In this blogpost, I showed a few straight set quilt designs using the Mother’s Choice Quilt Block.
I also played with the block using an on point setting.
The same block set on point with no sashing or alternate blocks:
I don’t like the above design at all. However, I do like the blocks set with sashing and cornerstones:
And I like the block set with plain setting triangles; they frame the design:
Maybe I would like this one better in a different colorway, or with some alternate blocks to play with:
I like the center of this one (and it doesn’t look set on point, but it is):
The stars are coming out to play:
Also set on point, but looks like a straight set:
Which design appeals to you? Or would you create a different one? There are lots of possibilities!
I took some time this week to play with some virtual quilt designing.
The Mother’s Choice block shown in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year was my choice to play with. I have had this calendar for years and am using it to inspire myself in design.
Drawn on a 12 x 12 grid.
Set in a side by side straight set:
Again, set side by side but with the addition of sashing and cornerstones:
What I like about this block is that when you shift the value, you can bring out the stars!
You can also add and/or delete lines within the block to create alternate blocks.
What I haven’t shown, but what I think would be great fun, is to sew this block with lots of colorful scraps. The block can be composed of many half square triangles creating lots of opportunities for using scraps.
Those half square triangles also create lots of opportunities to experiment with value placement to create interesting designs.