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Red and White Quilt Challenge – Aunt Sukey Spins Off

I entered Phase II of SewCalGal’s Red and White Quilt Challenge. You can see that post here.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off is my entry to the challenge:

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

I’m am thrilled to announce, and more than a little surprised (there are very good entries), that I won this challenge!  You can read about that at SewCalGal’s.

Island Batik sent enough yardage for me to make the quilt top.  Isn’t it gorgeous fabric?!

Island Batik Prize

Thank you so much to SewCalGal and Island Batik!

 

 

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block Part 2

I finally made the time to play with the Magnolia Bud quilt block on point. Truthfully, it was hard to get motivated because I wasn’t interested in this block. Turns out that I had fun with it. I may revisit it with some other blocks, such as a basket block, or two, sometime in the future.

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block

You can find examples of the Magnolia Bud block in a straight set by clicking here, or hover over the Quilt Blocks tab in the header and click on M – R.

Here is the Magnolia Bud set on point:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Sweet, but maybe too boring for some of us.

When the blocks are rotated, stars come out to play:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Add some color and play with value:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

That may be a bit too flashy for some of us, but that’s okay.  We can keep playing anyway.

Let’s rotate some more:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Ummmm…not my thing, but maybe appealing for some of you.

What if we added four patches to the Magnolia Bud block?

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

I like the subtle background interest that created.  Do you?

How does it look if we add an accent color to the four patch?

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Let’s simplify and see if we like that better:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

I like it!

Maybe you won’t like your first try at quilt design.  Maybe you won’t like your second, or third either.  Maybe you’ll like the fourth try.  Don’t stop there; your fifth, or tenth, might be the best (or worst) yet.

Just have fun!  Don’t take it all too seriously.  Do this for you…not the Quilt Police!

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block

The Magnolia Bud quilt block is a sweet spring block.

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block

I drew it in Electric Quilt with a 4 x 4 grid.  If you have BlockBase, it is #2208.

Set side-by-side in a straight set, it looks like this:

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

Soft and sweet.  Except that my eye is focused on that green, and if I were to make this, I’d try a softer green.

Let’s see how the design looks if some of the blocks are rotated:

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

I like that better (and I would still change the green to a more muted green).

What if bolder color is added?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

What if two of the greens, and two of the pinks were reversed?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

What do the Magnolia Bud blocks look like when separated by sashing and cornerstones?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

What if the center square of the quilt block was replaced with a four patch, and alternated with the original block?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

Keep playing the ‘What If’ game!  You’ll come up with a winner that you will enjoy creating!  There is no right or wrong…create what makes you happy!

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block Part 2

We looked at the Baton Rouge Square quilt block in straight sets last week.

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block

Now let’s look at it set on point.

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

Not bad.  It would make a fun little baby quilt.

How about adding sashing and cornerstones?  And a slight color modification:

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

That looks good too.

Next, let’s throw in some alternate blocks that were drawn by modifying the Baton Rouge Square quilt block.

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

Do you like it?

Will you still like it if the color is predominantly purple instead of white (or blue, or whatever one chooses…because we don’t have to have purple, green, white, and yellow)?

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

Last, a diagonal look:

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set 5

It isn’t really last, since one could play much more and come up with lots of designs.

Challenge yourself.  Don’t stop with the first design that you come up with.  It might be your favorite, but you won’t know that unless you try different things.

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block

 

I played with the Baton Rouge Square quilt block this week.

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block

I drew it in Electric Quilt with a 5 x 5 grid.  If you have BlockBase, it is #1808.

Here is the block set side-by-side:

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

I like the floating yellow diamonds.

With a slight variation to the Baton Rouge quilt block, I now have a pretty little alternate block to create a new design with.

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

And again, playing with slight variations, both in drawing, and in color placement:

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

I’d explore the above a bit more.  I can see stars in that alternate block, and it could be worthwhile to make those more prominent.

All I did to create the next design was change the direction of the purple/white half square triangles.

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

One doesn’t have to make big drawing changes to create an impact in one’s design.  Just start small and see what happens.

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

By the time that I created the next two designs, I was warmed up and having fun!

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

The above requires some work, but it definitely has potential.

I’ve got about 30 design variations in my project folder, and I haven’t tried turning this block on point yet.  That will be next week’s play.

Which do you like best?  Or none at all?