Sep 06 2012

Designing Your Own Block – Part 2

I realized that I haven’t posted an update on the “designing your own block” project since May.  We have been working on this project – just slowly.

Here is the original block.

The name of the block is Many Stars and can be found in Jinny Beyer’s Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.  The first four blocks were all made from this grid, but the second batch was made from the opposite grid.  Every line that was upper left to lower right was redrawn as lower left to upper right.  Such a little change, but so many possibilities.

and this one –

The lady who made this block was really thinking outside the box.  I like it!  Black & white and very cheerful – doesn’t it make you smile?

This is my favorite of all the blocks that I made.

There were nine blocks completed, so then it was time to set them together.  I decided to set them with blue sashing and white cornerstones.

This is where my troubles started.  I had some red and white with dots fabric that would be perfect for the border – but wasn’t.

The problem with this fabric is that it is too directional and too busy, so I tried this fabric.

Too dark – so I went back to the store and bought another yard of the blue sashing fabric.  The borders are on and I am 2/3 done with the machine quilting.  The plan is to have this finished by quilt guild on Saturday.  The blue borders calm everything down and really focus attention on the blocks.

I encourage everyone to break out their crayons and give this project a try.  It is amazing how many different ways a block can be colored, thus creating new blocks.

Marlene

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