What are Block Builders?
Meadowland Block Builders are unique quilting designs created for large scale quilt blocks. These designs can quilt-out in sections that are compatible to the longarms’ throat space. And even better, the designs can MIX AND MATCH with each other allowing the quilter to build a fantastic original final look.
Once our designer started in on these block builders, we quickly realized the possibilities are endless!
The Block Builder Set comes with 25 pieces that can be used individually or combined to create many many different looks. The zip file download includes the idea sheet (above) as well as a thumbnail catalog for printing.
We’ve recently quilted the blocks on a couple Meadowland Quilts, since the block is a whopping 16″ square. (Meadowland Pattern sold separately by Then Came June.)
The green and brown Meadowland uses one design, nine times and adds setting elements from this same collection.
The playful yellow, blue, and green quilt showcases a different block in each square.
Here’s a closer look at each block:
Next, we wanted to mock up one of the most popular large-block contemporary quilts, the Swoon Quilt by Thimble Blossoms. Our designer has created the block in a desert-solids color variation and added 4 different Block Builder designs.
Notice we added four different variations. The possibilities are really limited only to your imagination.
Testing our designs on a single Swoon Block (turned-baby-quilt,) we used the following arrangement:
And stitched a Plume Jupe Border around the 2″ mint border. Although the two wide borders were quilted with a free-motion meandering design, ProStitcher.com does offer a similar style design with our Basic Meander (also available as a Print At Home design.)
Let’s take a closer look at the three Block Builder units used in this design:
Previews and Arrangements
Digital mock-ups and design previews were created in Pro-Stitcher Designer. The software allows the quilter to import an image as a “backdrop” and lay designs over the image.
You can certainly use these designs without a preview. Working in your longarm robotic system:
- Turn on a grid option to help with precise placement.
- Define a square the size of your quilt block.
- Add designs. (Rotate, resize, and place at this point)
- Save the block for reference.
- Quilt out sections of the block as your longarm throat space allows.
We cannot wait to see your projects. Use the hashtag #prostitcher when sharing.
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