Sep 10

Completed Berkeley Block

Here is the completed Berkeley Block. Yeah, I should have fussy cut the rectangles so the stripes are all the same. Otherwise, it is kind of an interesting block. 
Next up is a block called Big T. I couldn’t find anything about the block in Jinny Beyer‘s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters, which is strange since I did find evidence of it online. Apparently, it is also in 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins. I see no evidence, however, that it is not a block of recent design, although it may not be original with Marsha McCloskey. (Then again it may be as Judy Hopkins’s books are marketed through Marsha McCloskey’s website. I find no website for Judy Hopkins herself.)

Having been so productive the other day, I decided to cut the pieces for this block and for the number 4 American Beauty BOM after I pressed the Berkeley block. I did get the Big T block cut, but only got about half of the BOM block cut.  So I’ll have to go back down and finish that one. I guess that will have to wait a while though, because this weekend I have company. My oldest daughter is visiting and I need quality daughter time.

Here are the fabric choices for the Big T block:



  1. I like the Berkeley Block especially the swirls. I haven’t seen this block before. Do you hand piece all your blocks? Any particular reason why?

  2. The block looks great! They are Jason Yenter’s Wintergraphix, right? I made a quilt last year out of them. They are so cool!

    • Gretchen on September 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t hand piece everything. I started hand piecing because I have a lot of time at my part time job where I am sitting around waiting for someone to need help and my boss told me to bring something to do. As I hand pieced, I realized that my blocks are better, everything matches better, than when I machine piece. And I don’t find it as slow and frustrating as I thought I would.

    And, Denise, yes it is. I love Jason Yenter’s designs.

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