Rocky Road to Kansas

I have another new stack of blocks.  There are enough to make a full quilt.  The pattern is called ‘Rocky Road to Kansas’

here are a few examples from the quilt index

I love the old 20’s – 30’s prints in my blocks.

The blocks are not all the same size so I will need to re-work some to make them all match. I will need to decide on a color for the setting pieces. I place a few of them on the back of the strip quilt I am working on now to see the blocks with some color between them

I like the color, but I think I will use something more bold.  I am thinking about Yellow or Orange…or Green….or black…..or?

I am at the 1/2 way point on hand quilting the strip quilt

As I do the hand quilting a lot of the waviness comes out (not all but most). Here is the back

After I finish this simple quilt I plan to move on to something a bit more challenging…..I am thinking a lot about doing a whole cloth quilt.

Happy Quilting


16 thoughts on “Rocky Road to Kansas

  1. Regan Martin says:

    Great Rocky Road blocks…..can’t wait to see what color you pick for them!

    • Constance Moran says:

      How do you calculate the diamond joining piece? I have a stack of old pieced “stars” but can’t find a pattern the same size to make the diamond piece between them? It appears they are 11.5 inches, but they are not all the same size.

      • timquilts says:

        I dont do math…..I press under the edges of 2 stars 1/4 inch then put the two together on top of a piece of paper and trace the diamond shape formed where the points meet ….then add a 1/4 inch around that and cut a template

  2. Taryn says:

    I am kind of partial to that pink background. I really admire you taking on those blocks. I bet they need some tweaking before they will go together flat.

  3. sara says:

    I am definitely going to contact the post office because they continue to send my blocks to the wrong address!

  4. njquilter24 says:

    A whole cloth quilt will be amazing, can’t wait to see and watch your progress on that project.
    I have always wanted to make a rocky road to Kansas quilt , good for saving these blocks and making a quilt from them.
    thanks for sharing, Kathie

    • timquilts says:

      I have always admired the pattern and had planed to make a new one…but when I found the blocks the decision was made…I love to work with old fabric!
      The whole cloth take some serious planning and marking…both of which are not my strong points!!…but I will post about it when I start

  5. Cathi says:

    Those blocks are fabulous! I can’t wait to see what colour you choose to use to connect them.
    You’re inspiring me to get out the whole-cloth quilt and get quilting it — I
    have one of the pre-printed ones. I can’t even begin to imagine marking a whole one on my own!

  6. belinda says:

    Oh yes, love these!! Right up my alley….scrappy!!!

    Your quilting progress is looking great too!! I’m still plugging along on my clam shell. I just passed the half way mark on it today!!!

  7. antarabesque says:

    My choice would be yellow. I think it would make those strips of yellow printed fabrics pop. Looking forward to your decision!

    • timquilts says:

      it is funny…I have held the blocks up to several different colors and each one brings out a different color in the prints, I don’t have any yellow to try it out on. I think I will take a block with me to the fabric store


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