Monday, July 12, 2010

Blocks for the Global Quilt . . .

Last time I posted (has it really been nearly a month??), I told you I had offered to make two quilt blocks for the Global Quilt Project . . .

Well, I got to work on them this weekend.

Since I only sew blocks using my design tile, and since I'm sure the block would not match anything else sent in, I went for a "scrappy" look, with only one piece all the same color throughout. This is what I came up with . . .

I kinda liked the orange star in the center of the block, but I wasn't all that happy with the "scrappy" bits (they looked too "haphazard"). I wondered what the block would look like if I maintained consistent colors for each shape throughout, so I made another four patches. Placed together, they look like this . . .

Now, if I rotate all the patches 90 degrees clockwise, they look like this . . .

And if I rotate all the patches 90 degrees clockwise, they look like this . . .

And if I rotate all the patches 90 degrees clockwise yet again, they look like this . . .

Which variation(s) do YOU like??

Now, you may know how I am about "pre-coloring" patches--I'm against it. I feel that shapes that adjoin from patch to patch really should be the same color, which you can't always maintain when you color the patches first, then put them together. So, looking at these four designs I see I can color the first and third variations with only four colors; I can color the second and fourth variations with six colors.

I'm off to the fabric store this evening . . .


  1. either way to rotate it, its a great block. Nice to have you back posting.

  2. Thank you, Greg . . . it feels good to be back.

  3. Welcome back to posting! This is such a great example of sharing your thinking process.

  4. Thanks, Patty . . . I hope to post pics of the final blocks tomorrow (before I mail 'em off).

  5. Raymond,
    These are beautiful! Global Change has been blessed to meet such wonderful and talented artists like yourself. Thank you for participating in our project and for the love you show to our global neighbors.
    Thank you my friend!
    Amy Allen

  6. Wow! Beautiful blocks and so many ways to arrange them. I am partial to the last three, with probably the last one (light green in the center) as my favorite. Can't wait to see what you pick.

  7. I'll unveil all seven blocks tomorrow . . . yes, I made seven different blocks with different colorways . . . I just couldn't stop!!