Category Archives: basic blocks

Metro Lines


I’ve designed my own quilt before, but this is the first one that I am sharing with others. It’s a simple pattern and can be made with any print and two solids. I had some left over scraps (no particular fabric collection) from another project and made the quilt top. My back will have one metro line surrounded by solid fabric. My binding will have a combination of the two solid fabrics.  It’s a small baby quilt, but I know the blocks can be resized for any size quilt. I used HSTs and squares and just arranged them in this order. My soon to be daughter-in-law helped me name it, and that’s how Metro Lines was born.

      Metro Lines



Always Another Way 2

I receive a newsletter via email from Landauer Publishing, and as you know by now; that’s if you follow my blog. I’m always looking for shortcuts, tips, or simple techniques that save time; yet produce a block with precision and ease. Penny Haren has several Basic Block videos for beginners as well as experienced quilters.  As I went down her video playlist I came across; Creating a Kaleidoscope Block With Bonus Pinwheel Block. I’ve never made a kaleidoscope block before, but after watching this video that’s going to be my next venture. I really enjoy sharing the creative quilting techniques that I find on the web. Click on the video to view the Kaleidoscope Block. I also added the link to all of her videos. Enjoy!


Penny Haren’s Basic Block Videos