Friday, June 24, 2011

fancy block friday

I've have been thinking of incorporating a ladder pattern into a quilt for years now. Since I wasn't quite sure what to piece this week for my fancy block Friday challenge, a ladder it is! This block could easily be pieced improvisationally, but I love the precise results that come from paper piecing. The block will finish at 8" square. I have a stack of blue/aqua/purple/green fat quarters (purchased from Connecting Threads) that I plan to use to make more of these lovely blocks. And so another WIP is born.....
On the flip side, I did finish this quilt top this week. It measures 44" x 53". I blogged a bit about the process here. I love how it came together! The red and white polka dots are a fun addition to the quilt. But then again, you really can not go wrong with red and white polka dots, if you ask me! Since I need another quilt like I need a hole in the head, I'm pretty sure that this top will be headed to MHC.

Happy Friday!

37 comments:

Dotty said...

I'm a red and white polka dot fan myself. It just makes a lot of projects pop.
I love your quilt top.

Stray Stitches said...

Darling quilt top!

Miss Pixie said...

I adore that ladder! I can just imagine a 'snakesandladdersesque' quilt! :)

The quilt top looks fabulous too I adore red and white polka dots more than anything else!

Katy
x

Cyndi Frailing Nelson said...

Your finished quilt top looks great! I also like your ladder block and can't wait to see your progress on the rest of them : )

Anna said...

That ladder IS very fancy! Cute!

JHRME said...

Wow. Okay that red and white polkadot was just icing on the cake. Way to finish it off it looks great!

Deb said...

I never would have thought of putting ladders in block...how cool!!

Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Once again a BEAUTIFUL scrap quilt. I can now see about a million ways to use my ever growing pile of "strings".

Katy said...

I have always wanted to make a snakes and ladders quilt - but hadn't quite figured out how the heck I'd manage it. Shoulda known the lady genius (oh, that's you in case you hadn't figured it out) would whip up a perfect little ladder. Very very very cool.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I believe everything in life is better with polka dots. And your ladder block is spectacularly fancy!

quirky granola girl said...

i love your ladder block. what a cool idea. i look forward to seeing it in other solid colors, too.

also, donating your beautiful quilt top to MHC is so cool. you are an inspiration.

Barbara said...

You can't go wrong with polka dots!!!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Cool! I love the ladder!

**nicke... said...

oh i love that ladder amanda!

Terriaw said...

That ladder block ROCKS! Great to see your new quilt top finish too. Love the charming feel of it.

Clair said...

Fun stuff. I like the ladder block but would not be interested in the extra effort to make it. By the way, red polka dots are awesome. We should do something like making matching red polka dot skirts for all the girls in the family, or maybe just little A and M.

kelly said...

the ladder block looks amazing! Also loving how you turned those scraps into such a pretty quilt top! :)

Mama Urchin said...

that ladder block would be good for a chutes and ladder quilt.

Quilting Yai Yai said...

WOW! A ladder!! How cool is that?!! I could see a border using ladders. Hmmmm....
Your quilt is beautiful.
Deborah

whereismyneedle said...

I'm thankful for my family and their health
I'm thankful that I have a passion (quilting, of course)
I'm thankful for the opportunity to win a cool tool (and who doesn't love a cool tool?)

Care said...

I adore that ladder!!!

LT said...

love the ladder!!!

倩™ © said...

It turns out very unique, love the combination :):)
Thanks for sharing!

Suz said...

I love it when two completely different projects come together - who would have thought of combining blue & white blocks with multicoloured sashing like that - but doesn't it work beautifully. Pat on the back time!

pinsandneedles said...

Can't wait to see more of your ladder blocks! Clever!

Denise L said...

I love the colors of this quilt. Your quilts are amazing!

Terri said...

Love the ladder idea. I can see it as everyother block in an I Spy quilt. You could play a game... how to get to the giraffe without going to the toaster. Sounds like fun to me. But then I'm a grandma, I'm used to the low tech childhood. Not really a reality anymore, is it?

AnnieO said...

The ladder looks terrific. Can't wait to see what you'll come up with for a layout.

I don't think I've ever made a quilt that did not include polka dot fabrics :)

Suzanne said...

I can't wait to see where those ladders take you!

Tara said...

I like it! How thick are the rungs and sides of the ladder? So busy here for me! Can't wait for Wednesday night!

Thimbleanna said...

Another fab quilt Ms. Crazy. I LOVE that stripe sashing!

Kelly said...

Love following your blog. You have such wonderful ideas. Stop by my blog and pick up an award I have for you. Happy Crafting!

thea said...

The ladder block is really cute!

audreypawdrey said...

I love red and white polka dots! This top turned out so lovely, and I love that you were able to use some of your blocks! The ladder is really cool, and it would make an awesome quilt with a bunch of them!

Claire M. said...

I love the colour combination! nice quilt ;)

Brittany said...

I know MHC will love it!

mamiblues (Fina) said...

Muchas gracias. Aunque escribo en español,espero que lo traduzcas,he copiado tu bloque azul y blanco para una colcha que estoy haciendo,me encantó cuando lo ví en tu blog, si te molesta me lo dices.
Saludos desde Spain.