Building Bridges: January BOM

2017 is going to be an exciting quilting year, and one of the projects I am most excited for is working with a local shop, Dabble and Stitch, on a block of the month program.  Throughout the year we will “travel” in and around Columbus, Ohio, creating blocks that are designed to represent the neighborhoods that make up the larger community.

We are starting the year with the block, Building Bridges, which is inspired by the Lane Avenue Bridge that crosses the Olentangy River on the Ohio State University Campus.building-bridges-block-copy

Bridges are more than physical structures- they create vibrant communities in areas that a natural divide could easily separate people into different social, economic, and cultural districts. The location of this bridge on a university campus is particularly notable since academic institutions bring people from around the world to live and study together.

As a cable stayed suspension bridge, the structure has a strong, dynamic lines that make it a notable architectural feature of the area.  The medallions on the bridge are super eye catching.  (I travel by this bridge each time I go to Dabble and Stitch, and I secretly hope to have to stop at the light leading up to it so I can stare for a minute!)lane-avenue-bridge-collage

When designing this series of blocks, I want to make them representative, but in an abstract manner- sort of like how a log cabin quilt block abstractly represents the building of an actual log cabin.  My hope is that people both in and outside of Columbus find these designs both attractive and inspiring.

Each section of the Building Bridges Block represents an aspect of the Lane Avenue bridge.  The Stripes on one half of the block represent the sidewalks and street, the Olentangy River, and the bright red center of the decorative medallions.  There are three pairs of cable lines to represent the three bridges that have stood at this location.bridge-block-with-notes

This block is even more exciting when it is created in multiples.  Every other block is constructed as a mirror image of the original, and a couple fabric placements alter position to create a sense of depth.  When a set of four blocks come together, they form a full square which symbolizes different communities coming together as one.

The table topper version is comprised of four blocks./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Block of the

16 blocks make up the baby or wall quilt./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Block of the

You will need 48 blocks to construct the Twin sized version./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Block of the

This pattern is available through Dabble and Stitch and includes instructions for a single block as well as the table topper, baby/wall quilt, and the twin sized version.  I am also very excited to be doing a class on this block next Sunday, January 15, so I hope to see some of you there!

I’m linking this post up with Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.

March One Monthly Goal

This month, one of my local quilt groups, The Columbus Modern Quilters, is having a swap of One Hour Baskets.  I had never made one, and I knew I wanted to incorporate some patchwork, so I made this basket for practice and to look at proportions.

Flying Geese Basket

The pattern is a free download by Hearts and Bees that is available on Craftsy, and it really does go together quickly.  I’m not sure how long it really takes to make one because I incorporated patchwork into the project instead of using single pieces of fabric.  The Annie’s Soft and Stable (not an affiliate link) I used for the project gives the basket a nice structure that feels like it will be very durable and maintain its structure for a long time.  I was pretty happy with the first basket, and I could hardly wait to start on the basket for the swap.  This swap basket is my “One Monthly Goal” for March.

My swap partner listed Carolyn Friedlander as one of her favorite designers, and I thought it would be fun to make a basket using all fabrics from her collections.  The flying geese in the first basket worked really well, so I decided to adapt the idea for the second basket.  With this configuration of fabrics, the geese have a more of an arrow look.

Swap Basket sides

The pieces are cut and the patchwork for the outer panels is finished, so hopefully I’ll have at least one easy finish this month!