One of the things that I love about Electric Quilt, is the quick and easy way to visualize what a block will look like in a quilt setting.
Let’s look at the Eddystone Light quilt block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar.
Eddystone Light is drafted from a 6 x 6 grid.
If you have BlockBase, Eddystone Light is number 2073.
Here it is presented in a simple straight set (blocks set square…side by side) with borders:
With sashing added:
And with the Basic 4X block:
I think I’ll go back to my file and recolor that Basic 4X block so that half is white and half is blue…just to get a visual. I might, or might not, like it better. I am wondering if it would create more depth to the design.
Plain blocks and alternate blocks open up areas for applique, areas to show off quilting, and alter a design in very pleasing and unexpected ways.
Here is what Eddystone Light looks like in a simple on point set with borders:
Nice, but let’s add some plain blocks:
I think that is more interesting. When I move the blocks around, I get lots of designs and it is much more fun!
This is what happens when I add sashing and substitute the plain blocks with the Basic 4X blocks:
So go ahead and have fun! Try on different borders, change the color and value, rotate the blocks, and try different block combinations.