Using Electric Quilt , I am playing with the Alpine Cross quilt block this week.
It is drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.
For the practice, I prefer to draw it myself, but if you have BlockBase, then search for #1876a.
Here is what Alpine Cross looks like in a straight set:
I thought I added a great border. Now I think it is too distracting. I’d change that if I were going to make this quilt design. LOL!
Next, I added sashing and cornerstones.
I like it much better.
What if I move the color around?
Take the time to play with color and value placement. I should’ve changed the color of those cornerstones. Sometimes moving color and value around makes all the difference between an okay design, a good design, and a great design. And more often, it is simply a matter of personal taste.
You can change the color scheme altogether too. I tried to choose a woodsy, masculine theme for this exercise. The pink is really needed to create the contrast (although a very light beige or white would’ve worked very well). Keep contrast in mind when you are choosing color and value.
I also kept the fabric choices to a minimum, just for simplicity’s sake. One could certainly get very scrappy if one wanted to.
I deleted some lines in the Alpine Cross block, to come up with an alternate block. It simplified the design and I like it. Some of the blocks are rotated too.
Again, I altered the Alpine Cross to create another alternate block. Now I have more to play with, and the designs are getting interesting.
What do you think?