Saturday, April 7, 2018

30 Blocks 30 Days My Turn

It's my day to share block 8, Staggered, from Carla's 30 Blocks in 30 Days QAL, now Blog Hop.
 To make this block, you need 2 colors and 4 rectangles of each, 3" x 5 1/2". I decided to use some flannel I already had and make a baby quilt.

Next, arrange the rectangles so they alternate. (I don't have a clue why this photo got turned sideways, but there it is...)
Stitch the pieces together. I made 20 blocks for the baby quilt. It was really easy to chain-piece them all.

Then I had to decide how I wanted to arrange the blocks. One way is the way Carla showed on her blog:

But I decided to turn every other one sideways at which time I noticed the blocks made neat plus-sign type figures, so I kept that design. I didn't want borders. Oh, and I rounded the corners (used a spool as a template) so I wouldn't have to make them square. I wasn't keen on binding a flannel quilt, so I made it envelope-style. Then I had to decide whether to top stitch around the edges or not, and I decided not to. My quilting, which is a meander/stipple, goes all the way from edge to edge.

We had sun on picture-taking day, thankfully, but as is usual in central Illinois, the wind was uncooperative.

My husband helped hold it straight. :) I could have taken the photo without his legs, but what for? This way is more fun. :)

Then the wind died down for a bit and I could get this shot.

Here's the back. I used a small green check flannel that was also in my stash.

Thanks, Carla, for setting up this great Hop. I hope all visitors check out everybody's blog, even those who have already shown off their lovely projects.

Here's the list of bloggers and Carla's tutorial for each block:

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee


  1. Very nice quilt. I like the design that happened when you turned the blocks. Using the flannel I am sure made a very cuddly quilt.

    The pic with your husband's legs was fun.

    Have a lovely day.

  2. I don't often piece with flannel due to the bulky seams but this pattern is perfect for it. It turned out very cute!

  3. Very pretty quilt. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  4. Lovely quilt. Midwest weather has been a bit uncooperative as of late.

  5. Using flannel is a brilliant idea and makes for a super cozy baby quilt for sure. It's so sweet of your hubby to help with picture day. Thank you so much, Carol, for being a part of my crazy vision for a blog hop. You added the perfect inspiration for this block!

  6. Flannel is so perfect for babies and this one is just what the doctor ordered.

    1. Thanks for your nice comments. Glad you stopped by!

  7. It's those small changes in layout that really make it your own. Great job!

  8. I love how you get different looks with different lay outs.

    1. I'm always amazed at how layouts change design. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. That's the joy of piecing and quilting. Each person has a different idea! It makes them all unique.
    I loved the hubby pic!

  10. Simple, yet versatile is good!

    1. I couldn't agree more. Carla did a great job designing these 30 blocks. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. It's always great to see all the different layouts one block can provide~ Beautiful baby quilt!

  12. I love your fabric - just right for a baby

  13. Very cute baby quilt. I’m glad you used flannel. I have some left from receiving blankets I made so this will be a great way to use them.

  14. That was a great idea to alternate the blocks like that. I'll bet the flannel feels great too.

  15. Love your layout. You don't realize that it's such a simple block looking at it in this way. Husbands don't realize just how valuable they are to the quilting community. We could have a contest for the best feet sticking out from under a quilt :-}

  16. It is an adorable baby quilt using "staggered." I love the fabrics in it and the legs in the photo just add a bit of fun!

  17. Interesting block, nice that you can change up the pattern.

  18. Your layout is great! Using flannel makes the quilt nice and soft.

  19. Your turning of the blocks added a different rhythm to the quilt, and the backing you chose works well.

    1. Thanks for the comments--turning the blocks does change things up. Thanks, too, for stopping by!

  20. The baby will be all snug and cuddly. Great quilt.

  21. Your block, turned that way, has a windblown appearance, so your photo shoot was perfection itself!

  22. Very pretty quilt. I love how these blocks are so simple and make quite a statement when completed into quilts.

  23. Love it! Once again a simple pattern packs a Giant WOW factor!!

  24. Nice! I like that you turned every other one - that certainly adds interest.

  25. I love your idea, Carol! Such a cute baby quilt! And I love the idea of using a spoon to round those corners just right! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

  26. I find it fascinating that such a simple block can have so many awesome possibilities! Thanks!

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  27. Oh, I like how this turned out! Fun design, and thank heaven for a willing quilt honey to help! Love the picture.

  28. Hi Carol,
    Lovely finish and I love your helpful husband's legs showing! It's real life and he's a trouper for helping out. ~smile~ Roseanne

  29. I love how simple blocks can look so complicated. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh and I have to deal with wind a lot too so sometimes I just clamp some big plastic clamps on the bottom edge for weights and it really helps when you don't have cute legs to help you out! :)

  30. Looks great! Thanks for sharing your quilt!!

  31. Now see those two prints and in those colours looks stunning!