Medieval Walls Quilt Block

At first glance, Medieval Walls, a quilt block I found in Nancy Martin’s 365 Quilt Blocks a Year Perpetual Calendar, looks rather plain and unexciting.

Medieval Walls Quilt Block

The block can be drawn with a 9 x 9 grid.

Set side by side (a straight set in quilt lingo), the block still looks plain and unexciting.  Unless you are looking for a quiet, subtle design…then this could be the one for you.

Medieval Walls Straight Set

But if you want more excitement, add a dark value.

Medieval Walls Quilt Block 2

With this one simple change, the design now has more definition, and lines for the eye to follow around the quilt.  It also has the illusion of having sashing strips between the blocks.

Medieval Walls Straight Set (2)

Change where the dark value is placed in the block.

Medieval Walls Quilt Block 3

Medieval Walls Straight Set (3)

Or keep the value changes in both places in the block:

Medieval Walls Straight Set (4)

More experiments with moving value around in the block:

Medieval Walls Straight Set (5)

 

Medieval Walls Straight Set (6)

Medieval Walls Straight Set (7)

Alot can be accomplished with design simply by value placement.  The Medieval Wall block is a very good example of that!

I’ve had so much fun with this block playing with value and straight set, that I haven’t explored using it with on point sets yet.

Which design do you like the best?

Clicking on any of the photos will show a larger view.

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7 responses to “Medieval Walls Quilt Block

  1. Love your explorations of this block and colourations! Yes – do more!! I am a big Nancy Martin fan.

  2. The first one might look unexciting, but it definitely keeps the eyes moving. Love it.

  3. My favourite is the one after the line …
    More experiments with moving value around in the block:
    Love seeing all the different designs which appear as you move the contrast around.

    • It is surprising what happens with one simple little change. Imagine throwing in another color, or changing the color scheme altogether. Lots of fun!
      I am not sure which one I like the best!

  4. Pingback: Medieval Walls Quilt Block – Part 2 |

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