Day Seven #12DaysofColor!

Day Seven #12DaysofColor!

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Yup…..Christmas has hit like Winter hits the East Coast….and it delayed these 12 Days of Color much more than I anticipated. Rather than grovel before you over and over again, let’s just move on to Day Seven shall we?

Today’s block is by Laurie Simpson.  I didn’t realize until just a few weeks ago that Laurie’s block was hand-pieced though. I almost panicked and thought I would just by pass over the block and give you some boring 9-patch blocks instead. But I just couldn’t do that, even though I certainly did not have time hand piece one block, let alone four. So I re-invented Lauie’s block with some tricky piecing that left out the center details, but gave it the same over all effect. You can find Laurie’s interview with Pat Sloan here, and the templates and layout to Laurie’s block here.

And here are my blocks. Again, I think I was in way too much of a hurry and you can see on the solids where there are many cut-off points. In the overall scheme of things, I don’t really care about that too much….That is a job for the Quilt Police.  Just consider my posting of these pictures as a sign that my recovery from perfectionism is coming along no matter how slowly.

Here is the Kona block done up in — in Graphite, Torch, and Riviera:

D12days Kona7

Here is the first  Jenean Morrison True Colors  from Free Spirit Block (Loving how the red pops against these others. Jenean’s True Colors line is the most “blendable” blenders in the series):

D12days JM1

Here is the third Jug or Not From Michael Miller Block (the “star” just hides away in this rendition…love that!):

D12days JoN3

Here is the Grunge From Moda block (this color combo says “winter woodlands” to me):

D12days G7

And here are the Aurifil threads of the day — four flosses!!  (2606, 1133, 2265, and 2235) :

D12days FLOSS 7

And same as the previous six days, leave a comment here on this post as well as all of the previous ones to be eligible each day for the daily prize as well as the big grand finale prizes.  You can tell me anything you want to. About this post, your favorite this or that, how your family is driving you crazy (or not) for the holidays, etc.


  • diane


    Love the True Colors!

    December 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm
  • I like the look of the grunge one best. I still love that Jug or Not? fabric, though!

    December 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm
  • Vicki H


    My fav block is the True Colors. It’s cold outside..

    December 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  • Janice


    I love thread. It’s so bad, I just pickup the colors I like and when it’s time to quilt a quilt I have to go buy more.

    December 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm
  • Sandy K


    Love the colors you chose for the Grunge block.

    December 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm
  • So glad I’m not the only one that has trouble “keeping up” with my posting, really like the Jenean Morrison True Colors.

    December 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm
  • Jo


    I am loving those thread colors

    December 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm
  • Alexis


    I adore every block in Grunge.

    December 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • Bethany


    Love the solids block! Glad to hear that you are overcoming your perfectionism…I understand how hard it is to do!

    December 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm
  • Cecilia


    I like Jenean Morrison’s block and the Grunge block. Thanks for persevering, I enjoy seeing your color combinations.

    December 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm
  • Love the bold Kona, and the jug or not this time. Your thread photo is really cool with the turquoise background!

    December 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm
  • Pam


    Wow, I admire your ability to sew these complex blocks so quickly. I spent the entire day sewing a pair of oven mits and some potholders for a Christmas gift. My dear husband pointed out that I could buy them at the dollar store for a dollar, but he just doesn’t get it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your creations!

    December 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm
  • audrey


    Once again I’m totally struck by the impact of the solid fabrics but then I see the subtlety of using the prints in True Colors and I’m IN LOVE. 🙂 I guess I just like the details. 🙂

    December 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm
  • Those blocks are so playful today. Kona looks like the Flag of a foreign country. True Colors reminds me of a wonderful Christmas Day jello salad. Jug or Not is inside my head right now, and Grunge make me want a peanut butter cookie (the kind with the melted kiss in the middle). In each post, as well as today, I haven’t seen a thread color I didn’t love or could not use to the end of the spool. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

    December 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm
  • Connie Cain


    I like the Grunge one also. Merry Christmas

    December 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm
  • Maryellen


    First, great idea to change the block to make it on machine. I do love the solids! I haven’t played with solids much. I’m such a floral/print girl. Yay for continuing! And sharing the flosses. They look so pretty.

