Clay's Choice quilt block or not

Posted by Ruth on 7 October 2013 | 2 Comments


Currently I am teaching Carol's Anatomy of a Block class at Quilt U and was looking through the class lesson to see which new block I could make. I liked the look of Clay's Choice block. It looks more difficult than it really is. Some make it using all half square triangle units, but it is actually easier to make using the flying geese unit technique or snowball corner.

You all know what a snowball corner is right? That is when you sew a square in the corner of a larger piece, sewing through the diagonal and then folding that square in half along the seam to make a triangle. If you need more details see my signature block.

So in Clay's Choice block, instead of making the flying geese units as shown here...

flying geese unit

... you sew the squares to the opposite corners to form a parallelogram.


That's easy, the rest of the sections are just squares. It goes together quickly, however I decided to make a change. 

When I was reading the instructions in the class for Clay's Choice, it used four fabrics. When looking at the image however, two fabrics looked similar and almost appeared the same. I thought it looked rather cool so decided to make it that way using three fabrics instead of four. This is how the block in the class looked...

Clay's Choice in class

... and this is how mine looked.

My Clay's Choice block which I made 6"

I figured I should check EQ to see if it was listed as a variation, only to find the Clay's Choice there was different again. It looked like this...

Clay's Choice in EQ

... so I did a search on the internet and found, yet another variation.

Another variation of Clay's Choice

So which one is the original Clay's Choice? 

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  • Interesting to see the different options. I think I like the one you made best of the 3. I like the movement in it.

    Posted by Caroline, 23/10/2013 9:47pm (8 years ago)

  • Interesting to see all the variation of the Clay's choice block. Thanks for posting it.

    Posted by Debbie Martin, 08/10/2013 12:07pm (8 years ago)

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