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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!

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?