Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sticks + Stones

Sticks + Stones for do. Good

Now aren't those cute?  These "sticks and stones" blocks are my contribution to the Love Circle's June bee quilt.

The Love circle is a group of 10 quilters which is part of a much bigger movement called do. Good Stitches.  All do. Good circles make collaborative quilts for good, benefiting a large variety of charities for women, children and those who are ill.  Last time I mentioned our need for new members, you certainly responded!  Our wait list is now filled up again.  I'll be contacting folks bit by bit as openings come up!

Anyhoo, the blocks.  This month one of our fab new members is leading her first do. Good quilt.  She called for a variation of the pick up sticks block, with a small square added in to the mix.  The squares were to be aqua, the background low volume and the "sticks" nice and bright.  These blocks are refreshingly low-pressure.  Here's a quick overview of how I put them together:

Sticks + Stones for do. Good

First sew an aqua "stone" into background fabric.  These stones were rescued from my fabric crumb bins.  Yay!

Sticks + Stones for do. Good

Choose two fabric strips or "sticks" to insert into the block.  Then, just cut a diagonal slash somewhere.  Yep, willy nilly - cut!  Sew in your fabric strip and press seams.  Then do it again, this time making your diagonal cut over the top of the first one.  When you sew in the second fabric strip, try to keep the first "stick" aligned as much as possible.

Sticks + Stones for do. Good

After using this slice and insert technique to insert both fabric strips, trim the block to size.  It's really nice to have a square ruler in the size you want and trim right around it.

Sticks + Stones for do. Good

Thanks, Kirianth, for a fun, scrap-friendly little project.  This block is a bit of visual tease.  It definitely looks harder than it is!  I'm sure it's going to make a fun, kid-friendly quilt!



19 comments:

  1. Great blocks, I’m curious to see this quilt come together with all the sticks and stones!

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  2. Thanks, that looks like a fun block. Hope you and your family are travelling O.K. Think of you often.
    Cheers

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  3. That quilt would be a fun one. I love that aqua stone in every block

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  4. These blocks are SO fun!! I cannot wait to see how you decide tout them all together! Beautiful work.

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  5. These are adorable! And what a great scrap project and a nice chance to play with colour pops! Love your work thanks for sharing xx

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  6. I love these, how fun! Thanks for sharing how to make them, I need to remember this block!

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  7. Those are great blocks, Rachel! I'll keep them in mind for a future project. And thanks for telling, once again, about do. Good Stitches. I love the idea and how it unites quilters all over the world in charitable quilting!

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  8. Oh, I love them! I haven't pulled out my scrap bins since getting back, having some larger, planned, and coordinated projects to work on first, but when I do, I'd like to make these. Thanks so much for sharing! XO

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  9. I love these blocks! I really want to join the do. Good Stitches group someday but I'm only JUST beginning to get back into sewing since my move in March. (Pathetic, huh?) But I adore these blocks and will really have to try my hand at them. Love scrappy projects and you are such a whiz at doing them.

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  10. This is a great block! It reminds me of Gwen Marston's work. LOVE it!

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  11. Love these! They DO look much trickier than they are - thanks for showing us how they're done.

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  12. These do look cool, and tricky.
    I am excited to see what you do with them.
    I hope you have a marvelous day today.
    I am leaving the house soon (what's new?) and going to my parents apartment
    Today they are married 68 years. WOW

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  13. Very cute! Please post a picture of the finished quilt.

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  14. That's such a neat trick and looks so easy. Thank you!

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  15. I LOVE this block and have saved it. If you see you blog soon you will see what my sewing room looks like but it can't be sorted out until the other room has been sorted because I want to put Molly's crate in the little room. Pxxx

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  16. Oh my heavens! These blocks are amazing! I love love them!

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  17. This block is so fun and so very clever! I also can't wait to see what the finished product looks like! Thank you, Rachel, for all the inspiration you give in this space. My quilting is getting more interesting as I try new things and take risks I wouldn't have even thought of before.

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  18. This is such a cool block! It definitely looks complicated so it's nice to know that it is easier than it looks.

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