are so pretty. The colors just pop!

  5. Andree says:

    Hi Terry, what a great idea for storing your scraps. Your slab blocks are lovely – black and red is a good combination. Thanks for linking up to Celebrate – Fêtons 150!

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