The customer wanted something traditional so I flipped through my Amish quilt books and found a block I had always liked which is called a variety of things "Bachelor's Puzzle"," Snail's Trail" etc...
I have made this block in miniature and donated it to the Ami Simms Alzeheimer's Quilt Auction a few years ago but those were 3 inch blocks finished which made me a little insane. The whole quilt was 9"x12".
I decided NOT to make the block THAT small again this time though. Since it was a baby's quilt I decided an 8" block would be cute and wouldn't make me nuts.
Here is the resulting Texas A&M quilt for baby JR:
It measures 48"x48".I quilted it on my new longarm which I have limited skill using thus far but, I played to my strengths and it came out great.
I have also been working on a ticker tape quilt. Another blog I read is doing a quilt-along called Bottled Rainbows. I decided to try the technique and see if I liked it.It was a 100% hit for me and is a great stash buster. It is a quilt as you go technique that you do block by block. Here is my first block all in baby blues:
More will definitely follow as this was a super cool technique and I liked the result. It reminds me of my favorite video game TETRIS that I played as a teen. I won't go into detail about how to do the technique as the Stitched in Color blog outlines it beautifully and I highly reccommend you click over to her blog and check it out!
I also think there is a lot of design potenitial so I am going to play with some designs and do them ticker tape style to see how they look.