Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, October 8, 2016

16 Patch Love

One of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects for this year has been making 16 patch blocks.  I started out making six blocks each month in the chosen colors, which gave me a wide range of scraps to work from.  As the year has gone on, I've noticed that some of the blocks I made in one month, fit better with the color choices of another month.  So, as I've been laying out these blocks to decide on a layout, it's been easy to move them around from one row to another.

Here is my most recent layout - 49 blocks in a 7 x 7 square.


I started with pink, then red, orange, yellow/gold, green/turquoise, blue, and finally purple.  Even though the colors for this month are orange and yellow, I think I have enough of both of those that I don't need to make any more.

But...I do have some gray blocks that I made in August for the smoky purple/gray month.


To make the quilt a little longer, a rectangle instead of a square, I decided to add 4 more gray blocks.  Back to my stash I went to see what gray fabrics I could find.


These blocks are so simple to make - a 2 1/2 by 21 inch strip of the main fabric, and the same size piece of a low volume background fabric.  I've made every single one of my blocks different, so there are a variety of low volumes included, and 56 different main fabrics.  This will make for a very scrappy, but I think interesting and fun, quilt!

Last night I stitched up my 4 last blocks.


Although originally, I thought I would use the gray as the last row, I've started to think that maybe I will put it in somewhere among the rainbow rows.  A little bit of a surprise!  Or maybe a place to rest your eyes.  We'll see!  :)

Off to start sewing up my rows!  I'm excited to be at this point!

Linking up tomorrow with Cynthia's Oh Scrap!




13 comments:

  1. I love these, the cotton reel fabric is really sweet! And it's so exciting to be nearly there!

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  2. Your quilt top is really looking wonderful! Christine x

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  3. I can't wait to see how it turns out! Loving the blocks. :)

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  4. Simple is often the most stunning, as is the case with your quilt!

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  5. Looking forward to seeing your final layout. Now you have me wanting to make one of my own. Thanks for inspiring us all at Oh Scrap!

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  6. A very scrappy and fun quilt!

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  7. That's really looking great! You just can't go wrong with a 16 patch, in my opinion :) Isn't it nice to have the quilt almost finished after piecing the blocks all year?

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  8. looks great! there is just something so interesting and fun about the humble 16 patch block! it's cool to see the colors fade from light to dark in your layout. I recently put my 16 patch together, and I arranged the rows diagonally. I like how it turned out, too. a bit less predictable, and it didn't make any of the blocks that weren't' so "blendY" stand out as much. have fun- can't wait to see the finished top!

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  9. A lovely layout of your pretty blocks.

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  10. loving this quilt. I may need to make one myself

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