I took a much-needed break from all kinds of technology last week and used that opportunity to take a break from writing a post as well. We had no wi-fi or electricity, so we hung out, read books, drank lots of tea, played games and at night we looked at the stars outside while keeping ourselves warm with a log fire. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the simple life. That ties in with what I am going show you today, my vintage-themed quilt blocks.
When I picked up four fat quarters of Grandma’s House last year, the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to make vintage-style blocks without using the usual vintage quilt patterns. Then, very recently, while browsing through knitting patterns, the perfect idea came to me. I made four quilt patterns inspired by the knitting designs and history. This is the Argyle Star, I don’t think introductions are needed for this design. I love the little points at the end of the crossed lines.
Of course I couldn’t help but play with the colours a little bit.
This is the Vale Star, inspired by the Yorkshire Dales knitting tradition. I wanted to keep this block very simple to represent a simple life. Simple, but full of activity because this block also makes me think of roads leading in and out of the center square.
Here’s my colour-play with the Vale Star.
These are so easy to make and there is hardly any aligning of sections. I am almost done with the other two blocks and can’t wait to show them to you. I am making a mini with these already-made blocks for my kitlets to snuggle on during cold nights. I am planning on making a quilt with solids for the bipeds in this house. These stars are also going to appear on my Halloween quilt. Versatile, don’t you think?
Until next week,
Audrey September 27, 2014 at 17:58
Very nice! Thanks for sharing at TGIFF Linky Party!
Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation September 25, 2014 at 08:16
These blocks look great. I love the shape of them, and they’ll look great when they’re put together.
Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!
:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Susan in OK September 24, 2014 at 21:24
I love stars and these are definitely “keepers.” Sounds as if you made the best of a not very good situation. Good job with the electricity issue.
Ruth September 24, 2014 at 06:31
Love the idea of these. I really like the first one – the small points at the end are very cool and unusual.
Carole @ From My Carolina Home September 24, 2014 at 05:13
Neat blocks! Visiting from Sew Fresh Quilts
Lorna McMahon September 24, 2014 at 03:30
Both are very fine blocks, perfect for using those fabrics you chose. But I am sure they would look great in modern fabrics and solids as well. Great ideas!
Cynthia September 24, 2014 at 01:34
It is a beautiful block. It is nice to disconnect from our normal busy lives for a short time. Not too long and preferably when it suit you.
Sharon - IN September 23, 2014 at 13:53
Very clever blocks. It is interesting where inspiration can come from! I don’t knit or crochet, but I’ll be looking at sweaters in a different way now! And I’ll pop over to Craftsy to take a look at your patterns.
Susan @TheBoredZombie.com September 22, 2014 at 18:44
It’s so grown up looking, I love it!! :)
Janine September 22, 2014 at 07:01
Thank you for linking with Wool on Sundays :)
Crafty Create September 21, 2014 at 09:00
I love the simple style blocks and colours and so versatile too!
Carla September 20, 2014 at 19:46
I like these blocks. They are probably much easier to make than argyle socks : )
Cheryl September 20, 2014 at 19:20
I am glad you had fun disconnecting from technology, that sounds like a wonderful vacation to me. Great blocks too, I love the fabrics you used.
Mary September 18, 2014 at 13:56
I really like how versatile that block can be. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
Kim September 18, 2014 at 13:54
Your week sounds idyllic. Love your fabric choices and your li’l playing with colour has resulted in truly inspired blocks.
Janine September 18, 2014 at 13:20
I like the idea of turning knitting designs into quilt blocks. The ones here look great and I’m looking forward to the others
krislovesfabric September 18, 2014 at 12:31
Love the look of the Argyle and I look forward to seeing those stars with your Halloween theme. I am still working through the decision of border on my Halloween top so sounds like you just went around me ;)
Kathleen September 18, 2014 at 11:04
Love your choice of fabrics Soma!
Susan September 18, 2014 at 09:46
Ooh, I like this block. It is beautiful in the fabrics you made it with. I also like the solid color representations. I’ve got all kinds of ideas going through my head now. This will give me something to look forward to as I deal with settling my aunt’s estate.