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Sister’s Choice Quilt Block

Let’s explore the Sister’s Choice Quilt Block.

The block is a traditional favorite.

Sister's Choice

Sister’s Choice is drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.

Here the blocks are set in a straight set with sashing:

Sister's Choice Straight Set

I’ve moved the color a bit, and that puts more emphasis on the stars:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 2

Let’s look at some straight sets without the sashing.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 3

The next one not only has the sashing removed, but the alternate blocks have some additional lines drawn.  The result is a star within a star.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 4

More alternate block experimenting:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 5

Sister's Choice Straight Set 6

Delete quite a few lines in the alternate block, and it opens up the entire design…great for the quilting lovers! 

Sister's Choice Straight Set 7

Moving blocks around, as well as adding and deleting lines from the original block (Sister’s Choice in this blog post), creates interesting designs.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 8

Sister's Choice Straight Set 9

Sister's Choice Straight Set 10

Let’s not forget about color (most importantly…value).  Changing values creates completely different looks!

Sister's Choice Straight Set 11

When designing your next quilt, take time to experiment with the block’s grid (adding/deleting lines to create alternate blocks), as well as value placement.

You will come up with a winner (or several)!  And have fun doing it!

I use Electric Quilt 7 for quilt designing.  Block Base is another great tool.  Sister’s Choice is #J008 in Block Base.  A pad of graph paper and colored pencils work well too!

Aircraft Quilt Block

For practice this week, I chose the Aircraft quilt block. 

Aircraft Quilt Block

It can be drawn with a 2 x 2, or 4 x4 grid.

If you have BlockBase, it is #1319.  I like to draw the blocks that I practice with, since the point of practice is to learn to use Electric Quilt, and increase my quilt design skills.

Here is what the block looks like in a straight set:

Aircraft Straight Set

The Aircraft quilt block is a simple little block, so I thought I would need lots of alternate blocks to play with.

Not so (which is good, since I have a self-imposed challenge to work with one block).

Let’s play with rotation.

Aircraft Straight Set 2

Aircraft Straight Set 3

Aircraft Straight Set 5

Aircraft Straight Set 6

Not a single alternate block was used in any of the four previous designs, yet, there is plenty of movement going on!  Diagonals, zig-zags and bow-ties for the eye to see!

I added one simple alternate block in the following design:

Aircraft Straight Set 4

For the next two designs, I’ve added just one alternate block that was created by simply deleting a few lines from the Aircraft quilt block.

Aircraft Straight Set 7

Aircraft Straight Set 8

The open spaces calm the design down and let the eye rest.  They are good spaces for lovely quilting.

I have yet to try this block in an on point setting.  That will be next week’s practice.

Bachelor’s Puzzle Quilt Block

There are other versions of the Bachelor’s Puzzle Quilt Block, but this is the one included in Nancy Martin’s 365  Quilt Blocks A Year Perpetual Calendar.

If you have Block Base, the block is listed as number 1815b.

It is drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.

Here the blocks are in a straight set (set squarely side-by-side):

Bachelor's Puzzle Straight Set

And here the blocks are set on point:

Bachelor's Puzzle On Point Set

Set on point with a plain block:

Bachelor's Puzzle On Point Set 2

Very often, I prefer an on point set to a straight set. 

The Arrow Crown Quilt Block

The Arrow Crown block is one versatile block!  I’m just presenting the block here, but options are limitless.  This block could be done very scrappy or, depending upon value placement, emphasis could be placed upon the diagonals or other elements of the design.

The block is an 8 x 8 grid.

If you have Block Base, Arrow Crown is slightly different, and listed as number 1164.

Here is the block with a straight set:

Arrow Crown Straight Set

And set on point:

Arrow Crown On Point

It is a very busy block.  You could separate it in a more traditional manner with sashing.  You could use plain borders or, again, use value to your advantage.  You could also set it with an alternate block.

One more look:

Arrow Crown On Point Set