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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.