09 – Corgis, Block Swap, A Plan, Class Preparation


Saturday was the 4th Anniversary of our corgi meetup so I had some fun celebrating with all the no-legged doggies. Take a look at our Facebook album if you want to see some cute photos!

Sunday I shopped around JoAnn’s a bit. Batting was 40% off so I grabbed 5 yards from the big roll and brought that home. I was completely out of packaged batting other than small scraps that I can use for wall-hangings and stuff. I also got some white fabric for one of my quilt commissions.

Strip Twist Blocks for Block Swap:

I used fabric out of my stash for these Strip Twist blocks. I really like how awesome they look together. Such a great way to make a lap quilt out of 2.5″ strips. It is really time intensive though and uses a LOT of strips. You also really have to pay attention to how you sew the quarters of the block together. If you sew the wrong sides together you won’t get the twist pattern as the rows will line up instead of go in different directions. That tripped up many people in the swap.

Quilt Class Prep Box:

Strips are labeled according to size and the number of them in the stack. Also have some squares labeled and rectangles labeled. Clue #1 was to make some 4 patch blocks out of 3″ strips. I love my dragonfly fabric!

Have you seen the 10-minute block? Fun way to make cathedral windows!

Apparently this technique works on most sizes of blocks (from 4″ up, I’ve heard anything smaller than 4″ can become a bit unwieldy) as long as all the sizes are even. If you use 10″ squares of fabric you end up with a 20″ block! Talk about a fast, gorgeous quilt.

Read the Piecemeal Quilt rants about quilting being dumbed down here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


  1. thank you for sharing the 10-minute block…had not seen that.

  2. Thanks for the podcast, Katie. Hope I can try that 10-minute block soon. Looks fun.

  3. I really like that strip twist quilt. I want one in my colors!

  4. Your blocks are fabulous! I love the colors! Thank you for sharing!


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