Selecting Quilt Blocks: Keep it Simple

Quilt Block Selection: Keep quilt blocks simple!

  • Inspiration:  review what we have learned about the history
  • Link the stories to the blocks.
  • Fun, yet meaningful.
  •  Simple block designs make it easy for the quilters.   Complexity and detail will make the quilt project too hard.
  • Review collaborative principles

The quilt block designs must be easy to enlarge.  Easy to trace. Easy to replicate on boards. Easy to paint.  Easy to use for other applications such as web site, map design. Easy to see from the road at 100 kph.

The Longwoods Experience
Six women met at Sew Creative August 8, 2011 to select quilt blocks as the basis for two quilt and corresponding barn quilts for the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail

Sew Creative, Mt. Brydges

planned between Thamesville and Delaware, Ontario.  

Drawing on what they have learned so far about the War of 1812 they selected a long list of 85 design inspired by two themes:

  1. Women.  Settler life as experienced by women from settler and First Nations cultures.
  2. War of 1812 events and impacts on the lives of the families and communities.

The women are planning 2 quilts which can tour separately or as a set. Both quilts should have a linking block that will be the icon for the entire project and can be used to promote.  For example, common background colour, common border, block: hands linking the two quilts:


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About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for barnquilttrails.ca, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

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