As I began to think about what my studio space would look like, I had a vision of framing several large traditional quilt blocks and framing them for some wall decor. I’ve seen framed quilt blocks through the years (check out Suzy’s framed mini quilts here) and thought it would be an approachable and fun project while also packing a visual punch!
At my annual friends quilt retreat last summer (yes, 2018) I made almost all the quilt blocks. I’ll go into detail about each block below, but for now I wanted to share the details of the project in general. I first thought of a gallery wall of 9 blocks, so I set out to make nine 12″ blocks. I chose blocks that were visually appealing, plus some recognizable ones that I thought would be fun to share with non-quilters. I didn’t end up using them in a gallery like I had planned, but I really like how they look leaning on wall shelves. They’ll be easy to swap out and move around!
I used Ikea Ribba frames (the 19 3/4″ square ones) and had a piece of mat board cut to fit the opening of the existing mat. I wanted the blocks to sit on top of the mat and this allowed for the quilt block to not sink into the shadowbox type frame. So I just taped the piece of mat into the Ikea mat with clear shipping tape on the back side and then used double stick tape to mount each quilt block centered within the frame on the front of the mat. It went pretty smoothly! Before I framed each print I hand quilted them a little to add some texture and detail to each block. I tried to highlight the block design.
For fabrics I stuck with four main choices in my favorite black and white color scheme. I find that I almost always gravitate to black white and gray so I felt like it was a good choice for these framed blocks! I used Essex white, Essex black, Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun in Charcoal, Cirrus Solid in Shadow.
So now onto each block! I made 7 total blocks (five of which I have framed and hanging in my studio currently, the other two are going to get hung in bathroom or back room perhaps):
For each block I referenced Quilter’s Cache, which is a really great site for quilt blocks! A little hard to navigate, but it’s packed with everything you’d need! It was a fun way to explore traditional blocks and not have to commit to a whole quilt! It was kind of hard to not make plans for a whole log cabin quilt (I still might!) plus a scrappy Friendship quilt might be super fun, too. I’m keeping my options open. 🙂
Hope you find this helpful. I think this would be a really fun project to gift as well! Plus I love using them as a prop for photos, I think it really makes an impact!