Currently I have two projects in progress that have alternating blocks.
First is the Sew Splendid Sampler quilt. I stitched along, sort of. Mostly I just did the pieced blocks, but I also added a few ideas of my own. I knew I wanted a quilt at least throw size and the only way seemed to be to use alternating blocks. So, the block I shared recently is my alternating idea. This is how it looks laid out with the pieced blocks.
The whole thing is a little different for me. I found myself with an abundance of 1930s reproduction fabrics and thought to use them on this quilt since it was all an experiment. I don’t hate it, but I am not as confident in this range.
Next is the Jolly Christmas Quiltalong. Again, I have mostly stitched along, but also added some outside blocks. Again, I want a larger quilt, so I used her Poinsettia Block, slightly modified, as an alternating motif. I plan to use sashing (color not determined) and gold cornerstones to extend the Irish chain effect.
I like this one more, but I am concerned that the alternating blocks are taking center stage because of their bold design.
So many of my finishes lately have been quilts I wasn’t quite sure of. That isn’t a bad thing, though. Hopefully it means I am still learning and growing as a quilter. If you never try something that makes you at least a little uncomfortable, you aren’t going anywhere new.