Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Number 36

So last night I made my first 36-patch block for AmandaJean's quilt along...I even added it to the Flickr group...something I have a tendency to neglect.

I did end up cutting into my Kaffe stash, although this block is made from Amy Butler fabric.  I followed Amanda's tutorial exactly, and I am so glad I did.  Her suggestion for making the stitch length shorter really made a difference as well....sure wish I had known this tip earlier ;-)  There were several comments left on her post suggesting alternate piecing methods, but IMHO her method results in a more accurate block.

As a matter of fact, I used this same method in making my first postage stamp size block.  I am making these blocks using Amanda's tutorial for her quilt along, but for these blocks, my squares are only 1.5".  My idea for this quilt is to go with a checkboard layout and scrappy squares.

Here are the two 36-patch blocks side by side.  What a difference an inch makes!  So thanks to Crazy Mom Quilts I will be making various size blocks/quilts during her quilt along and busting my stash along the way!


  1. OMGoodness, Rene'!! I LOVE your first 36-patch block. That fabric is gorgeous!

  2. Cool! I even ordered a real 1/4" piecing foot for my machine to give it a try!

  3. Love your first 36-patch for the quilt-along! Great fabric combo. That postage stamp block is so adorable - what a great way to use up some scraps or odds and ends. I thought Amanda Jean's method produced a more accurate block too! I made a 36-patch block at retreat and approached it the same way as her instructions from yesterday. There's always someone out there who thinks their way is better. But it's up to each one of us to choose our own style. Loving yours!