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Sister’s Choice Quilt Block Part 2

Sister's Choice

In a previous post, I shared some quilt design options with the Sister’s Choice block, using straight set layouts.

I think it is fun to play with on point layouts as well.

You never know; you might prefer a design on point. 

So here is a layout with the Sister’s Choice block and sashing:

Sister's Choice On Point

The same layout, but a different colorway, and some plain blocks added:

Sister's Choice On Point 2

The next few layouts show the Sister’s Choice blocks where some have lines deleted, and some have lines added, to create alternate blocks to play with.

Sister's Choice On Point 3

Sister's Choice On Point 4

For the lover of quilting designs, it is always nice to have open, or negative, spaces to fill.

Sister's Choice On Point 5

For the fun of it, see what happens when you play with the background:

Sister's Choice On Point 6

Sister's Choice On Point 7

I am sure you can come up with many more ideas; especially when you also play with color/value and border combinations!

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!

Arizona Quilt Block

Let’s take a look at the Arizona quilt block.

Arizona Quilt Block

It can be drawn with a 6 x6 grid.

Here is how the Arizona quilt block looks in a simple straight set:

Arizona Straight Set

Adding another color/value let’s us explore other design possibilities.  The darker value in the next design shows stars behind a grid.  Do you see them?

Arizona Straight Set 2

Moving the darker value also moves the eye to see stars in the grid, rather than behind the grid.  Yet, the initial design set has stayed the same.

Arizona Straight Set 3

I like to take my block and add, or delete, lines to create variations of the block.  In the following design, I’ve alternated a crossing block with the Arizona block.  I like it!

Arizona Straight Set 4

Sashing can also add a fun creative element to some quilt designs.  In the next design, it looks like there are floating stars.  These are easily made with the sashing and cornerstones.

More interest is achieved as well, by the size difference in the stars.

Arizona Straight Set 5

Color is often the first element that attracts a viewer.  Just because you see a quilt in yellow and white, doesn’t mean that you have to make it that way.  I’ve chosen golds, white, burgundy and black in these examples.  I don’t think they are very popular (although I like them).  Maybe you’d prefer Christmas green, red, gold and white for this one.

Arizona Straight Set 6

Whatever colors you choose to make your quilt creations with, just pay attention to your value placement and have fun!

Wyoming Valley Star Quilt Block

This week’s practice block is the Wyoming Valley Star.

Wyoming Valley Star Quilt Block

It is drawn with a 6 x 6 grid.

And here is how it looks set side-by-side in a straight set:

Wyoming Valley Star Straight Set

How about a little color to add a spark to the quilt?  All I did was draw a line across the four corners of the block and popped the color in.

Wyoming Valley Star Straight Set

Let’s open up the design a bit.  This time I deleted lines from the Wyoming Valley Star quilt block to create alternate blocks.

Wyoming Valley Star Straight Set

The same block looks different when the color is moved around.

Wyoming Valley Star Straight Set

It is nice to have open spaces to show off your quilting skill.

Wyoming Valley Star Straight Set

The next design is similar to the first, but the Wyoming Valley Star quilt block is now set on point:

Wyoming Valley Star On Point Set

Another variation on point:

Wyoming Valley Star On Point Set

Lots of room for quilting!

Wyoming Valley Star On Point Set

If I were to make one of these last two, I think I would play with border variations.  I might like something simpler to go with the simpler quilt design.

Wyoming Valley Star On Point Set

What do you think?