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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!

Good Luck Quilt Block

I nearly skipped this block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.    I couldn’t see the design potential.

But with a name like Good Luck, how could I pass up the challenge?

Good Luck Quilt Block

Good Luck is an easy block to draw.  Simply slice a square in half diagonally and then draw two horizontal lines up to the diagonal.

I always begin my quilt design by looking at the block set side by side in a straight set.

Good Luck Straight Set

I’m thinking that without borders, and made smaller, the above could have potential to be a cute modern baby quilt.

The next design shows alternate Good Luck blocks rotated.

Good Luck Straight Set

More rotation:

Good Luck Straight Set

What if I merged four Good Luck blocks into one block, placed these blocks side by side, and rotated the alternates?

I have a nice basket weave thing going on.

Good Luck Straight Set

It might be well worth it to explore the four-into-one block by rotating some of the parts.  I didn’t think of that until just now, so will have to save that idea to play with later.

What I did think to do was to add another color and play with value.  Two examples of that:

Good Luck Straight Set

Good Luck Straight Set

There is no difference in the layouts of the above two designs.  Color/value is doing all the work.

The next design is playing with scale.  No new blocks are added.

Good Luck Straight Set

I did alter the Good Luck block by drawing a half square triangle into two corners.  The pleasant result is the pinwheels you see in the next design.

Good Luck Straight Set

There’s room for lots more exploration.  Except for the last design shown, I used only the Good Luck quilt block.  What about experimenting with alternate blocks and sashing? 

Who knew that one could get so much design potential from such a simple little block?

 

 

Balance

If you haven’t met the quilt block called Balance, then let me introduce you.

Balance Quilt Block

I found this block in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.

I drew it with a 5 x 5 grid in Electric Quilt 7.  If you own BlockBase, it is #1817c.

It isn’t often that one sees a green and white quilt (I don’t think I’ve ever seen one…I may have to google that later), but it is March, and I’m longing for spring, so I’ve set this block with green and white. 

Here is how it looks in a straight set:

Balance Straight Set

In the following design, I’ve deleted a few lines from the block to create an alternate crossing block to set Balance with.  I’ve also added another green to the mix.

Balance Straight Set

I squared up the quilt design (it isn’t longer than it is wide now) and rearranged the blocks:

Balance Straight Set

Again, Balance is set side-by-side.  The only difference is in the color placement.  Stars have appeared!

Balance Straight Set

An alternate color theme:

Balance Straight Set

By deleting just a few lines, I’ve created another alternate block to add to the mix:

Balance Straight Set

And one more arrangement:

Balance Straight Set

Lots more could be done with this block, so go ahead and play with it!  See what you come up with!

By the way, this block looks amazingly like Bachelor’s Puzzle.

Christmas Tree Quilt Block

I played with the Christmas Tree quilt block this week.  I chose it from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.

Christmas Tree Quilt Block

I easily drew the block from a 6 x 6 grid.

Here is how it looks set on point in a quilt design:

Christmas Tree On Point Set

And here is what happens when the blocks are rotated:

Christmas Tree On Point Set

I like it!

How about adding a group of friendly snowman:

Christmas Tree On Point Set

The snowmen will look cute when they are embellished with thread and buttons!

I found the applique shapes in Electric Quilt’s library.  I did alter them a bit, but EQ sure makes designing so much easier!

One more:

Christmas Tree On Point Set

I need more contrast, but otherwise I’m happy with the designs.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt Block

I chose to play with the Arkansas Crossroads quilt block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.

You may know the block as Road to Oklahoma.

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt Block

It is drawn with a 4 x 4 grid.

Here is how the Arkansas Crossroads block looks when set side-by-side in a straight set:

Arkansas Crossroads Straight Set

When the alternate blocks are rotated, one sees how this block got its name:

Arkansas Crossroads Straight Set

Let’s move the color around.  As in the first design, the Arkansas Crossroads block is in a straight set (I see blue and yellow bow ties!):

Arkansas Crossroads Straight Set

Surprise!  Stars show up when rotating the alternate blocks:

Arkansas Crossroads Straight Set

Another design using just the Arkansas Crossroads quilt block without altering the block and using variations of the block, or adding other blocks, or sashing:

Arkansas Crossroads Straight Set

Only the corner block has been altered.  I simply deleted a few lines of the Arkansas Crossroads block to create space.

Arkansas Crossroads Straight Set

On another day, perhaps I’ll play with adding other elements.  However, it is nice to know that all we need is one block, some color and rotation to create several unique designs.

Anchors Aweigh Quilt Block

Anchors Aweigh is another quilt block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.  And yes, that is the name of the block…not Anchors Away.

Anchors Aweigh Quilt Block

I drew the block on an 8 x 8 grid, but it doesn’t have to be.  One can certainly draw her own version of the anchor.

Here is how it looks in a straight set:

Anchors Aweigh Straight Set

I wasn’t impressed either.  So I played with rotation.

Anchors Aweigh Straight Set 2

I like that better.  I played with color too.  Contrast is very important!

Anchors Aweigh Straight Set 3

I also set the Anchors Aweigh block on point:

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set

Again, I’m not impressed, but how do I know unless I try it?

I like the next setting.  By the way, I’m not introducing any alternate blocks, other than the plain block.  All of the designs are created with simple rotations of the Anchors Aweigh blocks.

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 2

Looks like chain link:

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 3

More rotation using the on point layout:

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 4

Civil War looking colors not your thing?  Let’s freshen and simplify this design up!

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 5

The next design could be a really cute baby quilt!  Imagine all the fun quilting that could be added!

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 6

Back to a more traditional look:

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 7

Keep on rotating:

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 8

Same as above, but I created more contrast and space (and I like it better):

Anchors Aweigh On Point Set 9

Have fun with your designing!  Don’t stop with the first design you create.  It might be your favorite, but you won’t know until you play with it!

Almanizer Quilt Block Part 1

The Almanizer block is simply four square-in-a-square blocks sewn together.

Almanizer Quilt Block

But I drew this one in Electric Quilt with a 2 x 2 grid.  You could also draw it with a 4 x 4 grid if you want to.

Here is how the Almanizer looks in a straight set:

Almanizer Straight Set

And with a splash of yellow and sashing added:

Almanizer Straight Set 2

I deleted a few lines to come up with an alternate crossing block:

Almanizer Straight Set 3

If you aren’t interested in a two color quilt you could liven it up with another color:

Almanizer Straight Set 4

The next design is simple, and yet, bold.  I like it!

Almanizer Straight Set 5

By adding a few lines to the Almanizer quilt block, and paying attention to color placement, one comes up with the popular star.

Almanizer Straight Set 6

The very same design, but a bold red replaces the baby blue:

Almanizer Straight Set 7

How about moving those stars around?

Almanizer Straight Set 9

Feeling quiet, or feeling bold?

Almanizer Straight Set 9b

Add even more lines to the Almanizer block, and it can get complicated, but you might come up with fun little pinwheels like I did:

Almanizer Straight Set 8

The only difference between these last two examples is the outer border.  You might be the type that needs a visual look before you can decide what you like the best.  I am.

Almanizer Straight Set 8b

I didn’t have time to play with this block in on point settings, so that will be next week.