    December 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm
  • Margaret


    Even though the Jug or Not fabric doesn’t really work well for the star, I love it!

    December 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm
  • Grunge and that block were made for each other. ;). The Aurifil colors are like a ray of sunshine. Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2013 at 12:01 am
  • Valerie Boudier


    Threads are beautiful

    December 24, 2013 at 4:39 am
  • The combination of neutrals in the grunge block really appeals to me.

    Christmas here will be quiet and low key (kind of like your grunge block) 🙂

    December 24, 2013 at 4:51 am
  • Carrie


    I enjoy looking at all the different combinations that everyone uses. I am an artist and bright colors always entice me. For so long quilts were merely done in muted tones but after hopping from one blog to another I am intriqued with designing some art quits and your choices in floss have my fingers wanting to use them on some quilts.

    December 24, 2013 at 5:27 am
  • Janice Mc Laren


    My husband would love the kona block. He loves blue and orange- Go Bears!

    December 24, 2013 at 6:41 am
  • Enjoying with your party.Anyone is just beuatiful.Love the impact of the solids and how you play with fabrics .Merry Christmas!!

    December 24, 2013 at 8:24 am
  • Emily C


    I love the gundge block and the true colors block. Stars are made to POP!

    December 24, 2013 at 9:02 am
  • Gill


    I love the grunge block!!

    December 24, 2013 at 9:23 am
  • Sue Bone


    I love the grunge block best today. Keep up the good work.

    December 24, 2013 at 9:32 am
  • I love all Aurifil thread, it is the only brand I use.

    December 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm
  • Joyce Carter


    Awesome blocks! I really am loving the Kona block. The solid colors are so striking. And I think the Grunge looks so masculine. It would make a great quilt for a boy of any age. (BTW_I think making anything perfect is highly over rated. The way I see it is, if it looks good, then it is perfect to me.) I think you did an awesome job on the blocks today.

    December 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  • Janice


    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! That Kona block makes me think of the Denver Broncos! It looks beautifully done to me! I’m glad to hear that you’re giving yourself a break from perfection! Me too! It’s all about managing expectations, right? I really love the Grunge block again. I’m going to have check the after-Christmas wish list for some of that!

    December 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm
  • Sandy D


    The Grunge block is my favorite. Merry Christmas

    December 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm
  • Allyson LePenske


    True Colors and Grunge rank the top for me once again. Great color choices. :0)

    December 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm
  • well, tonight I def like the Jenean Morrison print True Colors. Really pretty and just goes together. Thanks for your posts this week, Scott. Really feel like I learned something about myself and fabric. Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm
  • usairdoll


    Love the Jug or Not block. Can’t see the star but love the position of the fabrics. Grunge block is another winner!

    Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  • By the time Christmas is over I will be glad

    December 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm
  • Grunge is once again my favourite

    December 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm
  • The Jean Morrison block is so pretty. My whole family just left after spending the day and I miss them all!

    December 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm
  • Wenda


    Love the grunge colors and the Jug or Not fabric.

    December 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm
  • Margaret Schindler


    Continue to love that grunge one.

    December 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm
  • Patty


    The True Colors Block is pretty, and the Grunge is also. I really don’t like Jug or Not because it’s too busy. With all the work it takes to make the blocks, I want to be able to see the star. It’s really interesting to see 1 block in 4 different fabric lines. Thanks.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  • Susan the farm quilter


    Loving Grunge!!! Have a blessed Christmas!

    December 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm
  • I like the colors of the first two blocks today! Thank you

    December 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm
  • heidi


    Great job adapting the block. This is my favorite Jug or not so far:-)

    December 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  • Lizzie


    Wow, as much as I loved the jug or not yesterday, it doesn’t do it on this block for me…. But wow, those first two versions really sing! I am also a recovering perfectionist! Good times! Thanks for doing and showing all these blocks!

    December 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm
  • Block number 2 is lovely. But as usual block 3 is also calling my name. Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2013 at 4:27 am
  • I didnt know the floss was on wood spools, how romantic

    December 25, 2013 at 9:23 am
  • Sue


    Love the True colors block, that white background fabric is fabulous – might have to do some post-Christmas shopping!!

