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Medieval Walls Quilt Block – Part 2

Last week, I introduced the Medieval Walls quilt block and, with the help of Electric Quilt, explored moving contrast around the block and designing several straight sets.

Here’s a couple more examples of moving value around the block:

Let’s see what the Medieval Wall quilt block looks like set on point.

Medieval Walls On Point Set

Medieval Walls On Point Set 2

What happens if more than one combination of this block is used in an on point setting?

Medieval Walls On Point Set 3

Medieval Walls On Point Set 4

It is becoming more interesting to me; I like the illusion of circles formed from the different blocks:

Medieval Walls On Point Set 5

How about changing the background color along with the block variations?

Medieval Walls On Point Set 6

Medieval Walls On Point Set 7

Medieval Walls On Point Set 8

All of these designs, both straight sets and the on point sets, created from one simple block!

There’s more, yet, to create!  Color combinations haven’t even been explored…what would this look like in bright and bold colors?  Soft pastels?  Your favorite football team’s colors?  Scrappy?

I’m happy to have Electric Quilt; it is so easy to explore design!

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

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.