Habitat Blocks

Even before we finished our Robert Kaufman No Prints Allowed challenge, Free Spirit offered modern quilt guilds an opportunity to get free Jay McCarroll Habitat fabric.  Being in the midst of the RK challenge, we weren’t quite ready for another one at the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.  But, of course, not being crazy, we wanted to take advantage of the free fabric!

After some discussion, we decided to make a charity quilt.  We each took some fat quarters with a promise to add some solids of our own and bring back as many 12″ blocks as we could make from what we took.
I took two fat quarters and made the blocks shown here.  It was a lot of fun.  I don’t usually make just one block at a time where I can do anything I want.
The first block I made was the large star block (upper left).  I’ve been thinking of making a quilt with star blocks in it for a while so I decided to try this one out. I like the pinwheel effect, but it didn’t strike me as very “modern” so I made another smaller one so I could add fabric around the edges to make it wonky (lower right).  I was surprised at how much fabric wonkiness requires 🙂
The triangle block (upper right) was next.  This is a trial run for the last block I owe in the Mid Mod Bee.  The fabric design hides all my crazy little seams nicely.
My final block is the cross block (lower left) inspired by Carol’s quilt and the many other cross quilts I’ve seen around the past year or so.  I may play around with this block idea to see what I can come up with if I make more of them.
It will be fun to see what everyone else did and how many blocks we end up with.
  • sewkatiedid
    Posted at 04:57h, 04 September Reply

    what a great idea to make a charity quilt with it.

  • Quilt Inspiration
    Posted at 17:09h, 26 August Reply

    I love Jay McCarroll's fabric and what you did with it. The triangle and the cross blocks are my favorites. Based on what you've done here, I can imagine a whole quilt with wonky triangles !

  • natasha
    Posted at 02:57h, 26 August Reply

    Interesting fabric, I get it knowing about the designer! I like what you have done with them, the triangle is very interesting looks like a sketch in an art museum.

  • Alli
    Posted at 00:48h, 25 August Reply

    I really like the triangle block with the sketchy fabric — it's crazycool!

  • Lynne
    Posted at 23:26h, 24 August Reply

    That would be a fun challenge – being in a group that uses the same fabric to make different blocks.

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