Wintery Blocks.

Here in LA it almost never feels like winter, but a bit of cooler weather (a low of 45 degrees! gasp!) has inspired me to make some blocks in what I think of as winter-ish colors. Orange probably isn’t but oh well. I can’t help it. I’m continually obsessed with orange.

I have been leisurely making the blocks my favorite way. One at a time, with no concern for straight lines or what size they end up…I’ll frame them all in white in the end. I just eyeball it the whole time and I do so enjoy it. It’s so much fun to just look at all of the fabrics and mix and match and enjoy the process.

But am I making blocks for one quilt?

Mixed Up

Or two quilts?


I’m thinking one, but I’m going to have to make some more blocks before I’m completely sure. And maybe some changes…

22 Responses to “Wintery Blocks.”

  1. nettie January 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    I am in love with orange too! I think this would make ONE fabulous quilt! I love all your quilts.

  2. MichelleB January 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    I love the orange. I always love orange quilts – and your quilts are wonderful. The cool weather does make for nice quilting weather – it’s even been overcast at our house.

  3. Allison January 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    super cute, i have some of those fabrics and i just haven’t been able to figure out what to do with them, but your blocks are beautiful with them! What do you do with all your quilts? I give some away, sell some, keep some, but I need more reasons to make quilts because i can’t seem to stop! love the orange by the way too, everything needs orange.

  4. Taylor January 3, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    beautiful blocks! Love the colors!!!

  5. Stacy January 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    The blocks are so pretty! I particularly like the block with the red flower.

  6. Abby January 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    I love the idea of free-style! I can feel really bogged down by measuring and precise cutting. I do really like your fussy cut flowers – they really pop out at me!

  7. sonia January 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    i’ve been on an orange kick for several months now. I guess cause it seems fresh , is why i’m drawn to orange fabric.

  8. Darci January 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    It is so true that it never seems like winter here (I live in Orange County) but I still find it to be cold. I love all the blocks that you have done and love the idea of them all being in one quilt and all different. Can’t wait to see.

  9. littlebluecottage January 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    Oh, I am loving these. Really, really nice blocks there. I am continually drawn to orange, particularly burnt orangey colors and yellowish orange too. Another reaon to love Denye Schmidt who makes fabrics with oranges and her quilts too.


  10. Lisa January 4, 2009 at 6:39 am #

    Send that right over to me when you are done. We are having winter for real here in New England…

  11. arah January 4, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    I love the pop of blue. I also love that the ‘squares’ aren’t square. love the colors. Looks great.

  12. Carrie January 4, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Nice orange blocks. I have almost no orange in my house, but I love quilting with orange fabric so much that I should really remedy that situation.

  13. Beth January 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    Designing as you go is the best! So (sew?) liberating. They all look wonderful so far. Can’t wait to see the final project.

  14. Sarah January 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    I’m really liking orange and yellow fabric lately too. Love your squares…

  15. jacquie January 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    just keep on a makin’ em. they’re lovely…if you have extras you know what you can do with them!

  16. anina January 5, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Pretty, pretty! I’d just make one beautiful quilt.

  17. amandajean January 5, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    i love your blocks!!! i also love free piecing that way. and about your weather….i would kill for a high of 45 degrees!!! it’s COLD here. too darn cold…

  18. Kerri January 5, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    i love the colors you chose! it looks so scrappy and i love that! great job!

  19. Rebekah January 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    I love all of these blocks! They look wonderful together…very warm and homey :)

  20. Janice January 6, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    I love them as one quilt in the first pic. They are reminiscent of the Denyse Schmidt patchwork promenade piece to me and I really love that random vintagey feel. Can’t wait to see it all finished!

  21. Louise January 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    It’s beautiful and I just love the orange!

  22. wendy January 8, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    I’m loving the colors in these blocks. Now i’m considering becoming obsessed with orange!

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