Doodling Around

Remember this block?

Mini Rings block 800 11.5 in

It’s the test block I made back in January using the mini Quick Curve Ruler — known as the QCR Mini — and Mini Rings pattern designed by those Sew Kind of Wonderful sisters. I’ve been wanting to make a Mini Rings quilt since the ruler and pattern were introduced last fall. I’m using the fabrics you see above in another quilt so that one block was as far as I got.

Time to try another one. For my second test block, I did something different. Instead of making the rings from four fabrics in a strip set, as the pattern instructs, I used one large print, a wonderful black and white and yellow floral I found last summer at a quilt shop in Central Oregon. Having bought the fabric for its possibilities in a kaleidoscope quilt, I was reluctant to cut a chunk out of it just to test my theory that it might look good in something else.

So I didn’t cut into it. Not at first. I placed the fabric on my printer screen and took a color photo of it:

fabric Studio 8 for Quilting Treasures-001

Then I cut the paper into rings, just as if it were fabric, using the QCR Mini:

Mini Rings test paper

I liked what I saw so I went ahead and cut enough fabric to make one block. Here it is:

Mini Rings test block yellow

I liked the block . . . but not quite enough to make an entire quilt out of it.

I tried again, this time using a fabric from the Doodle collection designed by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures:

Mini Rings test block green

I liked this block. A lot. Enough to make an entire quilt out of it?

Mini Rings fabric cuts

Why, yes!




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9 Responses to Doodling Around

  1. anna says:

    I like it!

  2. Arden Shelton says:

    I did the same thing with Shar’s Heartland Double Wedding Ring Rulers: Used a single piece of fabric for each side of the ring. And to use the smaller ruler will make it a nice wall hanging size. Who wants to make a gigantic quilt every time? I’m making a large Metro Rings quilt right now for a wedding gift!

  3. Diane says:

    Black and green — what a terrific combination. The yellow and black is very nice but maybe too much for a whole quilt but VERY cha cha for either a table runner, wall hanging, panel for a Billie bag or just a single square to use under a small centerpiece or candle! Such imagination this quilting talent of yours conjures up in your less talented twin.

  4. Sandy says:

    I love how methodical you are. You need to rub off on me. I’d probably cut a whole quilt out and then decide I didn’t like it enough to do an entire quilt. Ha!

  5. Linda N. says:

    What a smart approach! Oh the benefits of technology when used creatively! And yes, I think you made the right choice to keep going with this one – it’s going to be stunning!

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