The Secret to Making Test Blocks You’ll Love and Day 2 of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop

August 31, 2015


Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday and Day 2 of the Fabri-Quilt New  Block Hop!

Today, it’s my wonderful friend Cheryl’s turn to host the blog hop.  Cheryl is  an amazing person who inspires me every day.  She’s got an incredible quilt  design business, she has young children and a husband, a busy job, a blog, and  is  an  incredibly creative, prolific person.  I have no idea how she gets it all  done,  and so perfectly to boot.  I am lucky to call her my friend, and have her  on  speed dial.

For today, in honor of Cheryl, it seems appropriate to share with you a  quilting tip that she taught me:

When you’re making test blocks, choose one line of fabric that you will always use.  After you make test blocks for that new pattern you’re trying out, or the bee block for a friend, or a challenge block for your guild, you’ll be surprised to find that you have a collection of interesting blocks, of many different sizes, that look beautiful together with the addition of a little negative space.

Farmer's Wife Blocks

I’ve begun making test blocks in the same Bonnie and Camille fabric line I used for my neglected Farmer’s Wife project.  Although I may not have an official Farmer’s Wife quilt in the end, it will eventually be a finished sampler top, with many different styles of blocks that remind me of the projects I have taken on over the years.

Test Blocks

My test blocks, all made from Bonnie and Camille’s Happy Go Lucky line, by Moda.

If you have a tip or tutorial you’d like to link up today, please scroll to the bottom and enter your information.

Here is the list of 16 bloggers that Cheryl is hosting today.  If you click over to their blogs, you will see that they each are sharing brand new, creative, unique block tutorials with you. Pin them for later, and have fun being inspired!

Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Josi @Avocado Quilts
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Cristy @Love You Sew
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Shelly @The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy & Opal
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Adrian @Making It – Family Food Quilts Crafts
Julie @Pink Doxies
Sarah @123 Quilt
Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Carrie @The Zen Quilter

Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop Button 2015


For a chance to win a half yard bundle of the Watermelon Summer palette, you have two opportunities to win today.  Visit Cheryl at MeadowMist Designs and leave her a comment for one entry and visit Inspired by Fabric to enter to win there as well!

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  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl September 1, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Hi Stephanie – Cheryl does have such sound advice on a repeated basis, and thanks for sharing this gem. 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey September 1, 2015 at 6:53 am

    This is a great idea! It makes sample blocks sound less tedious and frustratingly wasteful. Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts September 1, 2015 at 7:17 am

    What a great tip! I have a stack of sample blocks that are real orphans – they are made from all sorts of scraps that don’t work together. Love the idea of using the same fabric line.

  • Reply Lisa September 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Stephanie: Thanks for sharing this tip from Cheryl. I think I will have to follow this in future although it does mean buying more fabric. Do you use a fat quarter set or 1/2 yard?

  • Reply Gayle Fahrion September 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I recently decided to make all my test blocks in bright solids instead of the “ugly fabrics” I have used in the past. I was donating my ugly blocks to my traditional guild for future donation quilts. With the solids I know I’ll be able to put together a sampler quilt that is bright and fun. Then I will have to decide which of my guilds to donate it through. Modern or traditional?

  • Reply Brianna Robertson September 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    This is a good tip! This is the first time I’ve had to make a test block and I used some bright solids as well. I was thinking it might look good in a picture frame, with the crisp paper-pieced lines.

  • Reply Debby September 2, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Love this tip. It would be so fun to see all the different blocks in the same fabric line.

  • Reply kittywilkin September 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

    This is such a great idea! I typically don’t make test blocks, mostly because I don’t want to waste fabric AND I usually just jump in head first anyway. BUT if I had a plan in place like this, then I would have the mentality of making progress on a quilt while also ensuring my block works correctly. Brilliant!

  • Reply Anna Lutz-Brown September 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

    hmm tytyty for the tip your never to old of a quilter to learn something new………..I got you guysall on bloglovin…i think it will be full of reading and eye candy now…

  • Reply Stephanie September 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Stephanie, I love this suggestion for test blocks! I never know what to do with them and now I do!

  • Reply cheryljbrickey September 2, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for sharing my tip 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea Huckins September 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    That is an awesome tip! Right now I have them all in a “someday” pile and love the idea of using something coordinating. That Cheryl she’s a thinker 🙂

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