Waterwheel Quilt Block

I have been using  the Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year to inspire myself to practice design. One of the August blocks is called Waterwheel.

Waterwheel Quilt Block

I drew my block on 4 x 4 grid using Electric Quilt 8.  You can certainly draw it with a pencil and graph paper.

I like to set the block side by side in a straight set just to get a feel for how it looks.

Waterwheel Straight Set

I had such a hard time getting inspired by this block that it has taken me weeks of procrastination to play with it.

Maybe sashing would make it look better?

Waterwheel Straight Set 2

Maybe rotating the blocks would help.

Waterwheel Straight Set 3

Rotated blocks without the sashing:

Waterwheel Straight Set 5

Maybe I’d like it better with a different colorway.

Waterwheel Straight Set 6

Or how about set on point?

Waterwheel On Point Set

Waterwheel On Point Set 2

Perhaps you might find a setting and/or a colorway for the Waterwheel block that really inspires you.  

As for me…I am ready to move on to another block.

6 responses to “Waterwheel Quilt Block

  1. I am with you … it doesn’t appeal to me.
    It is interesting that the block finds a new focus where the corners come together when you changed the colours, but even that doesn’t inspire me.

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  2. It’s amazing the different patterns that are made from one block, I think I like the rotated ones best, can’t decide between sashed and unsashed 🙂

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    • If I had to choose, I’d go with the last one; the on point setting. And I would play with it more, too; try alternate or plain blocks and see what I can come up with. But I am not motivated; there are a lot of other projects that I’d rather spend time on. But this one will be listed under my Quilt Blocks tab. Who knows, someone may do something wonderful with it!

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  3. Tricky! I definitely prefer the final option. More colours and setting the blocks on point brings out some interesting secondary patterns.

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