Sunday, October 25, 2009

Framed Squares

Just so y'all don't think I am goofing off, I will show you what I am working on. I was planning to cut these into quarters and mix them up to make a type of bento box. I did it with about three of the blocks and didn't like the results. My seams weren't matching up like I wanted them to match.
So, having thought already that the "framed squares," as I call them, looked great on their own, I decided to just make up several and make a Framed Square lap quilt.

To make these I just took a 5" charm pack and a Jelly Roll. Actually, I pulled from two charm packs and got a couple of strips from a different Jelly Roll.
I cut two 5 inch strips and two nine inch strips from one jelly roll strip(JRS) Then from a contrasting strip I cut two 9 inch strips and two 13 inch strips. (make sure your strip is long enough - some aren't - I KNOW! Never mind how, I just know!

The set of 5's go on the charm on opposite sides. Press open. Add the same color 9's on the other two sides. Now you have a single framed square.
Take the contrasting color and proceed just like you did the previous strips. (Add the short ones, press then add the longer ones) Bingo you have a framed square.

Here are some of mine.

12 comments:

tango's trash & treasures said...

Oh I tried to do a bento box too, horrible results! I really like how you did yours. I'm going to have try it your way!
Thanks Tango

Chris said...

Love it, Gene. Delicious colors. I've made some similar for kids quilts with the center squares fussy cut from kid loveable prints, like bug prints, toys, etc. They make a quick "eye spy" quilt.

Pat said...

What a GREAT idea!!! I'll have to try that sometime. I have some charm squares waiting for me to work with them!!!

Needled Mom said...

They look great.

JustCindy said...

Another great idea using charm packs and jelly rolls.

Barbara said...

Very neat looking blocks that will make a stunning quilt! Have to admit, I didn't know what a bento box is, so I googled images and got nothing but food. ;)

Barbara said...

PS: I love the way you arranged these blocks for your photo -- very artistic!

quiltingnana said...

really like those squares!

Barb said...

Yep.......let the mind go!!! Does it ever go quiet?

Serena said...

Love em!!!

ooglebloops said...

I like these - very good!!! :>)

quiltmom said...

My mama always said when life gives you lemons one should make lemonade Looks so nice Gene- Isn't it funny how when something doesn't work out: you try something different and it looks better than the original design.. I love your new pattern
Thanks for sharing your block design.
Well done Gene!
Regards,
Anna