I got a SOS from my guild's charity division this last week and there is an urgent need for more quilts for boys. It seems to be true that so many of our quilts are for girls. So I dug into my scrap bins to see what was available.
I also dug around in the closet for some pattern ideas and came across this book. Oh my, one of the first quilts I ever made was out of this book. Now that was some time back in the early 90's, the book was published in 1988. I wonder what ever happened with that quilt. The one thing I really like about this book is that all the patterns in it use small scraps of fabrics. It is perfect for using up those scrap bin leftovers.
I started with these fabrics. I love that red, however, I made a mistake. The finished 9 patches will be 4.5 inches, so I cut the red blocks 4.5 inches. They need to be 5 inches to finish at 4.5. I used up all that red scrap.
So I substituted with this red. At this point things look pretty good.
Now I am thinking that red is a bit much. I have more of it so maybe I can introduce it into the next row or two or replace it for something not so bright. I guess I will just have to continue on and see how things go. Once I see how things go together, maybe a blue quilt version from that book will be a good idea as well.
This red center is nice, I like it, and it's going to be a beautiful quilt for boyReplyDelete
What a great idea for a boys quilt. Aren't these Mary Ellen books wonderful. I belong to a group in Sacramento that meets 4 times a year just to do Mary Ellen quilts.ReplyDelete
Hi Donnalee! How nice that you can step up and make a boy-ish quilt. I tend to make girly ones myself . . . but have widened my horizon since Dominic arrived. Those colors are in the neutral family as far as I'm concerned. No pinks or purples . . . and everything else goes. What is the color in the patterned fabric? This looks so cool on point. Thanks for linking up today, and good luck with the week ahead. ~smile~ RoseanneReplyDelete
Yes making quilts for boys can be difficult, I always feel drawn to the feminine ones. You are doing a great job with these blocks. Kathryn QuiltsReplyDelete
Mary Ellen Hopkins and her techniques were so poplar when I started quilting. I love old quilt books, they still have lots of good ideas and projects in them. You should join Bea Quilter's "Dust Off Your Book" blog hop with this one. You might win for oldest book!ReplyDelete
The red center is fine. Have you thought about making another set of 9 patches with that red?ReplyDelete
I like the red center. It's beautiful. I know you're love it when it's done. A labor of love.ReplyDelete
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I love your block and the fabric choice. It does not look scrappy at all. Isn't it funny that most of our quilts are too girly for boys, unintended of course. I've made a God's Eye and I cant think of the other design for my son. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.ReplyDelete
Honestly, I love the red! (And I can relate to miscutting a stack of squares -- arg!)ReplyDelete
Nice block choice--I like that pop of red, too hugs, JulieroseReplyDelete
Great block! that red just adds a little pop - you can maybe use a small stop border in red too and it will pull that color out ... I think it looks great!ReplyDelete
I like the red center, but do agree there should be a bit more as you continue outward.ReplyDelete
You're right, charity quilts for boys/men are always needed! Kudos to you for making one! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.ReplyDelete
I've noticed that it is much harder to get hands on quilts for boys, but my boy loves using his quilts just as much as his sister, so it is definitely worth the effort. Good on you for stepping up!ReplyDelete
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