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P2 Modern Quilt-A-Long: Week 2 – Center Block

This week is week two of the P2 Modern Solids Quilt Along and we are tasked with stitching the center block of our quilts. Ryan and Charlie wrote:

I personally find great inspiration for my projects by looking to the past. I love seeing vintage quilt designs being re-created into “modern” quilts. What’s old is new again, as they say! Remember last week when I said we’re coming up with a way for each of you to make your quilts uniquely you own? Well, now’s the time! This week I’m asking all of you to look around and get inspired to make a block of your own design/choosing. Consider it a personal challenge from Charlie and I to exercise your creativity and grow as a quilter. The blocks we make this week will be featured in the center of each of your quilts!

Kip and I are lucky to own four, wonderful vintage quilts hand stitched and quilted by Kip’s Grandmother. I pulled them out last night and pondered what I might “borrow” from them. One of my favorites is a green and red quilt which I call “The Christmas Quilt.” I started snapping photos of it and was immediately inspired by what I saw through the lens:

Grandma’s beautiful quilt has a pretty border with cornerstones. The blocks are flowers made from half square triangles (they use pieced and appliqued design). But in this photo (please click on the photo to enjoy a larger view), what jumped out at me was that the half square triangles caught in the photo looked like pinwheels. I decided to incorporate the border motif (with cornerstones) and the idea of pinwheels into my modern block…and here it is:

This will be the center block in my quilt – finished it will be a 12″ block (the center pinwheel is 6 inches finished). Stay tuned for next week’s progress!

If you would like to see what other participants did for their center block, visit the Flickr group. It is not too late to join the quilt-a-long. For more information, visit the intro post which gives you all the info you need to join in the fun!


  1. April 5, 2011    

    I love your block!

  2. April 5, 2011    

    Thanks, Sharon 🙂

  3. April 6, 2011    

    I just adore pinwheels but had a heck of a time with them when I made a quilt for my niece a few years ago. I recently saw a wonderful tutorial on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekYpJzHoW6E). I haven’t tried this method but if I ever do pinwheels again I will. Curious to check out your quiltalong group! I just joined my first virtual quilting bee and am terrified! 😉

  4. April 6, 2011    

    What a wonderful story of how you came up with the design for your block! Thanks so much for sharing the quilt along with your readers!

  5. April 6, 2011    

    Trish: Thanks so much for dropping by – and leaving me the link, too. I’ve sent you a private email to talk about quilting 🙂

    Ryan: Thanks for hosting the quilt a long – I am having a lot of fun with it already! I hope even more people will be inspired to join in 🙂

  6. Amy Amy
    April 6, 2011    

    These quilts are beautiful! Your “Christmas Quilt” is stunning (I love red & green!) and I imagine the corners you described are lovely. It’s brilliant how you took photos of them and came up with the idea for your quilt. Your colors make me think of summer and the sea.
    Have fun!

  7. Kim Kim
    April 6, 2011    

    ***sigh***–such richness in the history of quilts. I grew up with hand stitched quilts on my bed from my grandma Hattie. I love them–and your is beautiful.
    I wish I had time and space to quilt–right now, knitting is my hobby of choice because of its portability.

  8. April 7, 2011    

    I love your color choices. I never would have thought to use orange, teal and navy blue. This quilt is gonna be stunning.

  9. April 11, 2011    

    Amy: Thank you! I am really happy with how it came out 🙂

    Kim: I know what you mean about the history of quilts – there is just something really special about snuggling under a quilt which was hand stitched by a grandmother! Knitting is good too 🙂

    Violette: Actually, the colors were pre-chosen by the quilt along host (although we were welcome to change them if we wanted to), so I can’t take credit for putting them together (and the dark color is a slate gray). I agree, they look great together – I can’t wait for the whole thing to come together 🙂

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