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Color/Value Visual

I thought that you might like to see a visual experiment on what color/value can do in a quilt design.

I am using the Autumn Tints block in a straight set and with the same five colors in every design that you see.

The very first design is the Autumn Tints block set side by side with no sashing.  All of the other designs have sashing between the blocks (I wanted to see if I could introduce some perspective to the design).

Autumn Tints Straight Set

Autumn Tints Straight Set

Autumn Tints Straight Set

Autumn Tints Straight Set

Autumn Tints Straight Set

Autumn Tints Straight Set

Autumn Tints Straight Set

Autumn Tints Straight Set

I came up with even more variations just by moving the color/value around.  Sometimes there are very interesting effects, such as squares appearing to ‘float’.

There will be a visually appealing look just for you if you experiment with color and value!

I participated in the Around the World Blog Hop in this post from last week.  I encourage you to check out this week’s participants:

Cathi Godwin over at Quilt Obsession
Linda Jo Reed over at Upheld in the Battle
Amy Johnson over at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures
 
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Good Luck Quilt Block Part 2

After a vacation, and a bout of congestion, I have finally played with on point settings using the Good Luck quilt block.

Good Luck Quilt Block

If you are looking for the straight set inspiration, click here.

The following design shows how the Good Luck quilt block looks set side-by-side in an on point setting.

Good Luck On Point Set

Still on point, but with some rotation:

Good Luck On Point Set

Not a fan, yet, but still experimenting.

Good Luck On Point Set

What if I add more value?

Good Luck On Point Set

Color and contrast can make a considerable impact.

I’m seeing pinwheels!

Good Luck On Point Set

Still the same block; still set on point:

Good Luck On Point Set

I might change the border, but I am liking the last two designs.  How about you?

 

 

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?

 

 

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block Part 2

I finally made the time to play with the Magnolia Bud quilt block on point. Truthfully, it was hard to get motivated because I wasn’t interested in this block. Turns out that I had fun with it. I may revisit it with some other blocks, such as a basket block, or two, sometime in the future.

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block

You can find examples of the Magnolia Bud block in a straight set by clicking here, or hover over the Quilt Blocks tab in the header and click on M – R.

Here is the Magnolia Bud set on point:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Sweet, but maybe too boring for some of us.

When the blocks are rotated, stars come out to play:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Add some color and play with value:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

That may be a bit too flashy for some of us, but that’s okay.  We can keep playing anyway.

Let’s rotate some more:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Ummmm…not my thing, but maybe appealing for some of you.

What if we added four patches to the Magnolia Bud block?

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

I like the subtle background interest that created.  Do you?

How does it look if we add an accent color to the four patch?

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

Let’s simplify and see if we like that better:

Magnolia Bud On Point Set

I like it!

Maybe you won’t like your first try at quilt design.  Maybe you won’t like your second, or third either.  Maybe you’ll like the fourth try.  Don’t stop there; your fifth, or tenth, might be the best (or worst) yet.

Just have fun!  Don’t take it all too seriously.  Do this for you…not the Quilt Police!

 

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block

The Magnolia Bud quilt block is a sweet spring block.

Magnolia Bud Quilt Block

I drew it in Electric Quilt with a 4 x 4 grid.  If you have BlockBase, it is #2208.

Set side-by-side in a straight set, it looks like this:

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

Soft and sweet.  Except that my eye is focused on that green, and if I were to make this, I’d try a softer green.

Let’s see how the design looks if some of the blocks are rotated:

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

I like that better (and I would still change the green to a more muted green).

What if bolder color is added?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

What if two of the greens, and two of the pinks were reversed?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

What do the Magnolia Bud blocks look like when separated by sashing and cornerstones?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

What if the center square of the quilt block was replaced with a four patch, and alternated with the original block?

Magnolia Bud Straight Set

Keep playing the ‘What If’ game!  You’ll come up with a winner that you will enjoy creating!  There is no right or wrong…create what makes you happy!

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block Part 2

We looked at the Baton Rouge Square quilt block in straight sets last week.

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block

Now let’s look at it set on point.

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

Not bad.  It would make a fun little baby quilt.

How about adding sashing and cornerstones?  And a slight color modification:

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

That looks good too.

Next, let’s throw in some alternate blocks that were drawn by modifying the Baton Rouge Square quilt block.

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

Do you like it?

Will you still like it if the color is predominantly purple instead of white (or blue, or whatever one chooses…because we don’t have to have purple, green, white, and yellow)?

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set

Last, a diagonal look:

Baton Rouge Square On Point Set 5

It isn’t really last, since one could play much more and come up with lots of designs.

Challenge yourself.  Don’t stop with the first design that you come up with.  It might be your favorite, but you won’t know that unless you try different things.

 

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block

 

I played with the Baton Rouge Square quilt block this week.

Baton Rouge Square Quilt Block

I drew it in Electric Quilt with a 5 x 5 grid.  If you have BlockBase, it is #1808.

Here is the block set side-by-side:

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

I like the floating yellow diamonds.

With a slight variation to the Baton Rouge quilt block, I now have a pretty little alternate block to create a new design with.

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

And again, playing with slight variations, both in drawing, and in color placement:

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

I’d explore the above a bit more.  I can see stars in that alternate block, and it could be worthwhile to make those more prominent.

All I did to create the next design was change the direction of the purple/white half square triangles.

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

One doesn’t have to make big drawing changes to create an impact in one’s design.  Just start small and see what happens.

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

By the time that I created the next two designs, I was warmed up and having fun!

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

Baton Rouge Square Straight Set

The above requires some work, but it definitely has potential.

I’ve got about 30 design variations in my project folder, and I haven’t tried turning this block on point yet.  That will be next week’s play.

Which do you like best?  Or none at all?