At Project Linus there is a constant need for boys quilts and every now and then I make a conscious effort to make boy appropriate quilts. I must admit my fabric stash is full of wonderful florals, pinks, princesses, mermaids and other girlcentric fabric. I do try to make a lot of my quilts gender neutral – not too many flowers, appropriate backing fabric and minimal pink.
This week I pulled blues and oranges from the my stash and also raided my scrap boxes for little bits and pieces to make a quilt just for the boys. I kept the florals to a bare minimum.
After some pondering I decided to make a gretchen block quilt (partly because I love the irony of making a boys quilt using a girl named block and partly because it is a cool block). The gretchen block is an easy, traditional quilt pattern and Seven Stitches has a great tutorial on making it here. I actually went the paper piecing route and Quilterscache has a great paper pattern you can find here.
I have a pile of blocks made and a pile still to make. I have been playing with the layout of the blocks and looking at what size I want to make the finished quilt. Although this is a traditional quilt block, my interpretation is definitely modern.
I am loving how the pattern and colours work together and the scraps seem to add a really fun element to the quilt. I am excited to see how it all comes together.
12 thoughts on “Gretchen blocks – work in progress Wednesday”
These are great blocks. It is nice when you can use small pieces and large at the same time.
It has been a great quilt for using scraps.
LOVE this quilt and the blog!
You may be a little bias… but thanks
What a very pretty block, and it’s turning into a lovely quilt!
What a pretty block, and it’s turning into a lovely boy’s quilt!
Love the colors. Orange is my grandson’s favorite color.
Love the orange and blue combination. Nice.
What a great block! If I’ve seen this one before, I’ve never noticed it like I did yours… you must have gotten just the right fabric choices in there! And definitely boy-appropriate!
Really great colours and very interesting block, thanks a lot also for sharing the tutorials.
Great colors!!! I like how each block has different prints!
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