Introducing “Blocks on the Move”

For the last few years, I’ve been designing quilts made from one block that can be arranged in a number of different settings. These quilts are quick and easy to make thanks to chain piecing. The real fun begins when you arrange the blocks on your design wall to see which setting suits you and your fabric. I’ve named this series of patterns “Blocks on the Move”. It seemed like an appropriate name since that’s what you do with the blocks. . . .move them around on your design wall until you come up with a setting you like. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll show you other quilts from the series. First up is “Frame of Mind”. The pattern gives directions for Crib, Lap and Queen sizes.

Quilt image on front cover of pattern. Fabrics shown are from Gerri Robinson’s new collection “The Steel Collection” by Red Rooster Fabrics. (I love these fabrics!!)

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Here are a few photos of Crib size quilts in progress from a recent class:

Blocks for Crib quilt in progress:


Final setting chosen by student:


Kaffe Fassett fabrics were chosen by this student. Sometimes the fabrics dictate the setting.


This student tried a number of different settings. They all looked good, but she chose. . . . . . .

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. . . . . .this setting. I made this quilt made from the same fabrics she used.


The pattern shows different setting for each size quilt. Here are two settings shown in Lap size.

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To see more patterns from the “Blocks on the Move” series, go to my website: Look for the patterns with the “Blocks on the Move” logo:

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Leave a comment and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of “Frame of Mind”. I’ll draw the winning name on Saturday, September 12th.

Until next time,



9 thoughts on “Introducing “Blocks on the Move”

  1. Loved seeing you here in Midlothian in July. I have all of my blocks finished – just need to see how I want to arrange them. I’ll enlist my sisters to help when I go visit them again. Let me know when you will be coming back to VA. Still thinking about how I can work in the cruise.

    • Pat, it was good to see you, too! I’ve made two Seesaw quilts and one Frame of Mind since I was in VA. All are at the longarmer’s. Will message you about the cruise. Hope you’re enjoying that new grandchild!!

  2. I love the simplicity of the elements that make up the block. I have a question, though: How do you audition the fabrics for the various parts of the block? In other words, how do you decide which triangle is going to be the darkest, which will be light, which will be bright, etc.? Do you use EQ or some other software?

  3. I love how you are branching out to more modern patterns. The versatility of this block is inspiring. Looking forward to your next trip to Virginia. Really bummed I can’t do your cruise.

    • Janet, glad you like the pattern! I’ll be in VA in November for birth of 5th grandchild (!!) and hope to teach in Richmond in April. I’ll keep everyone posted on Facebook. I’ll message you with cruise news.

  4. I love this series of patterns. I haven’t put my “class” quilt together yet. I’m going to let my sisters play with the placement with me. I’ll share a picture when I get it all put together.

  5. I am one of Pat DeBlasio’s sisters. Can’t wait to see her “class” quilt and play with the placement of the blocks. Just started following you on facebook.

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