July 12th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 9 – Penny Lane

by Julie Hirt

Ready for a music heavy post today?   Block Rock’n Week 9 brings you Penny Lane.


(don’t look too closely at that center point.  My two halves weren’t perfectly aligned… argh.)

You know, I couldn’t have a Block Rock’n series without a nod to the Beatles.   Although I should have named it “Imagine”, as in imagine all the possibilities.

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When I was playing around with color I realized the little piecing triangles could make this a completely different design.

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Or just focus on the large points.

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Back to the Beatles… When I was younger I used to think they were overrated and wouldn’t even listen to them out of pure stubbornness.  Thanks to my husband all that changed.


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Our little chihuahua rescue is named Penny Lane.  All three of our dogs are actually named after music:
Mr Bojangles (really the SNL skit dog show, but it’s a song too)
Penny Lane
Huey Lewis – little Huey is deaf (rescue) so he can’t rock out to music with us



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Soo many great tunes.  What are some of your favorites?

I could post these Beatles songs all day, but I’ll stop here.  This is definitely one of my most loved.


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Due to changes within Craftsy, I am moving the patterns to Etsy. 
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33 Responses to “Block Rock’n Week 9 – Penny Lane”

  1. It’s amazing how different each block looks! I like the one that focuses on just the large points. :-)

  2. Well thank goodness your husband changed your sentiments towards them — what a stunning ode to such a timeless group. <3<3 In love with this design!

  3. wow love that block! Thanks for sharing

  4. this is gorgeous! I just love it!

  5. Great block! Thanks! I like the focus on the little triangles…very cool.

  6. I love your block, Julie… In spite of not being perfect. Glad to see all the possibilities this block can be with a little imagination. Thanks for sharing! When I was growing up, my best friend was from England and because of her influence, I like The Long and Winding Road.


  7. I’m loving all the options! Nice job.

  8. This is an amazing block! Thank you for the pattern!

  9. I love the fabric in the top block picture, what is it graph paper? Very Cool!

    • It’s a ledger print from the line Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander. It’s a great design! You should check out the whole collection, it’s one of my favorites right now.

  10. This is an amazing block! I loved the mock up you made, and then when I got to this post from flickr, I fell in love again with how versatile the block is! Nice work! I love it and I’ve pinned it to my “Quilty Goodness” board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you’d like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

  11. I love all the variations you do to the blocks, so far Penny Lane and Morrison are my favorites. Keep them coming. The ones with movement or secondary blocks form are very interesting.

  12. Wonderful star, I love your choice of colors. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great job Julie! The colors are perfect. Glue basting can help you achieve better points, if you are interested. I think it looks so good though! Visiting from Better off Thread.

  14. I just found your blog from Beter off Thread and I love this block!

  15. What a beautiful block! I love all the possible variations too :)

  16. Love this block! It will be making it’s way into my Christmas Stars quilt for sure!
    As for the Beatles, Blackbird has always been my favorite… A couple years back my hubby bought me an acoustic guitar and a Beatles song book so i could learn to play it… fast forward two kids later and i still can’t play!! Someday!

  17. What fun tripping down Penny Lane! Your block is fantastic! Love your choice of fabric. too.

  18. Came to your post from BAQS, and really love how you’ve made a few simple changes for such big results.
    My Beatles story… when I was a kid, my grandpa would take us out into the desert looking for native american sites, ghost towns, petrified forests, you name it. The only way to get to these places was with a 4-wheel drive pickup truck, which meant my mom and sister were in the cabin, and my dad and I were in the truck bed. For hours. Riding over the desert floor. To entertain ourselves, we sang the Beatles A-Z, which I had recorded off a radio station (I was 10 or 12, and this was the late 80s). Probably one of my best memories from growing up.
    (my Southern granny-to-us-by-choice always said about blemishes “don’t point it out and don’t pick at it, and the good natured won’t say anything.”)

  19. Thanks so much for this lovely pattern. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  20. So glad I found you! This is going to be amazing…loving all of these paper pieced designs…you are a gem!

  21. Your iterations are amazing! Thank you.

  22. Génial ! J’adore !

  23. I just found your block. It is truly lovely. Thanks also for the Beatles tunes. This brings back may very fond memories. Even our young grandson loves the music.

  24. I felt the same way about the Beatles in 60’s and I stubbornly refused to like them and was a huge ROlling Stones fan (still am) instead. However, their music cannot be denied and it is terrific – I find it emotional though. John Lennon wrote and sang Imagine and was a very very special musician and I grew to love his work.
    Your Penny Lane block is gorgeous and all the varieties you show make my mind boggle – how will I know which version to try first! Maybe I’ll try the one you put up front first.
    I love this idea you have of acknowledging great Rock Stars – so original. YOU ROCK!!!

  25. Hi Julie, I just wanted to show you what I did with your wonderful block.

  26. I love doing paper piecing. Your blocks are terrific and modern. Keep up the good work!

  27. How do I open a pattern? If I click on the one I want, it takes me back to the top.

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