QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Morris Earthly Paradise

Monday, September 9, 2013

SIZE MATTERS: Moda Blog Hop

Large Rock with humans for scale
Michael Heiser's Levitated Mass
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

It's my day to blog about SIZE.


The give-away is over. Jan B won.


Not two... but three precut packages of my latest Moda line
Morris Modernized  

The Swag, arranged in relative size:
1 Candy-2-1/2" Squares
1 Charm Pack - 5" Squares
 1 Layer Cake - 10" Squares

The challenge from Moda was to take the block assigned to me and consider size and scale.

Here's my challenge block.
It's an odd pattern---looks modern rather than traditional,
mainly because it has 2-way symmetry rather than patchwork's
common 4-way symmetry.

UPDATE:
Here's the link to the pattern instructions:

This link doesn't work. Sorry!!!
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=13dfa818df08a7b8&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Dd5c7c1c14a%26view%3Datt%26th%3D13dfa818df08a7b8%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbRyXEV9qdiG4ZjGOMHp1uCLnxQ-7w 

I made up a couple of 3" versions



I resisted my traditional inclination to make it a four-patch
or a flying goose.


Although this switcheroo is interesting.


I wanted to abandon traditional design and four-way symmetry.
I'd go with two colors.

Quilt from the mid-20th century.
On my separate Historical Modernism blog I've been discussing
scale and relative size in modern and antique quilts.
So I had some ideas.


A design I found on the web

How about this---a sketch from EQ7---
3" blocks inside a 24" block?

Or this?

I decided I was thinking too hard.
Make some 3" blocks and one 6" block.

Humph. That's why I stick with
reproduction quilts.


It will be fun to see what you do with it.


Here's a link to the complete schedule:


443 comments:

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Susan Smith said...

It is so much fun to play with the layout of different blocks! Thanks for your pattern and the chance to win!

Chris said...

Well, you certainly got a challenging block to work with and I really like how you made the "shadow" block final.

IT has to be the most fun ever to be a part of a project on this scale..... I hope you write a blog post after the HOP is concluded.

Chris said...

Hmmm.. The link to the pattern doesn't seem to be working.....

Margaret said...

I would so love to have some of your Morris Modernized fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

Joan said...

Thanks for all the ideas just from one simple block, Wow, Thanks for the inspiration.

Lyndsey said...

A nice block but unfortunately the pattern link isn't working.

Anonymous said...

love the way you have worked with the pattern. However,I can't seem to open the instructions.

tpott said...

Enjoy your vacation, September's weather is the best (in my opinion) for vacationing. Have fun and thank you for the great pattern. ;->

Donna said...

You make block base look like fun.
I do love the new voysey fabric line and your history notes.
Coudn't get to the block design.

Maria2 said...

Love the fabric and banks for the giveaway!

Laura Taylor said...

I also love to see your work with this block and appreciate the chance for the prizes. However, I can't open the link to the instructions. Hopefully, you will have a chance to check that out as I am enjoying collecting the patterns.

Linda said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win fabric from another beautiful collection. I love reading about quilt history and making projects using reproduction fabrics.

Anonymous said...

Love you fabric. Sandy

Margaret said...

I love William Morris design, and, as a matter of fact, have a William Morris Needlepoint book sitting right next to me now. I haven't decided if it's just eye candy, or if I'm going to take up another creative endeavor. I bet you can imagine which direction I'm leaning.

Nancy said...

I love the red and black design you found! Also love your Morris lines so I will keep my fingers crossed :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, you really showed different sizes!!!!

QuilterPattiO said...

Your Morris lines continue to amaze me in their beauty. I would love to add this one to my next quilt. PattiO

Mary Jo said...

Love the new fabric!

Kathy B. said...

