March! I’m positively thrilled you are here. Winter might end after all! I’m spending this week catching up on old projects that are more creative in nature… little less predictable and more creative adventuring. Bit of whimsy here and a bit of “I wonder how this will turn out” there.
I’m a true believer that inspiration and creativity require play. I was pondering this while planning gifts for two quilter friends, two people who are especially supportive of my creative exploration. I came across these positively stunning blocks for babies from babee and me, which featured half-square triangles. I knew right away that blocks like that would be perfect for quilters who are always playing around with half-square triangles! I got myself some blocks and made these wooden quilt blocks…toys for grown-ups who quilt!
I had so much fun making these! Each block has six sides (duh!) and I made five of the sides in half-square triangles and one in a solid color. I also applied Mod Podge over origami paper for one side, to mimic a fabric print. I tried to think of my friends and the colors they love as I picked the colorways. I also threw in a little gold and silver because, I mean, it’s gold and silver and that is just awesome.
Here is the first set:
They actually take a surprisingly long time to paint these, considering that each half needs to dry before the other half is painted. But, it was so fun to paint instead of sew for once. Painting has this element of mixing colors, which is both fun and frustrating. Really hard to create the exact color in real life compared to what was in my head!
A bit about how to make them. 1. Collect smooth same-sized blocks from the craft store. 2. Place a strip of washi tape (it works better than blue painter’s tape surprisingly. Is there anything that washi tape isn’t good for?!) across the diagonal corners. 3. Paint your choice of color, let it dry, and remove the tape. 4. Place washi tape diagonally and paint the other side. Let that dry and remove the tape and you are done! Now, do that on each side. I also covered each side of the block in Glossy Mod Podge to protect it from nicks and give it a shine.
I painted a wooden box white to keep them in. Grown up toys require organization, you know. I’m hoping these blocks find a place sitting on a studio desk, available whenever inspiration strikes! Happy quilting, friends!