Jacks, Anyone?

Making their appearance are three more cheddar and indigo blocks made from the *free* Floating Squares pattern by CarriedAwayQuilting:

As I showed you in my last post, two sets of squares of three different fabrics yield six blocks, none of them the same. I only had enough of the light background fabric to make one set of squares so my yield is only three. No matter; I have plenty of other fabrics to keep me going.

The design in that light fabric reminds me so much of the game of jacks. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re probably not a Baby Boomer like me (born between 1946 and 1964). The game of jacks was a favorite of mine as a kid; my twin Diane and I would play for hours.

As I was happily sewing these blocks today, I wondered if anyone born in subsequent generations would even knows about jacks. Out of curiosity, I googled “game of jacks” just now and — wonder of wonders — you can actually buy new sets. This is what jacks look like:

The object of the game is to bounce the ball and pick up a jack before the ball bounces again. I’m tempted to buy a set to have on hand when Diane comes to visit next.

But I digress. I have one more block to show you:

This one was made with a fussycut center. The blossoms are oriented so that they’ll still look good if I wind up putting the blocks on point:

I’m having so much fun playing with these cheddar and indigo fabrics! Several sets of squares have already been cut and are just waiting to be transformed into quilt blocks. Although Floating Squares is a simple pattern, there’s a bit of a challenge in finding just the right balance of small, medium, and large-scale prints in each block.

More anon!




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7 Responses to Jacks, Anyone?

  1. Karen Sandberg says:

    Thanks for sharing and I am old enough to remember Jacks

  2. Vickie Rooks says:

    The blocks are coming along very nicely. How many blocks will you need to make the quilt you want to make?

    • Dawn says:

      I don’t know yet, Vickie! I’m going to keep making blocks until I come up with a plan, including the size of quilt I want to make.

  3. Diane says:

    Oh jacks, I do remember; we were quite good. Might be hysterically entertaining to see if we still are 55 to 60 years later!

  4. Sandy says:

    Very nice. I really like the block with the flowers in the center.

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