Your Block Base design program is just the ticket when coming up with various sizes of the same block. I have the program and enjoy doing just that! As a side note, I live in a community of a large Amish population. Last summer an Amish woman stopped at an estate sale of my husband's parent's household items. My mother-in-law was an avid quilter, so we had an abundance of magazines and material to sell. She was looking for a particular pattern, which I found using Block Base. I gave her a print out of various sizes using both the rotary cutting format as well as the template format. Odd to imagine the Amish using something of computerized technology. Thanks for you post and block designs!

Flo said...

Love your new fabric line. Thank you for the pattern and a chance to win this beautiful fabric!

GeeMa said...

Love the block. Thanks for the opportunity to win the collection. It is beautiful.

Karen said...

Barb you took a "blah" block and showed us sunshine !! Great job... Enjoy your vacation !

lovetostitch said...

I thought this might be a hard block to come up with a design for, but you made it look easy. I'll have trying this, since I've never done this block (following one of your ideas). Thanks!!

michelle kozak said...

I would love to have some of your fabrics and i love your block

Kathleen C said...

I always enjoy your posts, and your fabrics are beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway; the pack of fabrics would be a treat to win.

michelle kozak said...

I would love to have some of your fabrics.i just love your fabric lines and love your block

Allison said...

I love your block, and your fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.

michelle kozak said...

I would love to have some of your fabrics.i just love your fabric lines and love your block

Melanie J. said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

Linda said...

what a simple but interesting block. So many possibilities. Your blog is so informative, really enjoyed it. Thanks.

Pat D said...

Nicely done but no instructions!

kmcallister said...

Count me in! Love the fabrics.

Laura said...

Love the fabric give a way. But there is no instructions to your block.

Michael said...

I think I'd have to use the Morris prints for applique!

Anonymous said...

It looks like there is a problem with the link to the instructions.

Mary said...

Love the new Wm. Morris fabric. Hope you are having a splendid vacation. Safe travels and thanks for the chance to win.

Mary

Quilting Babcia said...

Wow, it's really interesting to see the different take on the blocks when comparing just one block to multiples in the various settings, and how the dark completely dominates the results. Great study!

Anonymous said...

The link to the pattern doesn't work for me. Interesting as always how you used the design/block.

Love the Morris fabric designs! Thanks for the generous giveaway. Wishing you an enjoyable vacation!

Miss Busy Bee, Debbie said...

Who ever said simple couldn't be elegant?! Thanks, have a blessed day!

andsewon said...

I like what you did with your block! Lovely fabrics! Size does matter and it is not all about making things as big as they can be but making them pleasing to the eye in a block plan! Or that is my opinion! ;-)
Have a fun vacay!
Lola

Joan and Kevin said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
Love the fabric!

ozone3 said...

Wish Blockbase worked with Linux. My DH made to change from windows so unfortunately, alot of things aren't made for Linux (yet).

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Trish said...

So fun to see the layouts with the different sizes of blocks. Thanks for sharing!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Thank you for the free block pattern and the opportunity to win you generous giveaway.

Verna A. said...

Love that new line! Thanks for the chance to win.

Amy Farrington said...

I hope you are enjoying your vacation! The Morris line is truly charming and the possibilities endless.

Freda Fields Alley said...

Oh my... that block is a challenge indeed!

Thanks for the chance to win some of your gorgeous fabrics... love the Morris lines!

Barbara B said...

Love Morris Modernized! And I create reproduction quilts too--such fun to replicate classics.

Kleine Vingers said...

The give away looks great, if I win you can send it to a friend in the US. But it seems I have problems with the link, I can not access it.
Many greetings

Mary Ann L said...

I'm delighted to have found your blog! Looks very interesting. Yes, your block IS a challenge, but we need those occasionally to keep us on our toes.

Terri McBride said...

Love your block what fun to play with and thanks for the chevron zig zag design I have been wanting to do that one quilt for my grandson!

Deb said...

Thank you so much for the pattern and I'd love to have a chance at winning that fabric. I love it!

Connie Thomas said...

Hi, I really like the block. It is different. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I am having problems with downloading the block pattern.

