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Tuesday Tutorial~ Different Size Blocks

I really like to play with scale in my quilts. Taking the same block and using it in different sizes can add interest. It may look difficult but it’s really quite easy. 

 The secret is to use blocks with common multiples. My Bear Scraps quilt uses blocks with multiples of 3 (ie 3, 6, 9) This scrap busting log cabin uses 6″ and 12″ blocks. You could also do 5″ and 10″. You get the idea.

A little more difficult are my Plan B quilts. 

 Made from blocks intended for other quilts.  Test blocks because sometimes it’s a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit.  Orphan blocks, because some blocks are so fun you get carried away.  Mistakes, not failures, but lessons learned.  Healing blocks made by friends.  And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B.  And life is all about how you handle plan B.

These quilts use up all sizes of blocks. I like to put similar sized blocks together, add strips to build up blocks that are slightly smaller. 

 Pat Sloan has a tutorialfor her method that is helpful.

These are fun quilts to make, kind of like a puzzle. If you haven’t made one I would recommend it. My orphan bin is getting full. I think it’s time for me to make another one. 


  • julieQ says:

    I too love to play with scale…your quilts are lovely!

  • Quiltdivajulie says:

    I love making "puzzle" Plan B type quilts – engaging, challenging, and so very rewarding.

  • Julierose says:

    Oh i really like that "row" idea for orphan blocks–I have waaay too many of those…That is on my list–to put them together somehow–they all are so varied in fabric and color–so it will be a challenge…hugs and thanks for your tips Julierose

  • 9658 Textiles says:

    I love all the scrappieness!

  • Susan says:

    Love to make 'puzzle' quilts – they definitely are more interesting!

  • Linda @ kokaquilts says:

    I'm only just recently finding these lots of fun too!

  • Needled Mom says:

    Scrappy beauties and you do them so well.

  • dq says:

    I agree. These quilts are so much fun to make. They are so interesting to look at as well. My state guild has a big quilting marathon once a year with classes, quilt show, booths, everything. They also have orphan night. Everyone can donate orphan blocks or even yards of fabric they don't want any more. They organize the donations into color families. You take a team of ladies, grab a stack, and sew all night long unti your top is done. I had never had more fun. I also won several of those orphan quilts one year. You get your name in the drawing for every block you donate and every hour you put into making a quilt top.

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