Before we let Quilt Dad take over, we have a few things to say. As you might expect.
Hello, Crafterhours readers! My name is John and I blog over at QuiltDad. If you’ve never visited my blog before, please swing by and say “hello”.
As you may know, I am participating in the Spoonflower I Spy swap here on Crafterhours, and I haven’t been this excited about a swap in a long time! I am absolutely smitten with Spoonflower and the opportunity that it’s giving to artists and crafters to more personally bring their visions to life. I love all of the independent artists that are creating such cool, fun designs. It really opens up a whole new world of possibilities for sewers and quilters … like us!
I emailed Susan and Adrianna a couple of weeks back and asked if we would be sharing quilt layout ideas for all of the awesome 5″ squares we’ll be receiving as part of the swap. I should’ve known better. The response was, “what a great idea! Why don’t you write a guest post on Crafterhours and start the conversation?”
So that’s why I am here, and the topic of this post. Have any of you fellow swappers started considering how you will use the squares you receive? I’ve been thinking about it some (it’s a great way to pass the time while Spoonflower is printing all of our fabrics!), and I rounded up a few pieces of inspiration. Take a look at the photos below, and be sure to share your additional ideas in the comments!
Hmmmm … now how can I get S & A to amend their tagline to “sleeping babes. crafting moms & dads”??
OK, so my first idea was to feature the charm squares in rows, separated by solid color bars with lots of white (or gray, or blue) space, similar to this beautiful quilt made by Jona of Fabritopia fame:
Of course, a straight-up patchwork layout is always classic:
I recently met the supremely talented Cherri House and have had many of her City Quilts patterns on my brain. This one in particular could lend itself nicely to charm squares:
What do you guys think about snowballs? This easy block is a fun way to use I Spy prints with a little more visual interest.
Wonky stars are always a popular block choice over in the Flickr groups. This beginner-friendly block is a lot of fun when the center features a novelty print, like this example by MimiPark:
Here’s a Chinese-coin inspired layout suitable for charm squares:
Ah, an old favorite – wonky square-in-square blocks a la Denyse Schmidt:
I’ve always loved this layout, which I believe is from a pattern called “Slide Show”:
I Spy houses … what a great idea!
Here are a few more inspiration quilts, all pulled from the I SPY quilts group on Flickr:
So what do you think? See any patterns that you’d like to try?
Thanks, John/Quilt Dad/Mr. Incredible! And we’d be happy to make it “sleeping babes. crafting moms and DAD.” Singular. Bahahaha!