Pattyjoe said...

It's amazing what you can do with a simple block!

Janet said...

Wow.... how generous of you! Have a great vacation...jmh

Bonnie said...

I cannot open the link but I find the block intriguing. Fun to play with, for sure! Thanks for the chance to win!

barb said...

I love the fabric you are giving away, it is beautiful. I love the way you laid out your blocks, it would make such a gorgeous quilt. babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

Sharon Yurkanin said...

Eager to get at the pattern, but can't open link

Denise said...

Well since I love all your 'Morris' fabrics this will be a cool block to work in those. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your vacation!

Mickie said...

Ditto what sharon said. Can't go to the link. But great post anyway!onli

Beadbugbit said...

I find it interesting to see how others think. Thanks for showing us this. And thanks for the opportunity to win.

dessie95 said...

Love the variety of lay out of pattern and the Moda fabric is 3 different sizes would be a blast to work with.

Brenda said...

I like following your process, but I was surprised by your answer! Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda Big D said...

This is a fascinating design challenge. I love working with solids, so this block could work well in an Amish -feel quilt design.
I'd love to win these Morris-themed fabrics. Please pick me!

Mary Jane Link said...

I really like your block within a block and am anxious to try it. Your give-away of the 3 sizes of pre-cuts is also a wonderful play on the theme of size. Thanks for a very enjoyable posr!

Brenda said...

The link to the pattern doesn't seem to be working.

Patti said...

Your Morris Modernized fabrics look wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win them.

Kitty said...

So many design choices with your block. Thanks for the giveaway and the pattern!

JustPam said...

hmmph indeed! You still came up with some interesting layouts with that unusual block. Thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric.

Pat said...

Reproduction fabrics and traditional patterns are my favorite things and I love your fabrics and books. Very interesting to see what your thoughts were on this modern pattern....I guess it's sometimes a good thing to step out of the box!. LuOr at least think about i!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I always love to win fabric!! your prizes look delightful. Thanks for the chance - I check your blog all the time.

~Laurie~ said...

You gave it your best! I don't think I'd be too far behind you with this one! Happy Fall :)

Jean said...

I love William Morris -- thank you for the opportunity to win this great gift!

Alicia said...

Wow! A month long vacation? I wouldn't know what to do for that long....unless I had fabric & my sewing machine!

Willa said...

I really enjoy the way you have assembled and reassembled to show the possibilities. Love the idea of 3 packs of squares in seriously different sizes.

Deborah from Valparaiso said...

I'm so amazed at your fabric designs. I only wish I was half as creative as you. Enjoy your holiday.

Anonymous said...

Hope you are enjoying your vacation. Enjoyed your post.

Charlotte S.

susan said...

It is amazing what can be done by changing sizes and designs. I am inspired to try this too.Thank you for the chance to win.Enjoy your vacation!

Lisa said...

I love having a block that you can play with the arrangement. Thanks for the giveaway, it's a sweet one!

sunny5597 said...

Awesome giveaway!! 3 precuts! I so hope i win this. Thanks for the chance to win and the pattern, although, I can't seem to get it to open on my computer.

Jill said...

Interesting block and thanks for the link to your other blog. I had forgotten about that one, but not anymore. Have a great vacation.

MandyMandalei said...

I love William Morris, and love modern quilts. There are so many fun things to do with the combination!

have a great vacation!

Rina said...

I love how you took the time to investigate so many different options for what looks like a simple block - and gave us all some inspiration! Thanks so much for that, and the giveaway!

Framma said...

Very different & interesting block. Couldn't get the link to work. Would love to win this fabric!

Kate said...

dInteresting block- I like the small 3" blocks inside the larger one. fun! Thanks for the chance to win the fabric- looks beautiful!

Debra Wenzel said...

I love finding your blog and appreciate the historical perspective as well as discussing the modern movement. I look forward in finding your fabric line at one of my local quilt stores, just beautiful! Enjoy your vacation...

