The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Something from Something Else - Puzzle Squares

I suspect most have heard of the D9P block - Disappearing Nine Patch - and know everything you can create using this one block.  I have been playing with another block that is simple and becomes something else if we just take it a little further by cutting or adding to.  I call it the Puzzle Block.  I really love those types of blocks and call them opportunities waiting to be utilized.

I have taken a series of pictures to explain my concept, but not sure if it will be clear or clear as mud, or a revelation. Please bear with me in this my first attemtp. If this block already exists, then I guess they also had a terrific idea as this post is thought to have been evolved from my playing around with fabric and became my version.  Let me know if you have heard of another designer and I will certainly give credit.

For a set you will need three (3) 6-1/2" dark squares and three (3) 6-1/2" light squares, or you can use any size square you want.  This will make two blocks.
I have used 6-1/2 " squares and this picture shows I have cut 12 blue and 12 orange squares and they are sorted into groups of three each.  I randomly picked this number out of my "noggin" to demonstrate and hopefully it will make a doll quilt.  A SET of squares is three blue and three orange.

From one set, put one square of each color aside and cut the four remaining (two of each color)  squares on the diagonal to create four triangles for each color.  Do you see where we are going with this?  Yep - square in a square blocks.

Typical square in a square method - sew triangles to each side and then sew the other two side triangles on.  Press the seams on each square towards the darker color, in this case the blue.  This is important for "down the road".

Remember to press the seams towards the darker color.
Another very important step, is to square each block to 10" making sure you line up all "the points" on the 5" increment. Adjust if you chose another size square to begin with. Make two squares

Cut both squares twice on the diagonal resulting in eight triangle units.
Lay out four (4) triangles to form a Puzzle Block with the small squares in the center.  If you have used two colors, the center will be a four-patch checkerboard.  If you used all different colors, you could have a wonderful scrappy version. Sew the triangle units together to create the puzzle block and press the seams open.

After sewing together the blocks are squared to 10-1/4".

I have experimented a little with placement - and I am sure there are many other arrangements that are waiting to be found.  How about on point or with sashings between the blocks or scrappy.

Since my original 12 squares gave me eight blocks, I added one extra block here to create this lovely nine-patch arrangement.  Hummm... this definitely has potential.
These blocks were set side by side, and turned opposite each other so they do not match up.  Lots of pattern there.  Wonder how this would look with one row turned one way and the next row the other -  I love the potential of this creation.
Do you also love these types of blocks - they start out as something totally different - kinda like a butterfly going through metamorphis.  If you know of other blocks that you can share with me, I would love to hear about them.  These are so much fun.

Since I am vowing to NOT make star quilts this year, I am branching out to find other solutions.  Just thought I would share a tiny portion of my journey with you from the past week.  Judy C sends you happiness on your journey.

1 comment:

taylorsoutback said...

Amazing block, Judy! What fun to start out with something that ends up this way!
Your work looks meticulous too.