Sunday Sewcial #3! Welcome back!


Welcome to the third Sunday Sewcial! I’m having fun with this, are you? I enjoy learning about all of you and seeing you communicate with each others. Fun stuff!

This week I am going to ask another question…you didn’t think you’d get by without one, did you? But next week, you all get to ask ME the questions…so be thinking about that one.

So, without further fuss and kerfuffle, here’s your question:

If you could only make one quilt pattern for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Please bear in mind that I mean the one pattern you think you could do over and over, changing elements as needed (making bigger, smaller, stretching, embellishing, and so on). I promise I am not going to hold anybody to this, making sure you never make anything else, so just throw an answer out.

The idea of being able to play with just one block is fun. I do this every so often, just changing a little of this or that to see what will happen. Most of the time none of the things I try every get beyond block stage, but given unlimited time, I could definitely do more. It seems that there are quite a few artists who do just that, continue exploring something, creating ever more interesting things.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

There are a lot of block patterns I really like for just this reason. If you know Victoria Findlay Wolfe, you know that she has done some amazing things with Double Wedding Rings. (She does all sorts of amazing things, though, really.)


Allie Aller

Allie Aller has done some really good stuff with crazy quilts. Now she’s moved on to stained glass quilts. I’ve not yet actually gotten to see the stained glass quilts, but the photos from Road 2 California look amazing.



John Kubiniec

John Kubiniec, at Big Rig Quilting has played with Drunkard’s Path blocks. This block is in the running for my favorites to play with. There are so many possibilities!



But in the end, I think my pick might be a humble nine-patch. Yeah, I know, it’s hard to believe, isn’t it? It’s such a simple block, but I think it would be fun to put it through the paces, throw off the ratios, stretch it, and…well. You get the idea. I wish I had some photos to show you here, but since I haven’t chased this particular one, I don’t.

If you’ve already done some experimenting with a block, upload a photo in the comments. But even if you haven’t YET, let me know what you think would be fun to try. And again, I am not holding anyone to this, I just want ideas. All ideas are welcome. Who knows, maybe we can get some new projects going!

So, tell me, what do YOU think would be the most fun pattern to play with?


  • Rhonda Cox Dort

    Made my decision as soon as you posed the question, absolutely the humble yet lovable 9 Patch! Oh the possibilities!

    • Isn’t it fun to think about, Rhonda? There are SO many things you can do with them!!

  • Claudette

    Are you sure we’re not twins? My immediate response was nine-patch!

    • Hahahahaha, Claudette! Too funny! Our tastes are surely similar!

  • Wendy Tuma

    Well, my first reaction to your question was New York Beauty. I love them, all those pointy points! I’m also very fond of Bear’s Paw (points again). If I want to go the easier route, however, I’d consider Churn Dash. They are quick and versatile!

    • I love a good New York Beauty too, Wendy. Actually, I like anything round and spiky. Such fun! But yes, churn dashes are SO full of possibilities. They are probably in a close second place as my favorite pattern to play with…fact is, there are very few blocks I don’t love!

      • Wendy Tuma

        I’m with you. I just like quilts and quilt blocks!

  • Barbara Runkle Swing

    I love nine patch, as well, but have to say the pinwheel block in all it’s variations is probably my most favorite.

    • I can easily understand loving the pinwheel, Barb! It has lots of possibilities too!

  • Teddy Pruett

    It looks as if Nine Patch is in the running for most popular. I often say I wish I’d focused on collecting the variations of nine patches when I first began buying quilts. After appraising thousands of quilts across 25 years I can say the variations are endless and they are always satisfying. I’ve pondered that one of the reasons is the artistic rule of three; three elements are so pleasing to the eye, and with a nine patch quilt, you have triple the three. Three times the eye pleasure.

    • I agree, Teddy. The variation are endless and they can be so elegant! There is the Rule of Three and, to my mind anyway, the certainty of some kind of symmetry. You could certainly make one without symmetry, but more often than not, there is that rhythm that does, indeed, make them so satisfying.

  • cindy parry

    Hands down, without hesitation, Trip Around the World. It was one of the first quilts I learned to make and I’d made many. I like the name , I enjoy making them and I like to travel. I could imagine all kinds of things to do with it. Short, sweet and done 🙂

    • Oooh, I hadn’t thought about Trip Around the World, Cindy! But you’re right, I can see a lot of variations you could do with it. Great idea!