Katie.Herzog said...

What a neat interpretation on that block. Thanks for the giveaway.

Peg said...

I love your reproduction fabrics.

jan said...

That red and black design is very striking! I really appreciate your insights on 'modern' vs 'traditional'. Truly what is old is new again!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Amber said...

I love this block, especially the layout you designed in EQ.

Kristy said...

I am a lover of blue...so I am so hoping to get some MORRIS MODERNIZED! soardkgatfusedotnet

BarbB said...

Love the Amish look to some of the layouts...is anyone else having a problem with the pattern link? Is there another way to get to it? Any suggestions? Thanks much!

kathyinozarks said...

Oh fun! I love giveaways especially when it's your fabrics-Love the block too.
Enjoy your vacation! Hot here in Missouri Kathy

susan said...

I just made some units using that block last night! I arranged them the same as your "switch a roo" version so it looks like giant arrows and opposed to flying geese. Such a coincidence.

Lou said...

Love the way you showed different layouts! What a difference!

Chiska said...

What a fun block! Hope you're having a wonderful vacation.

Kim Q said...

I love the fabrics, but the pattern download link didn't work. Thanks for the chance to win!

Paula A. said...

It's amazing how many combinations you can get by changing the pieces around. So fun!

Melissa said...

I love this block! So many possibilities!

Kellie from Indiana said...

That is a lot of ideas on how to use one block! Thank you.

MarshaB said...

Love the fabric line. Thanks for the chance to win.

Joan said...

Wow, thankyou for all the great ideas and showing how different sizes work.

Sonya said...

Gorgeous fabric! I'd love to win!

Elizabeth Monahan said...

Lots of possibilities here! Thanks for the challenge and the chance to win.

Amy said...

A fun block to play with Barbara! And it's always fun to think about the chance to win something!!a

Lisa Marie said...

Lots of interesting ideas in this post. Thanks for sharing!

Laura Pendley said...

What beautiful fabric. Thank you for the giveaway

Violet said...

I love your Morris Modernized line! Thanks for the giveaway!

marcella said...

That is an intriguing block. It looks one way all alone but it really changes when repeated. I quite like the little blocks down the center of the very large block. Hope you have a fun trip!

Kristal Friesen said...

Thank you for this opportunity! The fabric is beautiful :)

~R. Edens said...

I am new to Moda fabric and I am in love! Your new Morris Modernized design is absolutely stunning, Thank you for the chance to win some goodies. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Gwen said...

Hope you are enjoying your vacation.
Enjoyed seeing the different ways that you used the simple block. thanks for sharing all of this with
us.

Tinliz said...

Visited the historically modern quilts blog for the first time today. It sure brings back memories.
Thanks for the chance to win some of your beautify fabric.

Jacqueline said...

The block does lend itself to modern fabrics more than reproductions in my eyes mind.

What a generous give away. Enjoy your vacation !!

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Wow, that block is interesting. Thanks for showing all of the variations you came up with.

CantstopQuilting said...

The fabric is beautiful! Love the block!

Lori Martindale said...

I love seeing a bit of your thought process when designing a block or layout. Thanks!

CathyK said...

I really enjoyed seeing the different variations of this block! I kind of had a feel for the creative process at work!! I am still fairly new to quilting, so I am "strictly by the pattern" right now. I can't wait to gain more confidence and create my own quilts!

texasgirl2 said...

Your fabric is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Like your block and fabric.

Sandra said...

Me encantan tus trabajos y los colores de esos precortados me gustan mucho, me gustarĂ­a participar en tu sorteo, mi email es sandramariacostura@hotmail.es. Un gran saludo.

susanj said...

You and your blog always go above and beyond, and today's is no exception-many examples and beautiful fabric, along w/history- thanks for the chance to win!

WoolenSails said...

I like how the EQ works, I still haven't figured out my mac program but it is nice to be able to test out blocks and fabrics for layouts. I hope you have a fun and safe trip.

