Puzzle Blocks

Blocks are Puzzles and Puzzle Pieces too

Blocks are the basis for traditional quilts.  They become the next level of Puzzle Pieces.  Puzzles within another larger puzzle.  Blocks are often about repetition.  But let's free our minds from that. Think more about it as a variation on a theme.  Or even a way to expand on process.  again

some thoughts with morning coffee

some thoughts after morning coffee

Ok, so in the stream of consciousness thing, which always gets me rolling, maybe I reached to far.

So let me roll again...  audio-three

an old plan

because I love these

How it might go...

So I am building a block.  From a plan. But keeping my mind open. To the past and the future.

Let me talk, it's easier.

audio- Puzzling

when it happens in front of you

To be continued....

(Reference for some simple block design from Patchwork Beasts)


The Next Day...




So to Continue... I cut 1 tail piece and 4 legs,  prepared and basted, tacked over the graph paper plan on the wall.

The basic figure is complete, since I will do the ears later.

I am whispering because the Man is sleeping.

my thoughts... audio- Forming

Maybe, this time I will just stitch the figure together without the background and see how I feel about that.

9/30/2019...Loosening up on the last day of September:

In a way this is a great lead in to something looser.  Still a puzzle block,  no need for it to be square.

Free the Puzzle




Can I get to 9 versions of this stray cat form before the end of October?  Doesn't matter.  As it looks here, this patchwork puzzle block is a loose patch right?  Loose patches are strays in a way, waiting for a home and a purpose.  Such a good symbol story character for me to use to explain how I feel. So  I will continue with variations on this cat block through the end of this  segment. Continue to post progress on this page.  Let me talk a bit.


October 6th, still at it

Yeah, I'm moving slower.  I stitched the loose puzzle block to an old piece of upholstery cloth.  It has a woodsy feel. Like where are are going.


Variation 1

I also used another thicker, but soft cloth scrap to draw the same pattern. Freehand.

To skatch upon.  To see what happens.  To compare the process.

audio- freehand

Continuing... October 10

This method just encourages freedom.  I knew this would happen.


October 14th, still at it.  With just a basket of scraps not packed for the move.  I love the challenge.

I added a drawn face patch and stitched over it

I added a layer of sketch, a circle/ spiral.

I filled in the spaces with what I have on hand.


  1. Sharon Koch

    such a regal presence… winds of change are ablowin’ in the spiral of life, but this cool man cat, wise beyond words, seems to know it’s all gonna be okay. he’s a keeper!

  2. Anne L

    This Stray Cat is my favorite of all. I see so much of the scrappy essence of life and the circle feels so right… wind is in the ruffling of the fur too.

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