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The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt – Block 35 Simple

Welcome to week 35 of the ‘The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt’. Todays block is about piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.

Be sure to visit this week’s Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

This weeks guest is Jennifer Lanak from Quilter in the Closet. Jennifer has made this wonderful block – ‘Rollercoster‘ – because life is a roller coaster. 
Happiness is finding the pleasure in simple things
From the grey solid cut:
  • 2 – 3 5/8″ x 6 1/4″ rectangles and cut once on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles
  • 2 – 1 1/4″ x 6 3/8″ rectangles
  • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ rectangle
  • 2 – 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ squares
  • 2 – 2″ x 2 3/4″ rectangles
  • 2 – 1 1/4″ x 4 7/8″ rectangles
  • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 5 5/8″ rectangle
  • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 2″ rectangle
From assorted scraps cut:
  • 1 – 2″ x 2″ square for centre
  • 4 – 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ squares
  • Layout pieces as shown below
  • Sew together to make row
  • Sew rows together
  • Square block to measure 6 3/8″ x 6 3/8″
  • Add corner triangles
The Block – 8 1/2″ unfinished
On Point Layout

On Point Layout, alternate coloured blocks

Horizontal Layout
Horizontal Layout. One solid for background
Horizontal Layout with rotation
Horizontal Layout with gradient rows

Horizontal Layout with multicoloured squares

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks block.
*** Copyright 2011 –  Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***


  • kitblu

    I love this block. It seemed so understated until I saw the various layouts. I hope I have already told you how much I appreciate the layout variations. Do you use a computer program for this? If so, I would like it. I would like to see how this block looks with different colours for the square inserts. And I am sure I could find many other uses for it!

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