Debbie

Deb said...

Very interesting. I'm enjoying the hop!

woolgather said...

It seems like a really nice block, but I'm unable to get the directions? The link doesn't work. And maybe some of us do not want to join Google to get your pattern. What happened to just having a PDF file that just comes up when you click on the link---like all the other quilt designers in this HOP?

susiefloozie said...

Absolutely LOVE the new line! Pick me, please!

Lynette said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I Would love to win some MM fabric packs!!
Having fun with the blog hop too!!

Bethany Martini said...

Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric!

Jenny said...

wow, that red/black quilt is super interesting! thanks for the link and for a chance to win this lovely fabric!

Deb said...

Maybe you could post a corrected link. After I commented I tried to get the pattern and couldn't.

Linda said...

HELLO,LOVE THE FABRIC GIVEAWAY!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Marci said...

Would be fun to win that fabric. Interesting the way you played with the block.
Marci

Marsha Jean said...

AS with the others, I couldn't get the link to work. But it looks like two flying geese, so I'll just "wing it"!

Sallie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Terri U said...

I love your fabric and have many of your books on my bookshelf.

Sheri said...

Your fabric collection looks awesome...but I am NOT surprised!!! You do great stuff!

JANET said...

Love your fabric! And that red and black quilt with the design in the middle looks very intriguing. Who knew that a simple geese block could do that! Thank you for the ideas.

Ann in NC said...

Thanks for showing various block arrangements! The new fabric looks lovely! Enjoy your vacation!

LJ said...

Your block's simplicity lends itself to some great looks. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

Susie Johnson said...

I have been loving your latest fabric lines!

Joannag said...

Endless possibilities!
Thanks for sharing your pattern.
Joanna

Pat said...

Your new fabric looks beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win. Enjoy your vacation, well deserved I'm sure.

Jacklynn said...

Thanks for the different blocks and inspiration - have a good vacation! And thanks for the give away!

ldylatuna said...

Barbara!
Your new line is beautiful. I love William Morris fabric and this line is not so formal. What an interesting block you made. I could make a gorgeous quilt with reproduction fabrics (my favorite). You are doing a lot while out of internet accessibility.
Thanks so much,
Mary ldylatuna@att.net

witje said...

Zou graag eens willen winnen. Mooi block

Jeanie said...

Love, love, love the fabric! Couldn't make the link work, though.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks for the inspiration. The block looks fun!

carein said...

I love your SIZE photo ! And wow THREE fabric packs, Love it!

April Shae said...

I enjoyed reading your post on size matters!! Have a great vacation!!

Lynda said...

what a fun giveaway - would love to play around with three fabric packs - not sure that I would use that block tho,,,,they gave you a difficult one - would love to see some fininishes

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love all the layout options - very interesting looks with a simple block.

Book'n Mom said...

Would love to have those gorgeous fabric packs!!!

Lee said...

I love the "Size" photo and the block is interesting and challenging for sure. Thank you for the lovely different sizes giveaway!! Enjoy the vacation!

Sandy D said...

What a great block and I like all the different possibilities. Thanks for a chance to win.

Melissa said...

Enjoy your vacation! Fantastic giveaway. Thank you. :)

Scattered Threads said...

I agree that the block looks modern, but I like your reproduction take on it.
Thanks for a chance to win the precut line.
Jackie

Anonymous said...

Love Morris Modernized. Thanks for the chance to win. Look forward to downloading the (yes, modern-feeling) block pattern when the link works.
Debbie R.

Kathleen OGrady said...

Amazing how many different layouts you can have with the same block, pretty cool actually. Would love to be the lucky winner of that great prize. Oh what possibilities to create with them. Thanks!

Laura Fedewa said...

Love the use of the triangles! So fun!

Cathie said...

I love all the things you've done with the Morris designs!

eclectic-el said...

I just love your new design, I am a huge William Morris fan and really enjoy using your fabrics!
Couldn't get the pattern link to open though......:( Ellen

J Marks said...

