Blocks, Blocks and More Quilt Blocks!

In my series of posts about my Lunch Bunch quilt, I asked you all to send me a picture of your stack of challenge blocks. These were the three photos I received (thanks ladies – and no names are included so as not to induce guilt)!

Joyce Egle blocks

These blocks were made by an Amish friend of the owner, in all different sizes, and are kept in the vintage Santa box.

Cathy Swinkowski 1 at 500 Cathy Swinkowski 2 at 500

I hope this may encourage you to put them together, and I can’t wait to hear all about it  😉 . If you have been meaning to send me a photo of your stack of blocks – there’s still time – just email them to me.

On this same topic of bunches of blocks that are waiting to become a quilt, a few weeks ago I did a class on Repliqué for the Chocolate City Quilters in Burlington, WI. They are a really fun group and they did a great job creating their house blocks. Whenever I teach my Architectural Repliqué class I make a sample house block along with the students. During this class I actually counted them only to reveal that I’ve taught this particular class 70 times!

Replique blocks

If a person made that many of the same block, they probably would get a bit wacky with their fabric selections. And I’ve done just that. I have many seasonal themed blocks, and I chose these four as close-up examples:

Replique Blocks

I thought you might like to see some of my more “interesting” ones up close.

Replique Blocks

With curtains

Replique Blocks

While teaching in Alaska

Replique Blocks

After chaperoning my Son’s orchestra trip to England

Replique Blocks

Fun fabrics

Replique Blocks

It is football season!

Replique Blocks

Silly fabric in the windows

Replique Blocks

Made in a class on 9-28-01

You may have noticed writing on the blocks. Each time I make one I ask the students to sign the block, and then I write the name of the guild, location and date on the paper backing. I think you can tell I’ve really enjoyed making these blocks. I have so many wonderful memories of these classes and students. When I finally put them together I will have one REALLY BIG Autograph quilt (or maybe two normal sized ones  🙂 )

Who knows when that will be? If you are interested in my Repliqué technique, you may purchase either of my books on the subject at: http://www.chrisquilts.net/books/.

My First Two Quilt BooksIf you’d like to have me present a class for your guild, please send me an email at clkquilt@gmail.com.


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