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Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Quilt Block

Today, I am showing the Fifty-Four Forty or Fight quilt block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar collection of blocks. 

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight is drafted from a 6 x 6 grid.

Clicking on any of the photos will show a larger view.

Here is the what the Fifty-Four Forty or Fight quilt block looks like in a basic straight set with borders.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set

The following design alternates Fifty-Four Forty or Fight with the Snowball block.  I love using the Snowball quilt block in designs because it gives the illusion of curves.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set 2

Next, I’ve designed with another alternate block, the Basic 4X.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set 3

And this design uses a big half-square triangle block as an alternate.  With a little simple rotation, large stars can be seen in the background.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set 4

It is worth the little extra time to try out a few simple alternate blocks, rather than just putting a quilt top together with one main block.

Have a look at the Fifty-Four Forty and Fight blocks placed on point:

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set

Sashing and cornerstones separate the blocks, making it easier to see them.  The sashing also adds another design element.  Sashing can be filled with other blocks to create a new design, but I’m keeping it simple here.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set 2

And again, using the Snowball quilt block as an alternate:

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set 4

This last one uses a simple plain block as an alternate.  And I like it.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set 5

Which is your favorite?

Ferris Wheel Quilt Block

This week, I am presenting the versatile Ferris Wheel block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar collection of blocks.  Why versatile?  Just the options in color and value alone make this block an endless project to play with.

Ferris Wheel is drafted from a 4 x 4 grid.

Clicking on any of the photos will show a larger view.

Here is the what the Ferris Wheel quilt block looks like in a basic straight set with borders.

Ferris Wheel Straight Set

Sashing and cornerstones separate the blocks, making it easier to see them.  The sashing also adds another design element.  Sashing can be filled with other blocks to create a new design, but I’m keeping it simple here.

Ferris Wheel Straight Set 2

Alternate blocks give a secondary design element.  Also, value can make a big difference.  Light, medium and dark values emphasize certain aspects of a design.

The following design alternates the Ferris Wheel quilt block with the Snowball block.

Ferris Wheel Straight Set 3

And this design uses the Square-in-a-Square block as the alternate block.  It echoes the center of the Ferris Wheel block, as does the border.

Ferris Wheel Straight Set 4

Have a look at the Ferris Wheel blocks placed on point:

Ferris Wheel On Point Set

And with sashing so you can easily see the block on point:

Ferris Wheel On Point Set 2

And again, using the Snowball quilt block as an alternate:

Ferris Wheel On Point Set 3

This last one is too much yellow for me, but I like the design.

Which is your favorite?

Friendship Star Quilt Block

The Friendship Star variation included in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar is a bit different from the traditional and more well known version.

Friendship Star is drafted from an 8 x 8 grid.

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Let’s begin by seeing what the Friendship Star quilt block looks like set side by side in a simple straight set with borders.

Friendship Star Straight Set

And how it looks with the blocks separated by sashing and cornerstones:

Friendship Star Straight Set 2

How about adding a very slight change in the coloring of the block, as well as using the Basic 4X and half square triangles blocks.

Friendship Star Straight Set 3

Alternate blocks give a secondary design element.  Also, value can make a big difference.  Light, medium and dark values emphasize certain aspects of a design.  

Have a look at the Friendship Star blocks placed on point:

Friendship Star On Point Set

The above design alternates both colorations of the Friendship Star block.  Where they intersect is where the red and white hourglass patches meet.  Without using the alternate coloration, there would only be white squares.

You can see this easier with the sashing and cornerstones separating the blocks:

Friendship Star On Point Set 2

See the star formed by adding the large half-square triangle blocks?

Friendship Star On Point Set 3

The last example alternates the Friendship Star block with the Snowball block for a completely different look:

Friendship Star On Point Set 5

 

Four Knaves Quilt Block

While working through a series of quilt blocks chosen from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar, I am exploring basic quilt design.  Although graph paper and pencil works well to draft these blocks, Electric Quilt makes drafting and designing so easy to do.

This week, I’ve chosen to explore the Four Knaves quilt block.

Four Knaves is drafted from a 4 x 4 grid.

If you have BlockBase, it is number 1197.

I like to start by seeing what the Four Knaves quilt block looks like set side by side in a simple straight set with borders.

Four Knaves Straight Set

Then I’ll try sashing and cornerstones:  

Four Knaves Straight Set 2

I like to introduce alternate blocks, in this case the Basic 4X block:

Four Knaves Straight Set 3

Alternate blocks will sometimes give a secondary design element.  I rotated some of the Basic 4X blocks, and I can see a star surrounding the center block in the above quilt design.  If I look at it another way, I can see the Four Knaves resting on a light background, or a square in a square effect.

This is where value comes into play.  It will make a big difference where the light, medium and dark values are placed as they can emphasize the aspects of the design that I choose to show off.  I’d play with value and color more before I’d sew up this design.

Next, I’d like to see the Four Knaves blocks placed on point:

Four Knaves On Point Set

And, again, with sashing and cornerstones:

Four Knaves On Point Set 2

This time, I’ve chosen to set the Four Knaves quilt blocks with an alternate block…the Snowball block.

Four Knaves On Point Set 3

Lots of space there to introduce some great quilting designs!

Baby Quilt

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. ~Carl Sandburg

Remember these?:

I have sewn snowball blocks:

And sewn the quilt top: 

I wasn’t so sure that I was going to like it when I bought the fabrics, but I love it!

I even got creative and sewed the leftover triangles from the snowball blocks into squares.  They were so cute!

So these cute little squares became the inspiration for a doll quilt for older sister:

I’m using this for the backing:

What are you working on?  Writing a novel?  Redecorating a room?  Building an ark?  I’d love to hear from you!