I absolutely adore your new Morris Modernized fabrics! I can't wait to get my hands on some of these beauties.....just love it! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Anonymous said...

Kept thinking "windmills." Perhaps more traditional than I realized.
Keep track of all your collections and your blog is the only one I check regularly. Thanks for all the great "stuff."

Sharon S said...

Fun posts from all of you. I like the 3" in 6" version! Thanks for the give away.

nancy b. said...

I enjoyed seeing you play around with the block in the different designs...and I usually end up with a 'traditional' set, too. thanks for the chance to win your lovely fabrics!

Juels said...

love your fabrics. And all the variations on layout of your block inspired the 'desiner' part of me.

Diana said...
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Sylke said...

Nice pattern! But the link doesn't work...

Miss Jean said...

The Morris Modernized fabric is just beautiful!

Gina S. said...

Love seeing all the different way to use the block.

Debbie said...

Love what you did with the block, Barbara! I think the link you gave for the instructions might be a link that only you can see with your google login.

Diana said...

Thanks for the great block, love the color of the your new line, Morris Modernized.
Neat block, thanks for the giveaway.

The link doesn't seem to be working.

Juels said...

I couldn't get the link provided for the pattern to work.Even tried copying and pasting.

Anonymous said...

Anne M - couldn't download the pattern but I'm handy with paper and pen! And your fabric is inspiring - my mind is busy sorting and planning projects already. Thank you.

Mary said...

I hope you're having a wonderful time on vacation! And I'd love to win your fabrics. They're lovely!

kristie said...

Thank you for all you do for the quilting community. Have made both of your BOW's and love them. Learn so much. Thanks for more of your knowledge thru this blog hop.

anyadahab said...

It is fun to see how a block can change based on how it is arranged, and how it is scaled. Great post.

Barb said...

A block that I have never seen before. Love the chance to win some of your beautiful fabric
barb at betcrawford@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance to win some of your fabric and have a great vacation!!

Tami
tamiquilts(at)att(dot)net

Carrie P. said...

enjoy your vacation! so much you can do with that block. thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

betty boop said...

I, too, am getting into the more modern less fussy quilts. Love the red and black design you posted. And I love your block for the simplicity and can think of ways to enlarge and do something fun with it. Also like that Morris is 'going modern'...

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Great block! I love your new fabric line. Thanks for the chance to win some.

Jean said...

Thank you for this page full of inspiration.

Tina McNamara said...

I really like the colors of your new line. Thanks for the give-a-way.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Love your block and your fabric line. Thanks for sharing this giveaway with us and showing how to make this block.

Tina Mac said...

The pattern link is not working

Rose W said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Your new fabric line is beautiful.

Nancyz said...

Thanks for the block and giveaway.

lovetoquilt said...

Interesting block. One could create designs for hours! Gorgeous fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Interesting block. Would be fun to do it in several different styles of fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

Laurel said...

Just lately I've been working with some larger blocks. It has been fun.

The new fabric line looks fabulous!

Julie said...

Neat block and love the fabric line. Thanks.

MoeWest said...

It's an interesting block so I'll come back later to see if the link is replaced. Thanks for a chance to win some lovely fabric!

Booklogged said...

Really like the 3" blocks inside the 24" block.

The link to the pattern isn't working, or at least it didn't work for me.

Briarose said...

absolutely love this fabric line. It would look great in a nickel quilt.
claire
c7lonergan@rogers.com

squirrelie55 said...

I can't seem to get the link to work either. Looks like a fun block to do.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Mary Jean said...

Love your new fabric line....would love to win some!!!

Renee said...

What fun blocks!

Lorene Holbrook said...

ooooohhhhh, love the new line! half square triangles are my friend!! I love them! thanks for the pattern and challenge.

Michele T said...

I love seeing all those different layouts!!! Your new fabric line is dreamy!!! Thanks for the chance!!

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