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Almanizer Quilt Block Part 2

I am showing designs using on point quilt layouts with the Almanizer quilt block.  To see straight set designs, click here.

I am showing a limited number of fabrics/colors.   So much more could happen when attention is given to very scrappy vs. controlled color; to value placement; and to scale of the fabric prints.

The Almanizer quilt block:

Almanizer Quilt Block

Here is how the Almanizer looks when set side-by-side in an on point layout:

Almanizer On Point Set

The same setting as above but the red has been removed from some of the blocks, creating a diamond shape in the center:

Almanizer On Point Set 6

I should have left two red centers for a true diamond shape!

In the next layout, a couple of the blocks have been rotated.  The design has also been opened up by replacing some of the blocks with Snowball blocks.  Now there is room to show off some quilting!

Almanizer On Point Set 7

Here is what happens when we take the first layout, rotate the blocks, and add sashing and cornerstones:

Almanizer On Point Set 2

The next design shows the Almanizer quilt block with a pinwheel drawn in the center of it:

Almanizer On Point Set 3

Next, the Almanizer block is alternated with a star block.  I drew the star block by adding lines to the Almanizer block.  It is similar to the popular Ohio Star.

Almanizer On Point Set 4

Adding the Snowball block lightens up the design, and the star has become the star of the quilt:

Almanizer On Point Set 8

Which design do you like the best?  Or perhaps, you’ll play, and come up with one of your own?

Washington State Quilters 2014 Raffle Quilt Block

I am a long time member of WSQ (Washington State Quilters-Spokane Chapter).  However, I live two hours away from the big city, so it is difficult for me to be a contributing member.

One way I can contribute to WSQ is by participating in the raffle quilt.  Each year I sew up a block (for the 2013 raffle quilt I made three blocks) for the fund raiser. 

Here’s one from 2008 (made in 2008; raffled in 2009).  The carousel theme was inspired by the Looff Carousel, built in 1909, in Spokane, Washington, by Charles Looff. 

WSQ 2008 Quilt Block

You can see a photo of the quilt here.   I wish it was bigger for you, but it is all I could find.

I found my inspiration from a children’s coloring book page.  The elephant is needleturn applique with a little bit of paint, beads, and embroidery embellishment. 

The next block is also needleturn applique.  The coneflower is appliqued onto a pieced log cabin block.

WSQ 2010 Quilt Block

It is in the center of the 2010 WSQ raffle quilt:

WSQ 2010 Raffle Quilt

You can find the pattern for the coneflower under the Patterns and Tutorials tab above my header.  The pattern does not come with instructions, but if you already know how to applique, then you will have no problems with the coneflower.  Nor does it have to be done with the needleturn method, as I did.

The theme for the next raffle quilt was solid brights.  I made my block in 2011, and the WSQ quilt was raffled in 2012.

WSQ 2011 Quilt Block

I drew the block with the help of my Electric Quilt software, and the block is made with fabrics that I hand-dyed.  It is machine appliqued.

You can see the 2012 quilt here.

That’s enough of the past.  Now I am working on my contribution for next year’s raffle quilt.  Again, I am using my Electric Quilt software to design the block.  It must be on point.

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

And it must be red and white.

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

I am using freezer paper templates.  I love freezer paper!  Sometimes I use it on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric, and sometimes I use it on the top to help me shape, and needleturn the pieces.  None of the pieces in the above photo are stitched down.  All of them have freezer paper, but you don’t see that because of where I am using it.  Yes, I do remove the paper from all of the shapes when I don’t need it anymore.

I love to use WonderFil Invisifil for my hand applique work.  It is so fine, yet strong.  It melts into the background.

WonderFil Invisafil Christmas RedThe block is all stitched.  At this point, I am deciding whether I want to embellish or not.  If I don’t embellish this block, I may make another one, just for me, and certainly add embroidery to it.

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

I used that gorgeous red thread even to stitch down the bird’s white head.  You don’t see it!

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

I believe that if you are a member of a quilt guild, then you should be participating in a way that you are able.  In other words, be a giver, not just a taker.  The benefits are wonderful, but it is volunteers that make those benefits happen.  Many hands make light work.  And it is more fun too.

Wedding Ring Quilt Block

This week, I am playing with the Wedding Ring quilt block, found in the perpetual calendar, 365 Quilt Blocks a Year by Nancy Martin.

On the left, a traditional blue and white block is pictured.  On the right, a more dramatic color scheme is shown.

Wedding Ring is drafted from a 5 x 5 grid.

Here is how the traditional colored block looks in a straight set:

Wedding Ring Straight Set

And again, with sashing strips added:

Wedding Ring Straight Set 2

The two-color quilt is soft and pretty, but what happens when we’re feeling dramatic?

Wedding Ring Straight Set 3

I created alternate blocks by eliminating a few lines from the Wedding Ring quilt block.

Wedding Ring Straight Set 4

Soft and pretty Wedding Ring set on point:

Wedding Ring On Point Set

And again, set on point with alternate blocks created by simply eliminating lines from the Wedding Ring quilt block:

Wedding Ring On Point Set 2

The next three variations are for the drama queen in all of us:

Wedding Ring On Point Set 3

Wedding Ring On Point Set 4

Wedding Ring On Point Set 5

I think my favorite is #6, but I’m fickle…I could change my mind, as I often do, when I try different settings, color schemes, and blocks.  Fortunately, Electric Quilt makes quilt designing easy and fun.

Which is your favorite?

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.