    December 25, 2013 at 11:28 am
  • Wendi Lauren Dickherber


    Merry Christmas.I like the one made with the blender fabrics

    December 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm
  • Wendi Lauren Dickherber


    Merry Christmas. I like the one made with the blender fabrics

    December 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Jessica P.


    Wow. You really are playing with color in the blue, red, white, grey, etc. block. I would be so afraid to work with that much color at once. It really does look good though.

    December 26, 2013 at 7:01 am
  • Judy


    Great blocks. I am really enjoying your 12 days of color.

    December 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm
  • good job on your interpretation of this block. The more you show of the grunge fabric the more I like it.

    December 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  • Jane F


    More and more I like the look of solid color blocks, although the true colors blenders are very attractive. Thanks for sharing.

    December 28, 2013 at 8:42 am
  • Rose Smith


    Such a pretty block, with some lovely fabric choices. Loving the pretty patterns in the True Colours from Free Spirit range, they really enhance this block 🙂 xx

    December 28, 2013 at 11:52 am
  • dianna eickhorn


    Love the Grunge! But, that Jug or Not reminds me of Picasso! No wonder I’m in love with that fabric!!!

    December 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  • Jeanette


    I love the ‘button’ look fabric in the True Color line. Oh and how did you know I am a sucker for a nice burnt orange? =o)

    December 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm
  • nikki


    It fascinates me how much one block pattern can be changed just a little to make a new block. Scott you have a truly amazing gift!

    December 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm
  • MaryBeth


    I’ve always been a fan of stars. I like the browns the best.

    December 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm
  • I wouldn’t normally buy the jug fabric but the blocks do look great with it.

    December 29, 2013 at 8:36 am
  • Becky Greene


    Good point about the blendability of JM’s True Colors line – agree completely!

    December 29, 2013 at 9:52 am
  • Amy C


    Love the grunge!!! Love the Aurifil colors for today!

    December 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  • Joy


    Recovering from perfectionism – ha, ha. Good for you…I aspire to that as well! Thanks for all your hard work on this, I’m enjoying your posts.

    December 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm
  • You are making me seriously want to do a grunge quilt this year

    December 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm
  • Donna Joy


    True colors is my favorite for this block. Now that Xmas is over, there is more time to sew. Thanks for all the work you put into the 12 days of color.

    December 30, 2013 at 5:13 am



    December 30, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • Lori M


    This has convinced me–I MUST find some Grunge fabrics! those are still my favorite blocks! the solids are especially nice too!

    December 30, 2013 at 11:04 am
  • Janice


    It’s amazing that it doesn’t even seem like the same block with the different fabrics.

    December 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • Grunge block on this one! I don’t think I realized how many different colors they come in!

    December 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm
  • Sarah


    I did not see my family for the holidays so they could not drive me crazy! It was nice.

    December 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm
  • Lisa Marie


    The Jug or Not fabrics are very interesting and make the block look totally different.

    December 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm
  • KarenV


    Again, so interesting to see how changing the fabric makes such a huge difference in the feeling of the block.

    December 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  • Judy Forkner


    The grunge is growing on me!

    December 31, 2013 at 1:23 am
  • Kay


    I love doing EPP, it is actually my favourite way to sew as I find it very relaxing. It does take a long time to make a whole quilt though.

    December 31, 2013 at 5:55 am
  • nadia wilson


    I’ve never seen Aurifil floss! Look at how awesome those colours shine! and are those wooden spools??? 🙂

    December 31, 2013 at 11:42 am
  • Cathy Cameron


    Holidays are somber this year due to my Dad (the anchor of our family) passing away mid-summer! Chance to win something is great!

    December 31, 2013 at 11:45 am
  • Elizabeth S


    Grunge, grunge, grunge….and Jug or Not….two fav’s on this one

    December 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • Deborah Hillman


    Grunge is the winner in this set. Great combination of colors!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:54 am
  • Mary


    Love, love love the Jug or not block. Wow.

    January 1, 2014 at 1:53 am
  • Crystal Flemmer


    The Jenean Morrison True Colors block; wow! I would never put those prints together but I love how it turned out.

    January 1, 2014 at 10:58 am
  • Linda Fleming


    The grunge block is so cool.
    Love the flosses threads!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  • Carolyn Montgomery


    the kona block is awsome, really pops.

    January 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

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